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    ROG Member Array Zion_One-Eyed PC Specs
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    CPU CoolerCORSAIR H100i v2
    CaseCORSAIR Obsidian 450D
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    Keyboard ASUS ROG GK2000 Horus
    Mouse MMO ASUS ROG Spatha - FPS LOGITECH 502
    Headset ASUS ROG Centurion 7.1 - ASUS Strix 7.1
    Mouse Pad ASUS ROG Whetstone + ROG Sheath
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    Maximus VIII Hero VS Maximus IX Hero

    hi all, i have one maximus viii hero but i want to change..
    so, maximus ix hero worth it?
    becouse..
    i need ROG aura to tuning mb with the new rog 1080ti
    then..
    ROG stickers inside maximus ix are beautiful
    i like the new matt black q shield

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    ROG Member Array Kaelon PC Specs
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    Laptop (Model)ASUS ROG G752VY-DH72
    MotherboardASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero ATX
    ProcessorIntel Core i7 6700 Unlocked LGA 1151 4.0 Ghz
    Memory (part number)F4-3400C16Q-64GTZ
    Graphics Card #1ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 8 Gb GDDR5 Enhanced Edition
    MonitorDell UltraSharp U3415W 34-Inch Curved LED Monitor (3440 x 1440)
    Storage #1Samsung NVMe SSD 960 EVO M.2 1 Tb Drive
    Storage #2Crucial CT SATA SSD 512 Gb Drive
    CPU CoolerCorsair H115i Extreme Performance 280mm Liquid CPU Cooler
    CaseNZXT Noctis 450 Mid-Tower Black and Red LED Case
    Power SupplyEVGA Supernova Platinum-2 1200-Watt PSU
    Keyboard Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Edition Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
    Mouse ASUS ROG Gladius 6400 DPI Optical Gaming Mouse
    Headset Razer Carcharias Over Ear PC Gaming Headset
    Headset/Speakers Bose Companion Series II Speakers
    OS Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
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    This is a great question. I just purchased an ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero, myself, and have been loving this board. Because the Maximus IX Hero is new to the market, it hasn't really been reviewed or vetted. You can typically expect it to become the recommended "top-end" build option within 10+ months or so, judging how the VIII Hero moved into recommended build lines. Structurally, though, I will say that the board is gorgeous and very clearly targets more watercooling enthusiasts and serious overclocking.

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    ROG Guru: Orange Belt Array Janne-71 PC Specs
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    MotherboardAsus rog maximus hero viii
    ProcessorIntel skylake i5 6600k @ 4.6ghz
    Memory (part number)g.skill tridentz 2x8gb 3200mhz
    Graphics Card #1Gigabyte 980ti gaming g1
    MonitorAsus pg279q 144hz
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    Storage #2Western digital 1tb hdd
    CPU CoolerCooler master hyper 212 evo
    CasePhanteks enthoo evolv atx
    Power SupplySeasonic 760-p
    Keyboard Corsair k95 mechanical
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    Not worth changing in my opinion if you have hero viii.

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    ROG Guru: Orange Belt Array ondersma80 PC Specs
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    MotherboardMaximus VIII Hero Alpha
    Processori7-6700K
    Memory (part number)F4-3000C15D-16GTZ
    Graphics Card #1EVGA GTX 1070 SC
    Sound CardXonar DSX
    MonitorPG278Q
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    Storage #2Assorted SSD & HDD
    CPU CoolerNH-D14
    Power SupplySilencer MK III 850W
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    Quote Originally Posted by Janne-71 View Post
    Not worth changing in my opinion if you have hero viii.
    +1

    If your goal is increased performance and/or value, I can't see a rational explanation for updating from a M8H to the M9H. The only meaningful changes seem to be the 2nd M.2 slot on the M9H and the native support for Optane products of which there are none (and the underwhelming performance/capacity is unappealing imo). If your goal is the enjoyment of putting together a new system, then make that fun happen.

    Of course, any of these M9 boards would be a great upgrade choice for someone running P67/Z68 or older. The color schemes are pleasant.

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    ROG Member Array Kaelon PC Specs
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    Laptop (Model)ASUS ROG G752VY-DH72
    MotherboardASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero ATX
    ProcessorIntel Core i7 6700 Unlocked LGA 1151 4.0 Ghz
    Memory (part number)F4-3400C16Q-64GTZ
    Graphics Card #1ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 8 Gb GDDR5 Enhanced Edition
    MonitorDell UltraSharp U3415W 34-Inch Curved LED Monitor (3440 x 1440)
    Storage #1Samsung NVMe SSD 960 EVO M.2 1 Tb Drive
    Storage #2Crucial CT SATA SSD 512 Gb Drive
    CPU CoolerCorsair H115i Extreme Performance 280mm Liquid CPU Cooler
    CaseNZXT Noctis 450 Mid-Tower Black and Red LED Case
    Power SupplyEVGA Supernova Platinum-2 1200-Watt PSU
    Keyboard Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Edition Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
    Mouse ASUS ROG Gladius 6400 DPI Optical Gaming Mouse
    Headset Razer Carcharias Over Ear PC Gaming Headset
    Headset/Speakers Bose Companion Series II Speakers
    OS Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
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    Quote Originally Posted by ondersma80 View Post
    +1

    If your goal is increased performance and/or value, I can't see a rational explanation for updating from a M8H to the M9H. The only meaningful changes seem to be the 2nd M.2 slot on the M9H and the native support for Optane products of which there are none (and the underwhelming performance/capacity is unappealing imo). If your goal is the enjoyment of putting together a new system, then make that fun happen.

