ASUS ROG Maximus XI HERO (Wi-Fi)& ASUS ROG STRIX Z390-E Gaming - Power Consumption and VRM Temperature

The Coffee Lake architecture is meant to improve overall system power consumption and add to the efficiency. In the case of the 9th Gen CPUs, we are looking at refined 14nm++ process which allows Intel to gain improved clock speeds and increase the number of cores within the same power envelope.

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With the frequency bump, the new chips do end up with higher power consumption both in idle and load states. The Intel Core i9-9900K when overclocked, breaches the 400W barrier. Even the stock operation is higher than the previous generation flagship which tells that this part has may not be aiming the higher efficiency point as the previous generation parts.

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Under the $300 US bracket, the ROG Maximus XI Hero (Wi-Fi) is one of the best board options for both 8th and 9th Gen processors, offering the perfect blend of high-performance OC and strong expandability options.

Pros
  • Support for Intel 8th and 9th Generation Coffee Lake CPUs
  • Up To 8 Core Processor Support
  • ASUS's Best in Class BIOS (UEFI) Support on Z390 Series
  • Excellent Overclocking Support on Unlocked Intel CPUs
  • Excellent Design Scheme With Solid Heatsink Solution
  • Excellent Build Quality With High-Quality VRM and PCB
  • 8+2+2 Phase Extreme Engine DiGi+ VRM
  • Heatpipe Implementation on the VRM Heatsinks is a plus
  • Tons of Connectivity Options
  • Tons of USB 3.1 Gen 2 and Gen 1 Ports
  • Intel Wireless-AC 9560 With 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi
  • Up To 4400 MHz (OC+) DDR4 Memory Support
  • SupremeFX offers great onboard Audio
  • Dual M.2 Slots With full coverage heatsinks
  • Pre-Mounted I/O Shield
  • Full ASUS AURA Sync RGB Support (Multiple Addressable RGB Headers)
  • Lots of Software Support
Cons
  • Price is slightly higher ($289.99 US)
  • Only Two M.2 slots
  • Only 1Gbps Ethernet LAN

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