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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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  • Heather M.
  • 10/20/2014 8:42:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: I read several reviews that complained about the bios not being ready for the 4790k out of the box, (I think I read one written in August about that), so I was stressing myself out about having to update the bios by booting from a flash drive. Also read one saying that if your ram wasn't on their list of accepted ram it wouldn't work.

Those things said, I didn't have any of those problems, so I guess the boards they're sending out now are updated for the newer CPUs. My ram wasn't on their list, but I didn't have a problem with that either. Everything booted up seamlessly. It's beautiful. Very happy with it so far.

Cons: None as of yet.

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  • Kenny H.
  • 10/20/2014 1:12:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery nice board

Pros: I originally had a different z97 board from another company, but after some BIOS issues I sent it back and replaced it with this board fro ASUS. Its been very stable and the BIOS great.

Cons: zero

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  • Claude B.
  • 10/18/2014 12:32:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggssexy board with sexy lights

Pros: sexy red flashing leds when this beast is shut down
Nice BIOS
comes with alot of features like this awesome ethernet connector!!

Cons: there is no light when I plug an ethernet cable in this 1218-V...
the device cannot start (code 10) so no internet for me! yeah!
I will have to spend money for something this thing was supposed to do well.

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  • James H.
  • 10/15/2014 6:03:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgood board

Pros: 1) great board and good value

2) great overclocking potential

3) amazing UEFI - known Asus strong point and it shows

4) Good PCI-E slot layout

5) SupremeFX audio - works better than I though it would (only thing I'd like to see is some kind of sound volume equalization like the Asus Xonar line of dedicated soundcards have as it's great for movies)

6) Intel NIC - best in the business

Cons: 1) When I boot into Windows with a USB3.0 thumbdrive in my front panels USB2.0 port the mouse stays frozen (both it and the KB are attached to the two rear USB2.0 ports) for about 10 seconds, during this time Windows plays the "disconnect/reconnect" sound and I "lose" my USB3.0 external hard drive connected to a rear USB3.0 port. Once the mouse becomes responsive, going into Windows disk management shows the drive is till there but it says I need to reformat it to use it. If I log out of Windows then back into Windows the drive functions normally again. If I leave the USB3.0 thumbdrive out and only plug it in after I'm booted into Windows everything works as it should however I feel this is a work around that shouldn't need to be done. My Asus P8P67 WS Revolution board had no problems in this regard.

2) AISuite III errors at Windows start with messages about missing images and DIP5 - I have uninstalled it because the features it offers aren't that useful day in and day out

Other Thoughts: I give this board 5 eggs because at the end of the day the hardware is good, the price is reasonable, and it does what it's supposed to do.

Right now I'm running a 4690K @ 4.6Ghz on 1.225 volts and I have a 4x4GB kit of 1600MHZ RAM OCd to 1800Mhz and it's all nice and stable with headroom to spare.

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  • Drew M.
  • 10/13/2014 7:01:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCouldn't be happier

Pros: Couldn't be happier with this card. I'm an IT guy but I don't usually get my hands dirty - I haven't opened up a case in about 20 years. When I decided to build my own box I chose this board and it has been impressive. The BIOS was easy to update and the graphical interface was robust. The connections are all clearly labeled and there's lots of ports.

Cons: There's nothing bad about this board.

Other Thoughts: I'm an old guy with fat fingers and bad eyes. I bought a large gaming case because I needed to be able to get at things and see everything - this board swims inside the large tower. I'm sure it would fit comfortably in a regular case.

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  • Donald K.
  • 10/11/2014 1:31:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUnlucky?

Pros: Absolutely beautiful mobo! Ease of use to change settings both on the board itself and in the bios make this a dream mobo for gamers. The bios specifically gives amazing control over nearly any component in your system you'd like to overclock or monitor such as the cpu, video card, memory, fan control, or the temperatures of individual components. This provides knowledge as to where you might need additional cooling or an upgraded part such as a liquid cpu cooler over an air cooled one to achieve the temps you consider acceptable or for longer life.

Cons: The cons is this mobo has had several issues with many gamers from bad ram slots, bad audio issues to network and booting problems. I knew quite a few people had experienced issues but the features and look of the board made me take the chance and hope that I wasn't one of the unlucky ones. Well...I was. The issues with my board was booting issues associated with it not being able to recognize the dual channel memory slots. It would load and run in the single channel slot but would get the dreaded 00 error if you tried to run two sticks of ram in dual channel (slots with same colors). I should note that it did run and recognize both my 4gb sticks in single channel, meaning that it recognized all 8gb and would run fine in that configuration with probably only a 4% loss in performance in games. It would be higher than that for video rendering and other tasks somewhere around the 6-30% area depending what you were doing. If I was never going to upgrade this system, in all honesty I probably would have just kept it and not bothered with returning it, ordering another one and reinstalling it all over again.

