ASUS Maximus VIII Hero ATX Motherboard

ASUS Maximus VIII Hero ATX Motherboard

ASUS Maximus VIII Hero ATX Motherboard

B&H # ASMXVIIIHERO MFR # MAXIMUS VIII HERO
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Product Highlights

  • ATX Form Factor
  • Intel LGA 1151 Socket
  • Intel Z170 Chipset
  • Supports 6th Gen Intel Processors
  • Supports DDR4-3800 (OC) Memory
  • 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 Slots
  • 3 x PCIe 3.0 x4 Slots
  • Intel I219-V LAN Controller
  • M.2 Socket, SATA Express Slots
  • Lighting Control, SupremeFX 2015
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  • 1Description

The Maximus VIII Hero ATX Motherboard from ASUS comes with an LGA1151 socket and an Intel Z170 chipset to support 6th-generation Intel processors. It has four DIMM slots that allow you to install up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM. ASUS also provides you with the tools that overclock these RAM modules up to 3800 MHz and load up your favorite apps to them for quicker access. To fully utilize SSDs above 500 MB/s, it offers an M.2 and two SATA Express connectors that run on the PCI Express lanes. Furthermore, you can use integrated Intel HD graphics and the motherboard's DisplayPort and HDMI ports for visuals or install up to three optional dedicated graphics cards.

This Republic of Gamers motherboard gives you features to enhance your components. You can tweak the delivery of power to the processor and increase its base clock frequency up to 400 MHz. To keep your system stable, ASUS offers Fan Expert 3 that provides onboard thermal sensors and utility software to manage your cooling fans and water cooling solutions efficiently. Additionally, KeyBot II upgrades your keyboard by recording macros to the keyboard's F1 to F10 keys.

The Maximus VIII Hero motherboard comes outfitted with three PCI Express 3.0 x16 and three PCI Express x1 slots. It comes built with ROG SupremeFX 2015 that offers immersive sounds through five audio jacks to complete the multimedia experience. Networking is supported by an Intel I219V Gigabit controller. To quickly transfer data to external drives, it comes with 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 type-A and type-C ports. It also has four SATA III 6 Gb/s, two USB 3.0, four USB 2.0 ports along with a single PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port.

