Asus Crosshair VI Hero Motherboard
The Asus Crosshair VI Hero is one of the most expensive but best-equipped AMD motherboards with the AM4 socket and the X370 chipset. It provides, however, enormous performance and a lot of features. Does the mainboard keep what it promises? We looked at it a little more closely
- RGB LED + header
- SLI / CrossFire support
- Sonic Studio III & Sonic Radar III
- Integrated clock for reference clock OC
- AM3-installation holes
- Socket: AM4
- Chipset: X370
- Form Factor: ATX
- Memory slots: 4
- Memory type: DDR4
- PCIe 3.0 x 16 Slot: 2
- PCIe 2.0 x 16 Slot: 1
- PCIe 2.0 x 1 slot: 3
- M2 slots: 2
- SATA connectors: 8
- USB 3.1 Type-C: 1
- USB 3.1 Type-A: 1
- USB 3.0: 10 (8 I / O + 2 Mainboard)
- USB 2.0: 6 (4 I / O + 2 Mainboard)
- USB 3.1 Front: 1
- Audio: 7.1
- Audio connectors: 5 x 3.5mm
- Codec: ROG SupremeFX S1220 (Realtek ALC1220)
- Network: 1x 1 GBit
- RGB: 2 x Zone on Board + 2 Header
- Installed components
In today’s test, we will take a closer look at one of the most expensive AMD AM4 motherboards, the Asus Crosshair VI Hero. For a long time it has been fairly quiet around AMD and the new releases did not meet the expectations. But with Ryzen things have changed a lot and the best comes out of it in the form of an Asus mainboard of the ROG (Republic of Gamers) series. We are curious to see if the same potential that we found with the ROG mainboards of the Intel series, is also available here and how the new chip performs. Above all, the question arises whether the price for the mainboard is fair. Now we will not let you wait any longer and start immediately.
If you have ever held an Asus mainboard of the ROG series in your hands, the colors and the packaging are very familiar. The front of the packaging is in the ROG colors – black and red – and it sports the ROG logo.
The backside features all the technical details that the mainboard has got to offer. The mainboard with its special features is also displayed here.
After opening the box the mainboard, which is completely black / gray btw, comes to light.
The accessories of the Asus Crosshair VI Hero are, as you may already know from other products of the ROG series, really great. A manual including driver DVD and warranty card will be delivered. In addition, there are four SATA cables, RGB cable, a rigid SLI bridge, I / O panel and screws for installing M2 SSDs as well as their own logo. The ROG logo on the included stickers and signs is also not missing.
Description and Features
Asus uses the current X370 chip from AMD in the Crosshair VI Hero. For this reason the availability of connections is very large. A big difference to the B350 and A320 chips from AMD is the SLI / CrossFire compatibility. In addition to this, you get more USB ports as well as SATA connections. Let’s take a look at the Asus Crosshair VI Hero itself.
The Asus Crosshair VI Hero comes in neutral black and gray color and comes in ATX format. The large plastic cover in the area of the I / O panel and the sound chip is striking. The massive coolers for the voltage transformers as well as the AMD X370 chip jump immediately to the eye. It is immediately clear that the voltage supply and its cooling was not spared on. How this will affect the overclocking properties, we will learn later.
Looking at the area of the I / O Panel, you will be surprised by the number of USB ports. There are a total of 14 connection possibilities: USB 3.1 type A and type C, 8x USB 3.0 type-A, 4x USB 2.0 type-A, Gigabit LAN, jack sockets of the 7.1 sound solution incl. an optical S / PDIF output. In addition to all this, Asus offers the possibility to even install a WLAN module in M.2 format.
In the lower left area, Asus has the start button next to the sound chip. Additionally, three additional small buttons are placed nearby: reset, safe boot and restart button. The last two are intended for the brave enough to have overclocked their system. In Safe Boot mode, all BIOS settings are still retained, however the mainboard starts with default values. The Restart button restarts the system, which is important for the majority of overclockers on open bench tables. The Asus Crosshair VI Hero is aimed at overclockers, so the LN2 mode as well as the slow mode switch is also duly present. If someone still has the Asus ROG panel, there is also a dedicated connection for this, too
The connections for case start buttons are available in the lower right area. Asus also supplies connections for water pumps, as well as temperature sensors and flowmeters. This is a very useful feature. Since it is hardly impossible to thi day to go without the colorful RGB lighting, one of the two RGB connectors is available here. For those who need many SATA connectors, a total of eight SATA6 connections are available.
