The Asus Maximus X Hero has some of that special sauce, from a really useful, good-looking I/O shield, capable M.2 heatsink...
It is our belief that motherboards costing twice as much as entry-level models based on the same chipset need to be something special in order to deliver.
The Asus Maximus X Hero has some of that special sauce, from a really useful, good-looking I/O shield, capable M.2 heatsink, cooling opportunities through a raft of fan headers (including one dedicated to heavy-duty watercooling) and handy onboard buttons.
We'd recommend this board for folks who do indulge in proper watercooling; it seems as if it was made for them, and other than an awkwardly placed debug LED, we don't find too much wrong hardware wise. Our other observations rests with how Asus controls the RGB lighting, through the operating system alone, and we'd prefer to see this incorporated into the otherwise good Bios.
Users who don't need these extra features can opt for the Z370 Gaming and save themselves about £50 into the bargain. But for others, this is a fine choice. In fact, we like the board enough that it is currently residing in our brand-new test platforms, updated for the coming of 2018.
Chunky M.2 cooling
Great for watercooling
Fantastic I/O shield
Debug LED in awkward place
RGB control ought to be in BIOS
Asus ROG Maximus X Hero
The Asus ROG Maximus X Hero motherboard is available to purchase from Scan Computers.
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