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

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

  • Intel® LGA1150 4th, New 4th & 5th-Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors Ready
  • Intel® Z97 Express Chipset with M.2 support (up to 10Gb/s data-transfer)
  • Intel™ Ethernet + LANGuard + GameFirst III –This is game networking taken to the next level. This is ROG
  • SupremeFX 2014 + Sonic Radar II – New and improved audio that's beyond compare
  • KeyBot + TrueVolt USB - Instant keyboard upgrade and rock-steady 5V USB supply
  • USB UEFI BIOS and Secure Erase - Award-winning simplicity and factory-fresh conditioning for superb performance
  • World's first dual-color PCB with a matte black and red finish
  1. Extreme Engine Digi+ III
    • 60A Ferrite Chokes
    • 10K Black Metallic Caps
  2. Intel® LGA 1150
  3. Intel® Ethernet GameFirst III
  4. 3 x PCIe 2.0 X 1
  5. 2 x PCIe 3.0 X16 support SLI/CrossFireX
  6. SupremeFx
    • Red-line shielding
    • ELNA® audio capacitors
    • Sonic SenseAmp
    • Sonic Studio
    • Sonic SoundStage
    • DTS Connect
  7. Clear CMOS
  8. 1 x PCIe 2.0 X4
  1. Intel® Z97 Chipset
  2. 8 x SATA 6Gb/s
  3. 6 x USB 3.0(2@back, 4@rear)
    7 x USB 2.0(5@back, 2@rear)
  4. DDR3 2666(O.C)
    4*DIMM, dual-channel
  5. KeyBot button
  6. KKR3 3200+ (O.C)
  7. MemOK!
  8. Reset button
  9. Start button

Intel® Ethernet

More throughput, less CPU usage and great gaming experiences!

Maximus VII Hero features the very latest Intel® Ethernet for faster, smoother gaming — always. Intel's LAN has the serious double advantage of reducing CPU overhead and offering exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput. This significantly reduces the processor's workload, so there's more power for your game and your gameplay!


ASUS engineers used IxChariot, an independent network-assessment test tool, to determine just how much quicker Intel Gigabit Ethernet deals with the smaller (sub-256 bytes) UDP data packets that are vital for responsive gaming. The results are in — and with Maximus VII Hero your game-data packets flow up to two times (2X) faster than competing gaming-LAN technologies!


LANGuard – RJ45 Reinvented!

Pumped-up throughput. Best surge protection.

ROG has reinvented the LAN port. Advanced signal-coupling technology and premium surface-mounted capacitors improve throughput, while surge-protected and electrostatically-guarded components (ESD Guards) protect your motherboard from lightning strikes and static electricity!


GameFirst III

Network-optimization software for no-delay gameplay!

Exclusive GameFirst III has been upgraded with even more gamer-helping features and an interface that's even more intuitive! GameFirst III helps you to assign top priority to game packets and allocate more bandwidth to the game, ensuring the best online gaming experience.


Choose from a preset mode to suit what you're doing – Optimization, Game, Media Streaming or File Sharing. You can manage bandwidth down to the level of individual applications, with five priority levels (highest, higher, normal, lower, lowest) and even the ability to block specific traffic. GameFirst III even has a built-in Network Monitor tool, so you can supervise your network traffic and test your connection speed to check that you're getting the bandwidth you pay for!



Precision-engineered audio that's as great as a dedicated sound card

ROG knows the importance of flawless audio – pristine effects and full-range soundtracks make the game. That's why we invest substantial engineering resources to perfect onboard audio. The result is SupremeFX. Cutting-edge isolation technologies minimize electromagnetic interference (EMI) and exceptionally premium components deliver best-in-class audio that's as great as a dedicated soundcard. But we never rest on our laurels, which is why SupremeFX 2014 has been refined even further for Maximus VII motherboards. That means even finer components and superbly clever software innovations for gaming and multimedia experiences beyond compare!

