Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Apex review

The OC-obsessed Asus Maximus Z690 Apex is one of the most expensive Z690 boards, though in fairness it sits a long way below Asus’ own Maximus Extreme. At $720 (£570, $1199 AU) there’s no getting away from the fact that it’s a very expensive board and its main competitors—the Aorus Tachyon ($550) and MSI Unify-X ($500)—both cost substantially less.

Motherboards specifically designed for overclocking have long taken a back seat in favor of RGB-ified gaming designs. Overclocking never went away, though, and though the days of taking a cheap processor and motherboard and overclocking it to flagship tier performance levels are long gone, it’s still good to see all of the big manufacturers still catering to the OC market, small though it is. Boards such as the Tachyon, Unify-X, and the Asus Maximus Apex are usually held in high regard, but these days they tend to come with a painfully high cost.

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