ROG high-value gaming ATX-board with brilliant performance and exclusive game-boosting features Intel® LGA1150 4th, New 4th & 5th-Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors ReadyIntel® Z97 Express Chipset with M.2 support (up to 10Gb/s data-transfer)Intel™ Ethernet + LANGuard + GameFirst III –This is game networking taken to the next level. This is ROGSupremeFX 2014 + Radar II – New and improved audio that’s beyond compareKeyBot + TrueVolt USB - Instant keyboard upgrade and rock-steady 5V USB supplyUSB UEFI BIOS and Secure Erase - Award-winning simplicity and factory-fresh conditioning for superb performanceWorld’s first dual-color PCB with a matte black and red finish Shop Modal header Superior Spec Striking design No-lag LAN Awesome audio Incredible interface Gorgeous UEFI BIOS Premium protection Best tools MAXIMUS VII HERO Superior Spec Striking design No-lag LAN Awesome audio Incredible interface Gorgeous UEFI BIOS Premium protection Best tools Devour Maximus VII Hero's extraordinary specs Admire Maximus VII Hero's striking design Best gaming networking Enjoy game networking on the next level Best gaming audio Experience onboard audio that's beyond compare Best gaming interface Grab a free keyboard upgrade and rock-steady USB power Best gaming UEFI BIOS Revel in the gorgeous graphical interface with Secure Erase Best gaming protection Luxuriate in the smart design, premium components and durable materials ROG gives you more Fire up a ready-made gamers' toolkit FINESSED LAYOUT & CIRCUITRY STRIKING ROG-INFUSED FORM COATED WITH BLACK NICKEL DUAL COLOR PCB:MATTE-BLACK & RED Intel® Ethernet. LANGuard. GameFirst III This is game networking taken to the next level. This is ROG. Intel® Ethernet More throughput, less CPU usage and great gaming experiences! Maximus VII Hero features the very latest Intel® Ethernet 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. This significantly reduces the processor's workload, so there's more power for your game and your gameplay! ASUS engineers used IxChariot, an independent network-assessment test tool, to determine just how much quicker Intel Gigabit Ethernet deals with the smaller (sub-256 bytes) UDP data packets that are vital for responsive gaming. The results are in — and with Maximus VII Hero your game-data packets flow up to two times (2X) faster than competing gaming-LAN technologies! LANGuard – RJ45 Reinvented! Pumped-up throughput. Best surge protection. ROG has reinvented the LAN port. Advanced signal-coupling technology and premium surface-mounted capacitors improve throughput, while surge-protected and electrostatically-guarded components (ESD Guards) protect your motherboard from lightning strikes and static electricity! GameFirst III Network-optimization software for no-delay gameplay! Exclusive GameFirst III has been upgraded with even more gamer-helping features and an interface that's even more intuitive! GameFirst III helps you to assign top priority to game packets and allocate more bandwidth to the game, ensuring the best online gaming experience. > Choose from a preset mode to suit what you're doing – Optimization, Game, Media Streaming or File Sharing. You can manage bandwidth down to the level of individual applications, with five priority levels (highest, higher, normal, lower, lowest) and even the ability to block specific traffic. GameFirst III even has a built-in Network Monitor tool, so you can supervise your network traffic and test your connection speed to check that you're getting the bandwidth you pay for! SupremeFX 2014 and Sonic Radar II New and improved audio that's beyond compare SupremeFX 2014 Precision-engineered audio that's as great as a dedicated sound card ROG knows the importance of flawless audio – pristine effects and full-range soundtracks make the game. That's why we invest substantial engineering resources to perfect onboard audio. The result is SupremeFX. Cutting-edge isolation technologies minimize electromagnetic interference (EMI) and exceptionally premium components deliver best-in-class audio that's as great as a dedicated soundcard. But we never rest on our laurels, which is why SupremeFX 2014 has been refined even further for Maximus VII motherboards. That means even finer components and superbly clever software innovations for gaming and multimedia experiences beyond compare! A8-channel gold-plated output Minimize EMI (electromagnetic interference) DSonic SenseAmp – Amp up your headset! Sonic SenseAmp is a ROG invention that detects headphone impedance (below 65 / 65 ~ 150 / 150 or higher ohms) and adjusts the built-in amp automatically, for pitch-perfect listening right away! EELNA® capacitors – Exceptionally warm and natural sound Premium Japanese-made ELNA® audio capacitors FSonic SoundStage – Hardware-level audio-profiles switch Apply the best settings for your favorite game genres in real time on any OS, via the onboard Sonic SoundStage button. The debug LED displays the mode — FPS (01), racing (02), fighting (03) or sports (04).