  1. 8-channel gold-plated output
    Minimize EMI (electromagnetic interference)
  4. Sonic SenseAmp – Amp up your headset!
    Sonic SenseAmp is a ROG invention that detects headphone impedance (below 65 / 65 ~ 150 / 150 or higher ohms) and adjusts the built-in amp automatically, for pitch-perfect listening right away!
  5. ELNA® capacitors – Exceptionally warm and natural sound
    Premium Japanese-made ELNA® audio capacitors
  6. Sonic SoundStage – Hardware-level audio-profiles switch
    Apply the best settings for your favorite game genres in real time on any OS, via the onboard Sonic SoundStage button. The debug LED displays the mode — FPS (01), racing (02), fighting (03) or sports (04).*
* Sonic SenseAmp and Sonic SoundStage supports only analog-audio front-panel (AAFP) connections

Sonic Studio - Brilliant one-click virtual sound!

Sonic Studio is a brand-new audio-tuning suite that provides an aural treat. Use the one-click Virtual Surround function to 7.1 channels, even through a stereo (2.0-channel) headset. It offers five more superb audio controls, including Reverb, Bass Boost, Equalizer, Voice Clarity and Smart EQ — ensuring that everything you hear sounds just amazing!

Perfect Voice – Simple and effective noise reduction

  1. Normalizes the microphone volumes for stable recording consistency
  2. Minimizes ambient noise during sentences (i.e. pauses and periods of silence)
  3. Spectral-subtraction algorithm analyzes and calculates ambient noise

Sonic Radar II

Scan and detect to dominate!

Designed for first-person shooters (FPS), Sonic Radar II displays a stealthy overlay that shows what opponents and teammates are up to. See the precise direction and origin of in-game sounds such as gunshots, footsteps and call-outs, and practice your enemy-pinpointing skills — and exclusive Audio Enhancement further improves in-game sound for superb hearing awareness. The all-new Sonic Radar II includes a redesigned control panel with customizable game list!



Your keyboard, instantly upgraded!


Fancy a free keyboard upgrade? That's what KeyBot gives you — instantly. Just plug your existing keyboard into the dedicated USB socket to activate the exclusive KeyBot microprocessor on the Maximus VII Hero. Use the easy-to-use utility to assign macros to function keys F1-F10, launch any application with a single press or control multimedia playback.




Stable supply of 5V - front and back!!

Forget the USB power drop-outs!
ROG's TrueVolt USB design delivers a rock-steady 5V supply to both the front and back USB sockets – no drop-outs!

Two 5V isolated linear power supply for all USB ports

  • Low noise, low loss.
  • Stable 5V* supply to provide clean 5V USB power to minimize potential fluctuations
  • All connected equipment (e.g. USB DAC or thumb drivers) benefits from the clean, stable 5V supply at the same time.
*5V output varies from PSUs to PSUs

Award-winning UEFI BIOS

Acclaimed by world media as the most-intuitive UEFI BIOS!

The smoothest mouse-controlled graphical UEFI BIOS has been upgraded to deliver faster setup and easier functions, with an even more appealing design for better overclocking and DIY experiences. Whether you're a PC novice or a seasoned overclocker, the EZ and Advanced Modes help you find your way, quickly and easily.


EZ mode

  • Fan Profile:

    Detailed CPU and case fan information for instant cooling!
  • SATA Information:

    Displays SATA port details for you to easily recognize devices!
  • Fast Clock Adjustment:

    Use mouse controls to change the time and date!
  • EZ XMP:

    Improve your DRAM performance with a click!


  • Shortcut:

    Right-click to create shortcuts to frequently-used settings or press F4 to manage your list!
  • Quick Notes:

    Make notes and capture BIOS-related ideas, quickly and conveniently!
  • Last Modified Log:

    Track recent changes and save preferred profiles onto a USB drive!
  • SATA Port Renaming:

    Rename SATA ports for easy identification!

Gamer's Guardian

All-round protection provides the best quality, reliability and durability



Dynamically unleash your RAM – 20X faster than SSD!

