Asus Motherboard Review

Unboxing the ASUS Crosshair VI Hero

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INTRODUCTION

ASUS Crosshair VI Hero belongs to the line of ROG family which is a motherboard dedicated for gamers and overclockers. This motherboard is designed to have multi-GPU support and it’s full of features that any gamer or overclocker would find useful. If you are aiming to grab one of the processors of AMD Ryzen 7, it will only be logical to get a high-end / enthusiast motherboard so you can experience all the benefits of Ryzen technology.

 

PACKAGING AND SPECS

ASUS Crosshair VI Hero Box

 

The box of ROG series motherboards tend to stick with black and red color scheme which makes it more appealing to the eyes of gamers and to be honest, their packaging is one of the best designed and they always make sure that the motherboard is protected from any elements that may harm it.

ASUS Crosshair VI Hero Open

 

ASUS Crosshair VI Hero has adjustable holes around the socket giving you the option to keep your AM3 cooler or just get a new cooler for your new AM4 system. The neutral color of the motherboard makes it perfect for people who love the monochromatic theme. If you are an RGB lover, don’t worry because you will surely appreciate its color neutrality because it will easily. complement your theme and it also supports Aura Sync. Aura Sync is ASUS’s own RGB software and if you have RGB LED strips and Aura compatible components and peripherals, that software will help you customize your bling.

 

ASUS Crosshair VI Hero Accessories

 

The packaging includes ROG stickers, a ROG coaster, ROG cable stickers, a Cablemods coupon, a Q-Connector, M.2 screws, four SATA6Gb/s cables, an RGB LED extension cable, an SLI HB bridge, an IO shield, and a ROG case badge.

ASUS Crosshair VI Hero IO Ports
Image from Newegg: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132963

The motherboard’s IO is packed with all the current gen ports you may need, it includes eight USB 3.0, four USB 2.0, a Gigabit LAN, a USB 3.1 Type A and Type C, 8-Channel Audio, a Bios Flashback button and a Clear CMOS button.

 

ASUS Crosshair VI Hero Parts
Image from Newegg https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132963

ASUS has included eight PWM fan headers, two Aura 4-pin RGB headers, eight SATA 6G ports, one M.2 socket, and four DIMM Dual Channel that can support up to 3200MHz DDR RAMs. It also offers great support for water cooling system. With its W_PUMP+ connector, AIO_PUMP connector,  W_IN header, W_OUT header and W_FLOW header, it gives you all the information you need to check your cooling system.

ASUS Crosshair VI Hero supports NVIDIA 2-Way SLI Technology and AMD CrossFireX Technology. It has two PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, a PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot and three PCI Express 3.0×1 slots.

Based on our experience, onboard audio is usually not great compared to using external DAC or sound card but we were impressed by the sound quality coming from the onboard audio of Asus Crosshair VI Hero. The motherboard’s audio chipset is the ROG SupremeFX High Definition Audio CODEC S1220 and it has 8 Audio channels.

 

FEATURES

The motherboard itself is full of ROG Exclusive features. See the complete list of features below:

  • Clear CMOS button
  • ROG RAMCache II
  • ROG CPU-Z
  • ROG CloneDrive
  • Slow Mode
  • Overwolf
  • LN2 Mode
  • GameFirst IV
  • Extreme Engine Digi+
  • Mem TweakIt
  • KeyBot II

UEFI BIOS features:

  • O.C. Profile
  • Tweakers’ Paradise
  • ROG SSD Secure Erase
  • Graphic Card Information Preview
  • ROG RAMDisk
  • Extreme Tweaker
  • Loadline Calibration

Special Features:

  • ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5:
    • 5-Way Optimization tuning key perfectly consolidates TPU, EPU, DIGI+ VRM, Fan Expert 4, and Turbo App
  •  TPU
    • Fan Xpert 4 featuring Fan Auto Tuning function and multiple thermistors
  • Gamer’s Guardian:
    • SafeSlot

 

ASUS Exclusive Features:
– AI Suite 3
ASUS EZ DIY:
– ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
– ASUS EZ Flash 3
ASUS Q-Design:
– ASUS Q-Shield
– ASUS Q-Code
– ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
– ASUS Q-DIMM
– ASUS Q-Connector

 

CONCLUSION

ASUS Crosshair VI Hero is truly an impressive motherboard, from its design, connectors, audio, and features, you will never regret buying this motherboard for your next AMD Ryzen build. We will be doing an in-depth review and overclocking on this motherboard so we can give our final thoughts but for now, we can say that this board truly lives up to our expectation from a ROG motherboard.

As of this writing, the motherboard’s price is P17,150 based from Dynaquest’s site.

If you are planning to build a high-end rig to pair up with this motherboard, you might want to check our high-end build guide.

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