Summary: The Z87 Maximus VI Hero is a pretty interesting motherboard for many reasons. It is what I consider to be a high-end grade and class product, though priced in the upper range of mainstream. The Hero will fill the gap between the Formula and the Gene series, giving standard form factor users the ROG experience and quality without the price of the Formula and Extreme.
Summary: The out-of-box experience was actually a letdown for me, at least initially. I had one of my SATA drives drop out randomly and sometimes while data was being written to it. I tracked the issues down to a bad SATA port. Once I avoided this port everything worked perfectly. I’ve very rarely encountered hardware issues with ASUS motherboards so I just chalk this one up to simple statistics. Work with enough of these and you’ll have a problem eventually.
Summary: The ASUS Republic of Gamers brand represents the best ASUS has to offer. Unfortunately the best usually comes with a high price tag placing such boards out of reach for many. Never fear for the ASUS Maximus VI Hero is here! OK with a name like that I couldn’t resist. The Hero offers the core enthusiast features found in all ROG boards with less fluff.
Summary: When I heard what ASUS was calling their new SKU, I almost choked. I really thought ASUS might be taking a big risk here with the MAXIMUS VI HERO, and I even added some Tina Tuner to my music playlist as I began my testing. Everything worked pretty well, but when I tested the power consumption numbers, I was not surprised to find some far higher than expected. I even started singing along with Tina, images of Mad Max floating through my head.
Pros: New ROG SKU for those looking to get ROG features in ATX format with ROG mATX pricing, Packed with high-end features to keep your system stable, Excellent stock and good overclocked performance, PCIe x4 slot connected to Z87 PCH for memory overclocking, Decent accessories package, Wide-open BIOS ready for tweaking to the limit, All fans independently controllable, Superb memory overclocking, Fully functional AMI UEFI BIOS that includes mouse support and support for 3 ...
Cons: Mixed overclocking performance (will be improved with newer BIOSes now in testing), Power consumption a bit high, No Intel Thunderbolt, Color scheme used may not appeal to all
Excerpt: At the launch of the new Intel Haswell platform, the motherboard we used to test the new Core i7 4770K CPU was also the first motherboard we reviewed. The ASUS Z87-Expert impressed us and did a good job of setting a benchmark for boards to follow. Like we mentioned in that initial review, when it comes to the first board or two of a new platform, it doesn't always have the opportunity to shine in the best light.
Summary: Final Thoughts
When we were first briefed on the Maximus VI Hero ASUS explained it was the product that would be many user’s first Republic of Gamers motherboard and I believe it really will be. When we talk about Republic of Gamers motherboards we are talking about the cream of the crop, top of the line motherboards with the highest quality components along with tons of added features both gamers and enthusiasts would enjoy.
Pros: Quality materials, Easy to use BIOS, Software (AI Suite III, RamDisk, GameFirst II, etc), SupremeFX, Affordable Price, Easy overclocking
ASUS Republic Of Gamers Maximus VI Hero Intel Z87 Motherboard Review
4 June 2013
Summary: The ASUS ROG Maximus VI Hero definitely lives up to the ROG name and saves us some bank! The ASUS ROG Maximus VI Hero performs great, overclocks great and generally does everything great! I would certainly have no issues using this board in my personal system or recommending it to anyone!
Conclusion: With such a vast selection of Z87 motherboards already available, the ASUS Maximus VI Hero finds itself in a fight for relevance against some well-equipped competitors. However, this board is approaches its audience from a different perspective. Like its Republic of Gamers predecessors, the Hero targets enthusiasts and gamers but there’s a no-frills approach here that’s quite enticing for anyone that doesn’t need a ton of secondary features but still wants legendary...
Pros: - Industry leading UEFI BIOS full of new features, - DirectKey, so simple but so useful, - AI Suite III is full of great features, - RAMDisk and SSD Secure Erase software included, - Huge gains with USB 3.0 Boost, - SonicRadar and Gamefirst II give gamers the edge, - ROG VRM featuring NexFET Power Blocks, 60A BlackWing Chokes, and 10K Black Metallic Capacitors, - 4.6Ghz overclock instantly, - T-Topology 2 is great for overclocking 4 stick of RAM, - Amazing sound for o...
Cons: - Would like to have the overclocking and memory profiles like the M6E, - 4-Way Optimization is not as robust as with boards with a TPU chip
Conclusion: Having looked at a variety of Z87 motherboards from other vendors thus far, it’s now time to consider what ASUS have to offer with their Maximus VI Hero. It’s always nice to examine products from the Republic of Gamers portfolio as they are usually designed with the utmost care and attention to detail – the Maximus VI Hero follows this trend without exception; Its styling oozes finesse and the layout is great too.
Pros: + Pleasing to the eye, great styling and aesthetics, + Great performance at stock settings, + Overclocks easily, + UEFI BIOS is easy to use, + ASUS unique features – MemOK! Direct Key, USB Flashback, + Plenty of storage options, + SupremeFX audio
Conclusion: Obje su ploče potpuna novost u Asusovoj ponudi i kao takve tek trebaju naći svoje mjesto na tržištu. Za Maximus VI Hero će to možda biti malo lakše nego za Gryphon Z87 jer ima jasnije postavljenu ulogu. Zna se kako joj je preporučena cijena tek za 10 € viša od malog Gene modela koja nam je u prošlim serijama bila najdraža ROG ploča.
Pros: Kvalitetna izvedba, napredna naponska jedinica, vrlo kvalitetan zvučni podsistem, izvrsne OC mogućnosti i potencijal, RAMDisk, GameFirst II, layout, bundle.
Cons: Kartice u SLI-u ili CFX-u po PCIe 3.0 standardu rade u dual x8 modu.