Beside the 24-pin ATX connection there are two nice features. This is the USB-3.1 connection for the front of the case and measuring points for external measuring devices.
The debug display has been placed in the upper right area. There are also a total of three 4-pin connectors. Two of these are for the CPU fan and one for the AIO pump. Two power connectors (8-pin and 4-pin) are installed on the Asus Crosshair VI Hero for better power supply. Actually the 8-pin connector is usually enough, whereas and the 4-pin connector is optionally used in extreme overclocking.
Invidual RGB Designs
As already mentioned, at the moment RGB lighting is very well alive and kicking. For this reason the AURA software was supplied together with the Asus Crosshair VI Hero. This allows both the built-in RGB lighting in the area of the I / O Pan and PCH chip to be controlled, as well as the two LED Strip connectors. There are different modes available, so you can literally play out in the color design and lighting effects to your liking.
The BIOS is exactly the same as any other Asus mainboard. There are two modes to choose from, the simple EZ-Mode with simple adjustment possibilities and the Advanced-Mode. The latter is aimed more to overclockers, since here considerable options of setting are hidden. If you want to get to the limit of CPU and memory, you should flash the last 1501er BIOS though, so there are no more limits set.
The Asus Crosshair VI Hero is aimed at overclockers who want to push their system to the limit. The current X370 chip makes this possible. A total of 12 voltage transformers are available for the stable voltage. This is divided into eight CPU and four SOC phases.
In order to throughly stress out the Asus Crosshair VI Hero mainboard, we used our Ryzen 7 1800X CPU. G.Skill Trident ZF4-4133C19D-16GTZA RAM was used as the memory. With these, you can easily drive low as well as high clock speeds. To cool the CPU we used our old but trustworthy Raijintek Themis Evo air cooler.
To what extent can the Ryzen 7 1800X be overclocked on the Asus Crosshair VI Hero? This depends on many factors. The most important is probably the cooling, since we “only” use an air cooler and therefore the temperatures play an important role: the voltage (1.375v Vcore) did not go far up. With this setup, we managed to achieve “only” 3900 MHz as a stable result. With this clock the 2D benchmarks were stable. We did not use Prime to further stress the CPU unnecessarily.
There is no desire for memory overclocking in Advanced mode that can not be met. You can adjust so many timings and subtimings. The G.Skill Trident Z that we used we achieved a stable operation at 3600 MHz and 16-16-16-39 1T at 1.35v without problems (only the main timings were set). However, the board did not want to start with a higher divider.
Since all the main features of the Asus Crosshair VI Hero were mentioned, we want to see how really the mainboard performs in our tests. In order to carry out comparisons to other tests, all the hardware was left the same except, of course, the mainboard. For each test, the operating system was reinstalled to avoid possible driver problems. The tests performed are 2D tests. The tests were carried out at different CPU speeds.
The Test System
- Processor: Ryzen 7 1800X @ 3,6 GHz + @ 3,9 GHz
- Mainboard: Asus Crosshair VI Hero
- RAM: G.Skill Trident-Z @ 2666 MHz 16-16-16-39 1T + @ 3600 MHz 16-16-16-39 1T
- System hard disk: Crucial MX200 CT500MX200SSD
- Power Supply: Seasonic Platinum 1200W
- AIDA Memory
- Cinebench R 11.5
- Cinebench R 15
Methodology and Results
Each test was performed 3 times and the average value from these three measurements was taken. As a comparison motherboard, we used the ASRock X370 Gaming-ITX/ac.
The results are now clear: the Asus Crosshair VI Hero is very good compared to the other motherboard, but in some areas it is still behind the ASRock. These differences are negligible because the automatic storage setting has a big impact on all benchmarks. Only Passmark fell further, even after several tests the results were no better.
What can we say about the Asus Crosshair VI Hero? The installed components are of high quality and very good. The connection possibilities that the mainboard offers are very comprehensive. If you want to use an AIO water cooling instead of air cooling or even build a DIY water cooling system, there is nothing to prevent this. The possibility to monitor everything is top notch. Only the high price could deter some who would steer towards the more affordable X370-Mainboards.
The Asus Crosshair VI Hero is a mainboard that will make everyone happy. Whether it is a beginner who builds a new system and has nothing to do with overclocking or an experienced overclocker, the mainboard is well-equipped for all purposes. For this reason, the Asus Crosshair VI Hero earned a Gold Award.
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