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

  • Intel Z97
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3200(OC)/3100(OC)
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
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  • David M.
  • 5/30/2015 8:06:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUnstable

This review is from: ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Worked flawlessly for 6 months. Boots fast.

Cons: Anti-Surge protection keeps triggering a shutdown pointing to an unstable power-supply. Changed power-supply twice to two different new name-brand 750W power supplies. PS: entire system is protected by an APC Smart-UPS 3000VA. Faulty power is not the problem, so the motherboard must be the fault. Too bad for me board age is 3 weeks beyond the 6mo warranty. Motherboard is not over-clocked.

Other Thoughts: I have used ASUS computer components and peripherals for over 25 years without encountering this level of faulty engineering and cheap hardware components. I am a computer professional with over 40 years of experience.

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  • Bill C.
  • 5/29/2015 6:44:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood MOBO

This review is from: ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Arrived on time, installed easily, and is doing all I can ask of it.

Cons: OH - I have to add a "CON" - OK - It wasn't delivered with pizza and beer.

Other Thoughts: I have has several ASUS mobos, and if I need another one tomorrow, it will be an ASUS

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  • Patrick P.
  • 5/28/2015 10:52:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDo not trust ASUS RMA!

This review is from: ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: None. The board is now dead because the ASUS RMA process is so terrible.

Cons: If you buy this board (or any Asus Board) you will need to deal with their dishonest RMA process.

This is a follow up to my review back in March:
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This review is from: ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Seems easy enough to setup. Custom fan profiles are nice.

Cons: Most unstable motherboard I have ever used. I have been building custom rigs for over 20 years. I work in the tech industry (including 10 years in customer support) and this motherboard has been terrible. First it was the Audio Drivers, then the Intel RapidStorage Drivers - but ultimately my Windows Reliability History has never been higher than a 5 out of 10 - because I can only play demanding games for about 10 minutes before this thing crashes. And no, it doesn't just crash to desktop - it drops straight to fully powered down.

PC diagnostics show that the temps for both CPU and MB are both below 40C when it is crashing and I have absolutely 0 overclocking going on here. Oh, and I have a 1200W PSU, so that isn't the issue.

Other Thoughts: I've had many motherboards over the years - and they are always the centerpiece of any build. For the price of this motherboard it should be absolutely rock solid.

Manufacturer Response:
Dear Shane,

I want to thank you for using our product and we appreciate your effort in posting this review. I understand that you have issue with the motherboard since it's crashing when you're playing games. I want to apologize for the inconvenience this issue have caused you. I know that you have mentioned that you did not overclock it, can you please try and update the drivers and underclock the motherboard. If you want to discuss this matter further, please email me at customerloyalt@asus.com and put case # N150375871 in the subject line for your reference.

I'm here to help you and all others with these issues, as our customer loyalty department dedicated to bringing a resolution to all issues related to our products.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty

Other Thoughts: So, after talking with Mark and others at ASUS (got bounced around a few times) I finally got an RMA request and sent my board back in for repairs. Thankfully I took pictures of the board before I sent it to them, because now they are claiming "customer damage, scratched trace" (whatever the heck that is) and want me to pay $170 to fix it.

What?! Read that again. That's right, after telling me to send my board in for RMA ... (and paying $30 to ship it to them) they now also want me to pay $170 to fix a board that was defective because of them in the first place!

They should just send me a new board, or they are about to lose a customer (and prior evangelist) for life.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Patrick,

Thank your for your time in posting a review about our products. On behalf of ASUS, We would like to apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you. I reviewed the RMA and based on the record an invoice was sent to the customer on the May 27, 2015 please dispute the invoice that you receive for the support team to review the case again. If there is anything that I can help or assist you please email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and place the case # N150375871 in the subject line for reference.

Thank you for choosing ASUS products.

