Asus Rog Maximus X hero (wifi ac) review

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Asus Rog Maximus X hero (wifi ac) review

And the question is is it even necessary to invest like double or triple the amount of money into a highend overclocking or gaming motherboard? In the Z370 Battle of The Cheap I found out that the ASRock Z370 Pro 4 can clock up to 4,200MHz on the memory and also 50Ghz to 51GHz on the 8700K, was not really an issue So today we will take the results from this Z370 Battle of The Cheap and compare those results with the ASUS Maximus 10 Hero Just by looking at it

Asus Rog Maximus X hero (wifi ac) review

You can already see that this is a motherboard out of the higher price category So you can straight see the IO shield to the cover here That’s looking quite nice It’s still plastic, but it looks good There’s also a lot of RGB stuff going on on the motherboard, which looks quite nice if you set it to the correct color And also you have those brushed aluminumlook heat sinks everywhere like the heatsink from the M

2 SSD in the middle and I think it gives it a very high quality look also the PCB looks very nice Personally one of the most important features for me is the VRM and the VRM on this board is really solid It’s an 8 phase VRM And compared to the cheaper boards in the Z370 Battle of The Cheap those ports usually have like 4 phase VRM designs And they don’t always use power stages like an fully integrated power stage

They sometimes use like highside and lowside MOSFETs split up into two packages and quite cheap components, cheap inductors So that’s probably the biggest difference from this board to the cheapest boards and also obviously the BIOS One feature I really like about those boards is this small installation frame is for the CPU You can basically clip in your CPU from the back and then install your CPU using this installation frame and, well, you might laugh about it But really it also happens to me once in a while that if you want to mount your CPU you just accidentally drop it into the socket

You bend some pins It’s not the end of the world if you bend some pins you can always bend them back if they’re not breaking But, yeah, using this installation well usually your CPU doesn’t drop into the socket And it’s very safe to install the CPU this way So let’s go over to the result data of this test

The first test we have is the DRAM testing So you can see the table comparing to the four cheapest motherboard And you can see the ASUS Maximus X Hero did the whole test successfully So even up to 4,200 MHz, with 2x8GB was not an problem Unfortunately I didn’t have 4,166 memory sticks available because Asus is advertising this as memory speed that should work on the board But I don’t really have doubts that it’s working because all of this was working quite nicely

If you experience any kind of memory issues with the board, there is in the DRAM timing control there’s an option It’s called Maximus tweak And there is Mode 1 and Mode 2 and sometimes it helps to just set this to Mode 2 to allow your memory speed to run higher So let’s go over to the maximum power draw In this chart, you can see that the cheaper boards they could run from 115 to 131 watts under load

More load would cost VRM to throttle So this was the maximum power I could pull from the cheapest boards And the ASUS Maximus X Hero was able to draw 210 watts, which is quite a lot more It’s almost double the power consumption So that shows how much stronger the VRM on this board is compared to cheaper boards

So let’s translate the power draw into real word data So you can see the cheaper boards could run like 50GHz and the MSI Z370A Pro could even run 51GHz And this is on an opentest bench without any airflow, so that’s like the worstcase scenario running Prime95

Obviously if you’re running this into a case that’s very well ventilated You can even hit higher numbers Here you can see that the ASUS Maximus X Hero was able to run even 53GHz at 1424V and that’s actually more than enough

Keep in mind that the CPU I was using is extremely binned CPU So this is far above average Usually you will be able to run 50GHz to 52GHz on your CPU depending on how good your sample is

Obviously you have to delid your CPU to hit those numbers like 51, 52 You have to delid your chip to hit those numbers stable for Prime95 Running 5

3GHz and 144v, it would eventually throttle down to 50GHz But, well, 53 at 1

42v is still quite a lot and should be fine for 99% of the daily overclocks Talking about overclocking Let’s go over to 5GHz overclocking tutorial You can use this as a baseline if you want to overclock with The Maximus X Hero So let’s start with the overclocking

This guide will work for the i78700K and also for the i58600K There is no difference between those CPUs when it comes to the overclock So if you just received your mainboard, you should first check for newer BIOS versions on the Asus website and update your BIOS first After doing that we go back to the BIOS And we set the Ai Overclock Tuner to XMP and select No here

You can see that I’m using an -decoration: underline;”>XMP profile of 3,600 and I’m using 4 memory sticks with 8GB each And you can see on the right side currently the memory is running only 2133MHz So we have to configure the memory first and that’s also what I recommend So first apply this, and then we will go back to the BIOS Now You can see on the right side that the memory is running at 3,600MHz which is the correct clock and the voltage is also correct at 1

