ASUS ROG MAXIMUS X hero
The ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero sits in something of a sweet spot between the mainstream and enthusiast market. While it skews more toward the latter, it manages that without the exorbitant price tag that requires you to sell a limb. Yes, it is still the most expensive board here, but makes up for it with plenty of useful features and a thoughtful design.
Overclockers will appreciate the hardware controls, including Safe Boot, Retry buttons, and a Slow Mode switch for those looking to push further with LN2 cooling. There’s decent support for liquid cooling as well, with dedicated headers for both AIO and custom pumps.
All this is underpinned by solid overclocking performance and one of the most intuitive BIOS interfaces around. The settings for tweaking the DRAM frequency, voltages, and CPU ratio and BCLK are located on the same page, so you don’t have to bounce around between menus.
The board uses a 10-phase power design, less than what the Asrock Taichi offers on paper. But as our overclocking results show, it’s clearly the quality of the