Overclocking and Conclusion

Overclocking

To give a feel for the overclocking performance potential of the Crosshair VI Hero motherboard, we attempted to push it to known CPU-supported performance parameters with minimal tweaking. At the stock base clock speed of 100Mhz, we were able to get the system stabile at a 3.9GHz CPU speed across all cores and 3200MHz memory speed. This was done at a 1.40V CPU voltage, a 1.25V VddSOC voltage, and a 1.35V memory voltage with all other values left at default settings. Unfortunately, the system would not stabilize at any CPU or memory speeds greater than those listed above. All overclocking sessions remained stable for over 4hrs. System stability was tested running the AIDA64 stability test in conjunction with EVGA's OC Scanner X graphical benchmark running at 1280×1024 resolution and 8x MSAA in stress test mode. Note that 8GB (2 x 4GB) of Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4-4000 memory modules were used for the overclocking tests.

100MHz Base Clock Stats with 3.9GHZ CPU and 3200MHz memory speed

Note that this is is meant only as a quick preview of the board's performance potential. With more time to tweak the settings to a greater extent, pushing to a higher base clock and ring bus speed may have been achievable, in addition to an overnight stability run without issue.

Pricing

As of October 15, the ASUS Crosshair VI Hero motherboard was available from Amazon.com for $234.00 with Prime shipping. The board was also available from Newegg.com for $234.99 and B&H for 234.99 with free shipping.

Conclusion

The ASUS Crosshair VI Hero motherboard is a well designed solutions, taking the design strengths from ASUS' Intel board lines for a strong yet elegant AMD x370 solution. The board features ROG line aesthetics common to their Intel board line as well. In addition to its ROG inspired looks, ASUS integrated RGB LEDs into the board, as well as support for syncing with external RGB LED strips. The range of integrated features makes the board a competitive solution in relation to its Intel counterparts. Its performance is top notch, falling in between that of the Z270 and X299 Intel board lines when paired with a Ryzen 1700X CPU. Overclocking-wise, its no slouch, but may take some time to dial-in. Given the relative immature nature of the X370 / Ryzen platform, its performance is impressive and should do nothing but increase as ASUS further tweaks the board's BIOS.

Strengths

  • Stock performance
  • Overclocking potential
  • Board aesthetics, layout, and design
  • UEFI BIOS design and usability
  • Configurable RGB LEDs using AURA applet

Weaknesses

  • Unable to run memory at speeds above 3200Mhz
  • Lack of RGB LED configuration via UEFI
  • CMOS battery placement

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