ASUS ROG X470 Crosshair VII Hero Review

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ASUS ROG X470 Crosshair VII Hero Preview

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As you would expect from a premium ROG motherboard, connection options and headers abound on the Crosshair. A good spread of fan headers is hugely important when it comes to making your system look neat and tidy as well as freeing you up to get creative with your cooling.

ASUS ROG X470 Crosshair VII Hero Preview  

Much like the top right hand corner, the bottom right has two headers for RGB and addressable options, as well as a good selection of pump and fan headers for those who want to push their cooling hard. Looking at how tight the front panel connectors are it's a good thing ASUS have included a breakout block to make it easier for those who haven't got fingers that could double as chopsticks.


ASUS ROG X470 Crosshair VII Hero Preview  

Such is the compact nature of the PCB due to the huge amount ASUS have managed to include, it took a little bit of eagle-eyed spotting to see the breakout line that separates the audio from the rest of the PCB, but it's there. You can also see some safe boot and OC retry buttons, for those of you who want to push the Crosshair VII Hero to its limits.


ASUS ROG X470 Crosshair VII Hero Preview  

Temperatures can greatly effect the speeds you can obtain from your M.2 drive and so it's good to see ASUS providing a heat spreader to hopefully lessen and performance fluctuations.


ASUS ROG X470 Crosshair VII Hero Preview  

If you haven't yet joined the M.2 bandwagon then the six SATA 6Gb/s ports should provide enough connectivity for your drives. You can also see a few fan headers here as well as the USB 3.1 front panel connector.


ASUS ROG X470 Crosshair VII Hero Preview  

Whilst the Republic of Gamers brand might be tailored towards gaming, they also provide outstanding overclocking capabilities and to this end there are voltage monitoring points next to the ATX 24pin power, should you need them.


ASUS ROG X470 Crosshair VII Hero Preview  

Finally the IO portion which shows how high end the Crosshair VII Hero is. There are USB 3.1 headers of both Type A and Type C, plentiful USB 3.0 connectors, aerials for the AC WiFi, Gigabit LAN and the excellent SupremeFX audio. There is even a combined PS/2 port should you have an old keyboard you're particularly fond of.

At last, the wait is over. Who wants to see some overclocking results? Us too, let's take a look.


ASUS ROG X470 Crosshair VII Hero Preview 

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Most Recent Comments

19-04-2018, 09:57:59

AlienALX
Truly beautiful. Hopefully it will improve bios wise Quote

19-04-2018, 13:13:42

Bartacus
The previous gen Hero VI STILL needs bios work, so I have little hope for this one.Quote

20-04-2018, 03:55:17

Warchild
Little off topic but an annoyance for me in my future purchase.

@ TTL

Can you or anyone explain why RoG boards only have one of these USB3.1 Gen1 headers where they have two for all of their other models from ASUS. May be a stupid question but I'd rather ask a stupid one than sit in wonder. Tried to google but couldnt find an answer.

It renders two of my cases usb front panel useless. It seems to be the same for the Z370 rog boards alsoQuote

20-04-2018, 07:55:07

AngryGoldfish
BitWit on YouTube found virtually no performance difference between an ASUS X370 board and an ASUS X470 board with a 2600X. Even both motherboards worked with 3400Mhz memory.Quote

20-04-2018, 08:16:40

AlienALX
Quote:
Originally Posted by AngryGoldfish View Post
BitWit on YouTube found virtually no performance difference between an ASUS X370 board and an ASUS X470 board with a 2600X. Even both motherboards worked with 3400Mhz memory.
I would imagine the memory speeds are the CPU itself having improved.

I know I will sound like a cracked record here, but Ryzen *was* pretty badly flawed. The good news is AMD can now spend time improving it tenfold.Quote
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