Asus Maximus VII Hero Intel Z97 (Socket 1150) DDR3 ATX Motherboard

Maximus VII Hero Intel Z97 (Socket 1150) DDR3 ATX Motherboard

  • Intel Z97 Chipset
  • 4x DDR3
  • 3x PCI-E x16
  • 3x PCI-E x1
  • 8x SATA 6Gb/s
  • 1x M.2 slot
  • Crossfire & SLI Support
  • ROG SupremeFX 7.1 HD Audio
  • Intel GB LAN
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Stock Code: MB-608-AS

EAN: 4716659756668

MPN: 90MB0I00-M0EAY0

Manufacturer: Asus

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Maximus VII Hero Intel Z97 (Socket 1150) DDR3 ATX Motherboard

ROG high-value gaming ATX-board with brilliant performance and exclusive game-boosting features

  • Intel® LGA1150 4th, New 4th & 5th-Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors Ready
  • Intel® Z97 Express Chipset with M.2 support (up to 10Gb/s data-transfer)
  • Intel™ Ethernet + LANGuard + GameFirst III - This is game networking taken to the next level. This is ROG
  • SupremeFX 2014 + Radar II - New and improved audio that's beyond compare
  • KeyBot + TrueVolt USB - Instant keyboard upgrade and rock-steady 5V USB supply
  • USB UEFI BIOS and Secure Erase - Award-winning simplicity and factory-fresh conditioning for superb performance
  • World's first dual-color PCB with a matte black and red finish

Supreme FX

Blade of sound adds striking game audio!

ROG knows the importance of flawless audio - pristine effects and full-range soundtracks make the game. This devotion to the best audio is applied to all our Maximus VII boards, including micro ATX (mATX) models. SupremeFX Impact II is our dedicated audio hardware for mATX. Cutting-edge isolation technologies minimize electromagnetic interference (EMI) and exceptionally premium components deliver best-in-class audio. The original SupremeFX Impact was acclaimed by both our customers and the media: SupremeFX Impact II employs even finer components and superbly clever software innovations for gaming and multimedia experiences beyond compare!

Sonic Radar II

Scan and detect to dominate!

Sonic Radar technology displays a stealthy overlay that shows what opponents and teammates are up to. See the precise direction and origin of in-game sounds such as gunshots, footsteps and call-outs. The exclusive audio enhancer boosts in-game sound for better hearing awareness. The All-new Sonic Radar 2.0 comes with a new UI with full game list displayed, so you can customize personal settings for each games.- all via a stunning new interface for 2014!

Sonic Studio

Brilliant one-click virtual sound!

Sonic Studio is a brand-new audio tuning software addition to the ROG SupremeFX roster that provides an aural treat, even for those with basic audio gear. The brilliant one-click virtual surround-sound function simulates 7.1 channels even through a stereo (2.0-channel) headset, providing an immersive experience for all. It offers five more superb audio controls, including Reverb, Bass Boost, Equalizer, Voice Clarity and Smart EQ - ensuring that everything you hear sounds just amazing!

Sonic SoundStage

Hardware-level audio-profiles switch!

Sonic SoundStage is another world first from ROG - an on-board hardware Sound Stage design that's platform-independent and doesn't require drivers! Choose one of the four SoundStage presets or manually finetune your own setting, fire up your game, connect your front-panel headset and enjoy improved audio quality however you play. As SoundStage is a hardware solution it works with any operating system and any game.

Sonic SenseAmp

Amp up your headset!

Sonic SenseAmp is an exclusive new ROG invention that makes tuning your high-quality headphones as simple as plugging them in. Whether you don 32ohm, 150ohm or higher cans, Sonic Sense automatically detects your headset's impedance and adjusts the built-in amp accordingly - so you'll enjoy pitch-perfect listening right away!

GameFirst III

Network-optimization software for no-delay gameplay!

Exclusive GameFirst III has been upgraded with even more gamer-helping features and an interface that's even more intuitive! GameFirst III helps you to assign top priority to game packets and allocate more bandwidth to the game, ensuring the best online gaming. Choose from a preset mode to suit what you're doing - Optimization, Game, Media Streaming or File Sharing. You can manage bandwidth down to the level of individual applications, with five priority levels (highest, higher, normal, lower, lowest) and even the ability to block specific traffic. GameFirst III even has a built-in Network Monitor tool, so you can monitor your network traffic and test your connection speed to check that you're getting the bandwidth you pay for!