Best regards,
Jerry
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Ian W.
  • 5/27/2015 10:55:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorst product I have ever purchased

This review is from: ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Worked fine for the three weeks the third board actually worked

Cons: Went into boot loop after three weeks

Other Thoughts: The first board I purchased didn't fit my case. The screw holes were in the wrong place. I RMAd it. The second board fit perfectly, but went into a boot loop. I RMAd it. The third board worked great... for three weeks. Then it started going into a boot loop. I RMAd it. I just got the same worthless piece of garbage back saying they found nothing wrong with it. This was the most recommended motherboard I could find. I cannot fathom why. The board and ASUS are utter garbage.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Ian,

Thank your for your time in posting a review about our products. On behalf of ASUS, We would like to apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you. Let me assist you, when you are trying to start up your computer was there a long beep and after that 3 short beeps? If there is, it's an indication of a PCI-E slot problem. Try sticking your GPU in another slot or just to check first, take your GPU out and see if your computer can run off of the integrated graphics in your CPU and also may I know the steps that you have taken to try to fix the problem. For further assistance, please email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and place the case #N150575282 in the subject line for reference.

Thank you for choosing ASUS products.

Best regards,
Jerry
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Philip D.
  • 5/26/2015 7:46:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBoot Loop

This review is from: ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: When this board is working correctly, its amazing.

Cons: First board worked for about a week then went into a boot loop. The replacement mobo has been running for a few days without any issues.

Despite the bad apple, I don’t want to discourage anyone from ASUS motherboards. I’ve been building machines for about 20 years. This is the first bad Asus motherboard I’ve gotten. Asus will continue to be my first pick when buying motherboards.

Other Thoughts: Clearing the CMOS seemed to work on fixing the boot loop, however the PC would then randomly crash while loading up windows. This seemed to corrupt the OS and cause additional problems.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Philip,

Thank your for your time in posting a review about our products. On behalf of ASUS, We would like to apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you. Let me assist you, when you are trying to start up your computer was there a long beep and after that 3 short beeps? If there is, it's an indication of a PCI-E slot problem. Try sticking your GPU in another slot or just to check first, take your GPU out and see if your computer can run off of the integrated graphics in your CPU and also may I know the steps that you have taken to try to fix the problem. For further assistance, please email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and place the case #N150575310 in the subject line for reference.

Thank you for choosing ASUS products.

Best regards,
Jerry
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Antonio D.
  • 5/25/2015 6:56:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsReally nice board so far

This review is from: ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: LED lights are super classy. I love the LED's on the chipset (they pulsate :D). The heatsink looks really nice. I like the HERO logo on it. They are also not too big to obstruct anything. BIOS is very user friendly.

Cons: I have both a 1x PCI WiFi adapter and a PCI fan that needs to go under it to cool the heatsinks on it (they get super hot). When trying to SLI 2 GTX 970's, I can't fit both the WiFi card and the PCI fans together, there simply isn't enough room in between or on top of the cards. It's a pain, but isn't ASUS' fault. It's a unique situation, so I wouldn't say that's worthy of a lower score.

Other Thoughts: Coming from a Formula IV this has really cemented me as a consumer of the ROG line.

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  • Diego A.
  • 5/24/2015 7:23:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEasy upgrade, extremely versatile

This review is from: ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Everything worked right after install. Placement of slots, especially the various PCI slots is well thought out and left plenty of room for my current GPU and wifi card without interrupting airflow, plus I have room to add plenty more. The BIOS was extremely easy to navigate and use. Most of the software that came with it is very useful and logical. Of note is the auto-overclock AI Suite 3 that gave me a 15% bump on my CPU with no work on my part and makes fan control a breeze. Nice and clean aesthetic with subtle red lighting looks very good with my black case. Oh, and the rear panel looks fantastic with it's black nickel finish.

Cons: Some of the included software conflicted with my network card and backup software, but was easy to narrow down and uninstall them. They might work well for some other users though, just comes with the territory of DIY builds. While overall useful and easy to use, the monitoring portion of AI Suite is a little unstable and resource intensive compared to MSI's Afterburner. Pricey compared to other 97 boards that have many of the same functions and features.

