ASUS Maximus XII Hero (WiFi) Review 11

ASUS Maximus XII Hero (WiFi) Review

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Final Thoughts and Conclusion

  • The ASUS ROG Maximus XII Hero (WiFi) is available for US$399.99.
  • Solid VRM design
  • Good overclocking
  • Attractive aesthetics
  • Price
The ASUS ROG Maximus XII Hero (WiFi) is an exemplary high-end Z490 board. With WiFi 6, 5 Gb/s LAN, and an integrated I/O shield, as well as SLI support and plenty of storage support, all the feature boxes are checked. When it comes to looks, the ASUS ROG Maximus XII Hero (WiFi) is classically ASUS by featuring an excellent RGB implementation as well as a design that is neutral enough to make for easy parts matching—all while looking interesting enough to still catch the eye.

Out of the box performance was excellent for the ASUS ROG Maximus XII Hero (WiFi). Memory overclocking was top tier as well, as I reached 4000 MHz CL16 stable with my Trident Z Neo kit. For CPU overclocking, I was able to achieve 5.2 GHz on all cores. The largest limitation to overclocking with Z490 is going to come down to dealing with the heat produced by the incredibly dense Intel Core i9-10900K. VRM thermals were very good as well, barely exceeding 60 °C even during my VRM torture testing.

The ASUS ROG Maximus XII Hero (WiFi) is a well-rounded board with high-end features and good aesthetics, performance, and overclocking. While there are certainly great Z490 boards that can be had at a lower price, If you are in the market for a high-end mainstream Z490 motherboard, the ASUS ROG Maximus XII Hero (WiFi) is a great choice.
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