The Hero series has always been the go-to board for a lot of generations to receive all the ROG Maximus goods without any of the flagship prices like that of the Extreme or Formula boards. ROG only provides features such as pre-mounted I/O Shield, dedicated water-cooling headers, a single click AI-powered overclocking, and a multi-zoned Aura Sync lighting with headers will give you all the things that a gaming enthusiast would require with a price that’s on the more mainstream side.
The ROG Maximus XI Hero WiFi is the perfect device to introduce anyone to the Republic of Gamers or ROG. It is generally Z390 gaming motherboard that features smart cooling, substantial power, and quick memory support under a stealth-like skin. It is packed with popular ROG features: from the single click overclocking & cooling, to the Aura Sync Illumination, so with that, you can truly say that the Maximus XI Hero WiFi is ready to perform and is designed for customization.
Today, we’re going to look into the ASUS ROG Maximus XI Hero WiFi which is a board positioned at the higher-end region of what’s being considered as the mainstream sector. Also, this board has other extra awesome features that will surely pique the interest of everyone. Want to learn more about this product? Then we’ve got you covered; so sit back, enjoy, and let’s start off with what’s inside the box.
ASUS ROG Maximus XI Hero WiFi Review – What’s in the Box?
When we received our Maximus XI Hero WiFi, it’s basically just like every other ROG product box that we’ve come across in the past: a sturdy red box with cool red & black accents combined with tons of subtle details. It’s basically just a cool-looking standard cardboard package that features the signature color scheme that has always been part of every ROG product for sometime now.
You can also note that the logo of ASUS ROG on the upper-right portion of the package is very easy to see, and it’s also the first implication that the Maximus XI Hero WiFi is a gaming / enthusiast-aimed product. Aside from these, the front portion of the box also displays a list of the support for Intel’s 8th gen core processors, the NVIDIA SLI, Optane Memory, ASUS Aura Sync and the AMD Crossfire technologies.
For the package’s rear, it displays an image of the board in the center and is all lit up; it also displays the features and specs surrounding it such as the M.2 heatsink, Supreme FX Technology, RGB addressable headers, and more. The box’s ends also have the model in color shifting fonts, as well as the ASUS and ROG logos.
Once you start opening the package, you’ll be greeted with the huge red ROG eye, and a message that says “ Welcome to the Republic”. The ASUS ROG Maximus XI Hero WiFi can be seen completely on its own tray under the clear protective cover. Beneath the tray, you’ll find the famous ROG sticker sheet, and underneath this are the three compartments that conceal all the other extra accessories and items in embossed flaps.
Just like every other ROG boards, the accessories included in the Maximus XI Hero WiFi’s package are quite immense. You’ll get the user guide, a 20% coupon to the site CableMod.com which is good for a collection of cables or extensions that are customized based on your preferences and specific power supply. Additionally, you’ll also get a free coaster with the package. The usual SATA cables are present, but you’ll also get stuff like M.2 screws, a couple of RGB extension cables, the ASUS Q-Connector, an HB SLI Bridge, Wi-Fi antenna, and the ROG case badge that’s inside the drive disk sleeve.
ASUS ROG Maximus XI Hero WiFi Review
The ASUS ROG Maximus XI Hero WiFi comes with a silver and black theme. It’s a top-tier device so you’re sure to expect a ton of features packed in this amazing motherboard. It comes in your regular ATX form factor, though you can take note of the dynamic design language of the board that goes all the way from top to bottom, and is something that the Maximus series is widely known for.
The Maximus XI Hero WiFi stays in the regular ATX footprint but still provides you with a total of 4 memory sockets, dual M.2 sockets with built-in heatsinks, and twin-armored PCIe x16 slots that are specifically for the GPUs. The motherboard’s rear doesn’t have anything interesting on it, but it’s really nice that it’s sleek and clean. The motherboard has the 8 + 2 + 2 Extreme Engine Digi+ VRM supply, and it also makes use of the micro-fine alloy chokes, as well as the 10,000-hour rated metal black capacitors.
