ASUS Maximus VII Hero Review

Test Setup and Overclocking

ASUS Maximus VII Hero Preview

Test Setup

ASUS Maximus VII Hero
Intel Core i7-4770K
nVidia GTX780Ti
Corsair Vengeance Pro 2400 & 2933
Corsair AX1500i
Corsair Neutron GTX
Corsair H105
Custom Corsair 540 Air
Windows 7 x64  

ASUS Maximus VII Hero Review


The Hero has an absolute ton of power phases and plenty of options to tweak in the BIOS, as we'd expect from a ROG board. After all, nobody buys these expecting some plug and play overclocking, although that is an option should you choose to go down that route. Anyway the best stable overclock we could obtain was the same as the very best motherboards we've used to underpin our i7-4770K, at a monster 4.9GHz. 

ASUS Maximus VII Hero Review

That isn't the full story though. Even if it's a fantastic clock to run for our benchmarks. Now although we couldn't get this particular setup bench stable, it loudly shouts about the quality of the Maximus VII Hero, and the potential performance you could unlock with a good CPU, or perhaps more time to fine tune our overclock. So here we are, 5GHz and 2933MHz RAM at the same time. If that doesn't put a tilt in your kilt then it's time to reevaluate your life.

ASUS Maximus VII Hero Review  

We'll return to the 4.9GHz/2400MHz stable clock speeds for our benchmarks, but we thought you'd be as stunned as we are about the amount of performance ASUS have squeezed into the Hero. Maybe the new CPUs will allow us to run this 24/7.  

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Most Recent Comments

12-05-2014, 08:56:50


The first of the Z97 ROG boards is the Maximus VII Hero. An affordable Z97 option with all the ROG bells and whistles. How does it perform?

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12-05-2014, 10:15:58

Oww snap 5Ghz!!? Great review & nice solid pricing.

Cracking board.... your move Gigabyte..Quote

12-05-2014, 10:25:31

Love it, Thank you so much for the review Tom. I have mine and am starting on the build. I really hope you get to M.2 reviews soon. The thought of a self contained bootable system that performs great is a big one for me. After seeing this review, I need to buy some better memory than I have to do this board justice.Quote

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