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Differences between Asus MAXIMUS VIII HERO ATX and Z170 PRO GAMING ATX

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I have just ordered myself a 6700k and purchased some DDR4 3000Mhz to go with it. I was looking into ASUS motherboards and came across these two. Could someone please tell me the difference between them, as i'm not exactly sure why the Asus MAXIMUS VIII is £60 more expensive. Or point me in the direction of a good motherboard for under £200.
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Hello!

From what it looks the primary feature differences are as follows:
Code:
Mobo:                 Hero  ||  Pro Gaming
Sata:                 6     ||  8  
Sata Express:         2     ||  1 
PWM Fan Header:       6     ||  5
Pump Header:          Yes   ||  No
Rear USB 3.0 Ports:   2     ||  4
Internal USB 3.0 Hdr: 2     ||  1
Rear USB 2.0 Ports:   4     ||  2
Internal USB 2.0 Hdr: 1     ||  2
USB BIOS Flashback:   Yes   ||  No
RGB LEDs:             Yes   ||  No
MemOK!:               Yes   ||  No 

I took this information from the following site: http://www.asus.com/us/site/motherboards/Z170/compare/

In my opinion, the biggest difference between these two motherboards is aesthetics, and slightly less connectivity. As an owner of the Maximus VIII Hero, my biggest complaint about the motherboard is lack of a second USB 2.0 header, but it makes up for it with the extra USB 3.0 Header.

I hope this information is helpful! thumb.gif
     
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SanDisk - SSD PLUS 240GB Kingston - SSDNow V200 be quiet! - PURE ROCK Windows 10 Pro 
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Samsung 950 Pro 512 GB be quiet! ​PURE ROCK ​SLIM Windows 10 Pro ViewSonic XG2401 
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^^ He is correct. I also own the hero. I have not had the pro but i highly recommend the Hero it has been great so far after a year or so.
    
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Hi Simmons thanks for the advice! I'm going to go for the Maximus VIII Hero! Can't wait to finally start buying everything biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by brownbear View Post

Hi Simmons thanks for the advice! I'm going to go for the Maximus VIII Hero! Can't wait to finally start buying everything biggrin.gif

Glad to be of assistance! Happy shopping thumb.gif
     
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Seasonic 1050w 80+ Gold Corsair Air 740 
CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
i7 6800k Xeon e5-1620 V3 EVGA Micro 2 Asus GTX 780 
GraphicsGraphicsRAMRAM
Sapphire Fury X Sapphire RX 480 Kingston - FURY 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 ADATA - XPG Z1 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400  
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
SanDisk - SSD PLUS 240GB Kingston - SSDNow V200 be quiet! - PURE ROCK Windows 10 Pro 
PowerCase
Corsair HX850i Thermaltake Core V21 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 6600k Asus Z170i Pro Gaming Sapphire R9 Nano Kingston FURY 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 950 Pro 512 GB be quiet! ​PURE ROCK ​SLIM Windows 10 Pro ViewSonic XG2401 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
MK Disco RGB TKL (KBT Brown) Athena AP-MFATX40 400W Flex-ATX Lian-Li PC-TU 100B Razer Mamba TE 
Mouse PadAudioAudioAudio
Razer Firefly Cloth Schiit Fulla 2 Beyerdynam​ic DT 770 ​Pro 80 ohm Antlion Audio ModMic 4 w/ Mute 
OtherOtherOtherOther
Noctua NF-A9x14 (x2) Fractal Design FD-FAN-SSR2-92 Fractal Design FD-FAN-SSR2-60 (x2) Fractal Design GP12-WT 
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AMD Threadripper 1900x Asus Prime X399-A Asus GTX 980 ti Matrix Samsung 960 Evo 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOS
Intel 750 Series 400GB U.2 Samsung 850 Pro 512 GB Samsung 850 Pro 512 GB Windows 10 Pro 
PowerCase
Seasonic 1050w 80+ Gold Corsair Air 740 
CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
i7 6800k Xeon e5-1620 V3 EVGA Micro 2 Asus GTX 780 
GraphicsGraphicsRAMRAM
Sapphire Fury X Sapphire RX 480 Kingston - FURY 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 ADATA - XPG Z1 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400  
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
SanDisk - SSD PLUS 240GB Kingston - SSDNow V200 be quiet! - PURE ROCK Windows 10 Pro 
PowerCase
Corsair HX850i Thermaltake Core V21 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 6600k Asus Z170i Pro Gaming Sapphire R9 Nano Kingston FURY 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 950 Pro 512 GB be quiet! ​PURE ROCK ​SLIM Windows 10 Pro ViewSonic XG2401 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
MK Disco RGB TKL (KBT Brown) Athena AP-MFATX40 400W Flex-ATX Lian-Li PC-TU 100B Razer Mamba TE 
Mouse PadAudioAudioAudio
Razer Firefly Cloth Schiit Fulla 2 Beyerdynam​ic DT 770 ​Pro 80 ohm Antlion Audio ModMic 4 w/ Mute 
OtherOtherOtherOther
Noctua NF-A9x14 (x2) Fractal Design FD-FAN-SSR2-92 Fractal Design FD-FAN-SSR2-60 (x2) Fractal Design GP12-WT 
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