ASUS Maximus VII Hero Preview

Networking and Sound

ASUS Maximus VII Hero Preview

Networking

Networking is still, to some people, a bit of a dark art. So let's bring in a comparison that we're all more familiar with and hopefully that will assist you in understanding what the Intel I217-V LAN does to keep your latency at rock bottom. When advertising SSDs the manufacturers nearly always quote a large data block sequential test as that has the highest result and so makes for the most attractive eye-grabbing number. We know from our testing though that the real difference between a quick one and a blisteringly fast one is the handling of small data block sizes, because those are the ones that form the majority of read/write actions. Similarly the majority of your gaming traffic comes from small packets that update the game with your position or actions or what have you, rather than enormous data chunks that you might have to get from a custom skin someone is running.

Intel have focussed their attention on handling these small data packets as well as possible to give double the performance of certain other gaming focused networking solutions. A fun game you can play at home is try and work out what the mysterious KxxxxR E22xx chip ASUS are being so coy about might be. No it didn't take us more than a nano second either.

Finally an upgraded GameFirst III further fine-tunes the handling of these gaming data packets at the software end to help gain that bit of an edge. As we all know, on such fine margins can games be won and lost.

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Sound

The newly updated SupremeFX 2014 promises to bring some of the best onboard sound you could hope to hear. Indeed it offers so much performance and tweakability that it's in danger of putting ASUS' own Xonar range out of business. Now that's dedication to providing the best solution for your userbase. The one feature that most made us raise our eyebrows in surprise is the Sonic Radar II which promises to deliver an onscreen representation of an audio source. This feature and its potential in first-person shooters could be truly game changing. If it was any more of an advantage it would be an aimbot.

The most useful element of this is one that ASUS themselves haven't explored in their documentation, and that's the ability to put people with impaired hearing on a level playing field. If it does no more than that it will be a roaring success and rightfully so. Too few manufacturers consider such needs, and even if it's a side-effect of providing the best gaming experience we still applaud it. 

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28-04-2014, 08:55:39

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...143657967l.jpg

The final part of our Z97 preview focusses upon the ASUS Maximus VII Hero. A ROG motherboard that has a bevy of features to entice you.


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28-04-2014, 11:19:04

RickPlaysWarr
Hmmm.

Imagining this board in my newly acquired NZXT H440 Black/Red case. Crap, plans change yet again.Quote

28-04-2014, 12:00:44

Conchubair
been planning on getting one of these since i heard those devil canyon rumours. amnt disappointed by the looks anyways...Quote

28-04-2014, 12:25:16

notcool
Indeed a very nice board.Quote

28-04-2014, 12:34:21

lAnimal
Meh :P I'm more of a sabertooth fan, though I do like the new lines in this, also the z97 deluxe looks niftyQuote

28-04-2014, 20:01:18

qhfreddy
Really nice board, has what it needs and a pretty nice price tag.

I really don't see the point in getting a motherboard for 1150 that costs over 200 quid, you might as well get the X79/X99 boards of the same price tag and get a lot more upgradeability.Quote

28-04-2014, 20:06:12

Dicehunter
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Originally Posted by qhfreddy View Post
Really nice board, has what it needs and a pretty nice price tag.

I really don't see the point in getting a motherboard for 1150 that costs over 200 quid, you might as well get the X79/X99 boards of the same price tag and get a lot more upgradeability.
Or if your already on Z87 according to Anandtech it's really not worth switching over, It will be like switching from a 3770K to a 4770K but a tad less according to some people I've been talking to.Quote

28-04-2014, 20:07:50

qhfreddy
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Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Or if your already on Z87 according to Anandtech it's really not worth switching over, It will be like switching from a 3770K to a 4770K but a tad less according to some people I've been talking to.
I was talking from the perspective of an upgrade from pre-SB hardware. If you can afford a 4770k and some 250 quid board, you might as well get a 4820k and a 200-250 quid X79 board, although at this point it is worth considering the wait for X99...Quote

28-04-2014, 20:15:00

Dicehunter
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Originally Posted by qhfreddy View Post
I was talking from the perspective of an upgrade from pre-SB hardware. If you can afford a 4770k and some 250 quid board, you might as well get a 4820k and a 200-250 quid X79 board, although at this point it is worth considering the wait for X99...
Ahh right gotchaQuote

28-04-2014, 22:12:49

the_bone_reaper
i think i like the look of my ASUS Maximus VI Hero Motherboard better but i am still intrigued by the new lookQuote

29-04-2014, 01:09:59

RizeAllard
Nice board, but for me theres no enought SATA ports for me... I had to wait and see what can the other (expensiver) boards bring to us. Quote

02-05-2014, 14:07:48

RickPlaysWarr
Hi

Any idea of release date. I just made a bunch of purchases for my upcoming H440 rig for my birthday in July. Was going to get a MSI Gaming GD65 or the VI Hero board. I will be keeping my 4770K processor from my current Mini Mac Pro Hackintosh and replacing that one with 4670K processor. I really love the look of the board from Tom's video, and am "properly" giddy and want it.

***EDIT***
Awe Crud, Newegg.com just put it up for pre-order releasing on the 11th. I have no money on the cards so going to have to wait.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813132125Quote
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