• Socket: AM4
  • Chipset: AMDX470
  • RAM Slots: 4
  • RAM: 2,666 / 2,400 / 2,133 MHz
  • Ports: 1x PS/2, 1x LAN, 2x USB 2.0, 8x USB 3.1 Gen1, 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, 5x Audio jacks
  • Size: ATX
  • Pros:
  • Cooling design
  • Overall features
  • Aura Sync x Philips Hue
  • Cons:
  • None

The Red Hero

With the release of AMD’s latest generation of Ryzen processors, we’re going to need powerful hardware to match their latest processors. We’re going to need something with great design, especially when it comes to overclocking and cooling, because who wouldn’t want to overclock the Ryzen processors when it has been made so easy to do so?

The ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero fits the bill of being a powerful motherboard ready to take on the full potential of the latest Ryzen processors. In normal cases, a Ryzen uses major bus frequencies from a reference clock but using ASUS PRO Clock Technology, the motherboard generates its own dynamic reference clocks that gives you the flexibility for more headroom when it comes to overclocking. It works in tandem with ASUS’ DIGI+ VRM for stable voltage control, leading to a better overclocking experience.

While overclocking, it’s important to have your temperature under control at all times, you wouldn’t want to fry your processor, would you? The motherboard has multiple temperature sensors and each fan header can be set to monitor and react to the sensors for workload-based cooling, which comes in handy when certain components get hotter than others. Each header also supports auto-detection of PWM or DC fans for easy plug-and-play. This ties together with Fan Xpert 4, allowing us to freely control the fans we used. You could even let Auto-Tuning do it all automatically and achieve almost similar results.

If you need to get down and dirty, the ROG UEFI BIOS is capable of both an EZ mode and Advanced Mode. Both are easy to navigate, though the Advanced Mode has a lot more to take in and would require you to learn more about overclocking and the different components of your PC. A pretty cool addition to the Aura Sync ecosystem is the ability to now work with Philip’s Hue lights for not just illumination of your PC, but also your environment – for the most immersive of lighting possibilities. All this can be done from the Aura application, extending your customisation beyond your rig.

CHIP CONCLUDE: If you’re looking for a motherboard to house your brand new shiny Ryzen processors, look no further with the ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero

(previously published in issue June 2018)