ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Motherboard Review, Design and Testing Performance

Design Layout:

ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Review 08 ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Motherboard Review, Design and Testing PerformanceASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO is made in the ATX format on quality PCB. Soldering quality components, but another from such eminent manufacturer and we do not expect. Decorated in a classic product of red and black colors series ROG – strictly and expressive at the same time, which only emphasizes the exclusivity of the product.

ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Review 09 ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Motherboard Review, Design and Testing PerformanceOn the reverse side of the board, under the CPU socket, a metal plate that protects the PCB from bending stiff mount cooling system CPU. Also supporting plates, adding extra rigidity, mounted radiators under the power scheme CPU.

ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Review 10 ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Motherboard Review, Design and Testing PerformanceLower edge of the PCB are connectors for analog audio output on the front panel, S/PDIF output and the TPM. Then soldered connector ROG_EXT, designed to connect remote panel ROG, or other accessories, and connector ROG_EXT combined with socket for connecting two ports USB 2.0, followed by the second set 9-pin connector for quick access port USB 2.0 front panel connector TG_HEADER, reset the jumper settings, BIOS, DirectKey button and plug the system tray.

ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Review 11 ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Motherboard Review, Design and Testing PerformanceThe disk subsystem consists of eight SATA 6 Gb/s, six of which are served by a set of system logic Intel Z87 Express, and support of RAID-arrays levels 0, 1, 5 and 10. The other two are running a dedicated controller ASMedia ASM1061. To prevent overlapping access to the interfaces SATA long graphics cards with overall cooling systems, all of which are arranged in parallel PCB.

ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Review 12 ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Motherboard Review, Design and Testing PerformanceAbove the middle of the right edge of ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO is familiar 19-pin header for connection of two USB 3.0 ports and a 24-pin main power supply. Here are wired and LEDs Q LED: CPU_LED, DRAM_LED, VGA_LED and BOOT_DEVICE_LED, allow you to easily and quickly identify problem areas when the system boots.

ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Review 13 ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Motherboard Review, Design and Testing PerformanceThe upper right corner is occupied by a two-phase digital voltage regulator modules of RAM running a PWM controller ASP1103. Such a scheme would be more than enough for a stable power supply modules of RAM, even in the case of strong acceleration. Also, here are the power button and reset the computer, the button MemOK! with LED indicator on and the two-digit system codes Q_CODE, by which you can determine exactly at what stage of the initial testing of the system is a hardware failure. The only one in our opinion, is the inconvenience of poor access to buttons and reading the information from the indicator Q_CODE in installed in the system chassis.

ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Review 14 ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Motherboard Review, Design and Testing PerformanceInstallation of the modules of DDR3 memory is available in four 240-pin slots DIMM, which for the convenience of users equipped with movable latch on one side only. The maximum amount of RAM is still limited to the integrated memory controller and the processor is 32 GB. To get maximum performance from the RAM to the motherboard uses a new architecture of T-Topology of the second generation, which is to optimize the routing paths that connect the processor and memory modules in order to reduce interference and crosstalk. ASUS has said that the results of internal tests show an increase of the optimization potential of multiple memory modules by 5%, and in the configuration with a single DIMM – by 10%.

ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Review 15 ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Motherboard Review, Design and Testing PerformanceCPU power is the 8-phase digital circuit DIGI + 3, which used the highest quality ingredients: Chokes BlackWing, Black Metallic capacitors and transistors NexFET. Manages all this is a PWM controller ASP1251, which is also the chip EPU. Submission of additional power through robust 8-pin ATX12V, able to pass through itself twice more current than the usual 4-pin for added security and stability while overclocking CPU.

Under the reinforcement plate radiators mounted on the power components of the CPU power circuit is wired eight drivers that control the operation of transistors. As you can see, the power supply circuit “fair”, without any “virtual” phase – if use high-quality components, then they simply doubling or tripling is not required, and without this scheme will cope with the load even with a significant overclocking.

ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Review 16 ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Motherboard Review, Design and Testing PerformanceASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO used passive cooling system, consisting of three aluminum radiators. For the removal of excess heat from the MOSFET has two solid radiator, connected by a heat pipe. The support plates under them installed from the back of the PCB, also play a role radiator, cooling the driver transistor control NexFET.

ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Review 17 ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Motherboard Review, Design and Testing PerformanceRadiator on the chipset Intel Z87 Express looks like a thick rectangular plate with shallow slits on top – call it the ribbing is quite difficult. But in spite of this form it is pretty good job of cooling the chipset – when testing the temperature reached a point of 35,1 ° C. Add that are attached to the radiator cooling elements with a reliable screw clamp.

ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Review 18 ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Motherboard Review, Design and Testing PerformanceTo install expansion cards to the motherboard manufacturer has provided such connectors: three PCI Express x16 slot and three-slot PCI Express x1. Now, about modes of connectors mounted on the PCB, which, incidentally, is quite interesting. The top PCI Express x16 slot operates in two modes: when you install a video card he gets all 16 lanes PCI Express 3.0, coming from the processor and the use of a combination of two graphics cards will share the line with the second PCI Express slot – with eight each. The bottom PCI Express x16 slot gets its data lines from the chipset, it is designed for expansion cards and highlighted in a different color. By default, it comes to one line of PCI Express, but if you prefer, you can increase the number to four, though at the expense lines slots PCI Express x1, which in this case will not be used.

In addition we mentioned earlier controller ASMedia ASM1061, increasing the disk subsystem to two SATA 6 Gb/s, the decision on ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO establish other circuits that add functionality product. Thus, the chip Parade PS8201A supports HDMI display connector version 1.4b with a maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels. Large controller labeled 1228GA and the company logo is the ROG CPU TPU. Small chip ASM1440 division lines provide PCI Express, coming from the processor between the first and second connectors for installation of two video.

ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Review 19 ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Motherboard Review, Design and Testing PerformanceSupremeFX audio codec is protected from RF interference screen, and how well it is made ​​harness, tests show. Connection via LAN served by popular lately controller Intel I217V. As a chip on the motherboard MultiIO ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO solution is used NUVOTON NCT6791D, which among other functions of the system and executes the monitor.

ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Review 20 ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Motherboard Review, Design and Testing PerformanceInterface Panel solutions ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO contains the following input-output ports:

  • Combined PS/2 port for keyboard or mouse
  • Four-port USB 2.0
  • Refresh button BIOS – USB BIOS Flashback
  • Optical output S/PDIF
  • Connector HDMI
  • Four-port USB 3.0, highlighted in blue
  • RJ45 connector for network connections;
  • Six audio jacks for connecting a multi-channel sound system

A good gaming computer interface board that has enough ports USB 3.0/2.0, and also boasts a convenient connection and the availability of multi-channel acoustic button USB BIOS Flashback. The presence of only one HDMI video interface can be explained by two factors: first, the gamer motherboard will certainly include at least one card, and secondly, the manufacturer strives to reduce the price of the product, not saving on the really important subsystems. Therefore, the decision to abandon the use of interfaces DVI, D-Sub, DisplayPort, Thunderbolt and eSATA was quite rational and correct.

ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Review 21 ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Motherboard Review, Design and Testing PerformanceTo ensure good ventilation in-situ on the motherboard ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO has three 4-pin connectors for case fans. In our opinion, this would be sufficient to provide a favorable temperature conditions of the components. ASUS ‘engineers are well aware that in high-performance gaming systems, installing BOX-level system CPU cooling rare, and third-party solutions often have two fans, so they set up two 4-pin connector for the active elements of the CPU cooler.

BIOS Setup (UEFI):

ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO is equipped with brand preloader UEFI BIOS, microcode-based company AMI.

ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Review 22 ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Motherboard Review, Design and Testing PerformanceOf greatest interest is the tab Extreme Tweaker, which contains all the settings that affect the performance of the system. You can change a lot of settings, so we packed them in the results table at the end of this section.

ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Review 23 ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Motherboard Review, Design and Testing PerformancePleased to note that in the BIOS, you can choose not displayed in the specification of the frequency of the memory – maximum 3200 MHz and 800 MHz minimum.

ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Review 24 ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Motherboard Review, Design and Testing PerformanceAlso to optimize the RAM modules you may change the timing and podtaymingov RAM, but unfortunately, separately adjustable via is not available.

ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Review 25 ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Motherboard Review, Design and Testing PerformanceIn the menu DIGI + Power Control» you get access to configuration modes of digital voltage regulators CPU and memory modules. Separately adjustable PWM controllers will ensure maximum stable power supply system components even in the very strong acceleration.

ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Review 26 ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Motherboard Review, Design and Testing PerformanceChanging the value of the supply voltage is possible in a very wide range of virtually all major nodes of the motherboard ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO. In the hands of a professional overclocking this product is able to very much, and we are not surprised by the record values ​​of overclocking the CPU or memory obtained with this new product.

