If we talks about the ASUS ROG series, ASUS has released another new model with the Intel Z97 Chipset, with the model name ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO. ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO is almost similar with its last version in this series ASUS Z97 MAXIMUS RANGER VII. In order to find the difference between these two models we have the details below:
Both models have almost same features. The only main difference is that ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO have a great numbers of USB 2.0 and the cost of ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO is about 280 dollars, while the model ASUS Z97 MAXIMUS VII RANGER cost is approximately 40 dollars cheaper.
Packaging and Content:
Packing box of the new model is not different from the old models, it comes in usual cardboard box with a flip-up lid with the new corporate style of ASUS ROG logo. Front side has the name of manufacturer and model name, also a large number of logos at the bottom.
Back side of flip-up cover, you can see the motherboard itself and also it has the following info about the features of motherboard.
Preset codec offers eight channel audio support. In order to avoid interference caused by electromagnetic interference, a special screening technology Black chrome EMI cover, and to maximize the quality of sound are special audio kondensatory ELNA. Support DTS CONNECT Users technologies, BD Audio Layer Content Protection and Music PnP.
It allows you to activate a virtual reproduction of 7.1 surround audio and it has a wide range of audio settings.
You can switch between hardware audio profile with a special button on the circuit board.
It allows you to adjust the playback sound with the level of impedance headphone user.
Network controller from Intel has a high capacity and consumes less CPU resources than competing solutions.
It has designed to optimize Internet traffic in order to increase the priority of online games, which should reduce the delay and, accordingly, to make the gameplay more pleasant.
A special controller and buttons on the surface of the printed circuit board, you can record macros and create function keys, even for conventional keyboards.
Special fuses for increased protection against electrostatic discharges.
Stainless Steel Back I/O:
Interface panel is made of high quality stainless steel c coating of chromium oxide. It has a high resistance to oxidation, which makes it three times more wear-resistant.
For greater user convenience slots to install memory modules are equipped with a latch on one side only.
On the back side of the box you can find the brief technical specification and schematic representation of the interface board is re-mention of the supporting technologies SupremeFX, GameFirst III, KeyBot, as well as the digital power supply system Extreme Engine DIGI + III.
In the box with the motherboard you will find the following items:
- User Manual Guide
- Guarantee Brochure
- Drivers And Utilities CD
- Set Of ASUS Q-Connectors
- 6x SATA Cables
- 2-Way NVIDIA SLI Bridge
- Interface Board Plug
Design Layout and Features Details:
ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO is made on a black PCB with the quite original design, with the combination of red color, as for the on-board layout elements, all elements are performed at the highest level, ports and connectors are located at the edges of the PCB, DIMM-slots are equipped with latches on one side only.
Back side of motherboard has not only usual base plate of processor socket and radiator mounting screws, but two support plates placed under the components of the power supply subsystem processor. They serve as a low-profile radiators.
- At the bottom of ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO has following connectors:
- Connectors to connect front panel audio header
- CMOS Reset Button
- Sonic SoundStage Audio Profile Switch
- TPM port
- 3x pads to activate USB 2.0 ports, one is aligned with ROG_EXT connector, totally on board the chipset supports seven USB 2.0 port: 5x internal and 2x on interface panel
As for the hard disk system, ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO has M.2 connector, which supports SSD-Drives with M.2 2260 M.2 2280 formats, and also it has 8x SATA 6 Gb/s port. As well as 6x SATA 6 Gb/s interface and M.2 port is operated through a set of system logic, while the two additional SATA 6 Gb / s are implemented by ASMedia ASM1061 chipset.
ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO is equipped with 4x DIMM-slots DDR3. RAM can operate in dual channel mode. To implement slats must be installed either in the first and third or second and fourth slots. In the normal mode, supported operating frequency is from 1333 to 1600 MHz and with the overclocking supported operating frequency is up to 3200 MHz.
Near the DIMM slots, you can find block for external USB 3.0 panel, totally the chipset supports 6x USB 3.0 ports: 2x are nternal and 4x on interface panel.
At the top right corner of PCB you will find: MemOK! Button that automatically pick up the necessary parameters of the memory for the successful launch of the system; Diagnostic LED-indicator, as well as the power button, reset, and activate KeyBot.
Cooling system consists of three major aluminum radiators, one is located on the Intel Z97 chipset, while the other two are connected through the heat pipe, which covers the elements of processor power system. In the process of testing were recorded following temperature:
- Temperature of chipset radiator is – 37 °C
- Temperature of CPU elements radiators is – 35 °C
The results can be safely described as excellent; indicating that effectively matched the cooling system components.
Power processor is carried out by enhanced 8-phase scheme for cores and additional nodes, based on a digital PWM controller ASP1257, integrated with power management system – Extreme Engine DIGI + III. All components of the host CPU power a high degree of reliability: use solid capacitors Black Metallic, MOSFETs NexFET and chokes with ferrite core 60A Ferrite Chokes. For the power supply are the main 24-pin and an additional 8-pin connector.
