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  • MX68660 Maximus X Hero WI-FI AC w/ DDR4 2666, 7.1 Audio, Dual M.2, Gigabit LAN, 802.11 ac, Bluetooth v4.2, CrossFire / SLI
  • MX68660 Maximus X Hero WI-FI AC w/ DDR4 2666, 7.1 Audio, Dual M.2, Gigabit LAN, 802.11 ac, Bluetooth v4.2, CrossFire / SLI
  • MX68660 Maximus X Hero WI-FI AC w/ DDR4 2666, 7.1 Audio, Dual M.2, Gigabit LAN, 802.11 ac, Bluetooth v4.2, CrossFire / SLI
  • MX68660 Maximus X Hero WI-FI AC w/ DDR4 2666, 7.1 Audio, Dual M.2, Gigabit LAN, 802.11 ac, Bluetooth v4.2, CrossFire / SLI

Maximus X Hero WI-FI AC w/ DDR4 2666, 7.1 Audio, Dual M.2, Gigabit LAN, 802.11 ac, Bluetooth v4.2, CrossFire / SLI

Product Info

ASUS ROG MAXIMUS X HERO (WI-FI AC): For 8th Gen Intel® CPUs

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Your Tactical Advantagefeature
This ASUS ROG MAXIMUS X HERO (WI-FI AC) Motherboard is ready to use one or two Video Cards (in SLI or CrossFireX configurations) to push your 3D Graphics farther than ever.

With modern video cards you can enjoy your Gaming at higher resolutions and higher frame rates than before. Consider moving to 4K UHD Gaming, Ultra Wide Monitors and VR Headsets to take advantage of your new gaming rig.

ROG MAXIMUS X HERO (WI-FI AC) Motherboards: Ready to Dominate
featureThe all-new ROG MAXIMUS X HERO (WI-FI AC) Z370 motherboards are ready to do battle and infused with all the essential ROG engineering needed to push performance as far as you dare. Ready for the latest 8th Generation Intel® Core™ processors, the ROG MAXIMUS X HERO (WI-FI AC) is loaded with overclocking and cooling innovations to keep your gaming rig's thermals in check as you turn up the clock.

Factor in custom Aura RGB illumination and superior SupremeFX audio and you'll know that the MAXIMUS X HERO (WI-FI AC) looks great and sounds amazing; and outperforms every expectation to dominate your games!

Take Advantage of the Power of Intel® 8th Gen Coffee Lake CPUs

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ASUS Motherboards Are Your Tactical Advantage
This ASUS ROG MAXIMUS X HERO (WI-FI AC) Motherboard along with a compatible Intel® 8th Gen Coffee Lake Processor goes farther, faster than previous Consumer level Intel® CPUs and Chipsets ever have.

The latest 8th Gen Intel Coffee Lake Processors for the Z370 Chipset come with enhanced clock rates, improved memory caching and higher "per core" IPC scores to give you the best possible performances.

ASUS Z370 Motherboards: Your Tactical Advantage
This ASUS Motherboard has Dual PCIe 3.0 x16 video card slots with room for two modern high end Video Cards. It is backed up by many other advanced performance features and faster connectivity options like NVMe M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 slot technology. Get ready for incredible Gaming and Workstation performance beyond your wildest dreams!

Features

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  • LGA1151 socket for 8th Gen Intel® Core™ Desktop Processors
  • Synchronize RGB Lighting: Syncs with a vast range of Aura Sync capable PC gear, now with support for addressable light strips
  • Onboard M.2 Heatsink: Cools your M.2 drive, delivering consistent storage performance and enhanced reliability
  • Gaming Audio: SupremeFX and Sonic Studio III – High fidelity audio that draws you deeper into the action
  • Gaming Connectivity: Intel Gigabit Ethernet, LANGuard, 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Dual M.2, USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A and Type-C connectors
  • 5-Way Optimization: Automated system-wide tuning, providing overclocking and cooling profiles that are tailor made for your rig
  • Gaming Durability: SafeSlot and premium components for maximum durability
  • Dual Band Wi-Fi 802.11ac + Bluetooth v4.2 Wireless Module

Leading Customization

Aura Lighting Control
A well-tuned enthusiast system deserves a matching aesthetic. ASUS Aura offers full RGB lighting control with a variety of functional presets for the built-in RGB LEDs as well as strips connected to the onboard RGB headers. And it can all be synced with an ever-growing portfolio of Aura-capable ASUS hardware.

