ASUS Maximus VIII Hero Intel Z170 DDR4 ATX Motherboard
• Works with Intel LGA 1151 processors
• Support for up to 64GB DDR4 RAM that runs at 3800MHz (OC) – an astonishing amount of bandwidth for graphics rendering or gaming
• ATX sized motherboard that will fit into any case that accepts ATX or larger motherboards
• Expansion slots: 2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16, 1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x4 mode) and 3 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x1
• Storage ports: 6 x SATA III ports (4 from 2 x SATA Express), 2 x SATA Express ports and 1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M key
• On-board ROG SupremeFX 2015 8 channel high definition audio codec
• One Gigabit (10/100/1000) Ethernet port for faster, smoother gaming
• Manufacturer part number: MAXIMUS VIII HERO
• Add a splash of colour to your build with a built-in LED effect, with six colour schemes to choose fromWhat can I expect from this motherboard?
This motherboard has been optimised and is perfect for enthusiast-grade gaming desktops. It is compatible with Intel LGA 1151 socket CPUs, including Intel’s sixth generation of Intel Core desktop processors, and can support up to 64GB of RAM that run at 3800MHz (overclocked). A number of connections and expansion slots are available for amazing upgrade potential and futureproofing. Such connections and slots include, but are not limited to, USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C connections and an M.2 3rd generation M key socket.
To give you stability and durability; long-lasting, premium components have been used and smart DIY designs have been implemented so you can easily upgrade your system. And to top it all off, there is an LED light effect on the board, with six different colour schemes for you to choose from. You can also have it change shades to indicate CPU temperature.
Does this motherboard have on-board audio?
The on-board Republic of Gamers (ROG) SupremeFX 2015 provides you with the best gaming audio inputs and outputs, with special shielded designs and a collection of carefully selected professional-grade audio components working together to give you great sound quality.
Also included is Sonic Studio II, an intuitive audio-tuning suite which you can use to apply and enjoy different audio effects, such as the emulation of 7.1 channel sound, bass boost and voice clarity. Perfect Voice can be applied too, which reduces noise for incoming and outgoing communications during in-game chat – so everyone’s comments and commands can be heard.
How have ASUS optimised this motherboard for gaming?
Enjoy unmatched performance and smoother gameplay through features such as AI Suite 3, Pro Clock technology, second-generation ASUS T-Topology and RAMCache. AI Suite 3 allows you to tune almost all parts of your system and, at the click of a button, you can use ‘five way optimisation’ to ensure your PC is perfect for gaming, entertainment, productivity or just about anything else. PRO Clock technology allows you to extend overclocked base-clock speeds of compatible CPUs by up to 400MHz*. T-Topology lets you overclock DDR4 memory modules, with up to 3800MHz rated RAM supported. RAMCache allows you to allocate some of your RAM as a cache for games and apps so that they launch at breakneck speeds.
*Please note that an unlocked Intel processor is required, sold separately
What other features are there?
To ensure that lag is kept to a minimum, an Intel I219V controller is embedded into this ROG motherboard – alongside a Gigabit Ethernet port and LANGuard. Together, these provide you with a reliable connection that also has surge protection. GameFirst III can be installed, and this software prioritises game related packets and allocates more bandwidth to games, eliminating laggy gameplay, streaming stutters and file-sharing slowdown.
The motherboard is bundled with a number of software packages, such as Overwolf, Keybot II and a year’s subscription of Kaspersky Anti-Virus. Overwolf provides you with an overlay that keeps you in the game, while also allowing you to browse, email, instant message, stream or record while you play. Keybot II gives your keyboard a nice little upgrade, by allowing you to create macros, assign special functions to F1-F10 keys, start and even boost your computer from shutdown using the S5 mode.
|External I/O Ports
1 x USB 3.1 type-A
1 x USB 3.1 type-C
2 x USB 3.0
4 x USB 2.0
1 x 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45) LAN port
5 x audio jack(s)
1 x optical S/PDIF out
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port
1 x HDMI
1 x DisplayPort
1 x USB BIOS Flashback Button
2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8 mode)
1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x4 mode)
3 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x1
Intel Socket 1151
|Maximum Supported RAM
Dimensions & Weight
ROG fan label
6 x SATA 6 GB/s cable(s)
1 x M.2 screw package
1 x CPU installation tool
1 x Supporting DVD
1 x SLI bridge(s)
1 x Q-connector(s) (1 in 1)
1 x 12 in 1 ROG cable label(s)
1 x ROG door hanger(s)
|Supported RAM Speeds
3800 (OC)/ 3733 (OC)/ 3600 (OC)/ 3500 (OC)/ 3466 (OC)/ 3400 (OC)/ 3333 (OC)/ 3300 (OC)/ 3200 (OC)/ 3000 (OC)/ 2800 (OC)/ 2666 (OC)/ 2400 (OC)/ 2133 MHz
|Number Of RAM Slots
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