ASUS RoG Crosshair VI Hero X370 Motherboard Review




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Introduction


ASUS RoG Crosshair VI Hero X370 Motherboard Review

Ryzen is here at last, and with that comes dozens of motherboards from the many AMD partners. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the new ASUS RoG Crosshair VI Hero, an X370 chipset board for the latest Ryzen AM4 socket chips from AMD. The new board brings all the high-end thrills you would expect, promising plenty of overclocking features, SLI/Crossfire support, M.2 storage, RGB lighting and much more! It’s primed to appeal to enthusiast system builders, overclockers and gamers alike, so let’s take a closer look at what it has to offer!

“For more than a decade, Republic of Gamers has delivered exemplary design and performance to thrill the world’s best players and PC enthusiasts. Our journey is a road without end. Now, it’s time for competitors to be warned and for gamers and enthusiasts to push the limits: The packed and pumped ROG Crosshair VI Hero Series motherboard is ready to defeat all challengers.” – ASUS

Ready for AMD AM4-socket Ryzen, 7th Generation A-series APUs and Athlon APUs

This motherboard supports AMD® Ryzen™ processors, 7th Generation A-series accelerated processing units (APUs) and Athlon™ APUs. The high-performance Ryzen™ processor supports up to eight cores and is based on the innovative Zen core architecture. The 7th Generation A-series APUs feature integrated AMD Radeon R-series graphics. AMD AM4-socket processors feature dual-channel DDR4 memory, native 5Gbps USB 3.0 and 16 PCI Express® 3.0/2.0 lanes for superb performance.

AMD X370 Chipset

The AMD X370 chipset delivers outstanding overclocking capabilities for the latest AMD® AM4-socket Ryzen™ processors, 7th Generation A-series APUs and Athlon™ APUs. It is optimised for multiple GPU configurations including NVIDIA SLI™ and AMD CrossFireX™. It also provides two 10Gbps USB 3.1 ports and eight 6Gbps SATA ports for faster data retrieval.

Features

  • ROG Water Cooling Zone : Dominate your cooling system
  • Aura Sync RGB LED: Stunning synchronized effects and two Aura 4-pin RGB-strip headers
  • SupremeFX: Exclusive new codec plus intuitive Sonic Studio III and Sonic Radar III
  • 5-Way Optimization: One-click system-wide overclocking.
  • Best gaming networking: Intel® Gigabit Ethernet, LANGuard and GameFirst technologies
  • Best gaming connectivity: USB 3.1 front-panel connector, M.2 and both USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C
  • Best gaming durability: Safeslot and premium components for maximum durability

Specifications

  • Socket AM4
  • Ryzen 7 “Zen” Support
  • 4x DDR4 DIMM
  • 3x PCIE x16
  • 3x PCIE x1
  • 8x SATA 6Gb/s
  • 2x M.2 PCIE
  • 4x USB 3.0
  • 6x USB 2.0
  • 3x USB 3.1 TypeA
  • 1x USB 3.1 Type-C

Check out the full specifications here!

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Packaging and Accessories

The box is pretty much what you would expect, and comes with a durable design to ensure the product is safely stored. There are a few teasing details on the front too, such as the X370 chipset, SLI, Crossfire, Aura lighting, etc.

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Around the back, a nice run down the main specifications, as well as a few fun highlights such as the USB 3.1 front panel header, AURA lighting, SupremeFX CODEC, and support for 3D printed add-ons.

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Open up the box, and you’ll find a protective hard plastic cover on the motherboard.

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Aside from the motherboard, you’ll also find the basic driver disc (although we always recommend downloading any updated versions where possible), the user guide, and a coaster, because we all need somewhere to put a drink while building our new rig. Skip on to the next page, and we’ll take a look at the star of the show; the motherboard!

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