ASUS ROG Maximus XII HERO Motherboard - Features

The top-chain of the ASUS Gaming lineup is made up of four powerful ROG Maximus XII series Z490 motherboards. The Republic of Gamers lineup has always attracted high-end gaming enthusiasts & this year would be no exception. The ROG Maximus XII lineup features the following motherboards:

  • ASUS ROG Maximus XII Extreme Glacial
  • ASUS ROG Maximus XII Extreme
  • ASUS ROG Maximus XII Formula
  • ASUS ROG Maximus XII HERO (Wi-Fi)
  • ASUS ROG Maximus XII APEX
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Each motherboard has different features to talk, some of them really cool in their own respectful manner and carry different price points for different market tiers. We received both, the Maximus XII HERO WiFI and the Maximus XII Extreme but we will first be taking a look at the Maximus XII HERO for this review.

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The ASUS ROG Maximus XII HERO (Wi-Fi) is the most cost-optimized Maximus variant, coming in at around $399 US price. This motherboard would feature the same design hierarchy as the rest of the Maximus motherboards but in a more effective manner to reduce costs. The HERO supports a 14+2 phase VRM configuration rated at 60A and is powered by an 8+4 pin connector config. There are 6 SATA III ports while the expansion configuration includes 3 PCIe 3.0 x16, 3 PCIe 3.0 x1, and 3 M.2 ports.

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In terms of I/O, you get a 5G (Aquantia AQC111C) ethernet port and a 1G Intel I219-V Ethernet port. There are a total of 17 USB ports to be found on the board with a single front panel USB 3.2 Gen 2 x2 port. You also get SupremeFX S1220 audio and a TB header on the motherboard. All three M.2 slots are cooled by heatsinks and you can find ROG specific features such as the power, reset, clear CMOS, and BIOS flashback buttons. Overall, this seems to be a solid board for most people who will be upgrading to the 10th Gen platform. The ASUS ROG Maximus XII HERO WiFi will hit retail at $399.99 US.

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