The amazing part of this motherboard is the future proofing you get from it. For this build, I got an Intel Core i5-4430 Haswell Quad-Core 3.0GHz LGA 1150 84W Desktop
Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I54430 coupled with EVGA 02G-P4-3757-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB 128-
Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 FTW w/ ACX Cooling Video Card. This combo will let you run games at max with 60+ frames for about $350. If I got a top of the line cpu such as the Intel Core i7-4790K Haswell Quad-Core 4.0GHz LGA 1150 Desktop Processor BX80646I74790K, that alone will cost you $360. High end graphics card will double that again. However, in a year, these items will be less than half that price most likely allowing you to upgrade with newer chips in a year for less money. You could then buy a low end mobo and drop these items I'm using now into it and have a computer just for internet use or give it to a child or friend. And it didn't cost you one penny more or make you lose any visual quality in the games you love to play. That's powerful stuff. When it works, lol.

In higher end cpus, NOT having dual channel memory will prove to cost you more loss in performance than I'm wanting once I upgrade so the dual channel not being recognized and running was a deal killer and I'm going to have to RMA (return merchandise authorization) and buy another board. I'll give them one more chance to make good on a Maximus VII Hero board though before switching to another board.

If you order this board, check the forums...it is known to have issues. I'm hoping it's worth the trouble of getting one of the bad ones.

Other Thoughts: I spent nearly 10 days trying to get this board to work. I've watched more videos and read more forums than most will likely take the time to because I don't need this system to play my games at the moment. Also, I wanted to see if I could find a solution that so many are having with this board. Upgrading the bios (which is easy), trying memory sticks in each slot and testing, using a different brand of approved memory in each slot, rechecking for bent motherboard pins, disconnecting EVERY component from the mobo and testing each component one by one to get a different error, testing the mobo outside of the case in case of a short from a standoff, etc etc etc....was actually fun for me. Call me weird but I like solving problems others can't.

In the end though, I just got a bad mobo. It happens. I don't have sales figures for the number of fails vs good boards but there seems to be a lot of issues with this generation and the last generation of this line in regards to the bad memory slots. If I can get a good board, I still think the features and look of this board will make it worth the effort.

We shall see and I'll update when I get the new board installed.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

I am sorry to hear of your troubles with the motherboard. It seems you have performed some very thorough testing. Do you know if your tested RAM was on the QVL as well, as I do see you stated "approved memory", but was not sure if it was by ASUS or the RAM vendor themself? I would be happy to set up an RMA to take a look at the board as well if you do not had one currently. At your earliest convenience, please contact me through email, including your reference number within the subject line, and we can discuss this case further. Cs#N141032279

Regards,

Lou
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cc-lou@asus.com

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  • Jeremiah J.
  • 10/10/2014 7:00:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood board, has a few flaws and is a tad gimmicky

Pros: High materiel and build quality, stable and aesthetically pleasing. BIOS has tons of options, you could spend plenty of time in here getting everything just right.

Has many features, some of which are a miss, others are very nice.

It does the job and does it well.

Cons: First board had several BSOD issues, RMA'd and the new one is fine.

Onboard audio is cheesy, it's RealTek pasted over with an Asus brand. The Asus 'AI Suite' is excessive and feels more like bloatware than anything else.

Some people may have issue with the M.2 implementation.

all in all, it feels more like a $150 board.

Other Thoughts: This board can't rightly be called an "enthusiast board". Rather, a "gamer" board (in a loose sense of the term) .

I can't think of an enthusiast that wouldn't immediately put in a dedicated sound card, rendering the onboard chip dead weight. I'd prefer it wasn't on here.

This board seems to be targeted at gamers, or people who are enamored with the gamer culture, but who aren't particularly tech savvy.

However, it toes the line fairly well and I give Asus credit for that.

Enthusiasts will be annoyed by the gimmicks and bloatware, whereas others allured by the bling and buzz words may find themselves in over their heads in the BIOS or at a loss if any of the number of bells and whistles on the board fails. Both parties should be very pleased otherwise.

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  • Shwe A.
  • 10/7/2014 1:46:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat

Pros: looks really cool and match the color with my case

Cons: none

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  • Brendan R.
  • 10/7/2014 1:22:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsworth the few extra bucks over cheaper gaming boards

Pros: great board yes there is cheaper options on the gaming motherboard side of the things namely MSI gaming series this board has the latest Intel nic with asus custom in house made GameFirst III (Gamefirst 1 and 2 were made by a separate company) supremeFX audio is just awesome (as always (though im using a gaming headset with its own dedicated audio tech) the vrm heatsinks r massive and great for air cooling and this board will definitely work well with water cooling the Z97 chip heatsink has a nice red LED touch to it the ROG quality is excellent as always but this board is definitely worth the extra few bucks if yur looking at a gaming/overclocking board

Cons: maybe outta some peoples budget though nobody has the Maximus VII ranger yet

Other Thoughts: corsair 650d, maximus vii hero, intel i5 4460 with stock heatsink, corsair vengeance pro 8gb (4gb x2) @ 2400mhz, asus directcu gtx 680 4gb, corsair ax860i with red sleeved cables

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  • Andy P.
  • 10/4/2014 5:56:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board

Pros: This board does everything that it claims and looks rather sleek. It's durable and the bios is great.

Cons: None so far.

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