ASUS Maximus VII Hero Preview

Introduction and Technical Specifications

ASUS Maximus VII Hero Preview

Introduction

There is no doubt that whilst the regular Z97s might be the overall volume sellers because of the pre-built system market, the majority of motherboards that ASUS sell separately come from their Republic of Gamers range. Until the last generation these were broadly split into three main types. The Gene, for those who want an iTX board; the Extreme for everyone who was determined to have the very best regardless of cost; and the Formula for everyone else. 

With the release of the Z87 Maximus VI Hero ASUS brought a new variation to the marketplace. Tightly focussed upon the needs of gamers the Hero proved extremely popular and so it's no surprise to see it return as an option on the Maximus VII. Indeed the Formula and the Extreme have, for the moment at least, seemingly been replaced by the Maximus VII Ranger, which is aimed at the gamer on a budget, and today's preview model the Maximus VII Hero which has all the bells and whistles a gamer could need, without piling on frivolous features for the sake of it.

With such a tight focus, and a rumoured £200 price tag, the Hero could be exactly that. So let's delve into what's on offer.

Specifications

ASUS have helpfully compared the Maximus VII Hero to their preceding Maximus VI Hero, which was certainly one of the better Z87 motherboards around. By putting the major changes in red it allows at 'at a glance' checklist of what is new. Which, as you can see by casting your eyes through the list, is support for the forthcoming 5th Generation Intel CPUs, higher memory overclocking (up from 3000MHz to 3200MHz), improved network hardware and configuration and superior audio options.

Everything else has, as you'd expect, been tweaked and refined with more upto-date ROG Gamefirst and better fan control options, alongside the M.2 Socket 3 support. Surely you're gagging to see how it looks, so let's move on to the board itself.



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28-04-2014, 08:55:39

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...143657967l.jpg

The final part of our Z97 preview focusses upon the ASUS Maximus VII Hero. A ROG motherboard that has a bevy of features to entice you.


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28-04-2014, 11:19:04

RickPlaysWarr
Hmmm.

Imagining this board in my newly acquired NZXT H440 Black/Red case. Crap, plans change yet again.Quote

28-04-2014, 12:00:44

Conchubair
been planning on getting one of these since i heard those devil canyon rumours. amnt disappointed by the looks anyways...Quote

28-04-2014, 12:25:16

notcool
Indeed a very nice board.Quote

28-04-2014, 12:34:21

lAnimal
Meh :P I'm more of a sabertooth fan, though I do like the new lines in this, also the z97 deluxe looks niftyQuote

28-04-2014, 20:01:18

qhfreddy
Really nice board, has what it needs and a pretty nice price tag.

I really don't see the point in getting a motherboard for 1150 that costs over 200 quid, you might as well get the X79/X99 boards of the same price tag and get a lot more upgradeability.Quote

28-04-2014, 20:06:12

Dicehunter
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Originally Posted by qhfreddy View Post
Really nice board, has what it needs and a pretty nice price tag.

I really don't see the point in getting a motherboard for 1150 that costs over 200 quid, you might as well get the X79/X99 boards of the same price tag and get a lot more upgradeability.
Or if your already on Z87 according to Anandtech it's really not worth switching over, It will be like switching from a 3770K to a 4770K but a tad less according to some people I've been talking to.Quote

28-04-2014, 20:07:50

qhfreddy
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Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Or if your already on Z87 according to Anandtech it's really not worth switching over, It will be like switching from a 3770K to a 4770K but a tad less according to some people I've been talking to.
I was talking from the perspective of an upgrade from pre-SB hardware. If you can afford a 4770k and some 250 quid board, you might as well get a 4820k and a 200-250 quid X79 board, although at this point it is worth considering the wait for X99...Quote

28-04-2014, 20:15:00

Dicehunter
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Originally Posted by qhfreddy View Post
I was talking from the perspective of an upgrade from pre-SB hardware. If you can afford a 4770k and some 250 quid board, you might as well get a 4820k and a 200-250 quid X79 board, although at this point it is worth considering the wait for X99...
Ahh right gotchaQuote

28-04-2014, 22:12:49

the_bone_reaper
i think i like the look of my ASUS Maximus VI Hero Motherboard better but i am still intrigued by the new lookQuote

29-04-2014, 01:09:59

RizeAllard
Nice board, but for me theres no enought SATA ports for me... I had to wait and see what can the other (expensiver) boards bring to us. Quote

02-05-2014, 14:07:48

RickPlaysWarr
Hi

Any idea of release date. I just made a bunch of purchases for my upcoming H440 rig for my birthday in July. Was going to get a MSI Gaming GD65 or the VI Hero board. I will be keeping my 4770K processor from my current Mini Mac Pro Hackintosh and replacing that one with 4670K processor. I really love the look of the board from Tom's video, and am "properly" giddy and want it.

***EDIT***
Awe Crud, Newegg.com just put it up for pre-order releasing on the 11th. I have no money on the cards so going to have to wait.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813132125Quote
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