Monday, May 15th 2017

ASUS Intros Crosshair VI Hero Wi-Fi AC Motherboard

ASUS today introduced a variant of its flagship socket AM4 motherboard, the Republic of Gamers (ROG) Crosshair VI Hero, featuring an onboard WLAN module. The new Crosshair VI Hero Wi-Fi AC, as its name suggests, features 802.11ac WLAN. The module also features MU-MIMO, and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity. ASUS includes a dual-MIMO antenna the company bundles with several of its Wi-Fi enabled motherboards. Besides the wireless networking module, the board is identical to the original ASUS launched its socket AM4 motherboard lineup with. The included ASUS GameFirst IV software lets you distribute Internet connectivity between two interfaces, the WLAN, and the wired gigabit Ethernet connection, letting you task latency-sensitive tasks such as your game and video stream to the wired network, and low-priority background Internet tasks to the WLAN. The Crosshair VI Hero Wi-Fi AC could be priced at a $25 premium over the original's list price of $249.
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22 Comments on ASUS Intros Crosshair VI Hero Wi-Fi AC Motherboard

#1
DeathtoGnomes
If that was in my gaming PC, I'd still prefer wired. For anything else, cool beans! :D
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#2
Duality92
I still can't get over how many USB ports that board has.
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#3
Ferrum Master
Duality92 said:
I still can't get over how many USB ports that board has.
Holy bannanas, indeed.
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#4
alucasa
Duality92 said:
I still can't get over how many USB ports that board has.
Didn't notice it until you mentioned that.

Holy Thighs. I am happy with back 4 and 2 front tho.
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#5
yotano211
That was the 1st thing I saw, amount of USB ports, i think I count 12 ports in total.
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#6
Ravenas
Still falls behind the Asrock X370 Professional Gaming motherboard in terms of lan connectivity due to the lack of support for 5000 mbps controller.
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#7
m0nt3
The non wifi version still has the M.2 slot for wifi/bluetooth and punch holes where the antenna go in the backplate.
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#8
fusionblu
m0nt3 said:
The non wifi version still has the M.2 slot for wifi/bluetooth and punch holes where the antenna go in the backplate.
Noticed this too on by board and worked out it was for WiFi just by comparing with other boards (and that it can't really be used for anything else).
Does make curious as to whether Asus will sell a separate WiFi kit so those with the initial boards can have the same WiFi connectivity.
If so it would not surprise me if Asus do a USB 3.1 front plate as that port is unusable (until newer PC cases come out which has USB 3.1 ports for the front).

Duality92 said:
I still can't get over how many USB ports that board has.
One of the positives I liked and the proportion of 4 USB 2 ports (for peripherals) and 8 USB 3 ports for data is also good.
Design wise this was obviously possible as they did not have any pointless display output ports on the Rear I/O (pointless as in that none of the first release AMD Ryzen CPUs had video graphics and they are just CPUs).
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#9
Duality92
fusionblu said:
Noticed this too on by board and worked out it was for WiFi just by comparing with other boards (and that it can't really be used for anything else).
Does make curious as to whether Asus will sell a separate WiFi kit so those with the initial boards can have the same WiFi connectivity.
If so it would not surprise me if Asus do a USB 3.1 front plate as that port is unusable (until newer PC cases come out which has USB 3.1 ports for the front).


One of the positives I liked and the proportion of 4 USB 2 ports (for peripherals) and 8 USB 3 ports for data is also good.
Design wise this was obviously possible as they did not have any pointless display output ports on the Rear I/O (pointless as in that none of the first release AMD Ryzen CPUs had video graphics and they are just CPUs).
First AM4 processors were APUs though.
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#10
9700 Pro
Looks nice! And thumbs up for those open-end PCI-E x1 slots! :)
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#11
m0nt3
fusionblu said:
Noticed this too on by board and worked out it was for WiFi just by comparing with other boards (and that it can't really be used for anything else).
Does make curious as to whether Asus will sell a separate WiFi kit so those with the initial boards can have the same WiFi connectivity.
If so it would not surprise me if Asus do a USB 3.1 front plate as that port is unusable (until newer PC cases come out which has USB 3.1 ports for the front).


