QUICK REVIEW | ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero (AMD X370)

Introduction

The ASUS ROG Crosshair Vi Hero is one of the best X370 motherboards available right now and we are going to check out why. We got this high-end X370 motherboard as part of our AMD Ryzen review kit and it definitely lives up to the ASUS ROG brand name.

Aesthetics

The ASUS Crosshair VI Hero board features a black PCB with a plastic armor overlay on top of the board’s rear panel and audio subsystem components. The gunmetal finish definitely fits any color scheme and can be customized with some pretty cool RGB lighting compatible with ASUS’ own RGB Aura Sync software. So for those RGB fanatics out there, you are not gonna miss out on anything.

The motherboard has integrated RGB LEDs in the rear panel and chipset covers, as well as dual on-board 4-pin RGB headers which can be controlled via the AURA app, with nine different lighting modes: Static, Breathing, Strobing, Color Cycle, Music Effect, CPU Temperature controlled, Rainbow, Comet, and Flash & Dash.

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Motherboard Features

The X370 chipset supports all of AMD’s Ryzen processor line and can be used with Dual Channel DDR4 memory rated up to 3200MHz speed.

*Do take note that on the stock BIOS, I couldn’t get beyond 2933MHz using the included 2x8GB GEIL EVO X RGB 3200mhz memory with the review kit but after flashing the latest BIOS, I could run 3200MHz with no problem.*

The following features also have been integrated into the board:

  • eight SATA III 6Gbps ports;
  • an M.2 PCIe Gen3 x4 32Gbps capable port;
  • an  Intel I211-AT Gigabit NIC;
  • three PCI-Express x16 slots;
  • two PCI-Express x1 slots;
  • the ASUS SupremeFX S1220 8-Channel audio subsystem;
  • and variety of USB 2.0, 3.0, and 3.1 Type-A and Type-C port.

Audio

The ASUS built the Crosshair VI Hero’s audio subsystem around the SupremeFX CODEC, featuring Nichicon audio capacitors, switching MOSFETs, a high-precision clock source, an ESS ESS9023P DAC, and an RC4580 audio buffer and they deliver superior audio performance.

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CPU Cooler Compatibility

ASUS also designed the CPU cooler mount for compatibility with both the AM3 and AM4 sockets which gives users a wider selection of coolers that can be used for the motherboard.

socket compatibility
photo by ASUS

Customization

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Another interesting feature that this motherboard has are the two mount points for 3D printed accessories, located directly below the RAM slots and to the left of the X370 chipset cooler. Templates are available on the product website.

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Ports

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The Crosshair VI Hero’s rear panel also features a variety of ports: USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and 3.1 ports, an Intel I211-AT RJ-45 GigE port, CMOS Clear and BIOS Flashback buttons, and both digital and analogue audio ports.

Overclocking Capability

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This X370 motherboard features an integrated a 12 phase digital power delivery system, providing enough voltage to overclock your CPU to its limits and overclocking with this board is pretty efficient.

I was able to push the Ryzen 7 1700 up to 4.0GHz-4.1GHz with the kit’s Noctua NH-U12S and after a couple of runs with Cinebench R15, I can definitely say that this motherboard is capable of extreme overclocking.

4GHZ Ryzen 7 1700

Conclusion

Priced at around Php16,850 (DynaQuest PC price), the Asus ROG Crosshair VI Hero is going to be one of the best investments for a high-end enthusiast AMD Ryzen system. You definitely get what you pay for: with the 12 phase digital power delivery system, you can achieve extreme overclocks, and along with that, you will not lose out with aesthetics with ASUS’ own RGB Aura which goes well with the motherboard’s own gunmetal finish to fit any color theme you might have in mind.

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