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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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  • Clay F.
  • 9/18/2014 8:30:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsHas Issues

Pros: The board has probably the easiest UEFI bios that you can work with. Their software is excellent and the over build quality and aesthetics is good. 8 SATA ports which stands out though only 6 are integrated and 2 are provided by another controller.

Cons: This board has KNOWN ISSUES. Do a quick scan on asus forums and you will see there are issues with the onboard audio. Like 60 pages of issues and Asus isn't even acknowledging it. Many thing the audio and microphone ports are just not wired properly so Asus couldn't fix it if they wanted.

Other Thoughts: For the $$, buy a different motherboard. Stay away from the ROG series b/c for 2 motherboards now they implemented the same audio problems.

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  • Scott C.
  • 9/16/2014 9:06:09 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsStable and very fast so far

Pros: In a gaming system, this board coupled with a 4.0 GHz Core i7 Haswell CPU and an NVIDIA GTX 660 really zooms. Installation was as easy as a motherboard installation ever can be (you always have to deal with cable routing and such). Connectors are clearly documented in the manual and clearly labeled on the board. The circuit board itself seems to be of high quality, and ASUS used reliable connectors. I used to design circuit boards professionally, so these are things I notice and care about!

Upgrading the BIOS is dead easy. Just put the new BIOS file on a VFAT-formatted thumb drive, power the system off, insert the thumb drive into one specific USB port on the back, press and hold the button next to that USB port, and wait a minute or so until an LED stops blinking. Reboot. Done.

The BIOS is so configurable that even as a computer engineer I found that there were more options there than I really needed. If you want a board that you can deeply configure for overclocking, this is a good choice. I tweaked the things I wanted to tweak and kept the defaults otherwise, and the board is running stably and smoothly for me. If you're a beginner, the menu might be a little intimidating, but the defaults normally will work fine.

When researching this board online before purchase, I found one review that said you couldn't install Windows 7 on a solid state drive with this board. That's nonsense. I did just that and had no problems at all. Windows 7 boots off a SATA SSD for me in about 10 seconds.

The onboard gigabit Ethernet chipset performs nicely. I am doing game development and use this system to capture multi-gigabyte videos, which are transferred to another system for editing. The onboard Ethernet can fully stuff the GigE pipeline as fast as my network switch can go.

I give kudos to ASUS for providing a very detailed manual for the board, when a lot of companies don't seem to do that any more. This matters more than you might think, because unless you have another system nearby during installation, looking up configuration instructions online may not be very convenient, so the printed manual is a very useful item.

Cons: The Realtek audio driver has a known bug (documented online) that causes it to fail at boot time. Online, the consensus was to upgrade to the latest BIOS to fix this. I did so, but the problem persists. My video board is providing sound output, so I simply uninstalled and ignored the Realtek driver, but this may be a problem for others. I'm assuming ASUS or Realtek will fix it in a driver update, but for now this cost it one star in my review.

I found some of the marketing hype around the board's features (especially the bundled software) to be a bit excessive, but it can be ignored and doesn't diminish the quality of the board itself. Frankly, some of the software wasn't of any interest to me, so I didn't install all of it.

Other Thoughts: I bought this board with a 4.0 GHz Core i7 CPU as an upgrade for a gaming tower, replacing another ASUS board that has worked well but can't keep up with the newer games.

One installation caveat: Be sure to plug in not only the main ATX power connector, but also the PCI Express power connector located near the CPU socket. If you miss this step, the board will power up but won't boot. This is documented in the manual but easy to overlook, which I did the first time through! Get the cabling right, and you're off and running. My fault, not the board's, so I didn't take away a star for this.

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  • Brenda M.
  • 9/8/2014 1:53:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAWESOME!

Pros: Amazing look, Supreme FX is absolutely fantastic! Error code system. cool LED system running all over the board. at least enough fan power supply connectors for 5 fans. Three GPU Ports.

Cons: None that I can see or think of.

Other Thoughts: i had an Intel i7 processor with a different socket type, so i had to buy a new i5. MAKE SURE YOU BUY THE RIGHT SOCKET TYPE FOR YOUR PROCESSORS. (ITS LGA 1150 BTW).

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/7/2014 2:52:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAsus Maximus VII Hero

Pros: Great color scheme also has great build quality and tons of goodies every enthusiast will love.

Cons: NONE.

Other Thoughts: This board has exceeded my expectations for the price it was worth it.

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  • Vyacheslav R.
  • 9/6/2014 4:46:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

Pros: Great, works out of the box.. My first PC build in years lol..
Powered up and running they way it should be.. no problems...
I did a lot of research what MB to get & wan whit this one..

