ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VI HERO AM4 Motherboard Review

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ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VI HERO AM4 Motherboard Review. All aboard the hype train…RYZEN is here, and we’re pairing it up with this epic board from ASUS. The ROG CROSSHAIR VI HERO AM4 is featured packed, and visually stunning.

We have support for DDR4 up to 3200Mhz, M.2,  AURA Sync, The new ROG SupremeFX 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC S1220, flow sensors, Compatibility with both AM3/AM4 coolers and a stacked I/O…and so much more!

As always with any ROG product, it’s backed by an extensive software suite with a mass of useful tools, to further enhance its performance and usability compared to the competition.

Being a launch product, pricing will vary from region, and day to day, but today as write it is around 250GBP / $255.00

[ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VI HERO AM4 Motherboard Features]

For more than a decade, Republic of Gamers has delivered exemplary design and performance to thrill the world’s best players and PC enthusiasts. Our journey is a road without end. Now, it’s time for competitors to be warned and for gamers and enthusiasts to push the limits: The packed and pumped ROG Maximus IX Code motherboard is ready to defeat all challengers.

  • Aura Sync RGB LED: Stunning synchronized effects and two Aura 4-pin RGB-strip headers
  • SupremeFX: Exclusive new codec plus intuitive Sonic Studio III and Sonic Radar III
  • Compatible with both AM3/AM4 coolers
  • ROG Water Cooling Zone : Dominate your cooling system
  • 5-Way Optimization: One-click system-wide overclocking.
  • Best gaming networking: Intel® Gigabit Ethernet, LANGuard and GameFirst technologies
  • Best gaming connectivity: M.2, USB 3.1 front-panel connector and both USB 3.1 Type-A/C
  • Best gaming durability: Safeslot and premium components for maximum durability

 

Courtesy of ASUS Want to see full detailed specs?

[nextpage title=”Packaging & Accessories”]

ASUS deliver the HERO in typical ROG themed box, sporting a familiar color set of red/black on the package. They’re keeping your guessing from the front side, with nothing more than a generic feature list.

Around the backside, ASUS have a gift when it comes to sharing information to the consumer, its direct,  with no jargon, and free from marketing nonsense.

Internal packaging, is more than ample, with more padding and protection than necessary, but a nice touch to ensure pristine condition upon arrival.

Taking a look at the bundle now in no particular order, you’ll find the following:

  • User’s manual
  • ASUS Q-Shield
  • 4 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
  • 1 x M.2 Screw Package
  • 1 x Supporting DVD
  • 1 x SLI HB BRIDGE(2-WAY-M)
  • 1 x ROG big sticker
  • 1 x Q-Connector
  • 1 x 10-in-1 ROG cable label
  • 1 x Extension Cable for RGB strips (80 cm)
  • 1 x 3D printing mount package
  • 1 x ROG coaster(s)

For the price point, this is a very generous bundle.

[nextpage title=”First Look”]

We start our tour with a complete top down view, to absorb what’s on offer. If you’ve been following the ROG series over the last few years, you’ll notice it has a lot of familiar design elements.

However, the AM4 version is its own, despite using the same DNA we’ve seen elsewhere. Lots of small and subtle changes have been implemented compared to the X99/Z270 versions in the ROG series. Initial impressions are great, the HERO has a very classy but powerful vibe.

The shrouding sits over a two part heat sink. The shrouding over the I/O itself, is extremely detailed, and almost art like. With lots of angles, and engraved panels. The result…epic.

They’ve not overlooked any one area, notice the further details around the VRM/Mosfet too?

The brushed metal, responds well to light and casts a different shade depending on the lighting type and source.

The chipset heatsink likewise, is unique. Slanted and harsh angles, with multiple layers, and engraving. Stunning… and also one of the lighting spots, more on that soon

[PCI-E Setup]

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If you are reading this review, then your probably looking to use multiple graphics card from other AMD or Nvidia, this board can do either. ASUS has implemented it Safe slot tech, with some cool tabs at the end of either. This tech adds strength to the PCIE slot, which is wise choice given the size and weight of some graphics cards

In case you’re wondering, no it doesn’t feature the same lighting seen on the visually similar (ish) X99 Model

AMD Ryzen™ Processors
2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8)
AMD 7th Generation A-series/Athlon™ Processors
1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x8 mode)
AMD X370 chipset
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (max at x4 mode) *1
3 x PCIe 2.0 x1

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[Audio]

ROG’s awesome SupremeFX audio technology has leveled up, delivering an exceptional 113dB signal-to-noise ratio on the line-in connection and 120dB on line-out — and that means our best-ever recording quality! We’ve also added a low-dropout regulator for cleaner power delivery to the SupremeFX S1220 codec, an ESS® Sabre Hi-Fi ES9023P digital-to-analog converter for superior front-panel output, and a Texas Instruments® RC4580 op-amp for high gain with low distortion — which all adds up to audio that envelops you as never before.

