Motherboards

ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XII HERO (Wi-Fi) Z490 Motherboard Review

How We Test

Here at eTeknix, we endeavour to disclose vital information regarding the benchmarking process so that readers can quantify the results and attempt to replicate them using their hardware. When it comes to our benchmarks in our reviews, the benchmarks are pretty self-explanatory although there are a few exceptions. Remember that your choice of motherboard, the silicon lottery, and other factors can yield different numbers, and there’s always a margin for error when using any software. Therefore, your experience may vary.

Testing Your Own System

We typically focus on commonly available benchmarks so that you too can run the same benchmarks on your own system. We hope this makes it easy for our readers to gauge the performance improvement available to them when they upgrade their own systems.

Gaming Tests

All games are run at their specified resolutions using the “high” settings or equivalent. We avoid using the Ultra settings as these often offer diminishing returns for performance vs visuals.

Test Benches

Comet Lake S

ProcessorAll Intel 10th Generation
MotherboardMSI MEG Z490 GODLIKE
Memory2 x 8GB TEAMGroup NightHawk RGB DDR4-3000
GraphicsNVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER FE
StorageSeagate Firecuda 510 1TB
Power SupplyPhanteks Revolt Pro 850W
SoftwareWindows 10 Professional 1909
DriversNVDIA GeForce 445.87 WHQL

Coffee Lake

ProcessorAll Intel 8th & 9th Generation
MotherboardASUS Maximus XI Hero (WiFi)
Memory2 x 8GB TEAMGroup NightHawk RGB DDR4-3000
GraphicsNVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER FE
StorageSeagate Firecuda 510 1TB
Power SupplyPhanteks Revolt Pro 850W
SoftwareWindows 10 Professional 1909
DriversNVDIA GeForce 445.87 WHQL

Kaby Lake

ProcessorAll Intel 7th Generation
MotherboardGigabyte Z270X-Gaming 9
Memory2 x 8GB TEAMGroup NightHawk RGB DDR4-3000
GraphicsNVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER FE
StorageSeagate Firecuda 510 1TB
Power SupplyPhanteks Revolt Pro 850W
SoftwareWindows 10 Professional 1909
DriversNVDIA GeForce 445.87 WHQL

LGA 2066

ProcessorAll Intel 8th, 9th & 10th Generation
MotherboardGigabyte Z270X-Gaming 9
Memory2 x 8GB TEAMGroup NightHawk RGB DDR4-3000
GraphicsNVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER FE
StorageSeagate Firecuda 510 1TB
Power SupplyPhanteks Revolt Pro 850W
SoftwareWindows 10 Professional 1909
DriversNVDIA GeForce 445.87 WHQL

Zen 2

ProcessorAll AMD Ryzen 3000 Series
MotherboardASUS Crosshair VIII Hero
Memory2 x 8GB TEAMGroup NightHawk RGB DDR4-3000
GraphicsNVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER FE
StorageSeagate Firecuda 510 1TB
Power SupplyPhanteks Revolt Pro 850W
SoftwareWindows 10 Professional 1909
DriversNVDIA GeForce 445.87 WHQL

Zen

ProcessorAll AMD Ryzen 2000 & 1000 Series
MotherboardASUS B450-F Gaming
Memory2 x 8GB TEAMGroup NightHawk RGB DDR4-3000
GraphicsNVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER FE
StorageSeagate Firecuda 510 1TB
Power SupplyPhanteks Revolt Pro 850W
SoftwareWindows 10 Professional 1909
DriversNVDIA GeForce 445.87 WHQL

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Peter Donnell

As a child still in my 30's (but not for long), I spend my day combining my love of music and movies with a life-long passion for gaming, from arcade classics and retro consoles to the latest high-end PC and console games. So it's no wonder I write about tech and test the latest hardware while I enjoy my hobbies!

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