All ROG motherboards guarantee high-quality overclocking, as well as the best stability on unlocked 8th and 9th generation processors. The company themselves state that the motherboards provide 5GHz+ overclocking capacities across all the eight cores, utilizing their AI-assisted overclocking technology with the 5-way optimization.
Top of the Board
At the top portion of the board, you’ll see Intel’s LGA-1151 socket center and front with a really nice ROG socket cap, one 10-phase VRM encircling the left and top sides of the socket; a 4-pin fan header is found next to the M.2 socket that is kept beneath the heatsink just under the socket.
The bottom-half of the board is partially covered with the SupremeFX Audio and the chipset heatsink that mixes with the second M.2 slot heatsink. 2 PCIe x16 slots are armored and can function at x16 / x0 or x8 / x8 from the CPU. It also features the lower x16 slot’s x4 electrical from the PCH, and also the 3 open ended slots for the PCIe x1. You’ll be getting 6 SATA ports, an extra fan header, one USB 3.1 Type C header, plus a primary 24-pin power connection.
At the top of the main power network, you’ll get a reset and power button, as well as a Q-code display. Also along the top, you’ll have two additional RGB headers, 3 4-pin fan headers, plus CPU power inputs that are made up of an aux 4-pin and 8-pin EPS connection. The power is being sent to the CPU via 10-phase VRM featuring a huge heatsink that’s moderately tucked beneath the rear I/O cover. Both the M.2 slots feature heatsinks that come with pre-applied thermal pads. The bottom portion supports up to a total of 22,110-sized drive while the chipset heatsink gleams with the Aura Sync-enabled RGB.
There’s a lot to get excited about like the two big heatsinks for the Maximus XI Hero WiFi’s pair of M.2 ports, a lot of testing and overclocking tools, the reset and power buttons, as well as the LED post code display found on the PCB. There’s also the CMOS clear buttons and USB BIOS Flashback on the rear I/O panel.
The board displays a couple of sizeable heatsinks connected with a heat pipe underneath. There’s also an 8 + 2 phase power delivery coming from the 4 PWM signals, plus power stages along with the low and high-side MOSFETS. Display coming from the iGPU is managed via Display and HDMI port. Two USB 3.1 1st generation ports in blue, and a total of 4 USB 3.1 2nd generation ports are in red together with a Type C connection. Intel WiFi is here with a 2 x 2 setup supporting the MU-MIMO, and also the regular SupremeFX-powered optical output and audio ports.
The Maximus XI Hero WiFi features three 3.0 PCIe x16 slots which can be organized in these slot setups with graphics cards: the one-way process – x 16 | x0 | x4, the two-way process – x8 | x8 | x0, and the three-way process – x8 | x8 | x4. When you take a look at these, they are the PCI express gen 3.0 arrangements which are good for the standard graphics card structure, up to the 2-way SLI / Crossfire.
This Maximus XI Hero WiFi motherboard comes with an 8-pin and additional 6-pin power connector, and you’ll also get 4 DIMM slots that can be utilized for dual channel memory.
The Hero for High-Performance Gaming
The ROG Maximus XI Hero is a powerful Z390 gaming motherboard and is the best introduction to the Republic of Gamers. It comes with smart cooling technology and faster memory support. With its notable ROG features, the Maximus XI Hero is ready to deliver high-performance whether it’s for cooling, overclocking, or Aura Sync Illumination.
The Maximus XI Hero WiFi features a dedicated onboard clock generator, cooling options for keeping thermals under control, as well as support for the most recent high-performance memory. These make the Hero provide an effective foundation for your next gaming rig.
DDR-4 4,400 MHz+
Whether you’re looking for high frequencies or tuning timings for low latency, the Hero offers you the necessary tools to completely utilize the full potential of the Coffee Lake architecture which features carefully optimized trace pathways that keep the integrity of the signal. Aside from that, the acclaimed ROG firmware also gives all the important tweaks that ensure the stability during maximum memory performance. For heavy multitasking, load up with a memory kit with high density or utilize a focused setup that provides the bandwidth that your favorite apps and games require.