RGB Lighting Perfected
ROG Maximus X Hero motherboards feature two onboard 5050 RGB headers and an addressable header that can be connected to compatible lighting strips, fans, coolers, and PC cases, creating a new world of illumination possibilities.
*The addressable RGB header supports WS2812B addressable RGB LED strips (5V/Data/Ground), with a max power rating of 3A (5V) and a max of 60 LEDs
** The Aura RGB-strip header supports 5050 RGB LED strips with a max power rating of 3A (12V). For maximum brightness, strip length should not exceed 3m.
***RGB and addressable RGB LED extension cables are included. LED strips and Aura Sync-compatible devices are sold separately.

Make it your own
ASUS is the first motherboard manufacturer to support 3D printing, making it easy to customize your motherboard's appearance and improve system performance with a range of printable parts.

Exclusive 3D Mount For Easy Installation
Dedicated 3D Mounts on the motherboard makes fitting 3D-printed parts easy. Using the same screws as M.2 drives and standard motherboard mounting holes, you can easily add nameplates, cable covers, or an M.2 fan holder in a matter of moments.
*Products with the 3D Printing Friendly logo feature the specialized 3D Mount and are also bundled with an extra 3D Mount kit. 3D printing friendly. Make it your own.

  • Cable Cover
    Cover your cables for a tidier PC
  • M.2 Fan Holder
    The ASUS 3D-printed M.2 fan holder keeps temperatures low for improved performance and longevity

Optimal Cooling

M.2 HEATSINK
ROG Maximus X Hero is equipped with a stylish, angular M.2 heatsink that keeps your SSD cool. By efficiently dissipating heat away from the M.2 area, ROG Maximus X Hero minimizes the possibility of the performance-sapping throttling that can happen when drives become too warm. The heatsink's angular design adds an eye-catching touch to any build, while the T-sensor detects temperatures in the vital M.2 area for instant monitoring.

Cooler By Design
ROG Maximus X Hero features the most comprehensive cooling controls ever, configurable via Fan Xpert 4 or the UEFI BIOS

All The Connectivity You Need

2x2 802.11AC Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO
ROG Maximus X Hero is engineered with 2x2 dual-band 2.4/5GHz antennas for up to 867 Mbit/s* transfer speeds — and the very latest Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology** to ensure that every connected user experiences the best wireless and online speeds!
* Actual speed varies, and Wi-Fi hotspot feature operates at 802.11a/b/g/n Windows 10 does not currently support Wi-Fi hotspot functionality
**Requires MU-MIMO-ready client

More throughput and less processing equals faster online play
Intel® Ethernet features the latest Intel® Ethernet (I219-V) for faster, smoother gaming. Intel Ethernet controllers have a natural synergy with their CPUs and chipsets, reducing processor overhead and offering exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput, so there's more power for games and other tasks.

Dual PCIe 3.0 M.2 Card Slots
With x4 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 bandwidth, M.2 supports up to 32Gbit/s data-transfer speeds. It is the perfect choice for an operating system or application drive, making your whole PC or professional apps work as fast as possible. You can use one of these M/2 Card Slots with Intel® Optane™ Memory to accelerate your HDD and SSD storage to incredible levels of performance.

DDR4 RAM Overclocking Up To 4133MHz+
ASUS OptiMem preserves memory signal integrity by routing memory traces and vias to the optimal PCB layer, and our T-Topology layout ensures time-aligned signaling by balancing trace lengths between memory slots. These enhancements lead to more headroom for overclocking and improved stability, allowing memory speeds of DDR4-4133 and beyond with all slots populated.

OC DESIGN- ASUS PRO CLOCK II Technology
A dedicated base clock (BCLK) generator that extends CPU and memory overclocking margins. This custom solution works in tandem with the TPU to enhance voltage and base-clock overclocking control, providing the flexibility to extract every ounce of performance from 8th Generation Intel® processors.

