ASUS ROG Maximus XII Hero Wi-Fi

Moving onto the ASUS ROG Maximus XII Hero Wi-Fi, we know this model will be available at launch, with a wide variety of features which targets enthusiasts and gamers. With a solid looking 14+2 power delivery, large heat-pipe connected power delivery heatsinks, and a Thunderbolt 3 header onboard, it offers plenty of variety. Also present is an Intel 5 G Ethernet controller, an Intel Wi-Fi 6 wireless interface, three PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slots, and six SATA ports. 

For the design, ASUS has included PCIe slot armor, with a large rear panel cover and chipset heatsink, both with integrated RGB LEDs. It has three full-length PCIe 3.0 slots which operate at x16, x8/x8, and x8/x8/+4, with three PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. For the storage is three PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slots, each covered with its own M.2 heatsinks, with six SATA ports with support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. A total of four memory slots are present which has support for DDR4-4700 memory, with a maximum capacity of up to 128 GB. It is using a 14-phase power delivery for the CPU with 60 A power stages operating in teamed mode, by an ASP1405I PWM controller running in a 7+2 configuration. 

On the rear panel is one USB 3.2 G2 20 Gbps Type-C, three USB 3.2 G2 10 Gbps Type-A, four USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and two USB 2.0 ports. It includes a single HDMI 1.4b video output allowing users to use Intel integrated graphics, with a clear CMOS button and BIOS Flashback button. It is using two Ethernet ports, one controlled by an Aquantia AQC111C 5 G controller, with the other powered by an Intel I219-V Gigabit controller. Offering support for both Wi-Fi 6 wireless connectivity and BT 5.1 is an Intel AX201 wireless interface. Finishing off the rear panel is five 3.5 mm audio jacks and S/PDIF optical output which is powered by a SupremeFX S1220 HD audio codec.

The ASUS ROG Maximus XII Hero Wi-Fi has an MSRP of $399 which puts it in the upper area of mid-range, although it does have a premium controller set onboard. It represents the entry-level ROG Maximus XII model in a current stack of high-end models and is the only one of the currently announced Maximus XII models to be available at launch. With a Thunderbolt 3 header, three PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slots, and support for both two-way NVIDIA SLI and up to three-way AMD CrossFire multi-graphics card setups, the Hero Wi-Fi could be the hero you've been looking for to use as a solid foundation for a powerful gaming-focused setup. 

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  • DanNeely - Thursday, April 30, 2020 - link

    I really hate when new articles are inserted below the lead spot because it's hit or miss if I ever notice them. I missed this one during several visits to the site and only found it when Google suggested it in response to a search I made. Reply
  • Jedibeeftrix - Friday, May 1, 2020 - link

    agreed, i found this by accident, and check AT twice or more a day. Reply
  • sunshinerevans55 - Sunday, May 3, 2020 - link

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  • YB1064 - Monday, May 4, 2020 - link

    This must have taken some writing. Kudos to the author(s). A good one stop article for anybody planning on going the Intel route. Intel seem to be adept at packaging old milk (not wine) in a new bottle. At least increase the number of PCIe lanes... Reply
  • boozed - Monday, May 4, 2020 - link

    I recommend using the RSS feed, then you get everything and you get it chronologically. Reply
  • Exodite - Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - link

    +1 on RSS!

    The "magazine layout" that plagues many sites and makes it impossible to distinguish between old articles, new articles and commercials can thankfully still be avoided through RSS.
    Reply
  • Wardrop - Friday, May 1, 2020 - link

    Funny that ASRock are the only manufacturers to have a mATX X570 motherboard for AMD's platform, yet for Intel they're the only one's NOT to have a mATX motherboard. Reply
  • Beaver M. - Saturday, May 2, 2020 - link

    You mean they are relevant again, because they have fixed their stereotypical USB issues? Reply
  • Marlin1975 - Friday, May 1, 2020 - link

    So in other words a re-spin of previous chipset with little to no real useful extra features but will require a new board. Classic intel. This is one of many reasons my last system was Intel and my new system is AMD now.

    Unless you are a intel fanboy why keep supporting this?
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  • regsEx - Friday, May 1, 2020 - link

    New networking controllers, support for PCIe 4 CPUs (RKL-S that will be released in future).
    Some boards also have USB Gen 2x2 support with external ASMedia controller. I know no any X570 board with USB Gen 2x2 support. Only Gen 2x1.
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