ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero Review

The ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero is another addition to the impressive line of ASUS ROG motherboards. The X Hero caught our eye with its slightly lower price in comparison to the other ROG members like the ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme and the ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero

Gaming motherboards tend to come with a hefty price tag so any cheaper board that pops up on our radar is an immediate hit.

ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero Review

In this review, we’ll check out the ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero and see whether it can hold its own against the rest of the ROG lineup.

ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero LGA1151 (Intel 8th Gen) DDR4 DP HDMI M.2 Z370...
  • Designed exclusively for 8th generation Intel Core processors to maximize connectivity and speed with Dual M.2, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.1 and Intel Optane Memory compatibility
  • 5-Way Optimization with Auto-Tuning and FanXpert 4 automatically tailors overclocking profiles to your unique build for maximum OC performance and dynamic system cooling
  • Unmatched Personalization with ASUS exclusive AURA Sync RGB lighting, two additional RGB headers, addressable RGB header and 3D printing mounts
  • Two Patent-pending Safe Slots feature an injection molding process that integrates metal framing for a stronger, firmly anchored PCIe slot built for heavyweight GPUs
  • Industry-leading 8-channel HD audio with dual headphone amplifiers and ROG exclusive SupremeFX S1220 CODEC driven by Japanese capacitors

ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero (Our Review) 

Overall Assessment 

The ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero might not be the most affordable gaming motherboard but, it isn’t the most expensive either. It hits a sweet spot right in the middle.

However, what makes the X Hero truly stand out is its ability to support the entire 8th Gen Intel Core processor series (commonly known as Coffee Lake). The Coffee Lake series has been hyped for drastically improving gaming performance and the clock speed potential. This, combined with the high-powered motherboard, is sure to offer most intense gamers everything they could wish for.

Right out of the box, the board comes with four SATA cables, an extension cable for RGB light strips, and another extension cable for LED lights. It also comes with the standard CPU installation tools, a few cool stickers, and a ROG coaster.

The ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero is a definite upgrade when compared to the Z370-F gaming line and includes numerous extra touches such as the front-panel USB 3.1 G2 support.

Now, there have been quite a few criticisms aimed at the lack of USB ports available. While we didn’t think that this was too much of a dealbreaker, it does limit some of what you can do with this board. However, if you’re looking for an ASUS motherboard with more ports, we recommend you check out the ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme.

Overall, we were impressed with this board. It worked extremely well in our setup and ran intense, spec-heavy games without any issues.

Features

The ROG Maximus X Hero board sports a sleek grey and silver finish which is standard for the Maximus line.

The general layout of the board manages to offer a wide variety of features without feeling overcrowded or risking overheating because of how close the components are to each other.

We were positively chuffed with the pre-mounted I/O shield which offers an executive look and feel. In addition to looking good, it’s also super nifty. While installing this motherboard and building a PC isn’t exactly complicated, having a pre-mounted I/O shield just makes the process so much easier.

ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero LGA1151 (Intel 8th Gen) DDR4 DP HDMI M.2 Z370...
  • Designed exclusively for 8th generation Intel Core processors to maximize connectivity and speed with Dual M.2, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.1 and Intel Optane Memory compatibility
  • 5-Way Optimization with Auto-Tuning and FanXpert 4 automatically tailors overclocking profiles to your unique build for maximum OC performance and dynamic system cooling
  • Unmatched Personalization with ASUS exclusive AURA Sync RGB lighting, two additional RGB headers, addressable RGB header and 3D printing mounts
  • Two Patent-pending Safe Slots feature an injection molding process that integrates metal framing for a stronger, firmly anchored PCIe slot built for heavyweight GPUs
  • Industry-leading 8-channel HD audio with dual headphone amplifiers and ROG exclusive SupremeFX S1220 CODEC driven by Japanese capacitors

Rear Panel

The I/O panel hosts two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A and USB Type-C ports. In total there are four USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports. We felt that this was unnecessarily limiting, but you could always buy an additional adapter if you want to expand. However, for mainstream users, this isn’t much of an issue.

The board comes fitted with a single display port that can handle resolutions of up to 4096×2304 at 60Hz. The HDMI port allows up to 4096×2106 at 24Hz. The final resolution of your video output also depends on your monitor, so keep that in mind.