5-Way Optimization

One-click overclock and cooling, done!
One click takes care of all that complex tuning. ASUS 5-Way Optimization makes your PC smart. It dynamically optimizes essential aspects of the system, providing overclocking and cooling profiles that are tailored for your rig.

  • An automated tuning utility that optimizes overclocking and cooling profiles for your unique system configuration
  • Fans stay whisper-quiet for everyday computing, and deliver optimal airflow when the system is crunching through CPU or GPU-intensive tasks
  • All-new stress test that allows users to optimize and overclock for CPU or memory-centric workloads

SupremeFX: Best Gaming Audio

ROG's awesome SupremeFX audio technology has levelled up, delivering an exceptional 113dB signal-to-noise ratio on the line-in connection; and that means our best-ever recording quality!

ASUS also added a low-dropout regulator for cleaner power delivery to the SupremeFX S1220 codec, an ESS® Sabre Hi-Fi ES9023P digital-to-analog converter for superior front-panel output, and a Texas Instruments® RC4850 op-amp for high gain with low distortion; which all adds up to audio that envelops you as never before.

  • S1220 Codec:
    10 DAC channels, simultaneous 7.1 channel playback, independent 2.0-channel, multiple-stream stereo to front panel outputs
  • ESS® SABRE9018Q2C DAC/AMP
    Creates a perfect balance for top-tier audio clarity capable of -112dB THD
  • Nichicon Capacitors
    Fine-quality Japanese-made components that produce a warmer, natural sound with exceptional clarity and fidelity
  • Gold-Plated Audio Jacks
    Backlit audio jacks save you from fumbling around in the dark
  • Switching Mosfets
    Unique design allows the codec's impedance-sensing function to be ported with either the front or rear headphone outputs

Sonic Studio III
Sonic Studio supports HRTF-based (head-related transfer function*) virtual surround for VR 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, allowing you to tailor acoustics to suit personal preferences or the characteristics of your headset.

  • App-specific Profiles
    Apply customized audio settings to different applications, so everything you do is perfectly tuned to the way you want to listen.
  • Surround Sound
    Surround sound for a truly immersive audio experience
  • Sonic Studio Link
    New Sonic Studio Link VR functionality extends its HRTF effects to headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

*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.

Sonic Radar III: Scan and Detect To Dominate Online!
Sonic Radar III is all new; with an evolved audio engine that processes sounds more accurately than ever, ensuring you're always aware of what's going on around you. A new on-screen arrow has also been added to help you pinpoint the enemy position instantly!

  • Improved Audio Algorithm:
    The new Sonic Radar audio algorithm is now even more accurate to allow enemies to be pinpointed with even more accuracy
  • 3D Engine:
    Sonic Radar III is built around it's all new HUD with an in-game 3 dimensional arrow for a more intuitive experience
  • Audio Boost:
    The new audio boost feature now allows the boosted audio to be heard directly
  • Audio Radar
    Sonic Radar 3 is effective regardless of surrounding noise and chaos

DIY Friendly Design

Pre-mounted I/O shield
ROG's patent-pending I/O shield is capable of withstanding electrostatic discharge up to 12kV, and is pre-fitted to make it even easier to install the motherboard. Its sleek new design looks as good as it performs.

ROG Gives You More

Overwolf
Overwolf is a clever, unobtrusive overlay that keeps you in the game and allows you to browse the Web, email, IM, stream or record while you play. The overlay features color-matched ROG skins that show you're part of an elite pack. Grab it now from the Overwolf Appstore!

  • ROG Clone Drive
    ROG Clone Drive is the smart, convenient cloning solution that quickly and efficiently replicates hard drives or SSDs. Clone Drive is so smart that it can clone one drive to two target drives at the same time, or image any file from your disk at breakneck speeds
  • RAMCache II
    ROG's uniquely intelligent technology effectively caches an entire storage device so that favorite games and apps launch at breakneck speeds, getting to work the moment it's activated. RAMCache turns milliseconds into microseconds to boost game load times to stratospheric levels!
  • KeyBot II
    Get a free keyboard upgrade from an exclusive microprocessor and also intuitive user interface. Record macros directly from the keyboard; switch profiles in moments; enable special functions with hotkeys from F1 to F10; or start and even boost your PC from shutdown (S5 mode)!
  • AI Suite 3: One-stop control panel
  • ROG theme CPU-Z: Shows your important system information with pride
  • Mem TweakIt: Dynamic timing monitoring, DRAM efficiency gauge
  • RAMDisk: Boost your favorite applications up to 20x faster than SSD with the junction function
  • Kaspersky® Anti-Virus (1 year): The best protection from viruses and spyware
  • DAEMON Tools Software: The leading tool for optical and virtual discs
  • PC Cleaner: Accelerate your PC by eliminating clogs with simple click