Designed for Overclocking
By default, each of Coffee Lake’s main bus frequencies have been acquired from the same reference clock, which limits the control and flexibility that is required to utilize the platform’s full overclocking potential. A dedicated onboard clock generator is present in the ROG Maximus XI Hero; this supplies dynamic reference clocks to the major subdomains and cores of the CPU. With that, you have the freedom to arrange each MHz of headroom from the system.
ASUS reimagined the motherboard trace routing to offer Intel’s latest CPUs unrestricted access to memory bandwidth. The OptiMem II carefully plots memory signal pathways across various PCB layers to lessen vias. This technology also increases shielding zones that dramatically reduce crosstalk To further improve overclocking headroom for configurations that are completely stacked, ASUS has included a highly customized T-Topology design that brings time-aligned signaling.
Control your Own Rig
To have effective command of your rig, quick and intuitive control is essential. Because of that, ASUS has equipped the ROG Maximus XI Hero with simple yet flexible tools that allow you to tweak almost everything in the system. With the 5-Way Optimization Technology, you can enjoy smart automated tuning or dive deep into the UEFI BIOS for full control. From audio to storage, Hero makes fine-tuning everything easier so no one would have a hard time to make the most of the system speed.
With the Aura Sync that synchronizes effects to all compatible ROG components, you can enjoy endless personalization to make your build more stylish than ever.
Complete Cooling Zone
The most comprehensive cooling controls can be found only in the ROG Maximus XI Hero. The settings of the cooling system can be changed by using the Fan Xpert 4 or the UEFI BIOS
The motherboard uses the Intel Z390 chipset and has an ATX form factor. It supports the Intel Socket LGA 1151 V2 for the CPU while also featuring dual-channel, 4 slots, and a maximum of 64GB for its memory support.
The Maximus XI Hero WiFi is integrated with the 8-channel ROG SupremeFX S-1220, as well as the Intel Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.1, and an 802.11 AC Wi-Fi.
Available ports include one LAN, mic, line in, audio out, optical S / PDIF out, six SATA 6Gbps, two USB 3.1 Type-C, 3 USB 3.1 Type-A, an M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 32Gbps / 6Gbps up to 2,280, four USB 3.0, and six USB 2.0. For the dimensions of the Maximus XI Hero WiFi, it measures 305 x 244 millimeters. Notable extras would be Wi-Fi aerials, the M.2 heatsink, and the RGB LED extension cable.
Ready for Socket-1151 9th / 8th Gen Intel Core, Pentium Gold & Celeron Processors
The Maximus XI Hero WiFi supports the Socket-1151 for the 8th and 9th generation Intel Core, Celeron and Pentium Gold processors with built-in memory plus PCI Express controllers to readily assist onboard graphics output with dual channel DDR-4 memory. There’s also the 16 PCI Express 3.0 / 2.0 lanes for better and enhanced performance.
Intel Z390 chipset
The Intel Z390 is a single chipset design that gives you enhanced performance by using the serial point to point links; plus, allowing boosted stability and bandwidth.
Using the Product
Of course, we’re not going to skip talking about the Maximus XI Hero WiFi’s performance, so let’s start off with the power consumption. When on idle, the PC usually consumes about 65 Watts – a number that depends and varies per motherboard being used; this is also based on the PSU or efficiency used. Remember that we’re measuring the whole computer and not just the power consumption of the processor. And if you add optical drives, sound cards, HDDs, and more, your regular computer can really differ from our numbers.
For overclocking, the Maximus XI Hero WiFi did not have any issues at all and overclocking to 5GHz was a simple experience and everything went smoothly which is really good. There were also no heating issues, so with that said, the Maximus XI Hero was really rock-solid throughout our tests. Basically, we were able to get really good results for overclocking so the Maximus XI Hero is getting a thumbs up from us.
