Very nice VRM: With sixteen 60A IR3555 and a powerful digital PWM, the VRM on this motherboard is designed to handle and overclock any of AMD's 3rd generation Ryzen processors, including the 16-core model.
Networking: A lot of the motherboards in this price range have a 2.5G NIC, a 1Gbit NIC, and the new Wireless AX cards capable of up to 2.4Gbps, and so does the Hero.
OC Features: The motherboard has a lot of overclocking features for a mid to high-end motherboard, including the slow mode switch, safe boot switch, and re-try button found on high-end ASUS motherboards. It's designed for liquid nitrogen and even has a jumper for LN2 voltages and a hole in the back of the socket to stick a thermocouple into.
Two M.2 Ports: There are eight SATA6Gb/s ports and a lot of USB 3.1 in use, but ASUS could only put two M.2 slots on the motherboard because of it.
The CROSSHAIR VIII HERO (WI-FI) costs around $380, which is a decent sum of money for a motherboard. It does carry the high-end re-drivers and switches that are compatible with PCI-E 4.0, and that is one reason for the increase cost compared to the previous Hero.
The motherboard does offer a high-end assortment of features such as the high-end LAN, great audio, and a healthy serving of 10Gbps USB. The aesthetics are also very nice, and it looks wonderful when it is lit up. If you are in the market for a high-end X570 motherboard to compliment the new higher core count CPUs, give the ASUS Crosshair VIII Hero a look.
The Bottom Line
Loaded with a strong VRM, high-end features, and a decent assortment of overclocking features, the ASUS Crosshair VIII Hero Wi-Fi is a fully loaded motherboard.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and CROSSHAIR VIII HERO (WI-FI) Overview]
- Page 3 [ASUS CROSSHAIR VIII HERO (WI-FI) Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [ASUS CROSSHAIR VIII HERO (WI-FI) 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 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]