The Power of Intel®

Intel® Z370 chipset:
featureThe Intel® Z370 chipset supports 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. The Z370 provides up to 10x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, 6x SATA 6Gbps ports, and 32Gbps M.2 and PCIe 3.0 modes for faster data transfers. Intel Z370 also runs integrated graphics, so you'll enjoy the very latest in graphics performance, even without a video card.

Ready for 8th Gen Intel® LGA1151 Core processors
featureThis motherboard supports 8th Generation Intel® Core™ processors in the LGA1151 package, with integrated graphics, memory and PCI Express controllers to support onboard graphics output with dedicated chipsets, dual-channel (4-DIMM) DDR4 memory and 16 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 lanes for great performance.

Additional Information:

Visit the Manufacturer Web Page for Full Details

Download the Manufacturer Product Manual

Visit the Manufacturer CPU Support Web Page

I/O Ports

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Compatibility

Intel® Processor Support:

This ASUS Motherboard supports select 8th Gen Intel® Core™ "Coffee Lake" Processors. A LGA1151 Socket is used, bit pin assignments have changed, making this Motherboard incompatible with earlier Gen (7th Gen, 6th Gen, etc.) Intel® CPUs.

This Motherboard initially supports these Intel® Core™ processors:

  • i7-8700K
  • i7-8700
  • i5-8600K
  • i5-8400
  • i3-8350K
  • i3-8100

Visit the Manufacturer CPU Support Web Page

Operating System Support:

Requires Windows® 10, 64 bit

Specifications

CPU Support Supports select 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7, i5 and i3 processors in the LGA1151 package.

Even though it is a LGA 1151 Socket, pin assignments have changed, making this Motherboard incompatible with earlier Generation Intel® Processors.

Chipset Intel® Z370 Chipset
   
Memory 4x DIMM DDR4-2666 / 2400 / 2133 Stock Clocked Unbuffered RAM, 64GB Max (4x 16GB)

Supports Overclocked Ram up to DDR4-4133

Supports Intel® XMP Certified RAM
Dual Channel Memory Architecture Design
   
Integrated Graphics Requires Intel® Processor with Integrated Graphics Chip:
1x DisplayPort port
1x HDMI v1.4b port
The HDMI port supports HDCP 2.2

Uses up to 1GB of Shared RAM

   
Storage 6x SATA 6Gb/s connectors w/ RAID 0, 1, 5 & 10

1x M.2 Socket 3 with M key, type 2242/2260/2280 for SATA or PCIE 3.0 x4 Storage
1x M.2 Socket 3 with M key, type 2242/2260/2280 for PCIE 3.0 x4 Storage

M.2 Slots support an Intel® Optane™ Memory Card for increased storage performance Caching
Only 1x Intel® Optane™ Memory Card is supported at once
Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology
   
Expansion Slots 2x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
1x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x4 mode) slot
3x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x1 slots
Multi-GPU Support Supports NVIDIA® 2-Way SLI™ Technology (x8/x8)
Supports AMD 2-way and 3-Way CrossFireX™ Technology (x8/x8 or x8/x4/x4)
   
USB Ports 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 front panel connector port

1x USB 3.1 Type C Gen 2 port at back panel
1x USB 3.1 Type A Gen 2 port at back panel
4x USB 3.1 Type A Gen 1 ports at back panel
2x USB 3.1 Type A Gen 1 ports at mid-board

2x USB 2.0 Type-A ports at back panel
4x USB 2.0 Type-A ports at mid-board
   
LAN Intel® i219V chipset:
1x Gigabit RJ45 LAN port
Anti-surge LANGuard
ROG GameFirst IV
Wi-Fi Wireless 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Dual Band: 2.4GHz / 5GHz 2x2 Antenna
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.2
   
