Maximus XII Hero
ROG Maximus XII Hero is the perfect foundation to the Republic of Gamers. It’s a motherboard that packs substantial power, smart cooling and faster memory support under a stealthy skin. Loaded with renowned ROG features, from AI overclocking and AI cooling to attention-grabbing Aura Sync illumination, Maximus XII Hero is ready to perform and crafted for customization.
Our ROG engineers developed and extensively-tested intelligent software solutions to ensure your system stays in optimal condition.
Tuning is now faster and smarter than ever before. AI Overclocking profiles the CPU and cooling to predict the optimal configuration for each system.
AI Cooling automatically manages and controls motherboard connected fans, ensuring the most efficient settings depending on the current system load and temperature.
GameFirst VI optimizes and organizes network bandwidth, effectively reducing jitter and eliminating spike lag to ensure smooth online gameplay.
The Intel Comet Lake processor features 10 cores and a peak single-core Turbo speed that exceeds 5.3 GHz right out of the box. To cope with this increased demand on the system, Maximus XII Hero takes advantage of its intelligent VRM design and uses quality components to ensure the best gaming and daily productive computing experience.
Maintaining system stability is paramount under high load, so Maximus XII Hero employs large VRM and chipset heatsinks that strike the right balance between surface area and mass. The extra-large armor heatsinks also cover multiple M.2 slots. Featuring premium components and multiple fan headers, Maximus XII Hero is fully armed to provide the best foundation for gaming systems – enabling higher performance at lower temperatures.
Teamed Power Architecture
Today’s CPU architectures place incredible demands on motherboard power design by transitioning from deep power saving modes , going from lower-power mode to full load in an instant. Our latest VRM architecture rises to the challenge by utilizing teamed power stages to rapidly swing current, while maintaining exemplary thermal performance.
ASUS Optimem III
Boasting proprietary memory trace layout tweaks that improve signal integrity and mitigate noise, ASUS OptiMem III is more compatible with 3600 MHz+ memory kits, allowing them to run at higher frequencies. You can opt to optimize memory for high frequency settings, or low latency settings. With higher capacity memory kits, OptiMem III enables you to run at maximum frequency, whereas other motherboards will trade off frequency for capacity. Stack Maximus XII Hero with your favorite modules and maximize throughput of the new 10th Generation Intel® Core™ Comet Lake-S processor for applications that demand massive bandwidth.
Maximus XII Hero is packed with intuitive and flexible tools to allow customization across all system parameters to deliver the performance you want.
ROG Maximus XII Hero offers advanced connectivity, including WiFi 6 (AX201) and dual Ethernet with intel® 1Gb and Marvell® 5Gb Ethernet port to eliminate bottlenecks so you can enjoy exceptionally smooth online and LAN play. Additionally, the M.2 supports Intel® OptaneTM Memory technology to maximize the speed of your SSD for faster load times, and SupremeFX on-board audio provides superb sound, while saving a PCIe slot.
In addition to extraordinary performance, Maximus XII Hero provides extensive styling and customization options to let you build a system that truly stands apart.
Grow Your Gaming World
Gear up with ROG components, from graphics and monitors to mice and keyboards. And up your game with complementary aesthetics, control and compatibility. The ROG ecosystem is more extensive than any competing brand, so enjoy greater choice as your system expands.
Addressable Gen 2 RGB header
The addressable Gen 2 RGB headers now feature software that can automatically tailor lighting effects to specific devices. The new headers also offer backward-compatibility with existing Aura RGB gear.
New Key Desktop Features
Up to 5.3 GHz clock speed with Intel® Thermal Velocity Boost
Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0
Memory Support with DDR4-2933
Up to 10 cores and 20 threads
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology from the Intel® Core™ i9 to the Intel® Core™ i3 desktop processor
New 2.5 G Ethernet
New Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+)
Wireless Data Network
– Mem Tweakit
– RAMCache III
– ROG CPU-Z
– GameFirst VI
– Sonic Studio III + Sonic Studio Virtual Mixer
– Sonic Radar III
– DTS® Sound Unbound
– BullGuard Internet Security (1-year full version)
[ASUS Exclusive Software]
– Aura Creator
– Aura Sync
AI Suite 3
– 5-way Optimization with AI Overclocking: TPU, EPU, Digi+ Power Control, Fan Xpert 4, Turbo app
– EZ update
AI Overclocking Guide
ASUS EZ DIY
– ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
– ASUS EZ Flash 3
– ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode
ASUS Special Features
– FlexKey button
– ReTry button
– Start button
Extreme Engine Digi+
– 10K Black Metallic Capacitors
– MicroFine Alloy Choke
– ASUS Q-Code
– ASUS Q-Connector
– ASUS Q-DIMM
– ASUS Q-LED (CPU [red], DRAM [yellow], VGA [white], Boot Device [yellow green])
– ASUS Q-Slot
ASUS Thermal Solution
– Aluminum M.2 heatsink cover
ASUS EZ DIY
– BIOS Flashback™ button
– Clear CMOS button
– Procool II
– Pre-mounted I/O shield
– Standard RGB headers
– Addressable Gen 2 RGB headers
Back I/O Ports
Internal I/O Ports
*2 The PCIEX16_3 shares bandwidth wih M.2_2. The PCIEX16_3 will be disabled when M.2_2 runs x4 mode.
*3 When M.2_1 is operating in SATA mode, SATA6G_2 will be disabled.
*4 M.2_2 shares bandwidth with PCIEX16_3. When M.2_2 runs x4 mode, PCIEX16_3 will be disabled. When M.2_2 runs x2 mode, PCIEX16_3 runs x1 mode.
*5 M.2_3 shares bandwidth with SATA6G_56. When M.2_3 is populated SATA6G_56 will be disabled.
*6 Due to limitations in HDA bandwidth, 32-Bit/192kHz is not supported for 7.1 Surround Sound audio.