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2019 so far has been dominated by Team Red. The Ryzen and Navi launch hype started all the way back in January at CES and only got more intense as the year went on. The hype culminated at the outset of July with a single massive launch, which actually lived up to most expectations. I can't speak for the community, but for myself and the rest of the reviewers around the web, the onslaught of AMD coverage has been exhausting, even if very exciting. It is a great relief to have proper competition in the CPU space once again, and there is still more to come from AMD before this year is out. In light of that, I would like to take a break from AMD and dive back into what Intel has to combat the X570 juggernaut: the Z390 platform.

There is no doubt that the new Ryzen processors and the X570 platform that launched beside them are a huge upset to the industry, a phenomenon that can only be good for us as consumers. In the budget and midrange categories, AMD has offered some excellent new options, and building a workstation/gaming hybrid has never been easier or more affordable. There is one segment, however, where Intel still has a definite advantage: high-end gaming. Specifically, in no compromise gaming exclusive builds, which I know sounds overly specific, but is a real market segment.

If you want the absolute best CPU for gaming and have deep pockets, the Core i9-9900K is the best option for you, making Z390 the platform of choice. The distinction is smaller than it has ever been, So lets dive into the ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO (WiFi) from ASUS to see just what that lead looks like. The ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO (WiFi) is positioned as a high-end mainstream option that has the accoutrement one would expect from the ROG brand ASUS has built up. With M.2 heatsinks on both slots, a premium lighting solution, integrated rear I/O shield, and great ASUS BIOS, the ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO (WiFi) has the ingredients of a premium board. Does it have the performance as well?


CPU Support:Intel Core 9000 series and 8th Gen Intel Core
Power Design: CPU Power: 8 phase
Memory Power: 2 phase
Chipset:Intel Z390
Integrated Graphics:Dependent on installed CPU
Memory:4x DIMM, Support Dual Channel DDR4-4400+(OC) MHz
Expansion Slots: 3x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (x16/x0/x0 or x8/x8/x0 or x8/x4/x4)
3x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots
Storage: 6x SATA 6 Gb/s port
2x M.2 port (SATA3/PCIe 3.0 x4)
Networking:1x Intel I219V
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
Rear Ports: 1x Clear CMOS button
1x BIOS Flashback button
1x HDMI port
1x Optical SPDIF out port
1x LAN (RJ45) ports
3x USB 3.1 (Gen2) Type-A port
2x USB 3.1 (Gen1) ports
2x USB 2.0 ports
2x Antenna ports
1x DisplayPort 1.2
5x 3.5 mm Audio jacks
1x PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard combo port
Audio:1x ROG SupremeFX S1220 8-Channel High Definition Audio Codec
Fan Headers:6x 4-pin
Form Factor:ATX Form Factor: 12.0 in x 9.6 in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm
Exclusive Features:
  • 5-Way Optimization tuning: TPU Insight, EPU Guidance, DIGI+ VRM, Fan Expert 4, and Turbo App
  • Aura Lighting Control
  • Aura RGB Strip Headers
  • Aura Addressable Strip Header(s)
  • USB BIOS Flashback®
  • MemOK! II
  • AI Suite 3
  • Ai Charger
  • ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
  • Armoury Crate
  • Pre-mounted I/O Shield
  • ASUS NODE: hardware control interface
  • OptiMem II
  • ASUS EZ Flash 3
  • ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
  • BIOS Flashback® Button
  • Clear CMOS Button
  • Reset Button
  • ASUS Q-Code
  • ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
  • ASUS Q-Slot
  • ASUS Q-Connector
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