In terms of audio support, the Maximus X Hero comes equipped with the standard optical S/PDIF out and five gold-plated audio jacks. It also comes with an amazing audio codec. If you spend any time editing audio or video files, you’ll certainly get your money’s worth here.

RGB

We’re suckers for RGB lighting, especially if done correctly, and the Maximus X Hero doesn’t disappoint. The board comes with three onboard RGB lights that can easily be configured to change color in 9 different color combinations.

The board also has three onboard headers which control fans, coolers, case lighting, and RGB light strips. The headers are controlled via the premium ASUS Aura so you can have them sync up with the motherboard lighting if you prefer a uniform appearance.

Pros 

  • Supports all Gen 8 Intel Core processors
  • Amazing performance
  • Packed with high-end features
  • Consistent performance
ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero LGA1151 (Intel 8th Gen) DDR4 DP HDMI M.2 Z370...
  • Designed exclusively for 8th generation Intel Core processors to maximize connectivity and speed with Dual M.2, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.1 and Intel Optane Memory compatibility
  • 5-Way Optimization with Auto-Tuning and FanXpert 4 automatically tailors overclocking profiles to your unique build for maximum OC performance and dynamic system cooling
  • Unmatched Personalization with ASUS exclusive AURA Sync RGB lighting, two additional RGB headers, addressable RGB header and 3D printing mounts
  • Two Patent-pending Safe Slots feature an injection molding process that integrates metal framing for a stronger, firmly anchored PCIe slot built for heavyweight GPUs
  • Industry-leading 8-channel HD audio with dual headphone amplifiers and ROG exclusive SupremeFX S1220 CODEC driven by Japanese capacitors

Cons 

  • Limited connectivity options
  • Relatively pricey

Common Questions about ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero 

Does the ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero have Bluetooth?

The ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero has onboard Bluetooth capabilities. The board comes with two antenna connections, which allow for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Does the ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero have Wi-Fi?

The ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero has a 2X2 Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO. The 2X2 dual-band 2.4/5GHz antennas support internet speeds up to 867 Mbit/s.

This is impressive, especially if you’re a hardcore gamer who’s tired of lag affecting your game. However, you should note that your internet speed depends more on your service provider than your motherboard.

If you’d like a premium Wi-Fi module, we’d suggest you check out the ASUS ROG Maximus XI Hero motherboard. However, this board is slightly more expensive, so this is something to keep in mind.

Is the ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero good for gaming?

The ROG Maximus X Hero is an excellent option for gamers, much like the other ROG motherboards on the ASUS roster.

ROG motherboards have been specifically crafted for gamers and include an extensive list of high-end features like great overclocking abilities, RGB lighting, and multiple memory slots.

If you’re not sold on the Maximus X Hero, we recommend you check out the ASUS ROG Strix Z370-E Gaming motherboard.  

Customer Reviews

“The ASUS ROG Maximus is by far the best board I’ve ever put my money on. While it did need more USB 3 support, I added additional components, so this wasn’t much of an issue.

The wireless is flat-out awesome. The board has a 178mbs on Comcast, with having a tech come out and a straight wire to the house. I have a set up of a Motorola modem and router, AC2600.

The board is supporting two Samsung 970 NVME SSDs without any issues. I also installed 32GB of Corsair Vengeance memory with LED lighting support. I also have a Corsair H150i CPU cooler that runs fine, and all of this is powered by a Corsair CX 50 Plus power supply.

I built my system in a Thermaltake Core X9 case which is pretty huge. And while I can add many more components, I haven’t bothered to add them. The drives work great, end of story. The case keeps all of this running at 38C max temps.”

D3N1Z3Nx

5/5 Stars

“I really wish I had known about the massive USB issues before I bought the ASUS ROG Maximum X Hero motherboard. I got this board to push my next-gen VR rig. Unfortunately, I found it extremely hard to get the VR working properly with room scale and more than 2 sensors because of the USB issues.

This is the second ASUS board that I’ve bought that has this USB issues and I am extremely disappointed because there are much better alternatives without these issues. Just google this mobo + USB issues and you’ll see how prevalent this issue is.

On another note, one of the mounts for the SSD NVMe just fell out while mounting the drive. This thing was literally attached to the board and just fell off. The build quality is very questionable. I was forced to use another slot.”

Sintrix

3/5 Stars

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