    Of course, any of these M9 boards would be a great upgrade choice for someone running P67/Z68 or older. The color schemes are pleasant.
    I'm curious, will my M8H support Kaby Lake processors in the future? For instance, if I eventually swap out my i7 6700K and want to go for an i7 7700K, or better, will M8H support it, or will I need to look at a new mobo (and probably a new system, at that point)?

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    ROG Guru: Gold Belt Array Menthol PC Specs
    Menthol PC Specs
    MotherboardM 10 Apex / XI gene
    Processor8700K / 9900K
    Memory (part number)2x8 Gskill Trident Z 4266/2x2x8 Gskill Trident Z 4500
    Graphics Card #1RTX 2080ti / GTX 1060
    Sound CardSoundBlaster Ae5 / Onboard
    MonitorBENQ 32" 4K
    Storage #1Intel 900p 480GB/Samsung 960 Pro 1TB
    Storage #2Intel 750 1.2TB/Plextor 1 TB 2X 950 Pro
    CPU CoolerCorsair H150i AIO / H1110i
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    Power SupplyCorsair AX 1200i / AX 1200i
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    yes it will with a bios update

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    ROG Member Array Kaelon PC Specs
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    Laptop (Model)ASUS ROG G752VY-DH72
    MotherboardASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero ATX
    ProcessorIntel Core i7 6700 Unlocked LGA 1151 4.0 Ghz
    Memory (part number)F4-3400C16Q-64GTZ
    Graphics Card #1ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 8 Gb GDDR5 Enhanced Edition
    MonitorDell UltraSharp U3415W 34-Inch Curved LED Monitor (3440 x 1440)
    Storage #1Samsung NVMe SSD 960 EVO M.2 1 Tb Drive
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    CPU CoolerCorsair H115i Extreme Performance 280mm Liquid CPU Cooler
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    Mouse ASUS ROG Gladius 6400 DPI Optical Gaming Mouse
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    Quote Originally Posted by Menthol View Post
    yes it will with a bios update
    So, in other words, the $30 difference between the M8H and the M9H are for the second M.2 slot and Octane support. Nothing else.

    Is that right?

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    ROG Guru: Brown Belt Array NemesisChild PC Specs
    NemesisChild PC Specs
    MotherboardASUS Maximus X Hero (WI-FI AC)
    ProcessorIntel i7 8700K
    Memory (part number)G.Skill F4-3600C16D-16GTZR
    Graphics Card #1Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti FE
    Graphics Card #2Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti FE
    MonitorASUS ROG Swift PG278Q
    Storage #1Samsung 970 PRO 512GB NVMe M.2
    Storage #2WD Black 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache
    CPU CoolerNZXT Kraken X42
    CaseCooler Master HAF 932 Advanced
    Power SupplyEVGA SuperNova 1200 P2
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaelon View Post
    So, in other words, the $30 difference between the M8H and the M9H are for the second M.2 slot and Octane support. Nothing else.

    Is that right?
    Correct, bragging rights aside.
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    ROG Enthusiast Array RaffieKol PC Specs
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    MotherboardASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII HERO
    ProcessorIntel Core i7-6700K (4.2 @ 1.2v)
    Memory (part number)CMK32GX4M2B3000C15
    Graphics Card #1Asus Strix GTX 1070 OC
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    Hi
    - will the 6700k work on a z270 (I mean it should both are 1151 socket)
    - will the z170 users get the same software (Sonic Studio 3 instead of the Sonic Studio 2)
    - will the z170 users run the same bios as the z270 users

    Thanks

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    New ROGer Array machasm PC Specs
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    MotherboardMaximus VIII Hero
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    Memory (part number)Panram ninja 16Gb
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    Storage #22 X 2TB Raid
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    Quote Originally Posted by RaffieKol View Post
    Hi
    - will the 6700k work on a z270 (I mean it should both are 1151 socket)
    - will the z170 users get the same software (Sonic Studio 3 instead of the Sonic Studio 2)
    - will the z170 users run the same bios as the z270 users

    Thanks
    *CPU Intel® Socket 1151 for 7th/6th Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors Supports Intel® 14 nm CPU Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0

    Taken from Asus website so yes.

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