ROG MAXIMUS XII HERO (WI-FI)

    Maximus XII Hero

    ROG Maximus XII Hero is the perfect foundation to the Republic of Gamers. It's a motherboard that packs substantial power, smart cooling and faster memory support under a stealthy skin. Loaded with renowned ROG features, from AI overclocking and AI cooling to attention-grabbing Aura Sync illumination, Maximus XII Hero is ready to perform and crafted for customization.

    Intelligent Motherboard

    Our ROG engineers developed and extensively-tested intelligent software solutions to ensure your system stays in optimal condition.

    • AI Overclocking

      Tuning is now faster and smarter than ever before. AI Overclocking profiles the CPU and cooling to predict the optimal configuration for each system.

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    • AI Cooling

      AI Cooling automatically manages and controls motherboard connected fans, ensuring the most efficient settings depending on the current system load and temperature.

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    • AI Networking

      GameFirst VI optimizes and organizes network bandwidth, effectively reducing jitter and eliminating spike lag to ensure smooth online gameplay.

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    SPEC OVERVIEW

    • Performance
    • Cooling
    • Gaming Immersion
    • Connectivity
    • DIY friendly

    Extreme Power & Performance

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    1. PROCOOL II POWER CONNECTOR
    2. 14+2 POWER STAGE​
    3. MULTI-GPU SLI®/ CFX SUPPORT​

      ・ 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 Safeslots (x16, x8/x8)​
      ・ 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot (x4)

    4. INTEL® SOCKET LGA 1200

      10th Gen Intel® Core, Pentium® Gold and Celeron® processors​

    5. DDR4, 4 X DIMM

      ・ OPTIMEM III
      ・ Dual channel

    6. 3 X M.2 SOCKET

      ・ 1 x M.2 22110 supports PCIe 3.0 x4 & SATA mode
      ・ 1 x M.2 2280 supports PCIe 3.0 x4
      ・ 1 x M.2 22110 supports PCIe 3.0 x4 & SATA mode

    Comprehensive Cooling

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    1. VRM HEATSINK DESIGN
    2. TRIPLE M.2 HEATSINKS
    3. MULTIPLE 4-PIN PWM FAN HEADERS
    4. ROG WATER-COOLING ZONE

      ・ W_FLOW tachometer
      ・ W_IN/OUT T-sensor

    Total Gaming Immersion

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    1. I/O & ARMOR ZONE AURA LIGHTING
    2. SupremeFX S1220 CODEC​

      ESS® ES9023P High Definition DAC​
      120dB SNR stereo playback output​
      113dB SNR recording input​
      Gold-plated Audio Jacks

      Sonic Studio III

      Sonic Studio Virtual Mixer​

      Sonic Radar III​
      DTS® Sound Unbound​
    3. 2 x 4-pin AURA RGB headers​
    4. 2 x 3-pin Addressable Gen 2 RGB headers​
    5. PCH ZONE AURA LIGHTING

    Full Connectivity

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    1. BIOS FlashBackTM button
    2. CLEAR CMOS butoon
    3. 1 x HDMI 1.4b
    4. 2 x USB 2.0
    5. 4 X USB3.1 Gen1
    6. Intel® I219-V 1Gb Ethernet
    7. Marvell® AQtion AQC111C 5Gb Ethernet
    8. 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 2

      ・ 1 x USB Type-C®

    9. Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201
    10. OPTICAL S/PDIF OUT
    11. 1 x USB 3.2 Gen2

      Front Panel Connector

    12. 6 x SATA 6Gb/s
    13. Thunderbolt header

    DIY Friendly

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    1. ROG PATENTED PRE-MOUNTED I/O SHIELD
    2. ESD GUARDS

      Greater electrostatic protection than the industry standard. ESD Guards cover the USB, audio and LAN ports.

    3. TRUEVOLT USB

      USB power supplies rock-steady 5V to all USB ports, minimizing power fluctuations for minimal data loss.

    4. 2 x SAFESLOT

      Provides stronger PCIe device retention and greater shearing resistance.

    5. Q-Code

      The Q-Code LED design provides you with a 2-digit error code that displays the system status.

    6. 4 x Q-DIMM

      One sided clips for super-simple, super-secure handling of memory modules.

    7. FlexKey

      At its default, the FlexKey functions as a system reset button, but it can also be easily set to quickly turn Aura lighting on or off, activate Safe Boot or enter the BIOS.

    8. Q-CONNECTOR

      Sorts all front-panel cables.

