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ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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Maximus VII Hero: Your 2014 ROG Upgrade!

Last year's Hero smashed onto the PC gamer and enthusiast builder scene – easily the most popular ROG board to date! It goes without saying then that 2014's Maximus VII Hero would have a lot to live up to. So, thankfully, it's had a huge upgrade and a big splash of cool design. Have a look at this:

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The sharp aesthetic design is drawn throughout its creation; from painted, matte black PCB to the heatsink, to the (optionally) illuminated Z97 heatsink. The keen-eyed will also notice no more white clips as the whole board is now totally red and black!

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The Hero supports all current Intel 4th Generation (Haswell, Haswell-refresh) and future 5th Generation (Broadwell) CPUs on LGA1150. The Extreme Engine DIGI+ III hardware includes 8 + 2-phase power, NexFET™ Power Block MOSFET, 60A Ferrite Chokes, and 10K Black Metallic Capacitors to make overclocking a cinch.

On the memory front there's support for four DDR3 DIMMS up to and beyond 3,200MHz, depending on what kit you choose to pair it with.

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Within its price-range it's also the only board with rear bracing/heatspreaders for the VRMs, too!

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While top-side, the heatsink has a nickel-plated heatpipe cunningly tucked deep into its design to improve cooling.

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The rear IO features two USB 2.0 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, combination PS2 keyboard and mouse, HDMI out, DVI out, dsub out, USB BIOS Flashback, RJ45 Intel I218V Gigabit Ethernet port with LANGuard (and GameFirst III), S/PDIF out and 6x 3.5mm audio jacks from the SupremeFX 2014.

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In the box there's also a metallic black Q-shield to cover the rear IO.

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The audio front packs SupremeFX 2014. This includes ROG technologies like SupremeFX Shielding over the sound codec, ELNA premium audio capacitors, ELNA premium audio capacitors, DTS Connect, and ROG exclusive enhancements such as Sonic SoundStage, Sonic SenseAmp, Sonic Studio and Sonic Radar II.

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The SupremeFX Shield gets a flash of ROG Redline, too.


The PCI-Express layout is aimed at (most commonly) two-way SLI and CrossFire users with its two, red PCI-Express x16 slots providing 1 x 16 or 2 x 8 from the CPU. If you're using more GPUs, wait for our Computex announcements!

Three open-ended PCI-Express x1 slots, a PCI-Express x16 (x4 electrically) and the M.2 (PCI-E x2) slot are all connected to the Z97 PCH. Note that due to the limitation in number of available Z97 PCI-Express lanes, these PCI-Express lanes are shared. The default setting is Auto Mode, which automatically assigns the PCI-Express lanes, meaning if you install a PCI-Express x4 device into the bottom slot, the system will automatically detect and disable the x1 slots and M.2 slot.

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The red heatsink stripe is extended further along the motherboard PCB.


The M.2 port support PCI-Express x2 devices up to 2280 (80mm long), giving the latest 10Gbps extreme performance. Since it's PCI-Express based it does not eat up one of the eight SATA III ports when used, giving you the maximum storage potential and best performance, all the time.

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Onboard buttons include the usual power, rest, Clear CMOS, MemOK! tester and new Sonic SoundStage switcher and KeyBot on/off.

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Flip the board over, and you can find the KeyBot hardware IC, too.

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On the bundled software disc you'll get these to use with your new build:

  • ROG GameFirst III
  • ROG RAMDisk
  • ROG CPU-Z
  • ROG Mem TweakIt
  • Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
  • DAEMON Tools Pro Standard
  • ASUS WebStorage
  • Home Cloud
  • ASUS Utilities


Learn more about the ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO

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Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • SHAOQING O.
  • 11/27/2014 11:37:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA: CODE 00

Pros: this asus motherboard has many features and I expected more than it. It's 200 dollar MB

Cons: when i got this motherboard, I plug in everything step by step: CPU, cpu fan, RAM, video card, so on... Then, when I try to turn it on: it displayed code:00. then, I tried with only: CPU, CPU fan , and RAM, it doesn't work..
MY spec: I7 4790k, EVGA gtx 970, EVGA power supply: 750WAtt, and G SKill Trident 16GB 2400mhz

Other Thoughts: now , I return this motherboard.and got another one.. I have wasted my Thanksgiving weekend.

