For the price you can guess, this is undoubtedly the best X470 chipset motherboard on the market. The price is not low, but everything it brings is top-notch and designed to squeeze the most out of this AMD chipset and its processors.
Asus ROG Crosshair VII Hero Wifi motherboard comes perfectly protected inside a cardboard box to avoid damage during transport, Asus ROG has once again opted for its corporate colors for the decoration of the box. In the rear area, we have all the specifications very well detailed and included are the main novelties.
Once we open the box, we find the motherboard and all its accessories perfectly packaged.
It has the following bundle:
- Motherboard Asus ROG Crosshair VII Hero WIFI
- SATA cabling
- SLI ROG Bridge
- Documentation and manual
- Wifi antennas
- Screws and accessories for installation
The highlight of this ROG VII Hero WiFi motherboard is the use of the X470 chipset, which offers native support for the new AMD Ryzen 2000 processors, which are also compatible with 300 chipsets although they need a BIOS update.
Next to the X470 chipset, we find the AM4 socket, let’s remember that the AMD platform has the pins in the processor and not in the socket, just the opposite of what happens with its rival Intel.
A 14-phase VRM with DIGI + technology makes the socket a powerful one, which results in the use of the highest quality components to guarantee excellent stability and the best durability. This high-quality VRM will allow us to achieve higher levels of overclocking on second-generation Ryzen processors.
The ROG Crosshair VII Hero Wifi motherboard allows us to mount up to four RAM modules in its four DDR4 DIMM slots, it also has a dual-channel configuration, which offers a large bandwidth with the processor so that it can provide us with its maximum benefits. We can put a maximum of 64 GB of memory at a speed of 3,200 MHz, more than enough for any user, no matter how demanding it is.
Slots & Storage
It offers us a total of three PCI Express slots for graphics cards, which will allow us Nvidia SLI 2-way and AMD CrossFire 2-way configurations to obtain the best performance in the most demanding games. Two of these slots are reinforced in steel, which will allow them to easily withstand the weight of the most powerful and heavy cards on the market.
To meet the needs of the most demanding gamers, two M.2 2280 slots have been placed with a PCI Express 3.0 x4 interface. This means that we can make use of SSD storage units with the NVMe protocol. Thanks to this we can enjoy a large amount of storage at high speed.
Also included are six SATA III 6Gb/s connectors for mechanical hard drives or traditional SSDs in a 2.5-inch format.
The X470 chipset supports AMD StoreMI technology, which combines SSD storage with a mechanical hard drive to deliver a high-speed, high-capacity pool. It also offers support for RAID 0.1 and 10 technologies.
This mobo offers the SupremeFX 1220 high-performance multichannel audio engine. Among the most notable benefits of this system, we find an integrated headphone amplifier with 2.1Vrms output capacity to drive 600-ohm headphones and impedance detection functions. And an ESS Hi-Fi Saber ES9023P HD DAC for unbeatable audio playback quality.
We hit the net and found the Intel Ethernet I211-AT controller, which runs faster and smoother gaming by reducing CPU overhead to allocate more processing power for games. This system offers exceptionally high Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and User Datagram Protocol (UDP) performance.
On the software side, GameFirst IV and Multi-Gate Teaming technologies offer high-speed, low-latency connectivity by combining the Ethernet port with integrated WiFi technology, combining all network bandwidth into one, increasing network speed like never before. Also included is LANGuard that uses advanced SOC technology to connect signal coupling and superior capacitors to offer increased protection against overvoltages and electrostatic charge.
The connectivity section in this Asus is brutal. We have 8 USB 3.0 Gen1 ports, 1 USB Gen2 Type-C, and another Type-A and 2 USB 2.0. Besides, we have buttons to clean the BIOS or connector the second BIOS, since this board has double BIOS. Attentive to fans of ventilation and modding, because we have 8 connectors for PWM fans plus one to expand by the microcontroller, one connector for AIO, another for the liquid pump with flow regulation, 4 temperature sensors and 4 heads for LED strips.
Among its rear connections we find:
- Clear BIOS
- Button to toggle with the second BIOS
- WiFi connection
- PS / 2 connector
- 2 USB 2.0 connections.
- 8 USB 3.0 connections.
- USB 3.1 Type C connection
- USB 3.1 Type-A connection
- LAN connector
- 6-channel audio connection.
Asus ROG Crosshair VII Hero WiFi Specific Enhancements
Asus ROG Crosshair VII Hero Wifi has increased voltage detection accuracy and minimizes voltage drift for better ProbeIT experiences thanks to the adoption of an additional differential OPAMP. The ASUS team has optimized the OPAMP gain between CPU Core voltage, CPU SOC voltage, DRAM Voltage, and + 12V input voltage to minimize voltage drift as much as possible.
It also implements for the first time the 32MB SPI ROM design on X470 motherboards, with a built-in BIOS image of 16MB lower, thereby reserving the additional 16MB for future processor support.
We continue with Asus Grid technology that helps users manage and download all drivers and utilities through the server, to keep their system updated without problems. All this with a simple and clear user interface that facilitates access to the latest security updates and bug fixes, while the other tabs will guide the user in the latest ROG news, events, offers, and conversations.
Particularly the BIOS of the ASUS boards are the best that both on the Intel and AMD platforms. As expected, it has not disappointed us and has allowed us to perform a 100% stable overclock at 4250 Mhzon our AMD Ryzen 2700X.
It allows us to perform an advanced overclock in manual or offset, the compatibility with the 3400 MHz memories has been immediate and presents all the options that a high-end motherboard expects. What a treat!
Technical Specifications of The ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero WIFI
- AM4 socket for AMD Ryzen 2nd Generation / Ryzen 1st Generation / Ryzen processors with Radeon Vega / 7 graphics
- 4 x DIMMs, max. 64GB, DDR4 3466 (OC) / 3200 (OC) / 3000 (OC) / 2933 (OC) / 2800 (OC) / 2666/2400/2133 MHz, un-buffered
- AMD Ryzen 1st Generation / AMD Ryzen with Radeon Vega graphics
- It comes with 2 x PCIe 3.0 / 2.0 x16 (one x16 or two x8 / x8)
- AMD Ryzen with Radeon Vega / 7th Generation A-series / Athlon X4 graphics
Final Words And Conclusion About The Asus ROG Crosshair VII Hero WiFi
This is one of the best motherboards on the market for the AM4 socket. We thought that Asus could not set the bar higher, and this time they have done again. A greater recognition of RAM at high speed (Thanks AGESA), high storage performance, long-lasting components, and a brutal aesthetic are its main guarantees.
In our tests, we have set our AMD Ryzen 2700X to over 4.25 GHz with just 1.36 ~ 1.38v100% stable with 3400 MHz Sniper X memories. Offering a significant increase in performance in games and synthetic tests.
Also a special mention for its improved sound: Asus SupremeFX 1220. Ideal for professional headphones compatible up to 600 ohms and an ESS Hi-Fi Saber ES9023P HD DAC that offers a much more crystalline sound.
Its prices vary for the version with Wi-Fi and the version without WiFi. We believe that they are more than justified prices for a motherboard that ensures a good overclock and stability in the system. If you prefer the version without Wi-Fi, it is a little cheaper because this board does not have connectors for integrated graphics so that you will need an external graphics card.