Packaging and Overview
ASUS's box design is similar to that of ASUS's Z270 ROG offerings, and packaging is also similar. The packaging does a great job of protecting the motherboard from the elements.
The accessory package includes ROG stickers, a ROG coaster, ROG cable stickers, a cable mods coupon, a Q-Connector, M.2 screws, four SATA6Gb/s cables, an RGB LED extension cable, an SLI_HB bridge, an IO shield, and a ROG case badge.
ASUS offers eight fan headers on the motherboard. All of them offer automatic (and manual) PWM/DC mode detection except the CPU_OPT connector circled in green. The W_PUMP+ header circled in blue offers 3A of output. The CPU and CPU_OPT header share control while the W_PUMP and AIO header also share control. I have also circled a group of headers dedicated to water cooling features in orange; I will delve further into their functionality later in the review.
The aesthetics of the motherboard are color neutral, so with the built in RGBs, you can customize the color of your motherboard to match the rest of your rig. The back of the motherboard is bare except for some VRM parts. The mounting mechanism of this specific sample was not included because it was part of a test kit I got from AMD, it came with Noctua's mounting. Your model will come with standard AM4 mounting.
The rear IO panel features a BIOS Flashback button, a clear CMOS button, space to install an M.2 WIFI card, eight USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, USB 3.1 type-A, USB 3.1 type-C, 1Gbit LAN, and 7.1 gold plated audio outputs with S/PDIF out.
The PCI-E layout is very simple. The first two x16 PCI-E 3.0 slots which are reinforced in x, y, and z-axis operate at x16/x0 or x8/x8. The bottommost x16 slot is electrically x4 PCI-E 2.0 connected to the X370 chipset and shares bandwidth with the two x1 slots. The motherboard has a single 32Gb/s M.2 slot connected to the CPU.
The X370 chipset offers eight SATA 6Gb/s ports. The motherboard also provides a USB 3.1 front panel connector, which is routed to the X370 chipset. Voltage read points are located below the 24-pin connector.
The POST Code connector sits above four boot LEDs so you can quickly diagnose boot issues. At the bottom of the motherboard is the power button, reset button, safe boot button (failsafe boot settings), retry button (re-applies settings and reboots), an LN2 mode jumper, and a slow mode switch.
At the bottom right corner of the motherboard are an RGB LED header, front panel headers, water temperature sensors (W_IN and W_OUT), and a water flow tachometer header. The motherboard also features a USB 3.0 internal header and ROG extension headers in case you want to attach ROG accessories (part of it is a USB 2.0 internal header).
At the top of the motherboard is an RGB LED header, it's location here is great for both AMD's Wraith coolers with RGB LEDs and RGB LED strips located at the top of the case. In the center of the CPU socket is a hole, which can be used to place a thermocouple for precise CPU temperature during LN2 overclocking. I should also mention that ASUS has given buyers of the Crosshair VI Hero the ability to mount AM3+ coolers; the motherboard has mounting holes for both sockets.
The heat sinks are beefy, and the IO shield has an integrated RGB LED strip.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and Crosshair VI Hero Overview]
- Page 3 [ASUS Crosshair VI Hero Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [ASUS Crosshair VI Hero Circuit Analysis Continued]
- Page 5 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [Overclocking]
- Page 8 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [System IO Benchmarks]
- Page 10 [Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption]
- Page 11 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]