      Q-CONNECTOR

    PERFORMANCE

    The Intel Comet Lake processor features 10 cores and a peak single-core Turbo speed that exceeds 5.3 GHz right out of the box. To cope with this increased demand on the system, Maximus XII Hero takes advantage of its intelligent VRM design and uses quality components to ensure the best gaming and daily productive computing experience.

    • Power solution
    • Memory

    Teamed Power Architecture

    Today's CPU architectures place incredible demands on motherboard power design by transitioning from deep power saving modes , going from lower-power mode to full load in an instant. Our latest VRM architecture rises to the challenge by utilizing teamed power stages to rapidly swing current, while maintaining exemplary thermal performance.

    • A brief history
    • A shift in CPU demands
    • Bucking the trend
    • Thermal performance
    • High Quality Components

    Teamed
    Power Stage Design

    12V EPS IN

    12V EPS IN

    While doublers help extend the number of effective phases, they do so at the cost of a processing delay. The teamed architecture allows two power stages to work in tandem to provide more power to the CPU. The MOSFETs within the power stages generate the most heat as they are responsible for voltage conversion and delivery to the CPU from the 12V EPS connector.

    Conventional
    Phase-doubled Design

    12V EPS IN

    12V EPS IN

    • We became the first manufacturer to implement phase-doublers when we shipped our A8N32-SLI Deluxe motherboard, back in 2005. The board's VRM was lauded for elegantly overcoming the power handling capabilities of components that were available at the time and also reducing voltage ripple. Those benefits led to phase-doublers becoming universally accepted in the industry, and they are still used for similar purposes today.

    • However, today's CPUs now pack more cores than their predecessors, and the latest instruction sets allow them to crunch computationally dense workloads at an incredible pace. In addition, they consume less power at idle and can transition between load states much more quickly. These improvements necessitate a re-evaluation of power-design priorities because phase-doublers add a propagation delay that hampers transient response.

    • Fortunately, the latest integrated power components can handle higher currents than the devices of yesteryear, making it possible to implement a simple circuit topology that isn't hamstrung by the processing lag of phase-doublers. That's why ROG Maximus XII Hero utilizes teamed power stages to deliver higher burst current per phase, while maintaining the thermal performance of phase-doubled designs.

    • Each VRM component serves a specific purpose. PWM controllers and phase-doublers control the circuit, and the power stages do the heavy lifting from an electrical and thermal standpoint. That's why ROG Maximus XII Hero utilizes 16 power stages. The power stage sits at the top of Infineon's lineup and features a low RDSON to reduce switching and conduction losses, helping to improve overall thermal headroom.

    ASUS Optimem III

    Boasting proprietary memory trace layout tweaks that improve signal integrity and mitigate noise, ASUS OptiMem III is more compatible with 3600 MHz+ memory kits, allowing them to run at higher frequencies. You can opt to optimize memory for high frequency settings, or low latency settings. With higher capacity memory kits, OptiMem III enables you to run at maximum frequency, whereas other motherboards will trade off frequency for capacity. Stack Maximus XII Hero with your favorite modules and maximize throughput of the new 10th Generation Intel® Core Comet Lake-S processor for applications that demand massive bandwidth.

    • Corsair Memory 2 x 16GB CL 19 @ 4600MHz
    • OptiMem III
      CL 18
    • No OptiMem III
      CL 19
    • Lower the data is better
    Test Configuration: Intel 10th Gen Processor ES Sample | ROG Maximus XII Formula
    • High Frequency
    • Max Capacity without compromise
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    COOLING

    Maintaining system stability is paramount under high load, so Maximus XII Hero employs large VRM and chipset heatsinks that strike the right balance between surface area and mass. The extra-large armor heatsinks also cover multiple M.2 slots. Featuring premium components and multiple fan headers, Maximus XII Hero is fully armed to provide the best foundation for gaming systems – enabling higher performance at lower temperatures.

    • Heatsinks
    • Headers

    Cooling Heatsinks

    1. VRM heatsink

      A VRM heatsink is placed on the MOSFETs and chokes, and the embedded heatpipe connects to the aluminum I/O cover.

    2. Large diameter heatpipe

      The U-shaped design provides rapid and even heat transfer from the VRM to the extended VRM heatsink.

    3. M.2 heatsink

      A dedicated heatsink keeps the triple M.2 SSDs at the optimum operating temperature for consistent performance and reliability.

    4. High-conductivity thermal pad

      The high-quality thermal pad improves overall heat transfer from the system by bridging the heat generated by the power stages to the heatsink.