SupremeFX 2015
ASUS has designed this motherboard to enhance your gaming experience by immersing you in sounds with the help of five audio jacks and professional-grade audio components. It features Nichicon capacitors along with an ESS ES9023P digital-to-analog converter (DAC) with Hyperstream technology, ultra-low-jitter clock, 2Vrms headphone amp, and a Sonic SenseAmp that automatically detects and optimizes your headset (32 to 600 ohms) for sound quality. SupremeFX 2015 also offers intuitive Sonic Studio II for you to apply and enjoy different audio effects as well as a Perfect Noise-cancellation technology for team conversations with better clarity.
  • Gold-Plate Audio Connectors: Distortion-free for enhanced audio-signal input and output
  • SupremeFX Audio Processor: Offers ten DAC channels, simultaneous 7.1-channel playback, independent 2.0-channel, multiple-stream stereo to front-panel outputs, and an EMI cover for better audio quality
  • ESS ES9023P Digital-to-Analog Convertor (DAC): Creates a balance for audio clarity capable of -94dB THD
  • Clock Source: High-accuracy timing technology helps ensure ultra-low jitter by preventing fluctuating temperatures
  • RC4580 2Vrms Headphone Amp: Provides current and voltage for better tonality and spacious sound imaging
  • Nichicon Capacitors: Deliver sound resolution and expansion to create warm and natural audio
  • De-Pop Relay: Eliminates the popping sound when the system is powered on or off, or when devices are attached or removed
  • Sonic Sense Amp: Automatically detects and optimizes headphone impedance by 32 to 600 ohms
  • SupremeFX Shielding: Blocks electromagnetic interference from the motherboard or add-on cards to provide cleaner audio
Sonic Studio II
This suite of utilities provides simulated 7.1-channel surround sounds while listening with your 2-channel headset. You can further improve the sound's quality by using its five audio controls, which include Reverb, Bass Boost, Equalizer, Voice Clarity, and Smart EQ. The Casting Enhancer feature cleans up streaming and recording audio by reducing its noise artifacts and stabilizing overall voice volume. It also enhances the details and boost bass effects of in-game sounds and music playback. Furthermore, you also get Perfect Voice that reduces the noise for incoming and outgoing communications during in-game chat.
5-Way Optimization
This motherboard dynamically optimizes essential aspects of your system based on real-time use to provide CPU performance, everyday energy savings, ultra-stable digital power, and cool and quiet fans. It even adjusts the networking and audio settings for the apps that you are using. In short, 5-Way Optimization ensures that your PC is suitable for gaming, entertainment, productivity, or just about anything else.
  • Games run swiftly and smoothly with high performance, prioritized bandwidth, and clear sound
  • Fans stay whisper-quiet for everyday computing and ensure cooling efficiency when gaming
  • Helps prevent stuttering when running professional apps and heavy loading
  • Energy waste is reduced so you'll save money
TurboV Processing Unit
Increase the system's performance by using the AI Suite 3 utility software. The TurboV Processing Unit (TPU) offers precise voltage control and advanced monitoring for the CPU and graphics card, enabling you to adjust CPU frequencies and ratios for optimized performance and exploit the potential out of your graphics card.
Energy Processing Unit
The Energy Processing Unit (EPU) automatically detects and adjusts the power consumption based upon the system's needs. It can reduce the CPU wattage to a set level or even provide more savings with Away Mode, which creates an extreme energy-saving scenario by shutting down unused extra I/O controllers and reduces the power level in graphics cards.
Fan Xpert 3
With thermal sensors and hardware-level 4-pin/3-pin PWM/DC mode detection, Fan Xpert 3 provides advanced fan and water-pump controls that help ensure each fan achieves the best balance of cooling performance and low noise.
DIGI+ Power Control
The ASUS DIGI+ Power Control complies with Intel's IMVP8 specifications to intelligently detect the processor's power draw so you can increase its overclocking potential, enhance system stability, and improve power efficiency with flexibility and accurate control.
Turbo App
ASUS offers an exclusive Turbo App that features an intuitive panel, which lets you adjust your hardware. You can use it to automatically overclock the processor, tune the fans, prioritize network data, and optimize audio settings.
ASUS PRO Clock technology
ASUS offers a dedicated base-clock (BCLK) generator designed for 6th-generation Intel processors so you can overclock the base clock frequencies up to 400 MHz. This custom solution works with the ASUS TurboV Processing Unit to enhance voltage and base-clock overclocking control.
DDR4
Second-generation ASUS T-Topology enables DDR4 memory overclocking to reach over 3733 MHz with all memory slots populated. Featuring a customized trace layout for reduced crosstalk and coupling noise, this T-Topology ensures time-aligned signal transfers for improved memory stability and compatibility.
UEFI BIOS
The BIOS offers a mouse-controlled graphical interface along with EZ and Advanced Modes so you can find your way quickly and easily.
  • EZ Flash 3 - lets you update the BIOS via the Internet and from within the BIOS
  • S.M.A.R.T - checks your device's Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology logs to gauge reliability and even determine if they're about to fail
  • EZ Tuning Wizard - OC and RAID - allow you to select your hardware and apply different scenarios to tune system performance or streamline your RAID configuration
  • My Favorites - provides a list that contains your preferred tuning options and tools
  • USB Flashback - refreshes your BIOS using a USB flash drive even when the system is off

EZ Mode
  • Intuitive Graphical Fan Control: Adjusts the spin speed for each fan by dragging a curve with the mouse
  • EZ XMP Settings: Improve DRAM performance
  • SATA Information: Each SATA port has details displayed, so you can easily recognize devices
  • Fast Clock Adjustment: Change the time and date in EZ Mode using the mouse

