ASUS ROG Maximus XI HERO (Wi-Fi) Motherboard - Features

ASUS sent me two ROG Gaming motherboards for this review, the ROG Maximus XI HERO (Wi-Fi) and the ROG STRIX Z390-E Gaming. Both motherboards are aimed at different price points so I'll first talk about the more expensive one that I am testing in this review, the ROG Maximus HERO. This motherboard carries the ROG Maximus XI branding and is the entry-level option in the ROG Maximus brand. From previous testing results, I have seen that the ROG Maximus motherboards carry a gaming design while packing full overclocking capabilities that you'd expect of a high-end motherboard. I think this board would be no exception so let's get on with the specifications.

THE HERO

ROG Maximus XI Hero is the perfect introduction to the Republic of Gamers. It's a Z390 gaming motherboard that packs substantial power, smart cooling and faster memory support under a stealthy skin. Loaded with renowned ROG features, from one-click overclocking and cooling to attention-grabbing Aura Sync illumination, Maximus XI Hero is ready to perform and crafted for customization.

ASUS ROG Maximus XI HERO (Wi-Fi) Motherboard Specifications:

  • LGA1151 socket for 9th/8th -gen Intel Core desktop processors
  • Synchronized RGB lighting technology works with a vast portfolio of Aura Sync-capable PC gear and includes support for addressable light strips and Philips Hue
  • Perfected cooling with dedicated water cooling zones, M.2 heatsink, and various fan controls
  • Gaming connectivity: Intel Gigabit Ethernet, LANGaurd, dual M.2, USB 3.1 Gen 2, and 802.11AC Wi-Fi
  • 5-way Optimization: Automated system-wide tuning, providing AI Overclocking and cooling profiles tailor-made for your rig
  • Gaming Audio: SupremeFX and Sonic Studio III – High fidelity audio that draws you deeper into the action
  • Gaming durability: ASUS SafeSlot and premium components for maximum durability

ASUS ROG Maximus XI HERO (Wi-Fi) Motherboard Special Features:

ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5 :
- 5-Way Optimization tuning key perfectly consolidates TPU Insight, EPU Guidance, DIGI+ VRM, Fan Expert 4, and Turbo App
AURA :
- Aura Lighting Control
- Aura RGB Strip Headers
- Aura Lighting Effects Synchronization with compatible ASUS ROG devices
- Aura Addressable Strip Header(s)
ASUS Exclusive Features :
- USB BIOS Flashback
- MemOK! II
- AI Suite 3
- Ai Charger
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- Armoury Crate
- Pre-mounted I/O Shield
- ASUS NODE: hardware control interface
- OptiMem II
- ASUS EZ Flash 3
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
- BUPDATER
- BIOS Flashback Button
- Clear CMOS Button
- Reset Button
ASUS Q-Design :
- ASUS Q-Code
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
- ASUS Q-Slot
- ASUS Q-DIMM
- ASUS Q-Connector

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ASUS ROG Maximus XI HERO (Wi-Fi) Motherboard Gallery:

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Starting off with the ROG Maximus XI Hero, we will be getting an updated version of the ROG XI design with the LGA 1151 socket supporting either 8th or 9th Gen processors. The CPU socket is powered by a 8+4 pin connector configuration. The motherboard offers a 8+2+2 Phase DIGI+ VRM which is geared for overclocking while being cooled off by two sets of heatsinks that will be interconnected through heatpipe to dissipate heat much faster.

Four DDR4 DIMM slots offer support for up to 64 GB of memory support at speeds of 4400 MHz (OC+). Storage includes six SATA III ports while expansion capabilities include three PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16/x16/x4 electrical), three PCIe x1 slots and two M.2 slots. All two M.2 slots are covered by the M.2 heatsink which looks fantastic and comes with thermal pads beneath to keep your high-end M.2 storage device running in a stable operation.

On the rear panel, you can find 1 USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type-C) ports, 3 USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type-C) ports, 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports and 2 USB 2.0 ports, BIOS Flashback button, a clear CMOS button, 2x2 WIFI Module which use the Intel CNVi interface 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, supporting 2.4/5 GHz Dual-Band and Bluetooth v5.0, 1 HDMI port, 1 Display Port, 1 RJ-45 (Intel Gigabit) Ethernet LAN port, 1 PS/2, 1 SPDIF optical out port and a 8 channel HD audio jack. The motherboard retails for $289.99 US in the market.

9.8
Wccftech Rating

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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