As you can see in the following pictures,we are looking at a standard sized ATX motherboard designed in an almost classic dark-red theme which clearly suggests it's belogging in ROG family.
Items bundled with the board:
- User guide;
- Driver and software DVD;
- Back panel I/O Shield;
- SATA 6 GB/s cables (6 pcs);
- Flexible SLI bridge;
- ASUS Q-Connectors;
- stickers for SATA cables;
- ROG door hanger;
The board features an 8-phase VRM responsible for feeding the CPU and a 2-phase VRM for memory.The components used are of high-quality grade,featuring 60A ferrite chokes and 10K metallic capacitors.The driver's responsible for controlling the phases are of high-quality Internation Rectifier IR3535M.You can find full documentation here:
Maximus 7 Hero is using the Realtek ALC1150 chipset bundled in the SupremeFX form.Surely it is not as complex as the sound module found on Maximus 7 Gene but it should offer decent sound given it's shielding and quality ELNA capacitors.
On the connector side,we have 4 USB 3.0 ports,2 USB 2.0,standard,LAN,PS2 and also HDMI,DVI and VGA connectivity in case you use on-board graphics.
We also find a USB FLASHBACK button in case of emergency for flashing the bios,but to our surprise the bios reset button is missing.This sounds like surprise,frankly because i believe that a bios reset button is going to be more used than a flashing-purpose one.
Going forward to the storage connectivity,the HERO is equipped with 8 SATA3 ports,6 coming from Intel Z97 PCH and 2 from an Asmedia Controller and a M.2 connector right above the X16 PCIE Slot.
We can find on-board buttons for RESET,POWER ON,MEM OK,KEYBOT,SOUNDSTAGE and Clear CMOS.They are found on the lower and right side of the board.
If we talk about the layout,Maximus VII Hero is a great choice as we have adecvate spacing between CPU socket and DIMM slots,excellent spacing between first PCIEX x16 Slot and DIMM slots,therefore making changes to your configuration should not be a concers.Speaking of PCIEX,we have two PCIE 3.0 slots,X16 and X8 accordingly,suitable for CROSSFIRE or SLI depending on choice.Other PCIE slots are PCIE 2.0,X4 and 3 X1.
Speaking of GAMING features,we have LANGUARD,KEYBOT and TRUEVOLT USB,standard ROG features for Z97 boards.