I feel like the Maximus X Hero is a board for people planning to use it on LN2 and can't afford the Apex when it launches ...
I can't see a good reason to pay the price premium over a properly cooled GBT Gaming 7 or Taichi at this time. Assuming it is 50A Optimos specs then 8 of them is up to 400A even at 70-100°C T_case (although dropping to V_GS=4.5V results in more like 19A-31A), so putting a monoblock on it isn't exactly going to provide a huge benefit since Z370 is a dead socket and none of these i7-8700ks are consuming even close to 400A unless it's exotic cooling not for daily use. For regular users , it's only two M.2 slots , has no dual BIOS (Z370 was rushed so it is a good feature).
People that love RGB and will use RGB monoblock (to level out the RGB VRM heatsink concerns) = Gaming 7 , the 60A rated ISL99227B x 8 should be able to do much more under extreme cooling instead of a RGB VRM heatsink
* Overbuilt VRM, see Intel x299 CPUs... Asrock uses 12 of these for the x299 Taichi and can do 320W of power output even with a shoddy heatsink so 8 of them for a mainstream Intel CPU is crazy
People that need features and affordability (i.e. as far as MSRP price) without fluff , likely custom water with copper radiator and a universal CPU block (not monoblock) = Taichi
* Originally it was suspected Taichi ran 8 phases of the Fairchild FDPC5030SG but it is 10 of them... so it's actually better than expected. The memory VRM is also using 2 phases of them, so it's better for memory than the GIgabyte board provided the software-side is done right. To put it into perspective eight of a similar, slightly stronger
faster 40A max rated TI NexFET were used on mainstream ROG Extreme boards for Z170/Z270 & Asrock z270 Taichi.
* each FDPC5030SG is rated 35A at 100°C T_case and 56A at 25°C T_Case
People that will overclock on air/ closed loop water below ~220-250W TDP and don't need > 4000MHz memory or 3rd M.2 or wifi = Fatal1ty K6
* A big headscratcher is the VGA port... but other than that, I can't see anything major that sticks out
I wouldn't touch the Gigabyte z370 Aorus Gaming wifi. It appears to be lower in the product stack than the z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming
ASUS STRIX-H is a absolutely no. They've denied any future BIOS update for that board re: LLC.
Originally Posted by punked256
set it to LLC level 2 and now it's very smooth... wow..., will do some more testing against PRO CARBON
I hope that was helpful until they patch it fully.
Many people complained that Asrock's LLC settings are the opposite of other vendors in terms of highest/lowest levels
vbezhenar, anything midrange (i.e. Asus Z370-A , Asrock Z370 Fatal1ty K6/Extreme4, MSI Z370 M5/Pro Carbon/SLI PLUS, Gigabyte Gaming 5) would work for you if you're looking at average air overclocks. Fatal1ty K6 is just a good bet since it's generally affordable for all markets.Edited by AlphaC - 10/22/17 at 5:28pm