CPU Support Supports 4th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1150 socket
Chipset Intel Z97
Memory Support 4x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 3200(O.C.)/ 3100(O.C.)/ 3000(O.C.)/ 2933(O.C.)/ 2800(O.C.)/ 2666(O.C.)/ 2600(O.C.)/ 2500(O.C.)/
2400(O.C.)/ 2200(O.C.)/ 2133(O.C.)/ 2000(O.C.)/ 1866(O.C.)/ 1800(O.C.)/ 1600/ 1333 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory *
Dual Channel Memory Architecture Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) * Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs. * Refer to for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).
Multi-GPU Support NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ Technology
AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology
Display Outputs Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DVI-D/RGB ports
HDMI with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
DVI-D with max. resolution 1920 x 2000@ 60 Hz
RGB with max. resolution 1920 x 2000@ 60 Hz
Expansion Slots 2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 slots (x16 or dual x8, red)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode, black) *1
3 x PCIe 2.0 x1 *2
Storage Intel® Z97 Express Chipset:
6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports, red
Supports RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10
Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology, Intel® Rapid Start Technology, Intel® Smart Connect Technology *3
1 x M.2 Socket 3, blackwith M Key, type 2260/2280 storage devices support (PCIE mode)
ASMedia® PCIe SATA controller : *4
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), red
LAN Intel® I218V, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s), featuring GAMEFIRST III
Intel® LAN-Dual interconnect between the Integrated LAN controller and Physical Layer (PHY)
Anti-surge LANGuard
Audio ROG SupremeFX 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
Audio Feature :
SupremeFX Shielding™ Technology
ELNA premium audio capacitors
Blu-ray audio layer Content Protection
DTS Connect
Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
Sonic SoundStage
Sonic SenseAmp
Sonic Studio
Sonic Radar II
Form Factor ATX Form Factor
12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )

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Had this for about two weeks now and love it very good for overclocking got my i74790k @4.6 with 1.2v stable!



Just a few words. Got to be one of the best boards out there. Really pleased with it. Also goes with my rig (red n black) :) Really recommend this board


Nerd porn

Not really one for words, but best mobo i ever owned. never had one issue with it. amazing


A fantastic Mobo

What a brilliant Mobo!
Did a really simple overclock with the touch of one button and it overclocked my i7 4790k straight to 4.6 gig with my Avexir Ram running at its designed 2133mhz. Using a Corsair H80i closed loop cooler the CPU was running at 44c even after running Heaven 4 benchmark 5 times consecutively.

The mobo looks superb with its red lighting and provides an awesome view through the window of my In Win GRone case.

Software is easy to install and fiddling around with the bios is intuitive and rewarding.

5 Stars Asus!


ROG and Looks Fantastic

bought this for my brothers new build i have a 2011 system and this board has made me want to go the Z97 direction it has fantastic features and build quality is superb , bios is like the 2011 its very easy to update and overclocking with the supplied motherboard software is so easy even my grandson can do it, built in sound is fantastic , my brother is over the moon with his new computer which is worth 100 stars if you know him lol


Awesome black & red sauce!

Put this in my new rig with a 4690K and with one simple click in the BIOS it overclocked it to 4.5Ghz, 1.25vlts and my 2400Mhz RAM @2133mhz....not bad,not bad.

With a little extra effort and a couple of manual adjustments in the BIOS, I can now run 24/7 @ 4.7Ghz, 1.2vlts and my RAM at a full 2400Mhz!!! with temps on all 4 cores staying below 90c in a 30 minute LinX run (below 70c in even the most demanding games and the ASUS Real Bench stress test) and idles away at 30-32c.....Awesome Sauce!!!

I have had it at 4.8GHz but to be 100% stable it needed 1.3vlts which is just too much for my Raijintek tower cooler at full load, with a better CPU cooler, this motherboard could deliver just about everything that is possible from the Haswell generation of CPU's(provided you don't get a poor overclocker of course) and I've no doubt it will get the most out of the Broadwell chips next year, I for one can't wait to find out.

The on-board audio deserves a special mention as well, the surround sound mixing software and overall sound quality is superb, you'd have to have a pair of Spock ears to tell the difference from a dedicated sound card and I suspect only a top quality home theatre setup would expose any obvious limitations, great surround sound headphone detection and mixing as well.

The LED lighting on the Z97 heatsink and sound chip looks really nice through the smoked glass window on my Corsair 450D case and adds a real touch of class.

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Price: Yes it's a premium brand and great quality, but anyway you look at it,


Just perfect

This just feels solid and awesome in all the ways. the list of futures is just unreal. The looks of is amazing whit all the lights I am glad i bought a case whit a window.
In one word i just LOVE this motherbard


Great Motherboard Very Happy

After watching TinyTomLogan's review on Overclock3D on this board i had to get it. Aesthetically looks great and performs well, my 4770K needed 1.29 volts at 4.8GHz to be stable 24/7 on my Z87 Gigabyte board, on the VII Hero ive been able to get it to run perfectly stable at 1.26 volts. Dont know if its to do with the different power delivery between Asus or Gigabyte or because of the new chipset but im very happy.


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