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  • Michael S.
  • 11/25/2014 9:05:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: I did have to flash bios/cmos/ and clear ram before this would boot, but after i did that, worked perfectly. and im currently using 2133 ram, no idea why people were having issues getting their ram to run properly. after getting into bios, literally pressed 4 buttons and bam, ram is running at 2133.

Cons: none thus far, works like a dream.

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  • John H.
  • 11/23/2014 8:19:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood board

Pros: Pretty good board , seems to be stable and the bios is a snap. Decent for gamers . works well with my sli set up. XMP profile works with the gigabite ram that comes with the combo deal.

Cons: I first bought this MB in a combo deal, it ended up costing me more as the first board had two dead DIMS. As a few previous other viewers had stated this board has issues with ram slots not working , they were correct as i got one of them, the only way i could get the board to read the ram was to put in in the two left channels ( not dual red slots) so i sent the board back for a replacement. Down the cost in shipping to send the board back and the replacement board cost me normal price which was about $20 bucks more and add shipping to that. So tack on another 30$ to get a board that works right.. C'mon ASUS lets get these boards checked better before they are shipped out ..I am NOT a fan boy and i work hard for my money and i expect quality when i spend the amount of money that it cost to get a board that i over $200. Deducted an egg due to the cost of a replacement .

Other Thoughts: You should just prepare to flash the bios to the latest , it seems to have some stability problems until you do so. flashing bios has never been easier with this type of bios reader and a thumb drive.

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  • Carlos A.
  • 11/23/2014 11:09:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCould not POST

Pros: -Aesthetically pleasing
-Q-Codes are a nice feature

Cons: -Cannot get past POST
-Bent pins in CPU socket upon arrival

Other Thoughts: To be fair, I cannot list any Pros nor Cons due to not even being able to start my new build up, as in, not getting past POST. The Q-Code LEDs are, at this point, the only positive thing I can say about this board as they help point you in the supposedly right direction if you're running into a rut. Currently, I keep getting a Q-Code error of "55", which according to the MB manual, says "Memory not installed", but apparently this MB cannot tell when it has four 4GB DDR3s firmly installed in their appropriate slots. I've tried unseating/reseating, swapping DIMMs into different slots... zero success. I've also read in a few forums that those pesky bent pins could be the culprit....

It's a shame I had such a bad experience with this so far and I haven't even been able to try the darn thing! For now, this board will only receive 1 egg from me based solely on my current experience. If anything changes, my review will change as well.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

I am sorry that you are having issues your motherboard. Have you hit the MEMOK! button after installing the RAM? If you have not contacted NewEgg for an RMA exchange already and would like to RMA with ASUS, please refer to the link below to create an RMA. Simply fill out all pertinent info so that we can process your RMA and send you the instructions to have the unit sent in for repair service. Optionally you can contact ASUS support (live chat or phone in) to have them create a case and RMA as well if you have any issues with the form. If you would like to discuss this case further, please contact me through email and include your reference number within the subject line. In addition, please provide me with what troubleshooting steps you had tried, as well as the rest of the systems hardware configuration. Thank you. Cs#N141183384

http://www.service.asus.com/#!b2c/c1h8k
http://www.service.asus.com/#!rma-request/cope
http://www.service.asus.com/#!consumer/csn9

Regards,

Lou
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cc-lou@asus.com

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  • JAMEY C.
  • 11/21/2014 9:39:58 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest motherboard in it's price class

Pros: Quality of components, feature set, BIOS settings. Asus has been the world leader in motherboard quality for 15+ years now and this motherboard is a show case of what you should expect from a moderate enthusiast main board that doesn't break the bank. Construction quality is apparent. When you get the box in your hands and open it up you instantly get the feeling that Asus takes pride in what they've assembled.