One of the positives I liked and the proportion of 4 USB 2 ports (for peripherals) and 8 USB 3 ports for data is also good.
Design wise this was obviously possible as they did not have any pointless display output ports on the Rear I/O (pointless as in that none of the first release AMD Ryzen CPUs had video graphics and they are just CPUs).
There are some compatible wifi adapters that will work. I have wondered if ASUS would sell a kit for the non wifi version.
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#12
Totally
Duality92 said:
First AM4 processors were APUs though.
There aren't any AM4 APUs. The APUs meant for the FM3 socket which got cancelled are being reworked for AM4.
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#13
Prima.Vera
Ravenas said:
Still falls behind the Asrock X370 Professional Gaming motherboard in terms of lan connectivity due to the lack of support for 5000 mbps controller.
Yes, because 5Gpbs Internet is so mainstream :) :) :) :) :)
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#14
R0H1T
Totally said:
There aren't any AM4 APUs. The APUs meant for the FM3 socket which got cancelled are being reworked for AM4.
You sound half right, the Ryzen APU were never meant for FM3, AM4 it is for Ryzen APU & CPU lineup for the foreseeable future.
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#15
Totally
I honestly want to maim whoever though it would be a good idea to have that many usb ports on the rear I/O and only 1 internal header.

R0H1T said:
You sound half right, the Ryzen APU were never meant for FM3, AM4 it is for Ryzen APU & CPU lineup for the foreseeable future.
The A10-9700/A12-9800 were going to be released on the FM3 socket but were moved to AM4, but those chips weren't released from what I recalled when I made that previous post. Just checked and they launched as oem parts. So he was right.
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#16
R0H1T
Totally said:
The A10-9700/A12-9800 was going to be released on the FM3 socket but was being moved to AM4, but those chips weren't released from what I recalled when I made that previous post. Just checked and they launched as oem parts. So he was right.
I can see good reason for not going with the APU first, it'll have much larger volume than the more expensive 6/8 core Ryzen, while the latter would have better margins. They could also iron out mem issues with the Ryzen CPU's launched first, it'll help them immensely with the APU.
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#17
springs113
Duality92 said:
I still can't get over how many USB ports that board has.
meanwhile the x299 msi leak shows that the board only have 6...smdh @MSI.
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#18
Brusfantomet
Prima.Vera said:
Yes, because 5Gpbs Internet is so mainstream :) :) :) :) :)
no, but 1 Gb/s LAN is limiting transfer speeds to NAS, and 1 Gb/s fibre is not that expensive anymore (local suppler takes 175 USD/ moth)
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#20
Ravenas
Prima.Vera said:
Yes, because 5Gpbs Internet is so mainstream :) :) :) :) :)
Where I'm located it's available, its affordable, and I use it. The controller isn't available on the Asus board, so regardless of it being mainstream or not, I am a customer who wants it. The ASUS board is behind in my opinion. They were obviously threatened by Astock and other OEMs by not releasing their board with Wifi included, won't be long where they realize the significance of 5000 Mbps. They are losing a customer over it (I'm currently using an AM3+ ROG board).

Brusfantomet said:
no, but 1 Gb/s LAN is limiting transfer speeds to NAS, and 1 Gb/s fibre is not that expensive anymore (local suppler takes 175 USD/ moth)
Where I live, 1000 Mbps fiber is $69.99/month.
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#21
Totally
springs113 said:
meanwhile the x299 msi leak shows that the board only have 6...smdh @MSI.
The C6H only has that many because they removed the 2nd internal USB Header.
Duality92 said:
The A12-9800 begs to differ.

http://products.amd.com/en-us/search/APU/AMD-PRO-A-Series-Processors/AMD-PRO-A-Series-A12-APU-for-Desktops/7th-Gen-AMD-PRO-A12-9800-APU/216

edit : release October 2016, the first AM4 processors.
you are late. I already corrected myself and also it is an oem-only part. And even though they launched then they weren't available until q1 2017
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#22
springs113
Totally said:
The C6H only has that many because they removed the 2nd internal USB Header.


you are late. I already corrected myself and also it is an oem-only part. And even though they launched then they weren't available until q1 2017
I'm not mad at Asus though. MSI on the other hand...you know that godlike board will be around $500-600 if not more, 6 usb is absurd.
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