I have Intel Core i7-4790K & it overclocks it automatic to 4.5-6..

Cons: Would be cool to have more fan connectors on the board..
Also would like to see a Factory seals on MD in the Future.

If your looking for something negative U will find it in everything u own..

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  • crystal g.
  • 9/4/2014 9:32:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsbEST EVER

Pros: Nothing I can say about this thing. I have had it over a week now and it just rules. I can overclock it with the software and I can do extreme o.c. without anything blowing up. But it also has a easy feature that will help people who have never done overclocking do it with ease. The board is rock solid I love the fact that everything is easy to get to and the manual that comes with it is very detailed. If you are looking for a very strong mainboard this would be top of the list.

Cons: Wish it came in different colors HA

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  • Keith B.
  • 9/3/2014 5:52:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGreat MB - HORRIBLE customer service

Pros: The motherboard itself is great, when it's working. The hardware and software features, the look, the layout, the setup, etc. The majority of the software included is decent. The included items are useful and fun. When it's working it works fine.

Cons: Mine died exactly 31 days after my order. 1 day too many to deal with NewEgg for a replacement so I had to call Asus. I have never, ever had such a run-around from a company in my life. Worst. Customer service. Ever. I've spent 4 days trying to prove that my brand new motherboard was within the 3 year warranty period. Now that I finally jump through those hurdles (did I mention I had registered the product on the Asus registration site the day I got it?) I receive an email telling me they're happy to confirm my product is under warranty and to contact them if I continue to have any problems... Have I gotten an RMA? No. Have they helped me in any way? No.

IM STILL HAVING PROBLEMS! I NEED AN RMA! What I don't need is an email telling me my brand new motherboard is under warranty. I've wasted the better part of a week (almost a quarter of my total ownership time of this motherboard) with a broken motherboard and an inoperable computer.

As someone who's main computer is nearly all Asus products, who has 2 Asus laptops, an Asus router, an Asus monitor, an Asus tablet, etc. (I actually surprised myself at how many Asus products I have) I truly must say that after this experience I'm going to have a hard time ever buying another Asus product again. I simply cannot believe how much of a pain in the behind this has been. You'd think support would see when the item was registered and simply issue an RMA after their normal troubleshooting proved the product was defective. How hard can that be?

So word of warning if you purchase this motherboard. Buy an extended warranty so you don't have to deal with Asus support.

Motherboard specific: The Game First software conflicts with WAY too many other programs to be usable. (e.g. Nvidia GeForce Experience won't even start with GF running) The DPC latency issues with the included Asus network drivers make audio stutter annoying, especially after any torrent activity. Prepare to either reboot afterwards or you can download original Intel NIC drivers.

Other Thoughts: If my motherboard hadn't failed 31 days after buying it and if Asus support wasn't so amazingly horrible I'd likely be raving about how great this motherboard is. However with my current experience I simply cannot recommend any Asus product including this one. If you decide to get it however, be warned of what you may need to deal with.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear KDB,

I am sorry to hear about the issues you ran into with the board and the RMA process. I will be happy to assist you with your current RMA if you would like. When contacting me, so that I may look into your case further, please provide me with any case number you may have been provided. Please include your reference number provided here as well 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#N140923028

Regards,

Lou
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cc-lou@asus.com

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  • Zachary D.
  • 9/2/2014 2:12:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great Customer Service from Newegg
Fast Shipping
Great Features
Easy-to-Use Bios Updater
Most Driver Updates are quick and simple/effective
Great Hardware for the price!

Cons: Audio Driver tends to hang for a while without much notification. Can cause minor issues/inconvenience if computer reset

Other Thoughts: I initially had a defective piece of hardware, most likely this Mobo, but also possibly the cpu. New computer would crash consistently under a moderate amount of stress. No physical damage anywhere, and I ruled out every other piece of hardware. Newegg was very helpful in replacing both pieces and completely solving my issue, as I had no way to test either core piece. Mobo and computer in general now run like a beast!

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  • Caleb O.
  • 8/29/2014 2:23:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSAVIOR!

Pros: This board has saved my life. If it wasn't for the door knob hanger that came with this motherboard, the person who robbed me would have came straight in. Luckily for me, he saw it before breaking down more door, with the words "DO NOT ENTER - CHAMPION IN ACTION". He immediately felt my MLG gaming skills and ran out of my house.

Seriously, a beautiful board. I'd marry it if I was a CPU...
No flaws

Cons: It's red not white

Other Thoughts: Buy it!

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  • David P.
  • 8/27/2014 7:58:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis board is a boss

Pros: Another great product from Asus. Well-designed BIOS, overclocks like a champ, amazing looking in almost any system. What can I say?

Cons: A little on the pricey side.

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