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ASUS Maximus VII Hero Intel Motherboard

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  • 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

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ASUS Maximus VII Hero 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 + 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-colour PCB with a matte black and red finish

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!

2X - Faster UDP Game-Data Performance
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!

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!

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!

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!

ELNA® capacitors – Exceptionally warm and natural sound
Premium Japanese-made ELNA® audio capacitors

Sonic SoundStage – Hardware-level audio-profiles switch
Apply the best settings for your favourite 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!

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.

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

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.

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.
CPU Intel® Socket 1150 for the 5th/New 4th/4th Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors
Supports Intel® 22 nm CPU
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
Chipset Intel® Z97
Memory 4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3
3200(O.C.)/3100(O.C.)/3000(O.C.)/2933(O.C.)/2800(O.C.)/2666(O.C.)/2600(O.C.)/2500(O.C.)/2400(O.C.)/2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1800(O.C.)/1600/1333 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel Memory Architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
Graphic Integrated Graphics Processor- Intel® HD Graphics support
Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DVI-D/RGB ports
Supports HDMI with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
Supports DVI-D with max. resolution 1920 x 2000 @ 60 Hz
Supports RGB with max. resolution 1920 x 2000 @ 60 Hz
Maximum shared memory of 512 MB
Supports Intel® InTru™ 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider™
Supports up to 3 displays simultaneously
Multi-GPU Support Supports NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ Technology
Supports AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology
Expansion Slots 2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8, red)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode, black)
3 x PCIe 2.0 x1
Storage Intel® Z97 chipset :
6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), red
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology, Intel® Rapid Start Technology, Intel® Smart Connect Technology
1 x M.2 Socket 3, black, with M Key, type 2260/2280 storage devices support (PCIE mode)
ASMedia® PCIe SATA controller :
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), red
LAN Intel® I218V, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s), featuring GAMEFIRST III
Intel® LAN- Dual interconnect between the Integrated LAN controller and Physical Layer (PHY)
Anti-surge LANGuard
Audio ROG SupremeFX 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
Audio Feature :
SupremeFX Shielding™ Technology
ELNA premium audio capacitors
Blu-ray audio layer Content Protection
DTS Connect
Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
Sonic SoundStage
Sonic SenseAmp
Sonic Studio
Sonic Radar II
USB Ports Extreme Engine Digi+ III :
8 + 2 phase power design
NexFET™ Power Block MOSFET
60A Ferrite Chokes
10K Black Metallic Capacitors
CPU Level Up
Direct Key
UEFI BIOS features :
Tweakers' Paradise
ROG SSD Secure Erase
Graphic Card Information Preview
GameFirst III
Extreme Tweaker
Special Features ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5 :

Gamer's Guardian:
ESD Guards on LAN, Audio, KBMS and USB3.0/2.0 ports
DRAM Overcurrent Protection
10K Black Metallic Capacitors
Stainless Steel Back I/O
ASUS Exclusive Features :
AI Suite 3
Ai Charger
USB Charger+
USB 3.0 Boost
Disk Unlocker
ASUS O.C. Profile
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
ASUS EZ Flash 2
Push Notice
ASUS Q-Design :
ASUS Q-Shield
ASUS Q-Connector
Overclocking Protection :
ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
Media Streamer
Operating System Support Windows® 8.1
Windows® 8
Windows® 7
Back I/O Ports 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)
1 x DVI
1 x D-Sub
1 x HDMI
1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
4 x USB 3.0 (blue)
2 x USB 2.0
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
6 x Audio jack(s)
1 x USB BIOS Flashback Button(s)
Internal I/O 1 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 port(s)
3 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 5 USB 2.0 port(s)
1 x M.2 Socket 3 for M Key, type 2260/2280 devices
1 x TPM header
8 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin)
1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin)
4 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (4 x 4 -pin)
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
1 x System panel(s) (Q-Connector)
1 x MemOK! button(s)
1 x Thermal sensor connector(s)
1 x Power-on button(s)
1 x Reset button(s)
1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
1 x ROG extension (ROG_EXT) header(s)
1 x KeyBot Button
1 x Sonic SoundStage Button
Accessories User's manual
ASUS Q-Shield
6 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
1 x SLI bridge(s)
1 x Q-connector(s) (2 in 1)
1 x 12 in 1 ROG Cable Label(s)
1 x ROG Door Hanger(s)
BIOS 64Mb UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.7, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI5.0a, Multi-Language BIOS
Manageability WfM 2.0, DMI 2.7, WOL by PME, PXE
Support Disc Drivers
ROG GameFirst III
ROG Mem TweakIt
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
DAEMON Tools Pro Standard
ASUS WebStorage
Home Cloud
ASUS Utilities
Form Factor ATX Form Factor
12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )

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