Audio SupremeFX Audio CODEC S1220:
8-Channel High Definition Audio
Supports: Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
Impedance sense for front and rear headphone outputs
- Supports: Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
- High quality 120 dB SNR stereo playback output and 113 dB SNR recording input
- SupremeFX Shielding Technology
- ESS® ES9023P
- Supports up to 32-Bit/192kHz playback
Audio Features:
- Gold Plated 3.5mm Audio jacks
- Optical S/PDIF out port at back panel
- Sonic Radar III
- Sonic Studio III
   
Back Panel I/O Ports 1x DisplayPort port
1x HDMI port
1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C
1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
4x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports
2x USB 2.0 ports
1x RJ45 Gigabit LAN port
1x Optical S/PDIF out
5x 3.5mm Gold Plated Audio jacks
1x Clear CMOS Button
1x USB BIOS Flashback Button
1x ASUS 2x2 Wi-Fi Dual Band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Module
1x Bluetooth v4.2 Module
   
Internal I/O 1x Aura Addressable Strip Header
2x Aura RGB Strip Headers
1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 connector for 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports
2x USB 2.0 connectors for 4x USB 2.0 ports
1x M.2 Socket 3 with M key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x4)
1x M.2 Socket 3 with M key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (PCIE 3.0 x4)
1x TPM connector
6x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
1x CPU Fan connector (1x 4-pin)
1x CPU OPT Fan connectors(1x 4-pin)
3x Chassis Fan connectors (3x 4-pin)
1x AIO_PUMP connector (1x 4-pin)
1x H_AMP fan connector
1x W_PUMP+ connector (1x 4-pin)
1x 24-pin EATX Power connector
1x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
1x Front panel audio connector (AAFP)
1x MemOK! button
1x Slow Mode switch
1x Reset button
1x LN2 Mode jumper
1x Safe Boot button
1x ReTry button
1x System panel connector
3x 3D Mount screw ports
1x EXT_Fan header
1x W_IN header
1x W_OUT header
1x W_FLOW header
1x Thermal sensor connector
1x Start button
1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 front panel connector
   
Special Features 5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5:
- Tuning perfectly consolidates TPU, EPU, DIGI+ VRM, Fan Expert 4, and Turbo App

AURA:
- Aura Lighting Control
- Aura RGB Strip Headers
- Aura Lighting Effects Synchronization with compatible ASUS ROG devices
- Aura Addressable Strip Header

ASUS Exclusive Features:
- AI Suite 3
- Disk Unlocker

ASUS EZ DIY:
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 3

CPU Installation Tool
- Three-step simplicity and safety

ASUS Q-Design:
- ASUS Q-Code
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
- ASUS Q-Slot
- ASUS Q-DIMM
- ASUS Q-Connector

Gaming Aesthetics:
- 3D printing friendly
- AURA-RGB Lighting
ROG Special Features ROG RAMCache II

ROG CPU-Z

ROG CloneDrive

Pre-mounted I/O Shield

MemOK! Button

Slow Mode

Overwolf

GameFirst IV

Extreme Engine Digi+:
- MicroFine Alloy Chokes
- NexFET™ Power Block MOSFET
- 10K Black Metallic Capacitors

Mem TweakIt

ROG Extreme OC kit:
- ReTry button
- Safe Boot button
- Start button
- Reset button
- LN2 Mode

KeyBot II
- One-click Overclocking
- X.M.P.
- DirectKey
- ClrCMOS
- Power On

UEFI BIOS:
- O.C. Profile
- Tweakers' Paradise
- ROG SSD Secure Erase

ROG RAMDisk

Extreme Tweaker

USB BIOS Flashback

Overclocking Protection:
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
   
Manageability DMI 3.0, WOL by PME, PXE
BIOS 1x 128Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI3.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 3.0, ACPI 6.0, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 3, CrashFree BIOS 3, F11 EZ Tuning Wizard, F6 Qfan Control, F3 My Favorites, Last Modified log, F12 PrintScreen, F3 Shortcut functions and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information.
   
Operating System Requires Windows® 10, 64 bit
   
Form Factor ATX Form Factor: 305 x 244mm