- CPU Support: Intel Core Processor
- CPU Socket: LGA 1150
- Chipset: Intel Z87 Chipset
- Memory Type: Dual Channel Memory
- Performs just as well as its higher-end counterparts
- Not as many bells and whistles as the Extreme or Formula
- Benchmark Results
- PCMark 7: 5,210 points
- PCMark 7 (Productivity): 5,321 points
- PCMark 7 (Computation): 7,440 points
- PCMark 7 (Entertainment): 5,760 points
ASUS Comes To The Rescue!
ASUS has more ROG motherboards to show as they are targeting PC gamers of all kinds, and with their latest iteration, the ASUS ROG Maximus VI Hero, they’re looking to give value to gamers who have some money, but aren’t all too crazy about all the bells and whistles the likes of the Maximus VI Extreme and Formula will give.
As you will undoubtedly notice, the Maximus VI Hero is pretty much almost a barebones version of the Formula, retaining only certain features that gamers will undoubtedly take advantage of. On the board are four DDR3 DIMMs, eight SATA III ports, two PCIe ports which is able to support both NVIDIA’s SLI and AMD’s CrossFireX multi-GPU configuration.
The I/O ports have also been stripped down a bit, as there are eight USB ports, with four ports each being USB 3.0 and USB 2.0. Also included are a PS2 post for either your mouse or keyboard, an optical SPDIF out, a HDMI port an Intel LAN port and 6.1 audio out ports.
Gamers will be happy to know that ASUS has retained the SupremeFX audio chipset, which helps enhance the audio quality of their music and games enjoyment. Some of the newer features, such as the SSD Secure Erase is included as well, a feature that makes it easy for users to securely wipe their SSDs when needed.
Performance-wise the Hero functions just as well as well as its higher-end counterparts do. With the right setup of processor and graphics card, the Maximus VI Hero is able to crunch anything and everything that’s thrown at it. It plays all the latest games such as Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider and Crysis 3 on high settings. Definitely one to consider if you’re looking to build a relatively inexpensive gaming machine.
CHIP CONCLUDE: Despite being a relatively stripped down version of the Extreme and Formula, the ASUS ROG Maximus VI Hero is still a worthy gaming motherboard in its own right. ASUS has heeded the call for inexpensive gaming components, and this is hopefully the first salvo of many affordable gaming motherboards to come.
(previously published in issue October 2013)