ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero Alpha Motherboard Review

ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII HERO ALPHA ATX DDR4 3000 LGA 1151 Motherboards

You may have the top notch CPU, RAM or video card but without a quality motherboard to hold all of these together, you pretty much have useless pieces that may not work at their best.

The motherboard is the house that holds everything together. Whether you want to buy one for a full system upgrade or just to add some new abilities or features, choosing the right motherboard is crucial.

Nowadays, you can find motherboards with a variety of features to jack up your gaming experience from the video cards to the processor housed within it. Most brands would simply upgrade a previous version of their top selling motherboard and add in one or two features that will bring their brand to the next level.

This is the case for the ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero Alpha Motherboard which is an improved version of their award-winning ROG Maximus Hero motherboard.

The ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero Alpha Motherboard features an improved USB 3.1 performance with an all new Aura RGB Strip headers so users can customize lighting. It has a 5-way optimization with a 1-click overclocking feature. It supports Intel Gb LAN and MU-MIMO 2T2R 802. 11ac.

ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero Alpha Motherboard

Features

  • Brand: Asus
  • 5-way optimization with a 1-click overclocking
  • Intel Gb LAN and MU-MIMO 2T2R 802. 11ac
  • LED lighting and Aura Flex RGB headers
  • Dual U.2 + M.2 + SATA Express

Pros

The ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero Alpha Motherboard takes pattern to its origins, the award-wining design of the ROG Maximus Hero motherboard making it a well-designed piece of equipment. It supports up to 64GB memory which allows more data.

A few who have reviewed and used this motherboard find it quite useful and it allowed them to download more games. They also found that this particular motherboard boots up quickly compared to other motherboards on the market today.

The RGB connectors are also a plus for those who have reviewed the ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero Alpha Motherboard. The lighting control software allows users to control lighting effects providing them several options on the type of light they want to illuminate their case.

Reviewers also found the BIOS interface to be very modern and easy to use. It is easy to update and manipulate minimizing the time to set up the settings to the desired preference.

The RGB option also gives users the option to add LED lighting. The 1-click overclocking feature was also a breeze to use. Some also found that it is easy to set-up making it a good option for those planning to build their own PC, especially beginners.

They also liked the additional built-in Wifi and Bluetooth features which gives the ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero Alpha Motherboard additional connectivity.

Cons

Some reviewers of the ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero Alpha Motherboard found that, although it does have 2x U.2 ports, one of them is shared with Intel SATA ports. This means if you want to use both ports you will lose the use of the 4 SATA ports.

Some also found that the ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero Alpha Motherboard would not recognize a Logitech unified receiver even when plugged into a USB port 7 or 8. It would not work even if you flash the chipset or pull the battery flash all over again.

Reviewers also reported that the ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero Alpha Motherboard only supports 8GB sticks at a speed of 3200.

Make sure that you read the user manual when buying this particular motherboard to ensure that you get the appropriate RAM for your gaming computer, especially if you are planning to build your own.

Verdict

The ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero Alpha Motherboard is definitely an upgrade from the original ROG Maximus Hero motherboard. It is pretty easy to use and very well-designed.

It boots up pretty fast sometimes taking less than 5 seconds. The RGB, Wifi and Bluetooth addition to this motherboard are also attractive features.

There are a few concerns regarding this motherboard that may or may not be a major issue, depending on your preference. However, the ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero Alpha Motherboard is a good option overall if you are looking for a motherboard for a PC build.

Kris

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