To extend the functionality of the motherboard ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO has six slots:
- PCI Express 2.0 x1
- PCI Express 3.0 x16 (x16 mode or x8)
- PCI Express 2.0 x1
- PCI Express 3.0 x16 (x8 mode)
- PCI Express 2.0 x1
- PCI Express 2.0 x16 (x4 mode)
Support AMD CrossFireX technology, as well as three PCI Express x16 slots, you can organize the 3 graphics card at a time. However, in this case, scheme of distribution lines is x8 + x8 + x4 will not allow properly unlock the potential of the bunch. It is best to use 1 or 2 graphics cards using NVIDIA SLI OR AMD CrossFireX.
As for the integrated graphics core on CPU, you have three video outputs:
All these are navigated by the ASMedia ASM1442K chip.
Multi I/O is assigned to the NUVOTON NCT6791D chip, which controls the operation of the system fans as PS/2 port, and monitors.
Motherboard support Gigabit LAN-controller Intel WGI218V for the internet connection, more details are list at the start of the review.
Audio system is based on an 8-channel HDA-codec ROG SupremeFX, which supports audio formats 2/4 / 5.1 / 7.1 and has a number of proprietary features, listed at the start of the review.
ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO Interface Panel includes the following ports:
- LAN (RJ45)
- 4x USB 3.0
- 2x USB 2.0
- Optical S/PDIF out;
- USB BIOS Flashback Button
- 6x Audio Ports
Interface panel has a sufficient number of USB ports, 3 video outputs and you can connect a multi-speakers channel. Additionally, note the feature update the BIOS firmware from a flash drive using the corresponding button. There are six 4-pin fan connectors, two of which are used for cooling the CPU, and the other four are for system turntables.
BIOS Setup (UEFI):
ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO uses a new modern preloaded based GUI UEFI, to adjust them where you can with your mouse.
All the necessary settings are grouped on that screen, and dispersal is carried out using the EZ Tuning Wizard.
Habitual Advanced Mode:
Here you can set the values manually, whatever you like according to you system.
Extreme Tweaker Tab:
Setting required for the overclocking can be find in this tab.
Memory frequency multiplier will allows you to set the speed of RAM from 800 to 3400 MHz, in both normal and overclocking mode. To increase stability during overclocking settings can serve as a digital power system management DIGI + VRM.
You can access the temperature of the processor and chipset here. Also you can monitor the voltage on the processor cores, memory and Intel chipset.
Manual overclocking; By increasing the multiplier to h46 and voltage up to 1.210 V, by using Intel Core i7-4770K, operating frequency was stable at 4600 MHz, which is a good result for a quality motherboard at this level.
Manually increase the system bus frequency possible to achieve the level of 159.97 MHz, which is a good result.
As for the automatic overclocking, using ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 5 software. You have manage to achieve maximum frequency of 4600 MHz at a voltage of 1.273 V, which is a good indicator for the automatic overclocking. Memory speed was increased up to 2400 MHz.
As for the automatic overclocking in the BIOS, start wizard settings EZ Tuning Wizard, you need to select the script to use your computer: Daily Computing and Gaming / Video Editing.
Next, you indicate the type of installed cooling system: complete boxed cooler, improved CO tower, liquid cooling system or a variant with a question mark for those who are not sure of the type used with.
Depending on the combination of the above items will be selected the best (according to the system) automatic overclocking profile.
For Daily Computing and Box cooler, we improved the CPU frequency to 4300 MHz (at a voltage of 1.224 V) and the memory speed was 2400 MHz.
For Gaming / Video Editing and Water cooler, CPU speed was 4589 MHz at a voltage of 1.273 V and Memory speed was 2450 MHz.
To test the performance of the ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO we have used Intel Core i7-4770K, with 8-Gb of memory – other details is listed below:
The performance of the ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO
is quite good in all the tests, as well as in the gaming. You can optimize it in the BIOS setting.
ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO is an updated series of ASUS ROG, based on the Intel Z97 chipset, it’s safe to say that due to a number of advantages you not have to miss it. As for the advantages. It has a nice design, excellent quality element, on-board layout elements, good opportunities for manual and automatic overclocking, high-quality audio codec, number of interesting technologies supported.
A good layout of the interface panel, opportunities for the disk system, which lie in the presence of eight SATA 6 Gb / s interface and M.2 (NGFF) for connecting high-speed drives with a capacity of up to 10 Gb/s. ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO is slightly improved version of ASUS MAXIMUS VII RANGER. It is ideal for the assembly of high-level gaming PC with one or two video cards.
Reliable 8-phase digital power system with Extreme Engine DIGI + III
Interesting and stylish design
Support a number of USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/s
M.2 (NGFF) with a capacity of 10 Gb/s
Good opportunities for the automatic and manual overclocking
AMD CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI Supported
Support for a number of useful technologies
ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO Review, Design and Testing Performance
If we talks about the ASUS ROG series, ASUS has released another new model with the Intel Z97 Chipset, with the model name ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO.