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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

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