Asus ROG Maximus Z790 Hero Review: Holding Out for a Price Drop

Hot off our test bench and ready for review is the Asus’ ROG Maximus Z790 Hero. Currently priced at $629.99, this premium motherboard offers a slew of features along with the classic high-end appearance found on the ROG Maximus motherboards. You get twelve USB ports on the rear IO, Thunderbolt 4 Type-C ports, five total M.2 sockets, flagship-class audio, and robust power delivery to support the latest Raptor Lake processors. Overall, it’s a good-looking and handsomely equipped option, but the high price will be a turnoff for some users.

At the time we wrote this, Asus had a total of thirteen Z790 motherboards available. You’ll find all of the familiar SKUs, including the ROG Maximus Extreme ($999), Maximus Apex ($699), The Z790-E Gaming WIFI ($499), ProArt Z790-Creator ($469), the Strix line that includes a wide variety of boards (including an ITX model). There are the more budget-conscious Prime and TUF Gaming boards as well, making this about as robust a motherboard stack as you’ll find on a single chipset.

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