We know that Asus is one of the first manufacturers of motherboards to support 3D printing, making it an effortless task when it comes to altering the appearance of your motherboard; it also enhances the system’s performance with a series of printable portions. ASUS ROG motherboards are some of the most prestigious motherboards in the market, and every enthusiast have surely dreamed of owning one. Even the entry level ROG motherboards, like the Maximus Hero boards, still carries a certain aura that ASUS fans swear by. Today, I have the new ASUS ROG Maximus IX Hero with the latest Intel Z270 chipset, so let’s take a look at what it offers.Today, we’re going to focus and talk about the Maximus IX Hero which is actually the most economical entry introduced to the ROG family.
Even if this sits behind the Maximus IX Formula and the Maximus IX Code (both featuring numerous extensions such as onboard Wi-Fi, full body shielding, better RGB LED lighting, and MOSFET water blocks), the Maximus IX Hero isn’t something that you should overlook or ignore since it has its own slew of great specs.The Maximus IX Hero is something specifically designed for gamers. The new ASUS ROG Maximus IX Hero is way more aggressive compare to the previous generation. The black and gun metal color theme really enhances the appeal of the motherboard. Aesthetically, it has improved a lot especially on the heatsinks’ designs and reinforced PCIe slots. Another very noticeable change is the very densely packed PCB.
- LGA1151 socket for 7th/ 6th -gen Intel® Core™ desktop processors
- ROG Water Cooling Zone : Dominate your cooling system
- Aura Sync RGB LED: Stunning synchronized effects and two Aura 4-pin RGB-strip headers
- SupremeFX: Exclusive new codec plus intuitive Sonic Studio III and Sonic Radar III
- 5-Way Optimization: One-click system-wide overclocking.
- Best gaming networking: Intel® Gigabit Ethernet, LANGuard and GameFirst technologies
- Best gaming connectivity: USB 3.1 front-panel connector, dual M.2 and both USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C
- Best gaming durability: Safeslot and premium components for maximum durability
Talking about the PCIe slots, the ASUS ROG Maximus IX Hero features 6 PCIe slots, of which three slots are wired as X16, X8, X8 and with the other three being PCIe X1 slots. ASUS ROG Maximus IX Hero supports NVIDIA SLI in X8 X8 configuration, and AMD CrossfireX in X8 X8 X4 configuration. The best part of the SLI support here on this board is ASUS provides a HB SLI bridge to make full use of the latest NVIDIA Pascal cards in SLI. Two of the PCIe X16 are secured with ASUS PCIe SafeSlot reinforcement, and the other interesting feature is the open-ended PCIe X1 slots. They will allow for longer cards to be slotted in.
ASUS ROG Maximus IX Hero supports dual channel memory, and up to 64GB DDR4 RAM. Depending on which memory kits you install, the board offers supports for higher memory speeds up to 4133 MHz.The ASUS ROG Maximus IX Hero is ready for 3D printed accessories with three 3D Mount screw ports located across the board. ASUS has gone nuts with the cooling available on this board, sprinkling the ASUS ROG Maximus IX Hero with one CPU fan connector, a secondary CPU OPT fan connector, three chassis fan connectors, one H_AMP fan connector for more powerful fans that need more than 1A, one W_PUMP+ connector meant for watercooling pumps and one AIO_PUMP connector which is pretty self-explanatory.
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