ASUS Maximus IX Hero Motherboard Review

Author: MAC
Date: January 3, 2017
Product Name: Maximus IX Hero
Part Number: Maximus IX Hero
Warranty: 3 Years
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Packaging & Accessories

Now that we have gone over the Maximus IX Hero's features and specifications in the intro, it is time to examine the packaging and then crack open the box to take a look at the bundled accessories. Let's check it out:

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For this new generation, ASUS have unveiled a brand new box for their Republic of Gamers models. It is as red and black as ever, but now features a really sharp and modern look. We like it! By the way, the box is made of very high quality cardboard, it is unusually thick.

Aside from some logos, the only thing on the front is the large ROG emblem that will obviously be familiar to everyone. On the back of the box, you will find quite a bit of information regarding all of the interesting features that have been packed onto this model, and total specifications list. The only thing missing is a handy rear I/O panel diagram, which has become the norm on most motherboard boxes.

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We mentioned the high quality box above, but it has to restated since ASUS have really created a premium experience with this packaging. The top of the box is actually a non-removable lid that is hinged so it not only opens smoothly and stays upright without support. Once you open that lid, there is also a nice welcome message inside.

When you do open the packaging, you are greeted with an inner box that contains two separate sections. The top half holds the motherboard, protected by a plastic shield, and the bottom half contains the numerous bundled accessories, software and documentation. Between those two levels is a sheet with a ton of ROG stickers on it. It's a new and pretty cool addition. Under that sheet of stickers was a drink coaster on top of the user guide. That user guide (which had the DVD inside) was sandwiched between the two side compartments that had all of the accessories. Overall, it was just a really sleek new experience.

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As you would expect from such a Republic of Gamers model, the Maximus IX Hero Extreme comes with a sizeable accessories bundle. There is the usual User Guide and installation DVD, the aforementioned drink coaster, as well as some stickers that you can wrap around SATA cables to label individual connections. They have also thrown in an all-black rear I/O shield, four SATA 6Gb/s ports, a Q-connector to help connect the case wires to the front panel header, some screws and standoffs for the M.2 slots, and one high bandwidth SLI HB Bridge. That SLI bridge is a roughly $30 USD value, so it is a very nice addition to this bundle for those who plan on running two GeForce GTX 1070's or GTX 1080's.

This motherboard has also been outfitted with the AURA RGB lighting feature, but to extend that functionality there are two onboard headers on which you can plug LED light strips, using the included from RGB LED extension cable. ASUS have also included their CPU Installation Tool, which helps with the installation or removal of the processor from the CPU socket. Please check out our great showcase of this feature at the bottom of this page.

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