Packaging and Overview
The box and motherboard are very similar to ASUS's X370 Crosshair products, they are very high-end and offer excellent protection.
The accessory package includes four SATA6Gb/s, SLI HB Bridge, WIFI antenna, RGB extension cable, 4-to-3 pin digital RGB converter cable, Q-Connector, ROG coaster, case badge, stickers, M.2 screws, driver DVD, and manuals.
ASUS put in a crazy eight fan headers, all of which can operate as PWM or DC mode headers. Two headers circled in yellow are rated for up to 3A, and both pump headers operate at full speed by default. Some headers share control. There is a fan extension header so you can use your older ASUS fan extension card to expand fan control. There is one external temperature input header at the bottom of the motherboard. The motherboard's aesthetics are designed to allow the motherboard to fade into the background and just offer up RGB control and lighting, which is what many people like. The back of the motherboard doesn't carry much ICs, except some VRM control hardware.
The rear IO panel features clear CMOS button, BIOS flash button, WIFI antenna outputs, PS/2 keyboard/mouse, two USB 2.0 ports (one for BIOS recovery), eight USB 3.0 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 a bit interesting, for starters you get three x16 slots and like most other X370 and X470 motherboards, the first two slots are connected to the CPU and operate at x16/x0 or x8/x8 while the last x16 slot is wired x4 PCI-E 2.0 to the chipset. However, ASUS has integrated support for two x4 PCI-E 3.0 slots, the one without the heat sink is routed to the CPU and doesn't interfere with anything. However, the top M.2 slot with the heat sink will reduce the two top slots to x8/x4 mode if it is in use with a PCI-E x4 M.2 drive. So you should use the bottom M.2 slot first. Otherwise, you won't be able to run your PCI-E slot at x16.
The six SATA6Gb/s ports are connected to the chipset. The motherboard features an 8+4 pin power connector for the CPU VRM.
At the top right corner of the motherboard we find our POST code display, Q-LEDs, an RGB LED header, an addressable RGB LED header, power button, and restart button. The CPU socket has a whole in the center to allow for a probe to be inserted under the CPU for more accurate temperature readings when doing LN2 overclocking.
Behind the 24-pin power connector is the voltage read points, and below it is a USB 3.1 type-C internal header. In the bottom right corner of the motherboard, we find water cooling headers that can monitor input and output temperatures and flow rate of your water loop if you have these sensors. We also find another set of RGB and addressable RGB headers near a USB 3.0 internal header. The ROG extension header doubles as a USB 2.0 internal header.
There is a USB 2.0 internal header at the bottom of the motherboard near an LPC debug header (which looks to double as a TPM header). A slow mode switch sits under an LN2 jumper; they sit near a Retry button, a Safe Boot button, and an external temperature input header. The heat sinks on the motherboard are all firmly screwed into the motherboard.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and Crosshair VII Hero Overview]
- Page 3 [ASUS Crosshair VII Hero Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [ASUS Crosshair VII 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]
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