Asus RoG Max­imus X Hero $280

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WE HAVEN’T HAD chance to play with a lot of Z370 moth­er­boards yet (we have some se­ri­ously juicy ones com­ing up next is­sue), be­cause as this is­sue goes to press, Cof­fee Lake will have only just dropped. That said, it’s hard to ar­gue with the Asus ROG Max­imus Hero’s her­itage. We’ve been us­ing this lineup of moth­er­boards in our test benches since Devil’s Canyon and Z97.

The Asus ROG Max­imus X Hero is a fan­tas­tic up­date to the se­ries, fea­tur­ing an in­te­grated rear I/O cover, oo­dles of USB ports, BIOS re­set switches, Eth­er­net ports, in­te­grated Wi-Fi, de­pend­able au­dio, a ton of on­board stor­age sup­port, M.2 heatsinks, and more. One of the things we’ve al­ready touched upon with our love for Asus is just how easy it is to use the UEFI BIOS. It may be dif­fi­cult to quan­tifi­ably re­view a BIOS, be­cause those fa­mil­iar with one man­u­fac­turer’s BIOS will al­most al­ways know how best to take ad­van­tage of that com­pared to an­other, and it’s of­ten per­sonal pref­er­ence that dic­tates the is­sue; how­ever, the place­ment of menus, along with the options and items you can tweak in Asus’s BIOS make it one of the more in­tu­itive and easy-to-use that we’ve seen in the last few years.

This board is a touch on the pricey side, but if you’re look­ing to shell out on a high-end Cof­fee Lake pro­ces­sor, it’s well worth the in­vest­ment.

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