ASUS ROG Z170 Maximus VIII Hero Review
Published: 5th August 2015 | Source: ASUS | Price: £172 @ OCUK |
If you have ever owned a ROG board then BIOS feels totally familiar, to us being lucky enough to work with kit like this regularly its quite calmingly familiar. Of course it's all so well laid out that even if you haven't there are no nasty surprises waiting to catch you out.
There are a few changes in the voltage side of things with the Z170 chipset, but this is a change Intel have done rather than Asus. The CPU and the CACHE volts are now combined for example. Other than that we are pretty sure you will feel at home and, even at this very early stage of the boards and BIOS development, it seems strong and stable. Our 3600MHz memory for example works simply by enabling the XMP mode and required no manual fettling. A statement that isn't one you can throw at every motherboard. XMP might be a "one click" solution but it's still a bit like tossing a coin in the air as to whether it will work. Not here on the Hero.
The fan monitoring and control section seems to be growing too. There is a huge amount of options in there now and a lot more temperature sensors and even the option to add your own external ones. A great new feature is the waterpump fan header. This is ideal for those of you running an AIO watercooling unit that has a 3 or 4 pin power cable, Asus now have a dedicated slot you can plug it into and set up custom profiles to make sure it stays quiet when your system isn't being stressed.