With RAMDisk you can turn system memory into superfast temporary storage. Put large files, such as game maps, into RAMDisk and watch loading times fly — you'll never again wait to play. The improved 2014 edition of RAMDisk dynamically allocates memory, so unused RAM is released back to the system when it's needed. You'll even enjoy the bonus of protecting your SSD drives, as RAMDisk reduces excessive reads and writes that can reduce lifespan!
Last but not least, the junction function serves as quick links between files and RAM storage. All files are automatically saved and restored to their specific locations on hard drives when you turn your PC off, then go back to RAM when you power on again.


AI Suite 3
One-stop control panel


ROG-themed CPU-Z shows important system information


Mem TweakIt
Dynamic timing monitoring, DRAM efficiency gauge


Refresh your BIOS in a flash, even when the system is off


Kaspersky® Anti-Virus (1 year)
The best protection from viruses and spyware


DAEMON Tools Pro Standard(1 year)
The leading tool for optical and virtual discs


ASUS WebStorage
Free cloud storage


ASUS HomeCloud
Access your PC, stream multimedia and manage cloud storage – anytime and anywhere!



All ROG Maximus VII(Z97) motherboards are compatible with OC Panel and Front Base for superior performance tuning and system monitoring

Instantly upgrade to ultimate-speed 10Gb/s with USB 3.1 Card

ASUS brings you the world's first USB 3.1 Card, perfectly matched for this motherboard.

  • 10Gb/s data-transfer speeds – twice as fast as USB 3.0
  • Choice of USB 3.1 connectors:
    1. Popular, backwardly-compatible Type-A
    2. New, future-proof reversible Type-C
  • Fits in any PCIe x4, x8, x16 slot
  • Even faster USB 3.1 transfers with included ASUS USB 3.1 Boost utility

* It requires both BIOS and driver update


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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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    • Return for replacement within: 30 days
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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Works great

Pros: No problems, BIOs very user friendly

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Been using this MOBO for about 3 years now. Runs like a champ, no glitches or shutdowns/shortouts. I don't know why it has mediocre reviews. Great motherboard

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great and easy to use motherboard after i updated my drivers everything was great

Pros: Great deal for the quality of the board with decent design and LEDs and i like its built in high quality parts for better speeds and reliability and the ROG control panel is great

Cons: Wish i wait a year or two to buy the new IX series

Other Thoughts: Old review but great products in general and will continue to buy

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
3/ 5
decent board but hyped up.

Pros: -excellent static protection
-great built in sound chip
-board layout allows great cable management

Cons: - useless drivers are useless
- price was a bit steep for a board
- Bios splash is the longest I have ever seen
- no reinforcement on the back so its kinda flimsy

Other Thoughts: Overall I cant complain too much about this board, it does what its supposed to and I suppose other people may find some of the features on this motherboard more useful than I do. I wasn't able to do the "install all" option on the drivers disc as I found several drivers on this disc conflict with other drivers on the disc or installed windows drivers, this caused massive irritation until I could figure out what driver was causing the issue. Loses eggs due to driver issues out of the box and it flexes too much for the average gorilla like me.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
2/ 5

Pros: Great motherboard. Especially with the decal and everything. Wouldn't mind buying another ROG product from Asus.

Cons: Been experiencing a tad problem with the motherboard after having it, such as shorting, computer shut itself down and even had an experience of not wanting to turn on. Thought it was probably due to one of my hardware or it was overheating. Looks like I was wrong. Especially, with the other negative reviews, I guess I'm not the only one facing with this issue.

A few days ago, my motherboard has been shutting itself down, so I've tried to fix it, but it's no avail. You know the usual routine, clearing the CMOS, pulling out one memory module, and the whatnot. Alas, the motherboard still refuses to POST.

That's not all, when I was taking my hardware apart to find the root cause of the problem, I've found out that the pins of my CPU socket were bent and some of em' were even broken on their own, which were extremely odd, since they were fine a few weeks ago. Could be the main culprit but I don't know.

