ASUS ROG X470 Crosshair VII Hero Review
The AMD Ryzen range brought AMD smack bang up to date with a huge amount of performance on a modern platform, namely the X370 chipset. The success of that has enabled AMD to go all in on the Ryzen platform and they have revised both their Ryzen CPUs and the chipset to bring us a new set of Ryzen 2 CPUs and a new selection of motherboards based around the X470 chipset.
Hopefully by now you’ve read our review of the actual Ryzen CPUs themselves and seen what they can bring to the table. They are evolutions of the excellent original Zen architecture, but now with some of the few rough edges that there were smoothed off.
First up in our reviews of the new X470 chipsets that accompany this processor launch is the latest model in the famous ASUS ROG Crosshair range, the Crosshair VII Hero (Wi-Fi). The Crosshair range has been famous throughout its lifespan for providing the AMD enthusiast with a fantastic platform from which to launch their efforts, and from the looks of the Crosshair VII Hero that is expected to continue.
However, we’re not here to speculate, we’re here to bring you hard facts. The benchmarks are over, how does the Crosshair VII Hero perform?
Firstly we have to apologise for the watermark text across the specifications. One of the downsides to pre-release, pre-NDA products are always that they are determined dodgy uncaring websites are punished for leaking the slightest piece of information, which means that websites such as ours who don’t engage in such nefarious practices have to endure unique identifiers which make bringing you the specifications table somewhat harder to read that it might otherwise be. We could manually rewrite it but if we did that you’d be reading this review some time in the next century, and we’d have gone insane from the effort.
At the very least you can see that the Crosshair VII Hero comes with all the bells and whistles that one would hope to find on a premium ROG motherboard. Certainly if you want to start your 2nd Generation Ryzen journey off on the best foot this is a great platform from which to do so.