ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO

Motherboard ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO
Form Factor ATX
Maximum Memory Speed 4400 MHz
DIMM Slots 4
MAX MEMORY 128 GB

ASUS is a popular manufacturer of motherboards and is known for designing some of the most powerful motherboards of all time. Their ROG MAXIMUS series is targeted towards the enthusiast community and is based on Z-series chipsets for the Intel platform.

ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO is one of the finest motherboards for Intel’s mainstream processors right now and is capable of running even the most powerful processors at the highest possible clock speeds.

The price of the motherboard is surely higher than the other motherboards based on Z390 chipset, however, it is worth every penny if you are someone who wants to juice every bit of performance. 

First of all, the looks of this motherboard are pretty impressive, as expected of ASUS Republic Of Gamers. The motherboard mainly uses black color for the PCB while there is RGB lighting on the heat-sink at the I/O panel cover and the chipset heat-sink.

The lighting on the I/O cover does not have any logo but the lighting on the chipset has the ROG logo which greatly enhances the looks of the system. The heat-sinks on the VRM are very nice-looking as well and have HERO written on them. The RGB lighting can be controlled through the software application and it supports ASUS AuraSync as well.

ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO is an ATX motherboard and comes with four DIMM slots, which means that with the use of 32 GB sticks you can reach a maximum memory limitation of 128 GB. As for the PCI Express slots, there are five of them, among which three are PCI Express 3.0 X16 and three are 3.0 X1.

This seems like a great configuration, where you can install lots of PCI-E devices such as multiple graphics cards, PCI-E SSDs, sound cards, etc. As for the M.2 slots, there are two of them, both being covered by large heat-sinks. The motherboard provides six SATA III ports, capable of running at 6Gb/s.

Coming to the I/O of the motherboard, it offers 6 x audio ports, 2 x WiFi antenna ports, 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, 3 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port, 2 x USB 2.0 ports (one of which is used for BIOS), an HDMI port, a DP port, a PS/2 port, a BIOS Flashback button, and a Clear CMOS button.

These options seem very extensive and are quite helpful during various scenarios, especially the BIOS related functions. ASUS has used ROG SupremeFX in the motherboard with the audio codec S1220, which is greatly appreciated for its quality and outputs.

The motherboard also supports Bluetooth and WiFi, where ASUS has used Intel Wireless-AC 9560 for WiFi, capable of running at 1.73 Gbps. As for the multi-GPU support, the motherboard supports 2-way NVIDIA SLI and 3-way AMD CrossFireX technology. There is a total of seven fan headers in the motherboard including the CPU and AIO pump headers.

The power delivery of this motherboard is quite controversial. ASUS implemented a new design for the VRM and used a big 4+2 phase power delivery, however, this VRM is much better than previously used 4+2 phase VRM in the cheap motherboards. That is why you can overclock the processors like Intel Core i7-9700K or even Core i9-9900K at high frequencies like 5.0+ GHz, etc.

Conclusion:

ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO is one of the best motherboards for those people who want to get high performance but yet not spend as much money as it would take for MAXIMUS XI FORMULA.

The looks of the motherboard are pretty good and with great RGB lighting, it enhances the looks of your rig. With great I/O features like integrated high-performance WiFi, lots of PCI-E slots, etc., you get ease of access and don’t have to spend extra for these features.

Pros
  • Awesome looks
  • Great performance
  • Lots of features
Cons
  • Somewhat expensive