Following on from our last Intel Z97 motherboard review (MS Z97I GAMING AC), we have another from the latest Haswell/Broadwell supported socket LGA1150 platform. With a new chipset comes new features but unlike a full platform change, these changes seem to be quite major in my opinion; PCIe M.2 storage support and Intel Rapid Storage Technology for PCI devices naming a couple.
As mentioned, the new Z97 chipset will support the latest Haswell refresh processors as well as existing ones but more importantly, it will also support Intel’s next line of processors (Broadwell).
Touching more on the company who has provided the motherboard for today’s review, ASUS is a company who need no introduction but for those who haven’t heard of them, where have you been hiding for the past 10 years?!?! Republic of Gamers, or ROG for short, has been well known for building products with quality components since the branding started in 2006. Up until this day, gamer’s, enthusiasts and over clockers alike all know a ROG board means good quality and having experienced them myself over the years, I have no doubts that the trend is going to continue.
To be specific, today I will be taking a look at the ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO motherboard which features an ATX form factor, a PCIe M.2 port and updated LED lighting/heat sinks over the previous Z87 HERO VI that this board replaces, it will make for an interesting review as the preceding board won our performance and value awards. Can ASUS do one better this time round? Let’s take a look, starting with the specifications…
What ASUS have to say about the MAXIMUS VII HERO:
ROG high-value gaming ATX-board with brilliant performance and exclusive game-boosting features.