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Asus Maximus VI Hero Review

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AlienwareAndy 28th June 2013, 17:00 Quote
All of these fancy flashy boards that will never see their full potential due to the CPUs that go in them.

Usually after a new CPU release I'm keen and eager to see boards reviewed but since Ivy it's becoming quite apparent that expensive boards don't make much difference.
flame696 28th June 2013, 17:05 Quote
Great board and great features wanted to go back to atx motherboards having had the Asus Maximus Gene IV and the Gene V. its been fantastic. just got to get around to overclocking my i5 4670k
mi1ez 28th June 2013, 17:18 Quote
I like it! it's a really clean looking board and has the performance to match it's RoG title.
The_Crapman 28th June 2013, 17:52 Quote
It put in a stocking performance in your benchmarks?:|
Snips 28th June 2013, 17:57 Quote
Scan has the Maximus VI Formula for £175inc on pre-order. Is that right as the conclusion says it should be £50 more than this Hero?
fdbh96 28th June 2013, 18:16 Quote
Pretty cool name :)

Price seems high for a 'budget ROG' board. I'm holding out on buying a new mobo, as I can't seem to find a decent ITX board for a sensible price.
Combatus 28th June 2013, 20:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by The_Crapman
It put in a stocking performance in your benchmarks?:|

Doh - fixed! Thanks!
Combatus 28th June 2013, 20:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by Snips
Scan has the Maximus VI Formula for £175inc on pre-order. Is that right as the conclusion says it should be £50 more than this Hero?

There's going to a big price difference - whether the Hero price drops or the pre-order price is too low. Till we see both in stock we can't say exactly but that's what we've been lead to believe!
ZeDestructor 29th June 2013, 06:58 Quote
Nice board, nice price. One of the few PCI-E only boards (DIE ALREADY, STUPID PCI!), and compared to the Sabertooth has a PS/2 port.

Wish they had this back in the Z77 days :(

Oh well, not like it matters anyways.. next rig will likely be Haswell-E...
cdb 29th June 2013, 10:45 Quote
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The Hero also has a fourth PCI-E 16x slot but it only offers x4 speed


I take it going from the pictures there's only 3 pcie 16x slots
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Expansion slots SLI and Crossfire support, Three 16x PCI-E 3.0 slots (One at x16, two at 8x and one 4x), two three 1x PCI-E

I take it the red highlighted words shouldn't be there?
phuzz 29th June 2013, 16:31 Quote
Last time Intel were selling CPUs which didn't overclock very well and ran really hot (Prescott), was when AMD came out with the A64 and blew them away for a few years.
Hears hoping we get a bit more competition in the CPU market again.
ZeDestructor 30th June 2013, 10:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by phuzz
Last time Intel were selling CPUs which didn't overclock very well and ran really hot (Prescott), was when AMD came out with the A64 and blew them away for a few years.
Hears hoping we get a bit more competition in the CPU market again.

Vishera still runs hotter than anything Intel makes this side of LGA2011, so no, not happening for a while...

I'll honestly be happy if AMD can just properly catch up to Intel IPC-wise at this point, let alone surpass.

Now, when is Haswell-E out again?
Corky42 30th June 2013, 10:45 Quote
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Now, when is Haswell-E out again?
Up until recently it was rumored for a 2014 release, But more recent rumors say maybe September.
http://wccftech.com/intel-haswell-core-i3-core-i74771-processors-launch-1st-september/
ZeDestructor 30th June 2013, 12:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by Corky42
Up until recently it was rumored for a 2014 release, But more recent rumors say maybe September.
http://wccftech.com/intel-haswell-core-i3-core-i74771-processors-launch-1st-september/

I don't know.. other rumours say that Ivy-E is for this year, which kindof makes sense based on what the SB-E platform has done..
Corky42 30th June 2013, 12:37 Quote
Whooopsy my mistake the article i linked is just the newer Haswell chips not the E
This one says maybe 2015 http://wccftech.com/intel-roadmap-leaks-haswell-e-lituya-bay-hedt-platform/
billysielu 30th June 2013, 18:54 Quote
Asus have put videos EVERYWHERE saying buy a board based on its feature set, NOT PERFORMANCE.... and you've done a performance review.... srsly?
ZeDestructor 30th June 2013, 20:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by Corky42
Whooopsy my mistake the article i linked is just the newer Haswell chips not the E
This one says maybe 2015 http://wccftech.com/intel-roadmap-leaks-haswell-e-lituya-bay-hedt-platform/

Yeah, end 2014 looks about right. By the looks of it, no Broadwell-E either (not that I particularly care for it on the desktop).
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Asus have put videos EVERYWHERE saying buy a board based on its feature set, NOT PERFORMANCE.... and you've done a performance review.... srsly?

This a review website, with a very strong focus on performance, not a press release archive like some others (before you ask, names will not be mentioned).

Secondly, this ROG board has basically the same featureset as the higher-end Z87 boards all round. Differences lie in the PCI/PCIe, USB and SATA/eSATA configuration, and other external stuff like software, warranty and PCB design.

Higher end ROG boards have genuine extra bits, like PLX chips for increased PCIe lane counts and whatnot, but this is the entry-level board, so by nature, it remains very close to the base Z77 implementation with a few extra bits.
fluxtatic 1st July 2013, 02:44 Quote
Unless Intel skips Ivy-E entirely, it'll be Ivy-E later this year, Haswell-E fall of next year, most likely.

Wondering what the hell Asus has done here - the budget ROG board is coming in neck and neck or even a bit higher than the Extreme?
kenco_uk 1st July 2013, 03:21 Quote
Was the 4.7Ghz overclock running under the stock Intel hsf? 99c is a wee bit toasty.

edit: Hmm................?
ZeDestructor 1st July 2013, 15:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by fluxtatic
Unless Intel skips Ivy-E entirely, it'll be Ivy-E later this year, Haswell-E fall of next year, most likely.

Wondering what the hell Asus has done here - the budget ROG board is coming in neck and neck or even a bit higher than the Extreme?

Possible, possible. I don't mind tbh, there's not much point in Ivy-E, but a couple of places have been claiming to have Ivy-E parts... Including one forum where a guy heat-gunned the heatspreader off the fluxless solder. With pictures.

Less stuff to interrupt things is what I'd guess: fewer controllers, less failsafes for ridiculous overclocks, that kind of stuff.
runadumb 4th July 2013, 08:48 Quote
I'm going to be ordering a Haswell setup this wkend. Going with a ASRock Z87 Extreme6/AC and an i5-4670K.
Any recommendations on memory? I will be going for 16GB of Ram but other than that I'm still undecided on what memory to buy.

Cheers.

EDIT:These seem to be good bang for the money
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY-096-PA&groupid=701&catid=8&subcat=1387
mystvearn 16th July 2013, 01:38 Quote
How good is this Supreme FX soundcard is on this board? Asus is hyping this soundcard has shielding, 120 db SNR. Is it really that good?
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