Advanced Mode
  • GPU Port: Automatically detect selected ASUS graphics cards to view detailed information
  • Secure Erase: Restores your SSDs to the day you first received them
  • Last Modified Log: Track last change and save preferred profiles onto a USB drive
  • SATA Port Renaming: Rename the SATA ports for easy identification
  • USB UEFI BIOS Flashback: Update the BIOS using your flash drive even when the system is off
Engine Digi+
ASUS features a digital power controller that uses Texas Instrument's NexFET MOSFETs, MicroFine alloy chokes, a Digi+ PWM controller, and 10K black metallic capacitors to deliver smooth voltages.
RAMCache
This ASUS technology intelligently caches the critical files on a particular storage drive so you favorite games and apps launch at quicker speeds. RAMCache helps boost game-loading times without the risk of losing data.
Intel I219-V Ethernet LAN
The built-in Intel Ethernet controller reduces the processor's overhead and offers high TCP and UDP throughput.
LANGuard
Signal-coupling technology and premium surface-mounted components improve throughput and a more reliable connection, while surge-protected and electrostatically-guarded components allow for 1.9 times greater tolerance to static electricity and 2.5 times better protection (up to 15kV) against surges.
GameFirst III
GameFirst III prioritizes game-related packets and allocates more bandwidth for games, thereby eliminating laggy gameplay, streaming stutters, and file-sharing slowdown. You can optimize the speed of your network by choosing between Optimization, Game, Media Streaming, or File Sharing presets.
ROG Features
  • CPU Installation Kit: Protection from socket-pin damage
  • TrueVolt USB: Two dedicated USB power supplies provide 5 V of steady power to all USB ports, minimizing power fluctuations that can lead to data loss
  • Q-Connector: This one-piece plug helps you connect the wires to the motherboard
  • Q-Slot: The PCI slots feature large-winged clips so you can easily remove your PCI express cards
  • Q-DIMM: One-sided clips can be pushed down for easily removing RAM modules
  • DRAM Over-current Protection: An additional resettable fuse protects the connection ports and DRAM against overcurrent and short-circuit damage
  • Backplates: Two backplates are built onto the motherboard to offer additional cooling, protection, and reinforcement
  • ESD Guards: Provide two times greater electrostatic protection for the PS2, USB, Audio and LAN ports
  • Stainless Steel Back I/O: Last three times longer than typical panels
  • Black Nickel-coated Q-Shield: Protects your hands from nicks and cuts
LED Lights
ASUS provides onboard LEDs that can change color based upon the processor's temperature or pulsate to the beat of your favorite music. ASUS offers six control schemes that include:
Static - always on
Breathing - fades in and out
Strobing - flashes on and off
Color cycle - fades between the colors of the rainbow m
Music effect - pulses to the beat of your music
CPU temperature - changes color with CPU load
Overwolf
To help you stay in your game, Overwolf provides an unobtrusive overlay so you can browse, email, IM, stream, or record while you play.
KeyBot II
This motherboard comes equipped with a microprocessor that lets you use a software utility to assign macros to function keys F1 to F10 for switching profiles in moments as well as starting and boosting your system from shutdown S5 mode.
Additional Software Included
  • AI Suite 3 - one-stop control panel
  • ROG CPU-Z - displays your important system information
  • Mem TweakIt - dynamic timing monitoring, gauges DRAM efficiency
  • RAMDisk - boost your favorite application up to 20 times faster than an SSD with the junction function
  • Sonic Radar II - a stealthy overlay that maps battlefield sounds so you can locate opponents and teammates at a glance
  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus (1-year) - protection from viruses and spyware
  • DAEMON Tools Pro Standard (1-year) - mount optical and virtual discs
  • PC Cleaner - eliminates unwanted files to speed up your PC
  • SteamOS Support
Intel Z170 Express Chipset
The Intel Z170 Express features a single-chipset design that supports 6th-generation Intel LGA1151 Core i7, Core i5, Core i3, Pentium, and Celeron processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. It also supports integrated-graphics (iGPU) functions, so you'll enjoy Intel's integrated graphics performance. This motherboard has two USB 3.0 ports and two internal USB 3.0 connectors, which supports four additional USB 3.0 ports. It features four SATA III 6 Gb/s ports, four dual-channel DDR4 DIMM slots, and six PCI Express 3.0 slots as well as a 32 Gb/s M.2 interface for faster data retrieval.
UPC: 889349111512
In the Box
ASUS Maximus VIII Hero ATX Motherboard
  • ASUS Q-Shield
  • 6 x SATA 6 Gb/s
  • M.2 Screw Package
  • CPU Installation Tool
  • Supporting DVD
  • SLI Bridge
  • Q-connector (1-in-1)
  • 12-in-1 ROG Cable Labels
  • ROG Fan Label
  • ROG Door Hanger
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Processor Supported Intel Socket 1151 for 6th Generation Core i7, Core i5, Core i3, Pentium, Celeron processors
    Supports Intel 14 nm CPU
    Supports Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
    Chipset Intel Z170
    Form Factor ATX
    Memory 64 GB max
    4 x DIMM DDR4 3800(O.C.), 3733(O.C.), 3600(O.C.), 3500(O.C.), 3466(O.C.), 3400(O.C.), 3333(O.C.), 3300(O.C.), 3200(O.C.), 3000 (O.C.), 2800(O.C.), 2666(O.C.), 2400(O.C.), 2133(O.C.) MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
    Dual Channel Memory Architecture
    Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
    Graphics Integrated Intel HD Graphics supported
    Supports HDMI with max. resolution of 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz
    Supports DisplayPort 1.2 with max. resolution of 4096 x 2304 @ 60 Hz
    Maximum shared memory of 512 MB
    Supports Intel InTru 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider
    Multi-GPU Support Supports NVIDIA Quad-GPU SLI technology
    Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX technology
    Expansion Slots 2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8, gray)
    1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x4 mode, black)
    3 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x1
    Storage Intel Z170 chipset
    1 x M.2 x4 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices supported (both SATA & PCIE mode)
    2 x SATA Express ports
    6 x SATA 6 Gb/s ports, gray, 4 ports from two SATA Express
    Supports Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
    Intel Rapid Storage Technology supported
    Supports Intel Smart Response Technology