– Impedance sense for front and rear headphone outputs
– Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
– High quality 120 dB SNR stereo playback output and 113 dB SNR recording input
– SupremeFX Shielding Technology
– ESS® ES9023P
– Supports up to 32-Bit/192kHz playback *2
Audio Feature :
Gold-plated jacks
Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
– Sonic Radar III
– Sonic Studio III

[Storage Options]

ASUS have gone for an all SATA approach, and not included the now dead tech (SATA Express), which is logical. Though we’ve seen in on many Z270 boards from Intel recently

[M.2 / U.2]

The appeal of M.2 drives are obvious, apart from the benefits of being super fast, they look great and do away with the need of both data and power cables. While Z270 has the upper hand, offering 2 or 3 slots, we only have a single slot here on the AM4 X370. To be fair we don’t imagine that many consumers would be using more than a single M.2 drive, in 99% of rigs anyway.

[Fan Locations]

ASUS have always provided more than most. The HERO has a vast amount of fans headers, and the cool addition of a water flow sensor, for those with a custom solution

ASUS ORG CROSSHAIR VI HERO AM4 Motherboard Review- Techicize RYZEN (FAN LOCATIONS)

[Other ports/ Features]

ASUS is the first motherboard manufacturer to support 3D printing, making it easy to customize your motherboard’s appearance and improve system performance with a range of printable parts.

ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VI HERO AM4 Motherboard Review- Techicize RYZEN (3D)Dedicated 3D Mounts on the motherboard makes fitting 3D-printed parts easy. Using the same screws as M.2 drives and standard motherboard mounting holes, you can easily add nameplates, cable covers, or an M.2 fan holder.

If you can access a 3D printer, this is one feature you ought to make use of. See more 

Along the motherboard base, you’ll find an insane amount of extras. With some extreme features geared toward water coolers and extreme benching!

  • 2 x RGB Header(s)
  • 1 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 port(s)
  • 1 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 2.0 port(s)
  • 1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support
  • 1 x TPM header
  • 8 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
  • 1 x CPU Fan connector(s)
  • 1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s)
  • 3 x Chassis Fan connector(s)
  • 1 x W_PUMP+ connector
  • 1 x AIO_PUMP connector
  • 1 x 8-pin EATX 12 V Power connector
  • 1 x 4-pin EATX 12 V_1 Power connector(s)
  • 1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
  • 1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
  • 1 x Slow Mode switch(es)
  • 1 x Thermal sensor connector(s)
  • 1 x Reset button(s)
  • 1 x LN2 Mode jumper(s)
  • 1 x ROG extension (ROG_EXT) header(s)
  • 1 x Safe Boot button
  • 1 x ReTry button
  • 1 x System panel connector
  • 2 x 3D Mount screw port(s)
  • 1 x W_IN header
  • 1 x W_OUT header
  • 1 x W_FLOW header
  • 1 x Start button
  • 1 x USB 3.1 front panel connector

Finishing up our tour of the board, looking at the I/O which consists of:

  • 1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
  • 1 x USB BIOS Flashback Button(s)
  • 1 x M.2 Wi-Fi Slot
  • 4 x USB 3.0 (blue)
  • 4 x USB 2.0 (one port can be switched to USB BIOS Flashback)
  • 4 x USB 3.0 (blue)
  • 1 x USB 3.1 (black)Type-C
  • 1 x USB 3.1 (red)Type-A
  • 1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
  • 1 x Optical S/PDIF out
  • 5 x Gold-plated audio jacks

[Lighting]

2016 was the year of RGB. like any trend, It’s very much a love-hate feature, but I must applaud the efforts from ASUS, unlike other brands they been very careful and smart. Lots of thought with how and where they implemented the actual lighting. With Some brands, its crystal clear they’ve added lighting to their products just for the sake of having it.

It’s been done right here and on the many other RGB enabled products, dubbed as AURA we now even have certified cases and more, to create a spectacular system.

Lighting emits from various points and can be tweaked as you see fit. You can setup the areas separately or sync up a single color, then choose the effect you want

With so many cores on tap, the 1800X performs exceptionally well

As briefly touched on earlier, this is a launch product, with a new architecture, and we expect in time. When the manufacturers have had more time to refine their BIOS, these numbers will improve for sure.

I must also point out that the DDR2666Mhz results, were on a kit of DDR with very tight timings, and as we’ve talked about in the past, they matter in some scenarios more than others.

 

[GAMING 1080P]

Its been no secret, many publications have reported lower than anticipated 1080P results, and our finding echoes exactly that. AMD has since reported, with time for changes and enchantments to compilers and software to catch up; these numbers will improve across the board.

 

 

 

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