With all the Ryzen and GTX 1080 Ti buzz that’s going around, it’s easy to get distracted. The truth is, if you’ve been looking to build a potent, high-performance gaming system based around the Z270 platform, nothing much has changed for you, or should’ve changed. The Z270 chipset is still the most up-to-date offering Intel has for the desktop.
What’s noteworthy is that the Z270 platform has brought with it much better motherboards from all vendors. Of particular importance is the ROG Maximus IX APEX. It’s a board that many will ignore, yet it’s the most significant of the entire ROG line up. It’s a bold claim, sure, and one that ASUS would perhaps disagree with, but let me explain why this motherboard is so important.