    ASMedia ASM1061 controller
    2 x SATA 6 Gb/s ports, black
    LAN Intel I219V Gigabit LAN controller, GameFirst technology
    Intel LAN dual interconnect between the integrated LAN controller and Physical Layer (PHY)
    Anti-surge LANGuard
    Audio ROG SupremeFX 2015 8-Channel high definition audio CODEC
    - Supports jack-detection, multi-streaming, front panel jack-retasking
    - SupremeFX Shielding technology
    - ESS ES9023P DAC: dB SNR, dB THD+N (Max. kHz/ -bit)
    - TI RC4580 2 Vrms audio OP AMP
    USB Intel Z170 chipset
    6 x USB 3.0 (2 x USB ports at back panel, blue, 4 x headers at mid-board)
    8 x USB 2.0 (4 x USB ports at back panel, black, 4 x headers at mid-board)

    ASMedia USB 3.1 controller
    1 x USB 3.1 port at back panel (black, type-C)
    1 x USB 3.1 port at back panel (red, type-A)
    Supported Features OC Design - ASUS PRO Clock Technology
    - Full BCLK range for overclocking performance
    5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5
    - Tuning key consolidates TPU, EPU, DIGI+ Power Control, Fan Xpert 3, and Turbo App
    ASUS Exclusive Features:
    - MemOK
    - AI Suite 3
    - Ai Charger+
    - USB 3.1 Boost
    - Disk Unlocker
    - Mobo Connect
    - PC Cleaner
    Remote Entertainment
    - Media Streamer
    - HyStream
    ASUS EZ DIY:
    - ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
    - ASUS EZ Flash 3
    - ASUS USB BIOS Flashback
    - Push Notice
    ASUS Q-Design:
    - ASUS Q-Shield
    - ASUS Q-Code
    - ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
    - ASUS Q-Slot
    - ASUS Q-DIMM
    - ASUS Q-Connector
    RAMCache
    Audio
    - Gold-plated jacks
    - DTS Connect
    - Optical S/PDIF out port at back panel
    - Sonic SenseAmp
    - Sonic Studio II
    - Sonic Radar II
    Start Button
    Reset Button
    LN2 Mode
    Extreme Engine Digi+:
    - MicroFine Alloy Chokes
    - NexFET Power Block MOSFET
    - 10K Black Metallic Capacitors
    Mem TweakIt
    KeyBot II
    - One-click Overclocking
    - X.M.P.
    - DirectKey
    - ClrCMOS
    - Power On
    UEFI BIOS features:
    - O.C. Profile
    - GPU.DIMM Post
    - Tweakers' Paradise
    - ROG SSD Secure Erase
    - Graphic Card Information Preview
    ROG RAMDisk
    Operating Systems Supported Windows 10 64-bit
    Windows 8.1 64-bit
    Windows 7 32/64-bit
    Back I/O Ports 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port
    1 x DisplayPort
    1 x HDMI
    1 x LAN (RJ-45)
    1 x USB 3.1 (black) type-C
    1 x USB 3.1 (red) type-A
    2 x USB 3.0 (blue)
    4 x USB 2.0
    1 x Optical S/PDIF out
    5 x Audio jacks
    1 x USB BIOS Flashback button
    Internal I/O Ports 1 x AAFP connector
    2 x USB 3.0 connectors support additional 4 x USB 3.0 ports
    2 x USB 2.0 connectors support additional 4 x USB 2.0 ports
    2 x SATA Express connectors, gray, compatible with 4 x SATA 6 Gb/s ports
    1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M key design, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices supported (Supports both SATA & PCIE SSD)
    4 x SATA 6 Gb/s connectors
    1 x CPU fan connector (4-pin)
    1 x CPU OPT fan connector (4-pin)
    4 x Chassis fan connectors (4-pin)
    1 x Thunderbolt header
    1 x 24-pin EATX power connector
    1 x 8-pin ATX 12 V power connector
    1 x System panel (Q-connector)
    1 x 5-pin EXT_FAN (Extension Fan) connector
    1 x MemOK button
    1 x Thermal sensor connector
    1 x Power-on button
    1 x Reset button
    1 x Clear CMOS button
    1 x Water Pump header (4-pin)
    1 x LN2 Mode jumper
    1 x ROG extension (ROG_EXT) header
    1 x 14-1 pin TPM connector
    BIOS 128 Mb Flash ROM
    UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI3.0, 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, F9 Quick Note, Last Modified log, F12 PrintScreen, F3 Shortcut functions and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information
    Manageability WfM 2.0, DMI 3.0, WOL by PME, PXE
    Dimensions 12.0 x 9.6" / 30.5 x 24.4 cm
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.65 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.15 x 11.26 x 3.071"

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