    5. Extended VRM heatsink

      The extended heatsink at the end of heatpipe increases thermal mass to offset the additional heat generated by high power consumption.

    6. Chipset heatsink

      A dedicated chipset heatsink draws heat away to maintain optimum operating temperatures.

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    • Multiple temperature sources
    • 4-pin PWM/DC fan
    • Bundled Fan Extension Card II
    • Water pump+
    • Water in/out
    • Water flow

    Cooler by design

    ROG Maximus XII Hero features the most comprehensive cooling options ever.

    • Multiple temperature sources

      Each header can be set to monitor and react to three user-configurable thermal sensors for workload-based cooling. And all settings can be easily managed by Fan Xpert 4 or UEFI.

    • 4-pin PWM/DC fan

      Every onboard header supports auto-detection of PWM or DC fans.

    • AIO PUMP

      A dedicated PWM/DC header for self-contained water-cooling setups.

    ROG Water-Cooling Zone

    Dual water-temperature headers and a flow-rate header feed information straight into the AI Suite utility, allowing you to track coolant temperatures and the flow rate of the entire loop.

    • Water pump+

      A dedicated header can supply over 3 amps to high-performance PWM or DC water pumps.

    • Water in/out

      A dedicated header enables monitoring of temperatures at the input/output points of any component.

    • Water flow

      A dedicated header enables constant monitoring of flow rate throughout the entire loop.

    Optimization

    Maximus XII Hero is packed with intuitive and flexible tools to allow customization across all system parameters to deliver the performance you want.

    • 5-way optimization
    • BIOS
    • Differential Sensing

    Performance Level Up

    The dashboard-style control panel of AI Suite 3 lets you fine-tune almost every aspect of your ROG Maximus XII Hero system with ease. Get the best balance between performance, cooling, stability, and efficiency via one simple and intuitive interface.

    • TPU
    • EPU
    • Fan Xpert 4
    • Digital power controls
    • Turbo Core App

    UEFI BIOS

    The renowned ROG UEFI (BIOS) provides everything you need to configure, tweak, and tune your rig. It offers intelligently simplified options for newcomers to PC DIY, as well as comprehensive features for seasoned veterans.

    • Advanced Mode
    • EZ Mode

    Accurate Voltage Monitoring

    Conventional motherboards use single-ended sensing tapped from a location that isn't ideal, leading to a large disparity between the actual voltage fed to the CPU and the value reported to software. Maximus XII Hero features a differential-sensing circuit and delicate IC that simplify overclocking and tuning by allowing you to track voltages more accurately.

    CONNECTIVITY

    ROG Maximus XII Hero offers advanced connectivity, including WiFi 6 (AX201) and dual Ethernet with intel® 1Gb and Marvell® 5Gb Ethernet port to eliminate bottlenecks so you can enjoy exceptionally smooth online and LAN play. Additionally, the M.2 supports Intel® OptaneTM Memory technology to maximize the speed of your SSD for faster load times, and SupremeFX on-board audio provides superb sound, while saving a PCIe slot.

    • Networking
    • Storage
    • Audio
    • WiFi 6 (AX201)

      Onboard WiFi 6 (802.11ax) supports ultrafast wireless-networking speeds, improved capacity and better performance in dense WiFi environments, providing exceptional online gaming experiences. *

      Pair your motherboard with ASUS WiFi 6 routers to fully experience the networking potential of WiFi 6. Find out more about ASUS WiFi 6 solutions: https://www.asus.com/wifi6/ WI-FI GIG+ 6 BY INTEL
    • Marvell® 5Gbps Ethernet

      With up to 5X the bandwidth of standard gigabit Ethernet, you'll enjoy streaming uncompressed 4K UHD videos, backups and file transfers that are faster than ever before. Hero supports intermediate 2.5Gbps connectivity, allowing you to step up to faster networks for maximum flexibility. Choose the bandwidth that meets your needs and enjoy ultra-low latency at any speed.**

    • Intel® 1Gbps Ethernet

      ROG Maximus XI Hero features Intel® Gigabit Ethernet for faster, smoother gaming. Intel Ethernet controllers have a natural synergy with their processors and chipsets, reducing CPU overhead and offering exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput, so there's more power for games and other tasks.

    *Actual speed varies, depending on networking conditions. **Minimum Category 5e network cables required for 5 Gbps operation.
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    Storage

    Maximus XI Hero comes equipped with three M.2 slots to let you take full advantage of Intel IRST and NVMe RAID for ultimate SSD storage speeds. The drives can be found under the aluminum heatsink covers. Integrated PCIe support ensures compatibility with the latest NVMe SSDs to enable ultrafast transfer speeds.

