For quite a while now ASUS’s Republic of Gamers (ROG) motherboards have been the top of the line motherboards which offer very high-end and unique hardware and software features. For this reason they are a top choice of many enthusiasts and gamers. The one thing that keeps these boards out of the hands of many people is the price tag. The top of the line Maximus VI Extreme is currently selling for $399.99, which is quite a lot to just pay for a motherboard. ASUS knows that and wanted to give people the chance to get their hands on a Republic of Gamers board. That is where the Maximus VI Hero comes in, at just $229.99 it will still give you many of the same ROG features without some of the more “Extreme” ones that you may not use. This motherboard is designed for Intel’s latest 4th generation Haswell Core processors using the LGA1150 socket. Read on as we take this motherboard for a spin and see what all it has to offer.
Special thanks to ASUS for providing us with the Maximus VI Hero Z87 Motherboard to review.
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The Maximus VI Hero is not just a cheap motherboard with the Republic of Gamers logo thrown on it. It will still offer the same quality that you could only previously get on the much more expensive ROG boards. Some of these features include quality power components, the award winning sound solution Supreme FX and the Game First II network software, which we will be covering later in the review.
Previously the cheapest way to get your hands on an ASUS ROG board was to buy the Gene board, which was an mATX board designed for smaller LAN machines. The Formula board was designed for premium gaming and the Extreme board was of course designed for extreme overclockers. The Hero sits between the Gene and Formula boards giving the user and ROG quality without all of the hardcore features of the Formula and Extreme boards.
The Maximus VI Hero comes in a nice retail box that has the Maximus VI Hero logo on the front and not much else. On the back of the box there is a quick overview of some of the main features and a list of specifications and your back I/O ports.
The front cover of the box actually opens up to provide even more information on features like SupremeFX, GameFirst II, RAMDisk and Extreme Engine Digi+ III. When you open the top cover you can a view inside at the board as well.
Getting everything out of the box you have the Maximus VI Hero motherboard, I/O shield, three bags of SATA cables, SATA cable labeling stickers, SLI connector, Q-connectors for USB and front panel connections, a do not disturb door hanger, driver & utility CD, and user’s guide.
For a full video unboxing and overview of the Maximus VI Hero be sure to check out our video below.