We were privileged to be one of the first few in Singapore to get our hands on the new AMD Ryzen CPU for review. It was 2 days before the actual launch of the processor in the world, and most information about the new CPU were under embargo. Being a huge AMD fan-boy, I knew that I needed the best motherboard to properly test the new AMD Ryzen 7 Series CPUs. Of course, the ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VI HERO was the natural choice for these tests.
I remember when we first started out this website, the CROSSHAIR VI EXTREME was one of the full-length motherboard reviews which we published. In this article, we will take a look at the various features of the new CROSSHAIR VI HERO with AM4 socket and see what has changed since the 890FX/990FX days.
The colour theme of the CROSSHAIR series has changed. In the past, most ROG branded motherboard had a red and black theme. The current ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR IV HERO is designed with different shades of black/gray. We actually preferred the red/black combination from the past rather than the current single toned colour scheme. What do you think?
The change could be due to the inclusion of RGB LED lighting on the motherboard itself. A full black theme would better suit any colour of RGB light that the user decides to customize on the ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR IV HERO.
AMD AM4 Socket for AMD Ryzen Processors
2 x DIMM, Max 64GB DDR4 3200(OC)/2666/2400/2133MHz Non-ECC,
2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (or dual x8)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 Mode)
3 x PCIe 2.0 x1
1 x M.2
8 x SATA 6Gbps with RAID Support
ROG SupremeFX 8 Channel HD Audio S1220
Of course, the new ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VI HERO Motherboard supports the latest AMD Ryzen CPUs with the new AM4 Socket. This motherboard supports both AM3 and AM4 CPU cooler, as both mounting holes are available on the motherboard.
It has 4 x DDR4 slot that supports up to 64GB of memory in total. With the Ryzen 7 series CPU, and the right memory modules, users can overclock their memory up to 3200MHz (or even higher).
ASUS has also integrated a new USB 3.1 front header panel on this motherboard. USB 3.1 front panel ports are not common as of now, but more products and computer cases should be able to use the new feature in the near future.
The ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VI HERO has an additional optional 4 pin connector on top of the 8 pin that caters for additional power draw for the motherboard/CPU. This additional power to the motherboard could be useful for extreme overclockers when pushing the system to its limits.
The CPU is powered with a Digital 8 Phase Power Design with ASUS’s proprietary Extreme Engine Digi+ power controller. There is an additional 4 phase power design for the SoC and 2 phase for DRAM.
The onboard power-on/reset, Safe Boot, Retry, BIOS Flashback and Clear CMOS buttons are some examples.
Performance tests on the ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VI HERO
- Ryzen 7 1800X Temperatures – http://www.thetechrevolutionist.com/2017/03/does-amd-ryzen-7-1800x-run-hot-simple.html
- CPU Single Thread VS Multi Thread Performance Benchmark – http://www.thetechrevolutionist.com/2017/03/amd-ryzen-7-1800x-single-and-multi.html
- Ryzen 7 1800X Power Consumption – http://www.thetechrevolutionist.com/2017/03/how-much-electrical-power-does-amd.html
- Ryzen 7 1800X Overclocked to 4.12GHz – http://www.thetechrevolutionist.com/2017/03/ryzen-7-1800x-overclocked-to-412ghz-on.html