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Asus Maximus VIII Hero (Z170) Motherboard Review

Cinebench

We used the multi-core ‘CPU’ test built into Cinebench R15 .

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7-Zip

We manually archive a 1.23GB MP4 game recording to test the performance in 7-Zip.

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Handbrake Conversion

We measured the average frame rate achieved for a task of converting a 1.23GB 1080P game recording using the High Profile setting and MP4 container.

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Asus' Maximus VIII Hero Z170 motherboard is able to overclock the 6700K to a point where it becomes competitive with the Haswell-E 5820K. The ability of Asus' motherboard to push the CPU clock to 4.7GHz reaps solid performance gains.

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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.