Asus Maximus VIII Hero Alpha Z170 Skylake ATX Motherboard
World's first Z170 gaming motherboard with integrated RGB headers
• LGA1151 socket for 6th-generation Intel Core desktop processors
• Dual DDR4 3800 (OC) support
• Best gaming connectivity - Aura RGB-strip headers, 2x2 802.11ac MU-MIMO Wi-Fi, U.2 and M.2, plus Intel-powered USB 3.1 controller
• Best gaming performance – 5-Way Optimization with Auto-Tuning, second-generation T-Topology and OC design
• Best gaming audio – Reinvented SupremeFX 2015 with intuitive Sonic Studio II
• Best gaming networking – Best-in-class Intel Gigabit Ethernet, LANGuard and GameFirst technologies
• Best gaming protection – Carefully-selected premium components to ensure maximum durability
• ROG gives you more – More gaming-oriented utilities, all free!
LIGHT UP AS EASY AS RGB AURA 4-PIN RGB-STRIP HEADERS & LIGHTING CONTROL
Forget the faff of external RGB controllers! With ROG's Aura RGB Strip header, it's quick and easy to cast brilliant colors across your rig and room: Just slide standard 12V RGB strips onto the 4-pin Aura RGB-strip headers, then weave your lighting any way you like. Customize static, strobing and pulsating effects, or have the colors change in time with music or indicate CPU temperature.
CHAMPION-LEVEL AUDIO FROM SUPREMEFX 2015
Maximus VIII Hero Alpha's onboard audio isn't just good — it's as good as you can get! You benefit from the best gaming-audio inputs and outputs, with special shielded designs, and a collection of carefully selected professional-grade audio components, including an ESS ES9023P digital-to-analog converter (DAC) with Hyperstream technology, ultra-low-jitter clock, Nichicon capacitors, 2VRMS headphone amp, and Sonic SenseAmp that automatically detects and optimizes any headset (32-600ohms) for purest sound quality. SupremeFX 2015 also features intuitive Sonic Studio II, so you'll apply and enjoy different audio effects for perfect entertainment — plus Perfect Voice noise-cancellation technology for team conversations with total clarity!
ONE CLICK OVERCLOCK AND COOLING, DONE! GET PERFORMANCE, EFFICIENCY, DIGITAL POWER, FAN CONTROL AND EVEN NETWORKING AND AUDIO TUNING TAILORED FOR YOU — AND THE WAY YOU PLAY!
You don't need to be an expert to max out gaming performance on your Maximus VIII Hero Alpha build's gaming performance — because 5-Way Optimization sorts all the complex settings with a click, for instant, highly-controllable performance boosts! Our exclusive technology dynamically optimizes essential aspects of your system based on real-time use, so you get superb CPU performance, everyday energy savings, ultra-stable digital power, cool and quiet fans and even networking and audio settings that are tailored for the apps that you are using. In short, 5-Way Optimization ensures that your PC is perfect for gaming, entertainment, productivity or just about anything else!
• Games run swiftly and smoothly with high performance, prioritized bandwidth and vivid sound.
• Fans stay whisper-quiet for everyday computing, and ensure extreme cooling efficiency when gaming.
• Stutter is eliminated for smooth-running apps,
• even under heavy loading.
OC DESIGN ASUS PRO CLOCK TECHNOLOGY
Thought you'd taken overclocking as far as it could go? Meet ASUS Pro Clock, a dedicated base-clock (BCLK) generator designed for 6th-generation Intel processors that ramps BCLK frequencies up to 400MHz or even beyond*. This custom solution works in tandem with the ASUS TurboV Processing Unit (TPU) to enhance voltage and base-clock overclocking control — providing an exciting new way to boost performance to extremes!
• Advantages of ASUS Pro Clock
• Reduced boot times
• Lower jitter under extreme conditions for higher overclocks
• Increased stability under heavy overclocking
DDR4 OVERCLOCKING STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
Second-generation ASUS T-Topology pushes DDR4 memory overclocking to over 3800MHz with all memory slots populated — and that means the best-ever gaming performance from your Maximus VIII Hero Alpha rig! Featuring a customized trace layout for reduced crosstalk and coupling noise, second-generation T-Topology ensures time-aligned signal transfer for improved memory stability and compatibility.
MEDIA-ACCLAIMED UEFI BIOS
The smoothest, slickest mouse-controlled graphical BIOS has been improved to make it even more gorgeous. Whether you're a PC novice or a seasoned overclocker, the EZ and Advanced Modes help you find your way, quickly and easily.
THE FINEST POWER, DIGITALLY CONTROLLED
ROG's revered digital-power controller now delivers even-finer power, with dual PWM controllers, Infineon OptiMOS™ MOSFETs, MicroFine alloy chokes, and 10K black-metallic capacitors — ensuring Extreme Engine Digi+ always delivers the precise and smoothest core voltages!
SPEED YOUR GAME LOADS
ROG's uniquely-intelligent technology effectively caches an entire storage device so that favorite games and apps launch at breakneck speeds, getting to work the moment it's activated. RAMCache turns milliseconds into microseconds to boost game-load times to stratospheric levels, and minimizes risk of data loss!
MORE THROUGHPUT, LESS PROCESSING, FASTER ONLINE PLAY
ROG features the very latest Intel Ethernet (I219-V) for faster, smoother gaming — always. Intel's LAN has the serious double advantage of reducing CPU overhead and offering exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput, so there's more power for your game and your gameplay.
