ASUS Crosshair VI Hero: A hero returns

Launch SRP: RM1395


Holding out for the Hero

As AMD’s new Ryzen CPUs slowly begin to make their way into the market (and in doing so, re-igniting the long anticipated CPU war against its competitor), motherboard manufacturers were able to breathe a sigh of relief. Intel’s direct (and only) competitor in the high-end desktop CPU market was back, and as the old adage goes: without competition, there can be no innovation.

In ASUS’ case, the company finally had a reason to revive an old motherboard line from the ashes. One of those aforementioned motherboards is the Crosshair VI Hero, an X370-based motherboard that’s designed to house AMD’s new Ryzen CPUs and its new AM4 chipset.

In this review, we’ll take a look at what updates ASUS has given this new generation Crosshair VI motherboard, as well as how it stacks up against the competition.

The Good
Performance for the motherboard is on par, if not better than the competition
Support for older FM2+/AM3 generation coolers
Plenty of ports at its rear I/O
The Bad
BIOS needs to be updated
Little headroom between first PCIe slot and custom-made CPU coolers