Maximus IX Hero Desktop Motherboard

The ROG Maximus IX Hero strikes the perfect balance for gamers and enthusiasts alike with features they need, performance they crave, and easy-to-use interfaces that put complete control at their fingertips. Dynamic AURA Sync lighting and support for 3D printed accessories enable more personalization across your build than ever before.

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Intel® Socket 1151 for 7th / 6th Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors

Supports 14nm CPU

Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0*

*Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 support depends on the CPU type


Intel® Z270 Chipset


4 x DIMM, max. 64GB DDR4
, non-ECC, un-buffered memory

Dual channel memory architecture

Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

* Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs. Please refer to Memory QVL(Qualified Vendors List) for details.

Expansion Slots

New 7th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors

2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (supports x16, x8/x8)

Intel® Z270 Chipset

1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot (max. at x4 mode)

3 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots


Integrated Graphics Processor- Intel® HD Graphics support

Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DisplayPort

- Supports DisplayPort 1.2 with max. resolution 4096 x 2304 @ 60Hz

- Supports HDMI 1.4b with max. resolution 4096 x 2304 @ 24Hz

Maximum shared memory of 1024MB

Multi-GPU Support

Supports NVIDIA® 2-Way/Quad-GPU SLI™ Technology

Supports AMD® 3-Way/Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology


Intel® Z270 Chipset with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, and Intel Rapid Storage Technology 14 support

- 2 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280(PCIE 3.0 x4 and SATA modes) and type 2242/2260/2280/22110(support PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode) storage devices support *

- 6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports **

- Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology ***

- Ready for Intel® Optane Memory****

* When the M.2_1 Socket 3 is operating in SATA mode, SATA port 1 will be disabled.

* When the M.2_2 Socket 3 is operating in PCIEX4 mode, SATA port 5. 6 will be disabled.

** These SATA ports are for data hard drives only. ATAPI devices are not supported.

***This function will work depending on the CPU installed.

****Intel® Optane Technology only supported when using 7th Generation Intel® Processors. Before using Intel® Optane memory modules, ensure that you have updated your motherboard drivers and BIOS to the latest version from ASUS support website.


Intel® I219-V Gigabit LAN- Dual interconnect between the integrated Media Access Controller (MAC) and physical layer (PHY)

Anti-surge LANGuard

ROG GameFirst IV


ROG SupremeFX S1220 8-Channel high-definition CODEC

- Supports up to 32-Bit/192kHz playback*

- Impedance sense for front and rear headphone outputs

- ES9023P High Definition DAC

- SupremeFX Shielding Technology

- Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, and Front Panel Jack-retasking

- Optical S/PDIF out port at back panel

Audio Features:

- Sonic Studio III

- Sonic Radar III

*Due to limitations in HDA bandwidth, 32-Bit/192kHz is not supported for 8-Channel audio


Intel® Z270 Chipset

- 6 x USB 3.0 ports ( 4 ports at back panel[blue], 2 ports at mid-board [grey])

- 6 x USB 2.0 ports (4 ports at back panel, 2 ports at mid-board [black])*

ASMedia® USB 3.1 controller

- 1 x USB 3.1 front panel connector

- 2 x USB 3.1 ports (1 Type-A [red] and 1 Type-C [black] at back panel, 1 at mid-board)

*2 x USB2.0 port at mid-board share with ROG extension (ROG_EXT) port.

ROG Exclusive Features

Extreme Engine Digi+

- MicroFine Alloy Choke


- 10K Black Metallic Capacitors

Start Button

Reset Button

Safe Boot Button

Retry Button

BIOS Flashback Button

Clear CMOS Button

MemOK! Button

LN2 Mode




KeyBot II

- One-click overclocking

- X.M.P.

- DirectKey

- Clr CMOS

- Power On

UEFI BIOS features :

- Extreme Tweaker

- Tweakers' Paradise

- ROG SSD Secure Erase


- O.C. Profile

- Graphics Card Information Preview

Special Features

ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 5

- 5-Way Optimization tuning key perfectly consolidates TPU, EPU, DIGI+ Power Control, Fan Xpert 3, and Turbo App

ASUS Exclusive Features

- AI Suite 3

- Disk Unlocker


- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3

- ASUS EZ Flash 3

- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

- MemOK!

ASUS Q-Design

- SafeSlot

- Q-Code

- Q-Shield

- Q-Connector

- Q-LED (CPU[red], DRAM[yellow], VGA[white], Boot Device LED[green])


Back I/O

1 x Clear CMOS Button

1 x BIOS Flashback Button

1 x M.2 Wifi Slot

1 x HDMI 1.4b

1 x DisplayPort 1.2

4 x USB 2.0 ports [black]

4 x USB 3.0 ports [blue]

1 x Anti-surge LAN (RJ45) port

2 x USB 3.1 ports (1 x Type-A [red] and 1 x Type-C [black])

1 x Optical S/PDIF out

5 x Gold-plated audio jacks

Internal I/O Ports

2 x AURA RGB headers

1 x USB 3.1 header

1 x USB 3.0 header supports additional 2 USB 3.0 ports

1 x USB 2.0 header supports additional 2 USB 2.0 ports [ via ROG_EXT header]

6x SATA 6Gb/s ports

2 x M.2 Socket 3 for M Key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (Supports PCIE 3.0 x4 and SATA modes), type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (Supports PCIE 3.0 x4 mode)

1 x ROG extension (ROG_EXT) header

1 x 4-Pin CPU fan connector

1 x 4-Pin CPU_OPT fan connector

3 x 4-Pin Chassis fan connectors

1 x EXT_Fan header

1 x 4-Pin W_PUMP+ connector

1 x W_IN header

1 x W_OUT header

1 x W_FLOW header

1 x 4-Pin AIO_PUMP connector

1 x H_AMP fan connector

1 x Thermal sensor connector

1 x 24-pin EATX power connector

1 x 8-pin EATX 12V power connector

1 x Start button

1 x Reset button

1 x Safe Boot button

1 x Retry button

1 x LN2 mode jumper

1 x Slow mode switch

1 x MemOK! Button

1 x Clear CMOS Button

1 x Thunderbolt header (5-pin) for ASUS ThunderboltEX III series support

1 x Front panel audio connector (AAFP)

1 x TPM connector

1 x System panel connector


User guide

Support DVD

I/O Shield

2 x 2-in-1 SATA 6Gb/s cables

1 x SLI™ HB Bridge(2-way-M)

1 x Q-Connector

1 x ROG Coaster

1 x 3D printing mount

1 x 10-in-1 ROG cable label

1 x CPU Installation Tool

1 x 2-in-1 M.2 Screw set

1 x ROG sticker


1 x 128 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI3.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 3.0, ACPI 6.0, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 3, CrashFree BIOS 3, F11 EZ Tuning Wizard, F6 Qfan Control, F3 My Favorites, Last Modified log, F12 PrintScreen, F3 Shortcut functions and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information.


WfM2.0, DMI3.0, WOL by PME, PXE



ROG GameFirst IV




ROG Mem TweakIt


ROG Keybot II


Kaspersky® Anti-Virus

DAEMON Tools Pro

ASUS WebStorage

ASUS Utilities

Operating System Support

Windows® 10 64-bit

Windows® 8.1 64-bit*

Windows® 7*

*Windows® 8.1 64-bit and Windows® 7 32/64-bit are only supported when using 6th Generation Intel® Processors

Form Factor

ATX Form Factor, 12”x 9.6” (30.5cm x 24.4cm)