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It’s crazy to look back at the original Crosshair and see just how much things have changed. Hell, the original was running on a Nvidia nForce 590 chipset, how many people even remember that Nvidia had their own chipsets! Anyhow, even all the way back to the original Asus has always packed the Crosshair boards full of features and from what I’ve seen of the new Crosshair VI Hero it looks like they have done the same thing again. This is one of the two boards that came with our initial review setup for the new Ryzen processors. So today I’m going to check out the new Crosshair VI Hero and see what it is all about and find out if it is a good option to consider for those of you excited to build a new high-end AMD build.

Product Name: Asus Crosshair VI Hero

Review Sample Provided by: Asus

Written by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes

Amazon Link: HERE

 

Specifications

CPU

AMD AM4 Socket for AMD Ryzen™/7th Generation A-series/Athlon™ Processors

Supports AM4 Socket 14 nm CPU

Supports CPU up to 8 cores

Chipset

AMD X370

Memory

AMD Ryzen™ Processors

4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR4 3200(O.C.)/2933(O.C.)/2666/2400/2133 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory *

AMD 7th Generation A-series/Athlon™ Processors

4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR4 2400/2133 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory *

Dual Channel Memory Architecture

Multi-GPU Support

Supports NVIDIA® 2-Way SLI™ Technology

Supports AMD CrossFireX™ Technology

Expansion Slots

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

Storage

AMD Ryzen™ Processors: 
1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)
AMD 7th Generation A-series/Athlon™ Processors: 
1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA mode)
AMD X370 chipset : 
8 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), 
Support Raid 0, 1, 10

LAN

Intel® I211-AT, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)

Anti-surge LANGuard

ROG GameFirst IV

Audio

ROG SupremeFX 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC S1220
- 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

USB Ports

AMD Ryzen™/7th Generation A-series/Athlon™ Processors : 
4 x USB 3.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, blue)
AMD X370 chipset : 
1 x USB 3.1 front panel connector port(s) 
AMD X370 chipset : 
6 x USB 3.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
AMD X370 chipset : 
6 x USB 2.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, black, 2 at mid-board)
ASMedia® USB 3.1 controller : 
2 x USB 3.1 port(s) (2 at back panel, , Type-A + Type-C)

ROG Exclusive Features

ROG RAMCache II
ROG CPU-Z
ROG CloneDrive
Slow Mode
Overwolf
ReTry Button
Safe Boot Button
Start Button
Reset Button
LN2 Mode
GameFirst IV
ROG Aura
- Aura Lighting Control
- Aura RGB Strip Headers
Extreme Engine Digi+:
- MicroFine Alloy Chokes
- NexFET™ Power Block MOSFET
- 10K Black Metallic Capacitors
Mem TweakIt
KeyBot II
- One-click Overclocking
- DirectKey
- ClrCMOS
- Power On
UEFI BIOS features:
- O.C. Profile
- Tweakers' Paradise
- ROG SSD Secure Erase
- Graphic Card Information Preview
ROG RAMDisk
Loadline Calibration
BIOS Flashback

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 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

Back I/O Ports

1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)

1 x USB 3.1 (black)Type-C

1 x USB 3.1 (red)Type-A

8 x USB 3.0 (blue)

4 x USB 2.0 (one port can be switched to USB BIOS Flashback)

1 x Optical S/PDIF out

1 x Clear CMOS button(s)

1 x USB BIOS Flashback Button(s)

5 x Gold-plated audio jacks

1 x M.2 Wi-Fi Slot

Internal I/O Ports

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 (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)

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 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)

1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)

1 x Thermal sensor connector(s)

1 x Reset button(s)

1 x LN2 Mode switch(es)

1 x ROG extension (ROG_EXT) header(s)

1 x Safe Boot button

1 x ReTry button

1 x Slow Mode jumper(s)

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

Accessories

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

0 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 coasters

BIOS

128 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 3.0, ACPI 5.0, Multi-language BIOS,

ASUS EZ Flash 3, CrashFree BIOS 3, F11 EZ Tuning Wizard, F6 Qfan Control, F3 My Favorites, Last Modified log,

F12 PrintScreen and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information

Manageability

WfM 2.0, WOL by PME, PXE

Support Disc

Drivers

AURA

ROG GameFirst IV*3

ROG RAMDisk

ROG RAMCache II

ROG CPU-Z

ROG Mem TweakIt

ROG Keybot II

Sonic Studio III

Sonic Radar III

Overwolf

CloneDrive

Kaspersky® Anti-Virus

DAEMON Tools Software

Winzip

ASUS WebStorage

ASUS Utilities

Operating System

Windows® 10 64-bit

Form Factor

ATX Form Factor

12 inch x 9.6 inch ( cm x cm )

 

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