ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero AM4 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/AMD AM4 by stefan @ 2017-05-06

Crosshair VI Hero is one of the high-end boards for the AM4 platform we have very much enjoyed thanks to the multitude of available interfaces, good quality components, beefy VRM but also a fully-featured and easy to use UEFI interface. This board does impress by having a ton of USB ports on the I.O so you can plug a ton of devices in the back, you can connect your own RGB strips to the dual Aura-lighting headers, monitor your cooling system via dedicated water temperature and flow-rate headers but also install your trusty AM3 compatible water pump/cooler due to the unique compatible mounting system.

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Product Features Part I

Hollow Heat-Sink with red-hot style


Our new heat-sink is finely engineered with an innovative perforated design for maximum heat dissipation. On its top are expertly angled facets that allow light from the platform controller hub to penetrate through — so your builds stand out unlike any other!


ROG Water Cooling Zone


ROG's innovative Water-Cooling Zone lets you monitor your cooling system like never before. ROG Water-Cooling Zone's dual water-temperature headers and flow-rate header feed information straight into ROG's intuitive Fan Xpert 4 utility ? so you can stay on top of the heat and stay cool in every game!


Ready for any AM4 or AM3 cooler


ROG Crosshair VI Hero has special mounting holes that are compatible with any AM4 or AM3 cooler/LN2 pot. Upgrade to a new AM4 cooler, or extend the life of your existing AM3 kit — the choice is yours!


Aura lighting control


Customize your own favorite LED effects with Aura, the intuitive lighting-control software, to cast a stunning multi-color glow across your build via the ROG Crosshair VI Hero's brilliant built-in RGB LEDs or attached RGB strips via the two onboard 4-pin headers ? all lights will perform in perfect synchronization! Fire up Aura and enjoy the creative freedom of nine different lighting schemes.




ASUS Aura Sync technology makes ROG Crosshair VI Hero the control hub for your illumination ambitions — so it's easy to synchronize incredible lighting effects between compatible components, including RGB LED strips, graphics cards, keyboards and even mice! Change all LEDs in unison or employ dynamic modes to flow the illumination effects smoothly across all synchronized devices.


New SupremeFX Codec


ROG's awesome SupremeFX audio technology has levelled up, delivering an exceptional 113dB signal-to-noise ratio on the line-in connection and 120dB on line-out — and that means our best-ever recording quality! We've also added a low-dropout regulator for cleaner power delivery to the SupremeFX S1220 codec, an ESS® Sabre Hi-Fi ES9023P digital-to-analog converter for superior front-panel output, and a Texas Instruments® RC4580 op-amp for high gain with low distortion — which all adds up to audio that envelops you as never before.


Sonic Studio III


ROG's Sonic Studio III audio effects station has been updated with an all-new routing feature to port streams to different outputs as well as app-level preferences for instant audio profiles and improved noise filtering for conversations with total clarity!


Sonic Radar III


Sonic Radar III is all-new – with an evolved audio engine that processes sounds more accurately than ever, ensuring you're always aware of what's going on around you. A new on-screen arrow has also been added to help you pinpoint the enemy position instantly!


Make it your own


ASUS is the first motherboard manufacturer to support 3D printing, making it easy to customize your motherboard's appearance and improve system performance with a range of printable parts.


3D-printable accessories


As system parts are visible in custom PC builds, make yours stand out from the competition with 3D-printed accessories.




A dedicated base-clock generator designed for AM4 processors allows overclocked base clock frequencies up to or beyond 158MHz*. This custom solution works in tandem with the ASUS TurboV Processing Unit (TPU) to enhance voltage and base-clock overclocking control — providing an exciting new way to boost performance to extreme heights.


Third-generation ASUS T-Topology


With support for DDR4 memory you're able to drive memory frequencies up to 3200MHz (and beyond when overclocked)! ASUS-exclusive T-Topology circuit design plus OC Socket provides superb memory-overclocking capability to unleash the full power of DDR4 by minimizing coupling noise and signal reflection. With innovative equidistant memory channels, it delivers the most balanced control and powerful overclocking compatibility. ASUS works with almost every DDR4 memory vendor to ensure the best compatibility.


Performance, efficiency, digital power, fan control and networking ? tailored to the way you play


You don't need to be an expert to max out gaming performance on your ROG Crosshair VI Hero — because 5-Way Optimization sorts all the complex settings with a click, for instant, highly controllable performance boosts! Exclusive ROG technology dynamically optimizes essential aspects of your system, based on real-time use — so you get superb CPU performance, everyday energy savings, ultra-stable digital power, cool and quiet fans and networking settings that are tailored for the apps that you are using. In short, 5-Way Optimization ensures that your PC is perfect for gaming, entertainment, and productivity!


Games run swiftly and smoothly with high-performance and prioritized bandwidth.

Fans stay whisper-quiet for everyday computing, and ensure extreme cooling efficiency when gaming.

Stutter is eliminated for smooth-running apps, even under heavy loads.

Energy waste is reduced so you'll save money and the earth.


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