I've seen a few comments about the 240-pin SDRAM slots being hard to get the first sticks of memory in and I did not have that problem. I would recommend that if you are buying a new motherboard, get your ram and cpu on the board BEFORE you install the main board in your case.

The BIOS user interface is awesome. There is a plethora of settings to tweak, but lots of thought has gone into organizing things and making it both easy to navigate as well as easy on the eye.

The various buttons, LEDs, and the post/error code display are excellent extras that allow your to have a clear understanding of issues during overclocking or hardware swapping and still run the board (troubleshoot) with minimal attachment to other components (even a case).

And then there is the looks. The coloring/theme of the board and heatsinks as well as the LED backlighting on the southbridge and such are great touches. If you are installing this main board in a case without a window, you are doing it no justice. This main board deserves to be on display. I'd advise getting a case with good cable management, not only for airflow, but simply because this board is just as strong visually as it is in performance.

I've always been 99% satisfied with ASUS products, but this board I'd recommend to anyone building a new system OR upgrading an existing one.

Cons: I've heard the M.2 Socket is no good however I'm using it so I don't have an opinion on the matter.

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  • Devin W.
  • 11/21/2014 2:59:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsUpdate to "RMA scam" review

Pros: I still couldn't find a better reviewed board, so I went ahead an ordered a new one, planning on being VERY careful this time. First, I am embarrassed to say that the CPU cover is actually quite easy to replace. It snaps into place OVER the CPU clamp, not under. I was using small and fuzzy pictures of the board for reference when trying to replace it, and this was my honest mistake.
-I would like to add that the GUI BIOS setup is actually quite nice. I haven't gotten into overclocking anything yet, but all the options are there.
-I'm only using 1 video card currently, and it's been several years since I built a new PC, but the PCIE slots feel a bit "roomier" than I'm used to. There's plenty of space between them, and I'm not worried about heat buildup.

Cons: -Still wary of the CHA_FAN slots (I'm only using the rear and side fans on them).
-Relatively low on rear USB ports.
-Odd double-boot on power loss/unplugged from wall. This is an intentional fail-safe, but a bit scary when you first boot up after the built. I had a definite "oh, shii---" moment until it came up.
-Onboard sound is a bit lacking, but nothing too terrible if you're not an audiophile.

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  • Robert S.
  • 11/17/2014 2:34:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsGreat OC'er Motherboard, But Average Onboard Sound

Pros: -Build quality and layout are fantastic.
-Color scheme is awesome. It's a FLAT black PCB with red accents. Plus the red lighting would great in a windowed case.
-Easy to understand BIOS.
-Easily OC'd my i5-4690K 3.5GHz to 4.6GHz, but I backed it down to 4.4GHz.
-No trouble with the G.SKILL Trident X Series 16GB DDR3 2400 memory sticks. It read the XMP profile without a hitch.

Cons: -The onboard sound, SupremeFX 2014.... Is not very good. Now, normally I wouldn't knock a motherboard for this, but ASUS advertised: "Precision-engineered audio that's as great as a dedicated sound card"… That's a direct quote from their website. I can ABSOLUTLY GUARANTEE that it is not. I was using a SoundBlaster X-Fi PCI card with SteelSeries Siberia v2 and Logitech Z-623 2.1 speakers on my previous build, so mid-range at best. The SupremeFX 2014 couldn't touch the 7 year old SB X-Fi PCI card. It wasn't a subtle difference it was very clear. Even played around the SupremeFX 2014 settings for 2 weeks trying to get it to sound as good as my older X-Fi card.

Other Thoughts: Part of the reason I spent I little more money on this motherboard than I normally do, is that I thought I was getting great onboard sound. So I didn't worry that my older PCI sound card wouldn't work on this board (no PCI slots).
After trying for 2 weeks to recreate the sound that my SB X-Fi made in Battlefield 4, I gave up and got a SoundBlaster Z card PCI-e. Needless to say it easily surpassed the SupremeFX 2014 in depth, richness and clarity.
I'm still happy with the board overall, but ASUS is blatantly advertising a feature of the board that isn't really true. I would a bought a board that had a PCI slot, and saved myself the cost of buying a PCI-e sound card

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  • Devin W.
  • 11/16/2014 7:36:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood board, but CHA_FAN ports are decoration and RMA is a scam

Pros: Great looking board. I can't really speak for all the heat dissipation shields and such, but I see no reason why they shouldn't work. On-board buttons to reset, clear CMOS, MEM-OK, and others are really useful when troubleshooting with the case open. BIOS flashing is amazingly simple (plug in a USB with the update, push a button, and done!).