Other Thoughts: Install was almost literally Plug 'n Play. Besides a little troubleshooting on software compatibility mentioned above, this motherboard was up and running with minimal tweaking. ASUS has come a long way in tuning their AI Suite and took a lot of the hassle out of initial overclocking, plus makes it easy for me to manually take it from there. The price made me hesitate a bit, but I eventually decided to splurge a bit since I really liked the aesthetic, the onboard sound, the slot layout (I plan on going SLI soon with two very big cards), and the overall gaming focus. If your primary focus is power vs economy, another Asus board will be more to your liking, but this is a bit of a luxury board and if you can afford to spend a little more I highly recommend the Maximus VII Hero.

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  • Jerry S.
  • 5/17/2015 5:08:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsHard to overlook the bad sound quality

This review is from: ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I bought this board over black Friday 2014. It's solid, has a ton of options, it's easy to configure just about anything, and if not for the audio problems it would be an absolutely fantastic board.

Cons: I'm no audiophile by any stretch of the imagination. I don't play with headsets, but I do have a solid Klipsch 4.1 Pro Media system that up until this board has always sounded fantastic. My last board was a GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD4P (i5-750) and the sound quality was never in question. It was something I just never noticed because overall it sounded 'good enough'. Before the UD4P board I had run a separate SoundBlaster card because that's just what you did back then.

When I upgraded to the Asus Maximus VII Hero I had read some of the reviews that mentioned the sound issues, and most of them used headphones and they sounded like audio nerds who hear things that my ears just aren't tuned to, however after running this board for 6 months now I've finally broken down and purchased a SoundBlaster Z card because the Hero just doesn't deliver.

I'm not talking about symphony music or anything special, hell half my MP3s are 128k, but this board just fails to deliver good sound. With my SoundBlaster Z I'm not having to crank my stereo volume past the halfway mark, which is something I've never had to do before, and the Maximus VII Hero seems finicky about running my two surround speakers, to the point where they're only operating at about 25% of their previous volume.

So the SoundBlaster Z card arrived and everything is back to sounding awesome again. Audio just isn't a question any more, but it's sad that I had to augment my brand new state of the art "gaming" motherboard with a secondary $75 sound card (got it on sale).

I just wouldn't recommend this motherboard if you intend to hook it up to anything that produces sound. Again, i'm no audio snob, just a regular guy who's sad that Asus is unable, in this day and age, to deliver acceptable sound. There's threads full of people over on the Asus forum who are waiting patiently for some sort of magical driver fix that in 6 months has never come. I'm not sure any driver will ever fix the issue because I think it's a hardware problem.

Speaking of problems the M.2 listing for this board should simply be removed from the spec listings. It serves no purpose other than a marketing ploy to get people to buy this board.

Other Thoughts: -Remarkably terrible sound quality, like this board was made back in 2002
-M.2 SSD slot is a joke
-"Gaming" motherboards should assume gamers want to listen to reasonable audio

I'm not interested in hearing some customer service excuse/reply here. Perhaps you should instead be over on your own forum answering the droves of questions about the audio for this board rather than shoring up the image for this bad board here.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/13/2015 3:46:37 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsawesome

This review is from: ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: does everything I throw at it. it performs nice, looks dapper and it fits my build. had some trouble getting the liquid cooler installed but that isn't anything to degrade mobo

Cons: no option to change pattern of red glow... but that's just personal preference

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  • NICHOLAS F.
  • 5/12/2015 5:49:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Happy

This review is from: ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Spent quite a bit of time agonizing over the decision for a Z97 motherboard at this price point. This system has been rock-solid, performs well, and has been very easy to configure for general use as well as overclocking. This is the first build I've ever done where I relied on on-board audio, and the output from this board is very good. I can hear no noise with the amplification all the way up.

Cons: While the audio has good fidelity, the total volume is somewhat less than what I could get previously with a separate card.

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