ASUS Maximus XI Apex Motherboard Broken Down

AlphaAtlas

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Actually Hardcore Overclocking just posted a detailed analysis of an ASUS Maximus XI Apex LGA 1151 motherboard, and overall, it looks like great board. In the YouTuber's own words, the motherboard's VRM setup is "overkill," yet it's significantly cheaper than other LGA 1151 motherboards from Asus with inferior VRM setups. This particular board has several features designed exclusively for LN2 runs, but also has other features water or air overclockers would appreciate, like a dual BIOS setup and only 2 DDR4 DIMM slots for maximum memory overclocking performance.

Check out the analysis here.
 

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I have the Apex IX which ran my 7700k and 4000Mhz RAM way better than the Strix board - it's a great board as long as you don't need tons of drive headers or ram slots.

Is the Apex XI even still available? It's only showing up on shady vendors for $550 for me...
 

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I don't know about the Apex, but I know the Gene was not distributed in the US, which could be why you're only seeing marketplace and 3rd party vendors with it. Which really upset me; I had plans for a Gene, but not if I can't get one with a warranty.
 

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I have the Apex IX which ran my 7700k and 4000Mhz RAM way better than the Strix board - it's a great board as long as you don't need tons of drive headers or ram slots.

Is the Apex XI even still available? It's only showing up on shady vendors for $550 for me...
It's not even out yet, as far as I know. The video is just an analysis of an image of the board, breaking down the individual components.
 

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Kind of wish they would go back to more of that cut down stuff, instead of having a million features that no one uses.

I think the majority of the people use very few features on these flagship boards, but we buy them because they offer usually better overclocking or a single key feature that isnt on the more barebones motherboards.
 

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It's not even out yet, as far as I know. The video is just an analysis of an image of the board, breaking down the individual components.

Ok, that makes sense, I had assumed all the major z390 boards were out.

I like the slot spacing on the previous models that let you run two triple slot cards with a space between them.
 

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Kind of wish they would go back to more of that cut down stuff, instead of having a million features that no one uses.

I think the majority of the people use very few features on these flagship boards, but we buy them because they offer usually better overclocking or a single key feature that isnt on the more barebones motherboards.

That's exactly what the original 'Hero' branding was all about. But lately Asus have just utterly shat all over their SKU lineup to the point where none of it means anything anymore. A Z390 Strix has the same VRM as the Maximus Hero.
 
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Just seen a video of the Dominus from Asus now that is a wicked beat of a Mobo, almost makes me want to shell out money and upgrade my workstation but 2500$ for a Mobo and $3k for a CPU with 6 sticks of premium DDR5 may very well make my accounant cry.
 

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Just seen a video of the Dominus from Asus now that is a wicked beat of a Mobo, almost makes me want to shell out money and upgrade my workstation but 2500$ for a Mobo and $3k for a CPU with 6 sticks of premium DDR5 may very well make my accounant cry.

It's run of the mill DDR4, and if you're a real baller, you'll want 12 sticks. Basically you'll spend $10K on a platform, and you still won't have a case or a GPU or the two PSUs you need in that budget. By the way, that VRM lacks doublers. ASUS just can't help themselves being cheap.
 

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Kind of wish they would go back to more of that cut down stuff, instead of having a million features that no one uses.

I think the majority of the people use very few features on these flagship boards, but we buy them because they offer usually better overclocking or a single key feature that isnt on the more barebones motherboards.

I just want a motherboard that won't break on me so I went with ASROCK for the first time. The last two were ASUS TUF boards but their toughness is negotiable based on recent reviews you read.
 

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Just from experience and listening to other people irl, as long as the ASUS MB works, it'll work great and you'll be happy with it, but let's just say that i wouldn't want to go down the support rabbit hole for another ASUS product. Let me know when that is fixed, and I'll consider them again. I used to love their boards.
 
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