PUMPED-UP THROUGHPUT BEST SURGE PROTECTION
LANGuard means safer, more reliable connections for your battles! Advanced signal-coupling technology and premium surface-mounting processes join forces to protect your Maximus VIII Hero Alpha motherboard's connection and deliver pumped-up throughput, plus electrostatically-guarded and surge-protected components (ESD Guards) for 1.9X-greater tolerance to static electricity and 2.5X-greater protection (up to 15KV) against surges!
2X2 802.11AC WI-FI WITH MU-MIMO
Maximus VIII Hero Alpha has next-level 802.11ac Wi-Fi with 2x2 dual-band 2.4/5GHz antennas for up to 867Mbit/s* transfer speeds — and the very latest Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology to ensure that every connected user** experiences the best wireless and online speeds!
• Intel Socket 1151 for 6th Generation Core i7/Core i5/Core i3/Pentium/Celeron Processors
• Supports Intel 14 nm CPU
• Supports Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
• The Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 support depends on the CPU types.
• Refer to www.asus.com for CPU support list
• Intel Z170
• 4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR4 3866(O.C.)/3800(O.C.)/3733(O.C.)/3600(O.C.)/3500(O.C.)/3466(O.C.)/3400(O.C.)/3333(O.C.)/3300(O.C.)/3200(O.C.)/3000(O.C.)/2800(O.C.)/2666(O.C.)/2400(O.C.)/2133 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
• Dual Channel Memory Architecture
• Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
• Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs.
• Refer to www.asus.com for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).
• Integrated Graphics Processor- Intel HD Graphics support
• Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DisplayPort 1.2 ports
• Supports HDMI with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz
• Supports DisplayPort with max. resolution 4096 x 2304 @ 60 Hz
• Maximum shared memory of 512 MB
• Supports Intel InTru 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider
• Multi-GPU Support
• Supports NVIDIA Quad-GPU SLI Technology
• Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX Technology
• 2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8, +gray)
• 1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x4 mode, +black)
• 3 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x1
• Intel Z170 chipset :
• 2 x U.2 port,
• 1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M Key design, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (Supports both SATA & PCIE SSD)
• 4 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s)
• Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
• Intel Rapid Storage Technology supports
• Supports Intel Smart Response Technology
• ASMedia ASM1061 controller :
• 2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), black,
• Intel I219V, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s), GameFirst technology
• Intel LAN- Dual interconnect between the Integrated LAN controller and Physical Layer (PHY)
• Anti-surge LANGuard
• Wireless Data Network
• Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
• Supports dual band frequency 2.4/5 GHz
• Supports MU-MIMO
• Bluetooth V4.1
• ROG SupremeFX 2015 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
• Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
• SupremeFX Shielding Technology
• ESS ES9023P
• TI RC4580 2VRMS audio OP AMP(s)
• Intel Z170 chipset :
• 6 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue, 4 at mid-board)
• Intel Z170 chipset :
• 6 x USB 2.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, , 4 at mid-board)
• Intel USB 3.1 controller :
• 1 x USB 3.1 port(s) (1 at back panel, black, Type-C)
• Intel USB 3.1 controller :
• 1 x USB 3.1 port(s) (1 at back panel, red, Type-A)
Back I/O Ports:
• 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)
• 1 x DisplayPort
• 1 x HDMI
• 1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
• 1 x USB 3.1 (black)Type-C
• 1 x USB 3.1 (red)Type-A
• 2 x USB 3.0 (blue)
• 2 x USB 2.0
• 1 x Optical S/PDIF out
• 5 x Audio jack(s)
• 1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
• 2 x Wi-Fi antenna port(s)
• 1 x USB BIOS Flashback Button(s)
Internal I/O Ports:
• 2 x U.2 port
• 2 x Aura RGB Strip Headers
• 2 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 3.0 port(s)
• 2 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 2.0 port(s)
• 1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key design, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (Supports both SATA & PCIE SSD)
• 4 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
• 1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
• 1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
• 4 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
• 1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
• 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
• 1 x System panel(s) (Q-Connector)
• 1 x 5-pin EXT_FAN(Extension Fan) connector
• 1 x MemOK! button(s)
• 1 x Thermal sensor connector(s)
• 1 x Power-on button(s)
• 1 x Reset button(s)
• 1 x Water Pump header (4-pin)
• 1 x LN2 Mode jumper(s)
• 1 x ROG extension (ROG_EXT) header(s)
• 1 x Safe Boot button
• 1 x ReTry button
• 1 x Slow Mode jumper(s)
• Windows 10 , 64bit
• Windows 8.1 , 64bit
• Windows 7 , 32bit/64bit
• User's manual
• ASUS Q-Shield
• 6 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
• 1 x M.2 Screw Package
• 1 x CPU installation tool
• 1 x Supporting DVD
• 1 x ASUS 2T2R dual band Wi-Fi moving antennas (Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n compliant)
• 1 x SLI bridge(s)
• 1 x Q-connector(s) (1 in 1)
• 1 x 12 in 1 ROG Cable Label(s)
• ROG Fan Label
• 1 x ROG Door Hanger(s)
• 1 x Extension Cable for RGB strips (40 cm)
• 1 x Extension Cable for RGB strips (80 cm)
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