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Asus Maximus VIII Hero (Z170) Motherboard Review

Metro: Last Light

We used a 1920×1080 resolution and the Metro: Last Light built-in benchmark set to ‘Very High’ quality to offer an intense challenge for the hardware.

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metro

We have heard of additional comments suggesting that Metro: Last Light has a platform bug that is hampering its performance with the Skylake-based platform by inducing consistent stuttering. We certified that this issue relates to Skylake platform drivers by running the same benchmark on a separate SSD that utilises our Z97 system drivers, not the Skylake/Z170-specific ones, and the performance was 113.0 FPS, which is roughly what we would expect.

The Z170 platform launch and new driver updates should fix the stuttering problem to restore CPU performance.

Grand Theft Auto V

We apply very near maximum settings in Grand Theft Auto V and a 1920×1080 resolution to push today’s hardware. Our data was recorded using the built-in benchmark.

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GTA V

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor

We used a 1920×1080 resolution and the Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor built-in benchmark set to ‘Ultra’ quality.

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SOM

Tomb Raider

We used a 1920×1080 resolution and the Tomb Raider built-in benchmark set to maximum quality, with TressFX disabled.

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tomb raider

Other than a few early release bugs, Asus gaming-orientated Maximus VIII Hero looks to be able to satisfy its gamer target audience thanks to the positive frame rate numbers shown by Skylake CPUs. The solid overclocking potential of Asus' board helps to squeeze a few extra fractions of a frame in some games.

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7 comments

  1. Z87/97 still look better. This new one not really. Too much black and not enough red. The grey does looks okay. Looks like I’ll be skipping this series. The specs will make the difference in the end and the pricing.

  2. X99 has 8 RAM ports and many of the boards have USB 3.1 and M2 Turbo ports. I can’t really justify this.

  3. hi! just wanna know what is the total height if the covering plates from the back panel up to the parts near the cpu socket? hope anyone can answer it by millimeter. thanks 😀

  4. I think it looks pretty awful tbh compared to their Z87/97 offerings. That plastic cover looks way tacky and sub-standard for a £170 board. The whole overall look of the board just doesn’t scream high-end ROG to me. Granted the RGB is a nice touch but it’s only on the chipset heatsink and there is still red present on the heatsinks which just ruins the point doesn’t it not?
    The Ranger board is even worse on the styling. I don’t get why people are loving the look of these…

  5. Can the chipset lighting cover be removed for paint modding?

  6. Really mate? Please link the x99 matx motherboard with 8 Ram slots, because I would love to see it.

  7. In my opinion this board looks better than other 1151 ones on the market (Gigabyte GA-Z170X, MSI Z170A for example). All of them have a tacky look to them with coloured highlights and labels.
    I’d like to know what you think is a better looking board than this one, even if it is subjective.