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

  • Intel Z97
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3200(OC)/3100(OC)

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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 Mem TweakIt
  • Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
  • DAEMON Tools Pro Standard
  • ASUS WebStorage
  • Home Cloud
  • ASUS Utilities

Learn more about the ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO

Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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Customer Reviews of the ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO

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  • Mike S.
  • 1/15/2016 12:25:26 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLooks sick

Pros: Very well put together looks awesome has everything i wanted in a socket 1150 board.

Cons: Installing USB 3.0 driver from the disk it came with caused the keyboard and mouse to stop working had to turn off xHCI works now but needs a fix did some reading so far no fix for that even though the BIOS was set to accept USB 2.0 devices.

Other Thoughts: update the on-board LAN is having issues constantly drops the connection making me have to disable the network adapter and then re-enable it to get it to work again i have to do this many times a day and keeps getting worse. I know for a fact it's not my cable router as other devices connected to it do not have these issues at all.

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  • Michael D.
  • 1/15/2016 5:05:46 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSatisfied Customer (no longer frustrated, see updates..)

Pros: This is a great motherboard!

Cons: No cons that I can think of at the moment.

Other Thoughts: I was experiencing random BSODs and could not pin point the exact problem. Memory tests fine, etc. Long story short is the memory I used (although meeting specifications that this motherboard requires) was not on the defined memory list in the owners manual. I purchased memory listed in the manual and have not had a problem since (it has been over a year now).

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/6/2016 10:00:04 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSecond motherboard

Pros: good connections, and bios

Cons: crashes, will not boot

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  • Telford F.
  • 12/30/2015 5:25:20 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTwo working PC

Pros: Good connectivity options, good memory support, UEFI BIOS

Cons: This thing is a piece of junk!
I've had two total failures requiring an RMA immediately post-build with no OC applied. ASUS "tech support" was completely useless, only able to say "reset the CMOS" or "send it in."

Other Thoughts: Never buying an ASUS product again. Now I'm out $300 for a boat anchor, since ASUS can't/won't fix it and I'm past the Newegg refund window.

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  • Michael S.
  • 12/28/2015 11:36:32 AM

1 out of 5 eggsLow production quality plus poor customer service equals skip it

Pros: When working properly this is a great looking board with enough features to keep any OC guru looking to make the most of their LGA 1150 CPU happy.

Cons: 1) The production quality was sub par...
- I discovered that when upgrading my memory, adding memory to channel A caused the board to fail to boot most likely due to defect
- In testing the brittle memory retention clips broke off due to very poor quality plastic combined with a bad choice in design (I have worked on hundreds of motherboards and NEVER experienced a clip breaking off)

This leads me to my second problem

2) I received some of the worst customer service I have ever experienced despite having been a long time user of the ROG line and this being a "premium" product...
- ASUS NEVER responded to the emails I submitted to their site which forced me to move to live chat support
- Their live chat support was incredibly rude and left me with only the option to call
- Their call time is horrible and I gave up after an hour
- They would not submit an RMA due to the broken retention clips (I gave them full disclosure) representing damage to the board (despite also being related to poor workmanship and also despite the fact that a clip that broke on channel B had no bearing on its operation)

Other Thoughts: Build quality and service are supposed to be the advantage of premium boards as any board that you spend more than $150 are already going to be feature rich. If a company is not willing to honor their warranty or provide these services then you should not spend your money with them. Maybe I will have better luck with an MSI or EVGA board this go around.

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  • Thomas E.
  • 12/25/2015 5:52:46 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEverything it claims to be.

Pros: Easy set up, tons of features.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: Board is beautiful and set up well, one of the nicest boards I've owned.

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  • Timothy M.
  • 12/6/2015 9:46:48 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsstay away

Pros: None

Cons: DVI port never worked on this board, VGA only. Updated Bios, drivers, software and still no DVI. Since I purchased this board a year ago and just got around to using it I will have to take a loss.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued ASUS Customer,

Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We appreciate your feedback on this matter and I will be letting the related department know about the issues you are experiencing for future improvements to this product. If you need further assistance with any technical questions or inquiries feel free to email me at Please don’t hesitate to contact me using this reference number N151251343.

Best Regards
ASUS Customer Loyalty – US Support

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  • Frank M.
  • 12/1/2015 1:12:19 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsReplacement after first one failed

Pros: Amazingly awesome gaming motherboard. Highly recommend for the gamers. Can do some amazing tweaking in the BIOS config.

Cons: Second one of these motherboards I have owned since the first failed after I first booted my new system up and refused to boot after. Sent back to Newegg in time for RMA, and got a quick turn around replacement sent back. Has worked great ever since. Minus one egg for original board failing.

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  • Richard H.
  • 11/21/2015 7:19:35 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

Pros: Very good motherboard. Overclocking was very easy, performance is everything I was hoping for. The status/error codes displayed on the board were a godsend. I had some weird issued during boot initially (that turned out to be my fault), but having the error code displaying so obviously made the debugging SO much easier. I wish more mobos had this feature built in.

Cons: I would have preferred more PCI-e slots, but I can't really complain about the number of slots available.

Other Thoughts: If I had to go back and do it again, I'd get this this exact one. It's fantastic. Haven't encountered a single problem with it after 6+ months of ownership.

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  • Joseph A.
  • 11/13/2015 9:00:28 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Long overdue upgrade to my ancient Asus P5QL-Pro that I've been running for the past 12+ years.
Asus ROG products are a favorite of mine so that's always a plus.
Many features and OC capabilities.
Overall good quality board, I was a little surprised at it's weight compared to the boards I'm used to handling.

Cons: Won't be able to test it out until I get the i7-4790K 4.0Ghz Devil’s Canyon that I've been salivating over since I laid eyes on it. It's the last piece needed before my new gaming rig will be functional.

Other Thoughts: I was a little concerned about buying an open box version of this since every other version of the Asus ROG line for 1150 was out of stock. My worries were for naught, to my surprise and delight it came with everything it normally would. Wires, CD, IO Shield and other accessories, even had the manual and software. The only thing missing was the fancy box it would have come in.

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