Now for gaming, it’s very much spot on. The frame rates were way up there and were basically head to head with the other Z390 boards that we’ve tried. It performed really great, so if you’re looking to build a gaming PC that’s feature-packed, then we’re definitely recommending the Maximus XI Hero WiFi and you won’t be disappointed in any way.
Overall, the Maximus XI Hero WiFi’s performance was excellent right out of the box, even if we purposely switched off ASUS’ tweaks for the sake of our tests. If you’ll be building your system with the Maximus XI Hero WiFi, you’ll just need to switch on the AI overclocking since it’s really extensive and covers all your needs with ease. With that, we really loved how the Maximus XI Hero WiFi performed, so we’re giving this product, and ASUS, a double thumbs-up.
ASUS AI Suite III
The software used for the AI Suite III comes with most of the apps of Maximus XI Hero. Aside from that, it has other available tasks such as PC Cleaner file remover, EZ Update for ASUS update servers, a Windows-initialized version of the USB BIOS Flashback which provides firmware updates. A system information page is also present in the software. Below are the included applications in the software:
The Armoury Crate portal is a brand-new application that regularly updates you with the newest releases of BIOS and drivers. Its interface is easy to use and it can be configured to display various information such as bug patches, security updates, gaming events, the most recent ROG news, as well as special offers.
Armoury Crate is usually enabled in the BIOS by default but in case it’s not, you will have to enable this first before you can use it. When you do so, you get a message upon hitting Windows, then it instantly installs LAN drivers. Once it establishes a network connection, it begins downloading Armoury Crate.
When the installation is done, the usual EULA greets you. The landing page provides ROG news and other various information. The wrench icon lets you install other missing utilities and drivers. From there, you simply wait for everything to finish its download and installation. All in all, it’s easy since you only need a few clicks to get everything fully set up and ready to run.
ASUS Aura RGB
ASUS Aura RGB is the software that controls the lighting of the Rear I/O Area, Digital RGB Headers, and the analog RGB. Here, you have a few options for the RGB effects and these include Static, Dynamic, Dance, Flash, and Temperature mode.
Dual Intelligent Processor 5
The Dual Intelligent Processor 5 is a powerhouse where you can find everything related to performance optimization. In this application, you can switch profiles to manual or auto overclocking, as well as change fan settings and voltages. Aside from those, you can easily clean out temporary and various unnecessary files with just a few clicks. It runs like a desktop widget and provides quick access to performance & cooling profiles, and PC cleaner without having to fully open the application.
Game First IV
Another application in the AI Suite III is the GameFirst IV which lets you keep track and control traffic of all three LAN connections. It also displays statistics and other vital information. The application automatically runs in intelligent mode and while it does, it prioritizes traffic depending on its purpose. You can also switch to manual mode to fully control the application.
We find the ROG Maximus XI Hero really impressive since it’s well-designed and performs excellently. Specifically, we really liked the AI overclocking tool which is an all-new feature that overclocking newbies would really appreciate. Even those who are totally new to voltages and multipliers will find this tool useful.
For the design of the board, it’s more well-rounded compared to the previous boards from the same series and we think that this has a better design. In terms of features, the Maximus XI Hero is really balanced; plus, its UEFI BIOS is really excellent and the software is more polished this time. A few tweaks in the BIOS enhanced overclocking features and improved stability, while the software has a wide range of great applications available to make the most of the motherboard.
The ROG series has become a big hit for the past few years. With their products, you’re sure to get what you expect and the same goes for this high-performance motherboard. If you’re looking for a well-designed motherboard that is packed with a lot of great features and has impressive RGB effects, we highly recommend the ASUS ROG Maximus XI Hero WiFi.
Where to Buy
You can purchase the ASUS ROG Maximus XI Hero WiFi for around $500 AUD from your local retailer. For more information head on over to the official product page.