Other Thoughts: I've contacted my local ASUS support team (Singapore) but, according to them, since I've bought it from the U.S (Newegg) , they've instructed me to contact the support team over there. I guess here goes nothing. First time, RMA-ing an item. Wish me luck.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Excellent MB

Pros: Read that elsewhere.

Cons: None for me.

Other Thoughts: Over a year - not a glitch.

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3/ 5
Great while it lasted!

Pros: Fast, quick, easy to use

Cons: lasted almost exactly one year.

Other Thoughts: It was fantastic while it lasted but suddenly a couple of days ago my pcie port has refused to recognized my graphics card, worked fine everyday for a whole year til now. Sad to see it happen.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Valued Customer,

We appreciate the feedback you have provided on your ASUS experience. I'm sorry to hear about the issues you are experiencing. Did you add any components to your motherboard that would prevent it from powering on? Make sure to try and reseat your hardware components. Double check each cable on the motherboard including your 24pin/8pin power plug connectors. Please make sure all your GPU connectors are firmly installed and that all your SATA drives are receiving power from your PSU. Clear CMOS and see if the board will POST. Make sure to complete the power off cycle before testing hardware to avoid damaging your hardware. If you need help with any technical questions or general inquiries, please contact me directly at

Thank you for choosing ASUS!

Best Regards,
ASUS Customer Loyalty – US Support
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
System board only lasted 7 months...

Pros: - Thought it was a nice board at first, nice Intel based NIC which I prefer to the Killer based NIC's
- Worked pretty good until a few months ago

Cons: - system became unstable about about 5 months of use, I do not overclock but yet this system has been hanging on and off for the last two months, it blew out my EVGA 980 GTX and I thought after they replaced it that all my troubles would be done for...well I was way wrong, that was just the start. This board has killed yet another 980 card (different issue than the first time) and also killed my m.2 ssd. I have replaced everything else in the system and the parts work just fine in an older system (Z77 based Gigabyte board) but they have issues in this one.
- latest issue is the onboard NIC has given up the does not work at all, I can put an Intel NIC that uses the same driver into the pcie slot and it works fine with the same cable and switch port, reloaded OS and tried different OS's (Windows 10, 8.1 and Partition Magic Live Linux) and all the lockups are still happening.

So I start troubleshooting with ASUS support and wow...just complete fail... they are saying that I have to send them the board so they can "fix" it. No cross ship option, and they are saying that because they are going through some kind of maintenance (wth?) and that will cause the time to go up by another 5 business days, so in total it will be 10-12 business days without shipping.

Other Thoughts: I work from home so this is not acceptable level of support, I cannot be without my primary system for 1-2 days, let alone 3 weeks!! And the worst part now is they are saying the reason they cannot do the cross ship is because they do not have the part currently in stock??!?! So how are they going to fix my current board?? Please tell me they are not going to take out the good ole soldering iron and have at the board and hope they can fix it?? There are not too many companies, none that I know of anyways, that still do that and make the customer wait for them to refurb the product, which is what they are telling me they are going to do, that is just poor business IMHO and I will not be buying another ASUS product ever again.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Valued Customer,

We appreciate you taking the time to inform us on your ASUS experience. I will make sure to forward your feedback to the related department for ongoing improvements ASUS RMA Support. Please accept our sincerest for the inconvenient experience. Have you already tried testing your motherboard outside of your case on a non-conductive surface to check for a possible short in your chassis? Clear CMOS and see if the board will POST. If it will not, pull one memory module and place the other stick in the slot furthest from the CPU and see if that helps. Please make sure to complete the power off cycle before testing hardware to avoid damaging your hardware. I would recommend flashing to the latest UEFI if you can get the board to POST for optimal system stability. If you have any further questions you can contact me directly at

Thank you for choosing ASUS!

Best Regards,
ASUS Customer Loyalty – US Support
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Love it

Pros: Beautifully done, looks great, works amazingly going on 8 months. The entire look just makes this motherboard awesome.

Cons: First one shipped out, wouldn't boot. troubleshot it for about 4 hours and come to find out only one RAM slot works, uh oh. Had to ship it back and get a replacement. Round two, fight! Second one worked.

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