* * Sonic SenseAmp and Sonic SoundStage supports only analog-audio front-panel (AAFP) connections Sonic Studio - Brilliant one-click virtual sound! Sonic Studio is a brand-new audio-tuning suite that provides an aural treat. Use the one-click Virtual Surround function to 7.1 channels, even through a stereo (2.0-channel) headset. It offers five more superb audio controls, including Reverb, Bass Boost, Equalizer, Voice Clarity and Smart EQ — ensuring that everything you hear sounds just amazing! Experience virtual 7.1-channel surround sound from your 2.0-channel headset! Dynamically adjusts to provide deep warmbass and crystal-clear voice Boosts the bass effectsChoice of five environmental spaces for reverb effects Adjust detail settings to your own preferences Sonic Sudio is off Extracts human voice for clearer dialog/audio communication and vocals Sonic Sudio is off Perfect Voice – Simple and effective noise reduction Normalizes the microphone volumes for stable recording consistency Minimizes ambient noise during sentences (i.e. pauses and periods of silence) Spectral-subtraction algorithm analyzes and calculates ambient noise Sonic Radar II Scan and detect to dominate! Designed for first-person shooters (FPS), Sonic Radar II displays a stealthy overlay that shows what opponents and teammates are up to. See the precise direction and origin of in-game sounds such as gunshots, footsteps and call-outs, and practice your enemy-pinpointing skills — and exclusive Audio Enhancement further improves in-game sound for superb hearing awareness. The all-new Sonic Radar II includes a redesigned control panel with customizable game list! KeyBot and TrueVolt USB. Instant keyboard upgrade and rock-steady 5V USB supply. KeyBot Your keyboard, instantly upgraded! Fancy a free keyboard upgrade? That's what KeyBot gives you — instantly. Just plug your existing keyboard into the dedicated USB socket to activate the exclusive KeyBot microprocessor on the Maximus VII Hero. Use the easy-to-use utility to assign macros to function keys F1-F10, launch any application with a single press or control multimedia playback. Macro keys Program your own keyboard combinations. Function keys Assign to everyday functions, like mail, browsing or multimedia functions. Shortcut Assign any application or folder to launch. You can even use KeyBot to wake your PC to boot into a specific mode CPU Level Up Instantly boost your system XMP Enable Extreme Memory Profiles (XMP) Direct to UEFI BIOS Just one tap to launch the UEFI BIOS TRUEVOLT USB Stable supply of 5V - front and back!! Forget the USB power drop-outs! ROG's TrueVolt USB design delivers a rock-steady 5V supply to both the front and back USB sockets – no drop-outs! Two 5V isolated linear power supply for all USB ports -Low noise, low loss. -Stable 5V* supply to provide clean 5V USB power to minimize potential fluctuations -All connected equipment (e.g. USB DAC or thumb drivers) benefits from the clean, stable 5V supply at the same time. *5V output varies from PSUs to PSUs UEFI BIOS and Secure Erase. Award-winning simplicity and factory-fresh conditioning for superb performance. Award-winning UEFI BIOS Acclaimed by world media as the most-intuitive UEFI BIOS! The smoothest mouse-controlled graphical UEFI BIOS has been upgraded to deliver faster setup and easier functions, with an even more appealing design for better overclocking and DIY experiences. Whether you're a PC novice or a seasoned overclocker, the EZ and Advanced Modes help you find your way, quickly and easily. EZ mode Fan Profile: Detailed CPU and case fan information for instant cooling! SATA Information: Displays SATA port details for you to easily recognize devices! Fast Clock Adjustment: Use mouse controls to change the time and date! EZ XMP: Improve your DRAM performance with a click! Advanced mode Shortcut: Right-click to create shortcuts to frequently-used settings or press F4 to manage your list! Quick Notes: Make notes and capture BIOS-related ideas, quickly and conveniently! Last Modified Log: Track recent changes and save preferred profiles onto a USB drive! SATA Port Renaming: Rename SATA ports for easy identification! While you protect your back in the game, Maximus VII Hero protects all sides in the real world. Gamer's Guardian All-round protection provides the best quality, reliability and durability Black Nickel-coated Q-shield 0 pain! Protect your hands from nicks and cuts! Q-Slot 1 clip to swap or secure your graphics card! Q-DIMM 1-sided clips mean handling memory modules is a cinch – super simple and super secure! DRAM Over-current Protection 1 additional resettable fuse protects connection ports and DRAM against overcurrent and short-circuit damage! Backplates 2+ backplates fitted with thermal pads to provide additional cooling, protection and reinforcement! ESD Guards 2X greater electrostatic protection than standard. ESD Guards cover the PS2, USB, audio and LAN ports! Stainless Steel Back I/O 3X longer life-span than ordinary panels! 10K Black Metallic Capacitors 20% greater temperature endurance 5X longer lifespan than Heroric capacitors! A ready-made gamer's toolkit. ROG RAMDisk and a raft of fab utilities to make every gaming quest a success. RAMDisk Dynamically unleash your RAM – 20X faster than SSD! With RAMDisk you can turn system memory into superfast temporary storage. Put large files, such as game maps, into RAMDisk and watch loading times fly — you'll never again wait to play. The improved 2014 edition of RAMDisk dynamically allocates memory, so unused RAM is released back to the system when it's needed. You'll even enjoy the bonus of protecting your SSD drives, as RAMDisk reduces excessive reads and writes that can reduce lifespan! Last but not least, the junction function serves as quick links between files and RAM storage. All files are automatically saved and restored to their specific locations on hard drives when you turn your PC off, then go back to RAM when you power on again. AI Suite 3 One-stop control panel with latest 5-way Optimization function ROG CPU-Z ROG-themed CPU-Z shows important system information Mem TweakIt Dynamic timing monitoring, DRAM efficiency gauge USB UEFI BIOS Flashback Refresh your BIOS in a flash, even when the system is off Kaspersky® Anti-Virus (1 year) The best protection from viruses and spyware DAEMON Tools Pro Standard (1 year) The leading tool for optical and virtual discs ASUS WebStorage Free cloud storage ASUS HomeCloud Access your PC, stream multimedia and manage could stage – anytime and anywhere!