Before AMD launched their Ryzen processors the ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero Motherboard was set to be the motherboard to get for the new platform. I mean AMD included it with our Ryzen 7 1700 sample and that is why you are seeing this review today. This motherboard does have an extremely strong feature-set and it definitely lives up to the Republic of Gamers branding. If you are building a high-end Ryzen system this definitely has to be a motherboard you consider.
For the gamers out there you get 2-way SLI / CrossFire support, SupremeFX audio which works on conjunction with ASUS’s Sonic Radar software, and Intel-powered networking. Of course you can’t forget the RGB options on this board. You have RGB lighting on the rear I/O cover as well as the PCH heatsink. On top of that you have two RGB headers to add even more RGB to your build. This of course can all be controlled using ASUS’s Aura software.
Talking about software and tweaking things ASUS’s Ai Suite software is still the best when it comes to motherboard companion software. It will allow you to tune your system, monitor voltages and temperatures, setup your fans correctly, and much more. The BIOS on this board works great and ASUS is also one of the best when it comes to their BIOSs. This one is snappy and works without issue.
When it comes to overclocking this board did pretty well. We were able to bring our Ryzen 7 1700 from 3.0 GHz all the way up to 3.9 GHz. I still believe we could get even higher, but I think the Ryzen platform needs to mature just a little more. On that note I do want to caution users of this motherboard to be sure to get the latest BIOS, it can make a world of difference.
At the end of the day this is one of our top picks for the Ryzen platform currently. Right now it is selling at our favorite online retailer for $255, which does put it at the top of Ryzen X370 motherboard offerings.
– Great look
– Features for gamers (2-way GFX support, sound, LAN)
– 14 USB ports on the rear I/O
– The best motherboard companion software our there
– Great overclocking performance and support
– 2 RGB LEDs and two RGB headers
– One of the more expensive X370 motherboards out there