ASUS Introduces Three Intel Z97-based Maximus VII Gaming Motherboards


Republic of Gamers Maximus VII Series motherboards promise premium components, advanced networking and immersive audio for gaming enthusiasts

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the Maximus VII Gene mATX, Maximus VII Hero ATX, and the new Maximus VII Ranger ATX gaming motherboards. These Intel®Z97 chipset-based Maximus VII motherboards feature the LGA 1150 socket and support Intel 4th, new 4th and 5th-generation processors (codenamed Haswell, Haswell Refresh, Haswell Refresh K-series / Devil’s Canyon) to give enthusiasts unmatched gaming performance.

These three gaming motherboards build on the renowned and trusted ROG gaming legacy. All three motherboards sport the distinctive ROG black and red color scheme, with the Maximus VII Gene and Hero featuring the world’s first dual-color PCB with a matte black and red finish. The Maximus VII series features premium components, black nickel processor socket covers and improved circuit layouts. The Maximus VII series also boasts advanced networking and audio for gaming, along with an upgraded UEFI BIOS and M.2 (PCIe x2) with up to 10Gbit/s data transfer speeds.

“To let more gamers have the privilege of the ROG gaming experience, we’re pleased to launch another high value ROG motherboard – the Ranger series,” said Joe Hsieh, ASUS Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Motherboard and Desktop System Business Units.

Exceptional online gaming experiences

The ROG Maximus VII series motherboards feature the latest Intel Gigabit Ethernet for faster, smoother gaming sessions. It reduces CPU overhead to allot more processing power for gaming and offers exceptionally high Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and User Datagram Protocol (UDP) throughput.

ROG has also improved on the RJ45 LAN port with LANGuard; it uses advanced signal-coupling technology and premium surface-mounted capacitors to improve throughput. LANGuard also features surge-protected and electrostatically-guarded components (ESD Guards) to give ROG Maximus VII series motherboards industry-leading figures of up to 1.3 times the surge protection and 1.9 times the static electricity tolerance of traditional boards.

The latest ROG-exclusive networking optimization utility, GameFirst III, comes upgraded with even more gamer-friendly features and an intuitive interface. GameFirst III can prioritize game packets, allocating more bandwidth for games to ensure a smoother online gaming experience. Users can select several preset modes (Optimization, Game, Media Streaming, and File Sharing); they can even manage bandwidth for individual applications. GameFirst III also has a built-in Network Monitor tool to supervise network traffic and test connection speeds.

Immersive audio for gaming

The ROG Maximus VII Hero and Ranger come with SupremeFX 2014 and Maximus VII Gene with SupremeFX Impact II discrete audio card, which utilize cutting-edge isolation technologies to minimize electromagnetic interference (EMI), premium ELNA®audio capacitors and 8-channel gold plated audio output ports, to provide precision-engineered audio that is on par with dedicated soundcards.

This seventh generation ROG Maximus motherboards feature new ROG audio technologies such as Sonic SenseAmp, which detects headphone impedance and automatically adjusts the built-in amp; while the onboard Sonic SoundStage button provides an easy way to apply the best audio settings for popular game genres (FPS, racing, combat and sport).

Maximus VII series’ SupremeFX audio technologies also come with Sonic Studio, a brand new audio tuning suite that has a one-click Virtual Surround function for 7.1-channel audio even