ROG CROSSHAIR VIII HERO (Wi-Fi) Review

UEFI & Test configuration

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By now we most of us should be familiar with the ROG UEFI. It has all the basic and advanced configuration and tweaking options you need. Back again from the Crosshair VII are the performance enhancing modes that modify XFR operation and the like. I didn’t find this to have any impact on performance or overclocking but that just may be due to the early firmware used.
That said, the UEFI could do with a visual overhaul, if only to add more functionality such as increased character input space for the user profiles. Something akin to what EVGA and MSI have on their latest high-end boards. Outside of this, the ROG UEFI remains the best UEFI for me, at least in terms of functionality.

Test Configuration

 Configuration
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 3600 | 4.275GHz OC 1.4125v LLC4
Graphics Card EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 FTW3
DRAM CORSAIR Dominator Platinum SE 3466 C16
Storage CORSAIR Force LE 960GB SSD
Power Supply Unit CORSAIR AX1500i
Operating System WINDOWS 10 X64 (1803)
Cooling EK MLC PHOENIX X360

As always with motherboard tests, differences between boards tend to be academic for the most part. It is only in situations where there is drastic performance difference that one should be concerned. Any performance differences between boards are usually within the margin of error and as such, one should look to the numbers as performance you should expect, rather than a competition against another board with the same chipset at configured in the same manner. In the case of the Crosshair VIII Hero, all testing was done with a pre retail BIOS utilizing an older AGESA 1.0.0.2. As such what you see here is likely to be the worst-case scenario and performance on your machine should be at least the same or better than what you see here.

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