35v Next thing we do is disable the Asus MultiCore Enhancement and set the AVX Instruction Core Ratio Negative Offset to 3 This way the CPU will clock down by a ratio of 3 under AVX load AVX is an instruction of your cpu and it basically puts a much higher workload on your cpu resulting in a higher power consumption And it’s also much more stressing for the cpu

So using an negative offset of 3 means that your cpu will clock down by 300MHz under load So CPU Core Ratio you set to sync all cores and set this one to 50 this means that we will overclock the CPU to 50GHz Obviously you can always clock higher afterwards, but you should start with the stable base Disable CPU SVID support, then go to External Digi+ Power Control and set CPU load line calibration to Level 6

This way the voltage will stay stable under load And it will stay at around the same level If you use Level 7 you will have quite a big overshoot Over the idle voltage, that’s not what we want, so I would recommend using Level 5 or Level 6 In Internal CPU Power Management, you set The Long Duration Power Limit and Short Duration Power Limit to the maximum

Go back out and go to the CPU Core Cache Current Limit Max, also, set this one to the maximum Basically we’ll disabling all the power limits so the CPU will always stay stable at the highest clock, and it will not throttle down Minimum and Maximum Cache we should start at 42, you can always increase it afterwards once you are done with a whole overclocking thing You can adjust the CPU Cache to a higher level In certain applications when they’re really memoryheavy it can help you by increasing the Cache clock

BCLK Aware Adaptive Voltage is a feature that can basically increase your CPU voltage while you are also increasing the BCLK, but I personally would never use this feature I would always set both manually So CPU Core/Cache voltage we set it to manual and set it to 135v which should be a safe base You can use up to 1

40, 142 that should be no problem Especially when your CPU is delided I don’t think there’s an issue using such voltages because I I’ve seen several CPUs that have this level like 135 in stock voltage already, so shouldn’t be an issue

You see that CPU VCCIO and CPU System Agent Voltage They are already affected by the XMP Usually they are much lower like 11v roughly, maybe even lower You can see it’s 1

23, 128 on auto now which is still fine You can use up to like one point three five volt without any issues But probably it doesn’t help too much if you increase it that high So that’s it

Already for 50GHz, we go to Asus overclocking profile and just save our settings Typing anything here, save it to profile 1, then we will apply this setting and go to Windows So we are back in Windows 10 So what we have to do now is obviously test the CPU for stability So you have to check everything in CPUZ first, you can see that my CPU is clocking down in idle which is absolutely fine

There is no effect on stability If you don’t want that you go to your power saving options, and you set, well, it’s a German OS, but you set your power saving plan to High Performance And then you can see the CPU is clocking up to 50GHz and it will stay always at 50GHz

On the Mainboard you can see that I’m running the BIOS version 0505 which was the most recent version available at this point On Memory you can see I’m running the 32GB GSkill Trident Z RGB memory With a Cache of 4,200MHz And here you can see the memory speed is correctly applied with 1,800MHz, aka 3,600MHz because it’s DDR4 double data rate

Can also see it here in SPD what kinds of modules I’m using So after applying settings like this It’s very helpful to just do a Cinebench run because this way you can check if there is a quick issue in temperatures you can see I’m hitting like 70 degrees Celsius, which is absolutely fine because obviously my CPU is delided You can also see the CPUs staying stable here You can always right click into the CPUZ to see the Core Clock of all Cores

You can also see the CPU voltage under load is 136v which is due to the Load Line Calibration So that’s also correct Now we can see the performance was 1654 points which is absolutely where we where we should be at at 5GHz ,well, ± 20,30 points depending where your cache frequency is at and also what kind of memory modules and memory speed you’re using For the real stability testing we will use Prime95 in the version 26

6 which is without AVX and the load of this is roughly the same as running Cinebench R15, so it’s a very good and also realworld performance testing and stability testing So set Minimum FFT and Maximum FFT to 1344 Check Run FFTs inplace and just simply hit Okay Now you should leave this running for around one hour Keep checking the temperature in Core Temp

You can see I’m now hitting like 75 degrees Celsius, which is still absolutely fine You can go up to like 95 degrees Celsius, but I noticed on those CPUs that the higher you go in temperature it definitely affects stability of your CPU So if you have a better water cooling loop and you hit like maybe only 50 degrees Celsius under load you might be able to clock higher than me here If you have stability issues at this point, you still have headroom in the voltage So you can go up to like 1

41v, 142v and check if this helps you Also still keep in mind that you have to stay away from like higher than 95 degrees Celsius So always keep the temperature in mind If this is running stable you can also go back to the BIOS and increase the CPU Multiplier to like 51 or 52 which equals 5

1GHz or 52GHz and simply test how high you can push your CPU I hope the small tutorial helped you if you have any kind of questions problems with the tutorial just simply put it in the comments Otherwise, enjoy the rest of your day and see you soon