Asus Maximus XII Hero WI-Fi Motherboard:
For 10th Gen Intel Socket LGA-1200 Processors
ROG Maximus XII Hero is the perfect foundation to the Republic of Gamers. It's a motherboard that packs substantial power, smart cooling, advanced wireless connectivity and faster memory support all under a stealthy looking, unassuming skin designed for cooler performance.
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.
Our ROG engineers developed and extensively-tested intelligent software solutions to ensure your system stays in optimal condition with three new, powerful AI Intiatives for total Maximus performance:
Tuning is now faster and smarter than ever before. AI Overclocking profiles the CPU and cooling to predict the optimal configuration for each system.
AI Cooling automatically manages and controls motherboard connected fans, ensuring the most efficient settings depending on the current system load and temperature.
GameFirst VI optimizes and organizes network bandwidth, effectively reducing jitter and eliminating spike lag to ensure smooth online gameplay.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- VRM Hetsink
- Large Diameter Heatpipe
- M.2 Heatsink
- High Conductivity Thermal Pad
- Extende VRM Heatsink
- Chipset Heatsink
- Cooler by Design
- Multiple Temperture Sources
- 4-pin PWM / DC Fan
- AIO Pump
- ROG Water Cooling Zone
- Water Pump+
- Water I/O
- Water Flow
Maximus XII Hero is packed with intuitive and flexible tools to allow customization across all system parameters to deliver the performance you want.
- Fan Expert 4
- Digital Power Controls
- Turbo Core App
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.
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.
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® Optane™ 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.
- WiFi 6 w/ Intel® AX201 Chipset: 802.11ax + Bluetooth v5.0
- Marvell® Ethernet Chipset: 5Gbps Ethernet
- Intel® Ethernet Chipset: 1 Gbps Ethernet
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 w/ ESS DACs and Nichicon Caps
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.
In addition to extraordinary performance, Maximus XII Hero provides extensive styling and customization options to let you build a system that truly stands apart.
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.
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 III 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.
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.
DTS: Surround Sound*
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.
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.
Intel® Processor Support:
This ASUS Motherboard supports 10th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors for Socket LGA-1200.
Operating System Support:
Requires Windows® 10, 64 bit
|Make and Model||ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XII Hero Wi-Fi Motherboard|
|CPU Support||Intel® Socket LGA-1200 for 10th Gen Intel® Core™, Pentium® Gold, and Celeron® Processors|
|Chipset||Intel® Z490 Chipset|
|Memory||Supports 4x DDR4-2933, 2800, 2666, 2400 or 2133 Stock Clocked Unbuffered RAM Sticks, 128GB Max (4x 32GB)
Supports Overclocked Ram: DDR4-4800, 4700, 4600, 4500, 4400, 4266, 4133, 4000, 3866, 3733, 3600, 3466, 3400, 3333, 3200 or 3000 MHz
Dual Channel Memory Architecture DesignSupports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
|Integrated Graphics||Requires compatible Intel® Processor w/ Integrated Graphics:
1x HDMI 1.4b port
|Storage||Intel® Z490 Chipset:
1x M.2_1 socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x4 mode)
1x M.2_2 socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (PCIE 3.0 x4 mode)
1x M.2_3 socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x4 mode)
Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready
6x SATA 6Gb/s ports
M.2 Slots support 1x Intel® Optane™ Memory Card
|Expansion Slots||Intel® 10th Gen Processors:
2x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16 or x8/x8 modes)
Intel® Z490 Chipset:
|Multi-GPU Support||Supports AMD 3-Way / 2-Way CrossFireX Technology
Supports NVIDIA 2-Way SLI® Technology
|USB Ports||Rear USB Ports:
1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port
3x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports
4x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports
2x USB 2.0 Type-A ports
Front USB Ports:
|LAN||Marvell® AQtion AQC111C 5Gb Chipset:
1x 5Gb RJ45 LAN port
Intel® I219-V 1Gb Chipset:
|Wireless||Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201 Chipset:
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax w/ 2x2 Antennas supports 1024QAM / OFDMA / MU-MIMO
Up to 2.4Gbps Maximum Data Rates
Dual Band 2.4 / 5GHz
Channel Bandwidth: HT20 / HT40 / HT80 / HT160
Supports the CNVI interface
|Bluetooth||Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201 Chipset:
* Bluetooth v5.1 is supported by Windows® 10 build 19041 or later
|Audio||Realtek S1220 Audio Chipset:
ROG SupremeFX 7.1 HD Surround Sound
Impedance sense for front and rear headphone outputs
Supports: Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking, up to 24-bit / 192kHz playback
High Quality 120dB SNR stereo playback output and 113dB SNR recording input
ESS™ ES9023 DAC
RC4580 OP AMP
Supports up to 32-Bit / 192kHz playback
|Back Panel I/O Ports||1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port
3x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports
4x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports
2x USB 2.0 Type-A ports
1x HDMI 1.4b port1x 5Gb LAN port
1x 1Gb LAN port
2x Antenna ports
1x Optical S/PDIF out
1x USB BIOS FlashBack™ Button
|Software||ROG Exclusive Software:
- Mem Tweakit
- RAMCache III
- ROG CPU-Z
- GameFirst VI
- Sonic Studio III + Sonic Studio Virtual Mixer
- Sonic Radar III
- DTS® Sound Unbound
- BullGuard Internet Security (1-year full version)
ASUS Exclusive Software:
AI Overclocking Guide
ASUS EZ DIY
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 3
- ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode
|ASUS Features||ROG Extreme OC kit
- FlexKey button
- ReTry button
- Start button
Extreme Engine Digi+
- ASUS Q-Code
- ASUS Q-Connector
- ASUS Q-DIMM
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU [red], DRAM [yellow], VGA [white], Boot Device [yellow green])
- ASUS Q-Slot
ASUS Thermal Solution
- BIOS Flashback™ button
- Clear CMOS button
- Procool II
- Pre-mounted I/O shield
|Internal I/O||1x CPU Fan connector
1x CPU OPT Fan connector
3x Chassis Fan connector
1x AIO_PUMP connector
1x H_AMP fan connector
1x W_PUMP+ connector
1x W_IN header
1x W_OUT header
1x W_FLOW header
1x AAFP connector
2x Aura RGB Strip Headers
2x Addressable Gen 2 Headers
1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 connector for 2x USB 3.2 ports
2x USB 2.0 connectors for 4x USB 2.0 ports
3x M.2 Socket 3
6x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
1x Thunderbolt header
1x 24-pin EATX Power connectors
1x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connectors
1x 4-pin ATX 12V Power connectors
1x Thermal sensor connectors
1x ReTry button
1x System panel connector
1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 front panel connector
1x Speaker connector
1x Start button
1x FlexKey button
|BIOS||256Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS|
|Manageability||WOL by PME, PXE|
|Operating System||Requires Windows® 10, 64 bit|
|Form Factor||ATX Form Factor: 305 x 244mm|
- ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XII HERO WI-FI Motherboard w/
- User Manual
- Addressable LED extension cable
- 1x ROG logo plate sticker
- 4x SATA 6Gb/s cables
- 1x Supporting DVD
- 1x MOS Cooling kit (fan bracket and 40mm fan)
- 1x ROG big sticker
- 1x Q-Connector
- 1x Wi-Fi Antenna
- 1x 80mm Extension Cable for RGB strips
- 1x ROG Thank you card
- 2x M.2 SSD screw packages
- 2x M.2 Rubber Packages
- 1x ROG key chain