System settings affecting the optimization of the parameters listed in the table:

Parameter

The name of the menu item

Range

Step

The System Bus Frequency In Mhz

BCLK Frequency

60 – 300

0.1

CPU Strap

100, 125, 166, 250

Modifier SPU

CPU is Core Ratio

8 – 80

1

Memory Frequency

Memory Frequency

Auto, 3200, 3000, 2933, 2800, 2666, 2600, 2400, 2200, 2133, 2000, 1866, 1800, 1600, 1400, 1333, 1066, 800

Memory Timings

CAS Latency, RAS to CAS, RAS PRE, RAS ACT, COMMAND Mode, RAS to RAS, REF, Cycle, DRAM Refresh, WRITE Recovery, READ to PRE, FOUR ACT WIN, WRITE to READ, CKE Minimum, CAS Write, RTL ( CHA), RTL (CHB), tWRDR, tRWDR, tRWSR, tRR, tRRSR, tWW (DD), tWW (DR), tWWSR

The Frequency Of The Voltage Regulator Of The Processor, Khz

CPU Fixed Frequency

300 – 1000

50

CPU Power Thermal Control

130 – 151

1

CPU Input Boot Voltage

0,800 – 2,440

0,010

The Frequency Of The Voltage Regulator Modules, Memory Khz

DRAM Fixed Frequency

300 – 500

50

VCCIN Shadow Voltage

0,800 – 2,440

0,010

Initial PLL Termination Voltage

1.00000 – 3.00000

0.00625

PLL Termination Reset Voltage

1.00000 – 3.00000

0.00625

Eventual PLL Termination Voltage

1.00000 – 3.00000

0.00625

Clock Crossing VBoot

0.10000 – 1.90000

0.00625

Clock Crossing Reset Voltage

0.10000 – 1.90000

0.00625

Clock Crossing Voltage

0.10000 – 1.90000

0.00625

Long Duration Package Power Limit

1 – 4096

1

Package Power Time Window

1 – 127

1

Short Duration Package Power Limit

1 – 4096

1

CPU Integrated VR Current Limit

0.125 – 1023.875

0,125

Power Current Offset

-100% – 100%

12.5%

Power Fast Ramp Response

0.00 – 1.50

0.01

Power Saving Level 1 Threshold

0 – 80

1

Power Saving Level 2 Threshold

0 – 50

1

Power Saving Level 3 Threshold

0 – 30

1

Increasing The Core Voltage Of The Processor, In

CPU Core Voltage Override

0,001 – 1,920

0,001

Increased Tension In The Cache Memory Of The Processor In The

CPU Cache Voltage Override

0,001 – 1,920

0,001

Voltage Deviation On The System Agent

CPU System Agent Voltage Offset

0,001 – 0,999

0,001

CPU Analog I/O Voltage Offset

0,001 – 0,999

0,001

CPU Digital I/O Voltage Offset

0,001 – 0,999

0,001

Initial CPU Input Voltage

0,800 – 2,440

0,010

Eventual CPU Input Voltage

0,800 – 2,440

0,010

The Voltage On The Memory Module

DRAM Voltage

1,200 – 2,400

0,005

The Chipset Voltage, V

PCH Core Voltage

0.70000 – 1.80000

0.00625

PCH VLX Voltage

0.80000 – 2.00000

0.00625

VTTDDR Voltage

0.60000 – 1.40000

0.00625

DRAM CTRL REF Voltage

0.39500 – 0.63000

0.00500

DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHA

0.39500 – 0.63000

0.00500

DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHB

0.39500 – 0.63000

0.00500

ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Review 27 ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Motherboard Review, Design and Testing PerformanceTab Advanced provides access to control some functions of the processor, allows you to configure the operating mode of the integrated SATA ports and hardware on the motherboard. You can also specify the number of PCI Express lanes for the third slot, PCI Express x16.

ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Review 28 ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Motherboard Review, Design and Testing PerformanceSystem Monitor is divided into menu options displayed by type, which is very convenient. The first menu – «Voltage Monitor» – displays real-time RMS values ​​of voltage on all nodes of the CPU, memory modules, chipset Intel Z87 Express and the main lines of supply (+3.3 V, +5 V and +12 V).

ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Review 29 ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Motherboard Review, Design and Testing PerformanceCurrent temperatures are on the menu «Temperature Monitor». There are only two parameters – the temperature of the CPU and chipset temperature.

ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Review 30 ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Motherboard Review, Design and Testing PerformanceView the value of monitoring the fan speed in the menu «Fan Speed ​​Monitor».

ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Review 31 ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Motherboard Review, Design and Testing PerformanceBut tune the performance of active cooling means according to the temperature you get to the menu Fan Speed ​​Control. The only non-regulated plug in an additional 4-pin power connector of the CPU cooler CPU_OPT.