Cons: Possible I just got a lemon, but using 3 of the CHA_FAN ports apparently fried the board. ASUS tech support was very helpful, but ultimately I ended up getting an RMA. Now here comes the trouble:
In order to return the board, you must replace the CPU slot ("PnP") cover. This little piece of plastic seems to have been designed by Satan. I attempted to snap the cover back into place as it was when I opened the box, but this seems to cause the CPU clamp/cover thing to be impossible to close. There are inexplicable raised surfaces on the bottom of the cover whose sole purpose seems to bend pins when attempting to replace the cover. And since the bent pins are now from "user error," your warranty is now void.
Now that I have a $200 paperweight, I've still tried to figure out how the bloody thing is supposed to attach, but I still can't figure it out.

Other Thoughts: Examine the CPU/PnP cover VERY carefully before removing it. Take pictures, diagrams, whatever you can. Definitely inspect all the pins closely before removing the cover completely, since replacing the cover might void your warranty.

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings Devin,

I am sorry to hear that you are having issues with the motherboard. The CPU socket cover is actually attached onto the clamp after it is closed and latched. It will snap into place on top of the entire clamp itself. On older sockets it used to be set inside the socket like a "dummy" CPU pin cover but that has since been changed on newer generation boards. If you would like to discuss this case further, please contact me through email and include your reference number within the subject line. In addition, please provide me with what troubleshooting steps you had tried, as well as the rest of the systems hardware configuration. Thank you. Cs#N141164374

Regards,

Lou
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cc-lou@asus.com

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  • Michael S.
  • 11/16/2014 4:28:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBoots Fast and Runs Stable

Pros: From power-on to windows 7 functionality in about 16 seconds.

Red on black color scheme.

Plenty of USB 3 and SATA 3 ports.

Onboard audio is a usable backup (in the unlikely event of SoundBlaster ZX failure).

Well built Asus quality.

Cons: Only 2 USB 2 ports on back panel, and the only one is usable for windows install (or BIOS flash via EZ Flash). You have to use the USB 2 port farthest away from the PS2 mouse/keyboard port for either of these functions and there is no (easily found) documentation on this fact.

No E-SATA port.

Would rather see more USB ports and an E-SATA port than the onboard audio (even though this is about the best onboard audio available).

XMP for DDR3 2400 MHz is hard to find in BIOS (had to switch to EZ BIOS mode to find it).

Other Thoughts: Love the super fast boot time and the performance of this board. I wish motherboard manufacturers would realize that for us old-school hardcore gamers/video makers, onboard audio is just something that we have to work around, regardless of how well it is implemented (although I realize the majority of people accept it as fine). Given the fact that there are no Z97 boards without this option I cannot deduct an egg for this fact.

SUPER FAST BUILD: Folding@home for 7 straight days, averaging 64k PPD and running cool, pulling 294 watts from the wall (including Samsung 27 in. monitor).

ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO
Core i7-4790K (not overclocked yet)
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
G.SKILL Trident X DDR3 2400 16GB (2 x 8GB)
EVGA GeForce GTX 970 Superclocked 4GB
Creative Sound Blaster Zx
SAMSUNG 850 Pro 256GB
CORSAIR HX650
Antec Sonata III 500

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  • Steven S.
  • 11/14/2014 7:19:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHero 7

Pros: 7.1 sound, intel Ethernet, great cooling, tons of software if you want it but you dont have to install it. The red color scheme is great for blue fans in a case.

Cons: Price

Other Thoughts: Price is kind of high but it is worth it.

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