ASUS Maximus VII Hero Preview

Other Highlights

ASUS Maximus VII Hero Preview

Other Highlights

We're so used to the excellent PCI Express release switch and single-sided DIMM clips that we've almost forgotten how useful they are. If you've ever removed all the skin from your knuckles on a heatsink whilst trying to remove your GPU from the first slot, then the ASUS Q Slot is a boon. Power delivery will be one of the biggest areas of change with the 5th Generation Intel CPUs and the Extreme Engine DIGI+ III with a total of 13+2 phases could really make a difference to the overclocking potential and system stability of the Maximus VII Hero.

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The new UEFI BIOS is even sleeker and faster than it was before, and it was already excellent. Everything is where you expect it to be, and clearly laid out. Going back to a regular BIOS is like returning to the days of AGP and Serial Ports such is the difference. The Maximus VII Hero also allows full fan control on every connector. No longer do you have to make careful note of which fan should go where to maximise its potential.

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The SSD Secure Erase feature is one that we're sure certain members of the audience will be glad to have. Certainly it allows you to clear out an OS drive without fear that it is recoverable, or without having to go through the hassle of creating a boot stick/floppy/CD.

Lastly the ASUS KeyBot should allow you to rescue that dusty old keyboard and bring it screaming into the 2000s with media controls and macro functionality. Okay we confess that we don't know of anyone who has a keyboard which doesn't support these features, but maybe you have a favourite you've been loath to move on from and, at the very least, an extra feature can't hurt.

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There is certainly a large amount packed into the Maximus VII Hero. Let us know your thoughts in the OC3D Forums.

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Most Recent Comments

28-04-2014, 11:19:04


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

28-04-2014, 12:00:44

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

Indeed a very nice board.Quote

28-04-2014, 12:34:21

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

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

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