    SupremeFX

    ROG SupremeFX audio technology has levelled up, delivering an exceptional 113 dB signal-to-noise ratio on the line-in connection to provide best-ever recording quality. There's also a low-dropout regulator for cleaner power delivery to the SupremeFX S1220 codec, an ESS® ES9023P digital-to-analog converter for superior front-panel output, and a Texas Instruments® RC4580 op amp for high gain with low distortion — all to deliver audio that envelops you as never before.
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    • Audio Line Shielding
    • ESS® ES9023P
    • S1220 Codec
    • Switching MOSFETS
    • Nichicon® CAPS
    • Blocks electromagnetic interference from the motherboard or add-ons to provide cleaner audio.

    • The ESS® ES9023P digital-to-analog converter creates a perfect balance for top-tier audio clarity capable of 112db DNR /-94dB THD+N for superior front-panel output

    • 10 DAC channels provide simultaneous 7.1-channel playback, independent 2.0-channel, multiple-stream stereo to front-panel outputs

    • Unique design allows the codec's impedance-sensing function to be ported with either the front or rear headphone outputs

    • Fine-quality Japanese-made components that produce a warmer, natural sound with exceptional clarity and fidelity

    Personalize

    In addition to extraordinary performance, Maximus XII Hero provides extensive styling and customization options to let you build a system that truly stands apart.

    • Aura Sync
    • Ramcache III
    • Audio
    • Armoury Crate
    • Aura Sync
    • RGB Header

    Grow your gaming world

    Gear up with ROG components, from graphics and monitors to mice and keyboards. And up your game with complementary aesthetics, control and compatibility. The ROG ecosystem is more extensive than any competing brand, so enjoy greater choice as your system expands.

    • Static
    • Breathing
    • Strobing
    • Rainbow
    • Color cycle
    • Starry night
    • Music effect
    • Smart

    Addressable Gen 2 RGB header

    The addressable Gen 2 RGB headers now feature software that can automatically tailor lighting effects to specific devices. The new headers also offer backward-compatibility with existing Aura RGB gear.

    RAMCache lll software utility turns milliseconds into microseconds to boost game-load times. Fully compatible with the latest NVM Express® storage options, RAMCache lll utilizes uniquely intelligent technology to effectively cache any storage device, so favorite games and apps launch at breakneck speeds.

    • Smart mode
    • Real-time information
    • Health check
    • Sonic Studio III
    • DTS

    Sonic Studio III

    Sonic Studio supports HRTF-based (head-related transfer function*) virtual surround for headsets, casting an immersive aural landscape that draws you deeper into the action. The intuitive Sonic Studio interface also offers a range of EQ options and one-click presets, allowing you to tailor acoustics to suit personal preferences or the characteristics of your headset.

    Head-related transfer function

    *A head-related transfer function is an audio algorithm derived from sound data recorded through a dummy head. Test tones are played from a spherical grid around the dummy head to obtain subtle changes in sounds that come from different directions. The results are combined into an algorithm that allows Sonic Studio's virtual surround to process sound true to life.

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    • Sonic Studio Link
    • App-specific profiles
    • Sonic Studio virtual mixer

    DTS : Sound Unbound

    ROG Maximus XII Hero includes a pre-loaded DTS Sound Unbound app that envelops you in audio as never before, conjuring whole new levels of immersion for extraordinary gaming and entertainment experiences. By exploiting Windows Sonic spatial technology, DTS Sound Unbound delivers audio in a virtual 3D space — putting you right in the middle of the soundscape, where you can sense the location and direction of every gunshot, footstep or other sound in your virtual environment.
    * DTS Sound Unbound requires in-game support. Check with developers for titles that offer support.

    dts
    • Stereo Sound Stereo Sound
    • Surround Sound Surround Sound
    • Spatial Sound Spatial Sound

    Armoury Crate

    Armoury Crate is a software utility designed to provide centralized control of supported ROG gaming products. From a single intuitive interface, Armoury Crate puts command of all your Aura gear at your fingertips with the new Aura Creator suite ready. The software also provides control of settings for a growing number of ROG products, making it easier to tune the look and feel of your system. Armoury Crate even offers dedicated product registration and ROG news feeds to help you stay in touch with the ROG gaming community.
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    • AURA SYNC
    • Device Configuration
    • Driver & Manual Download
    • Gaming Highlight
    • Account Management