ASUS has sent us the ROG Crosshair X670E Hero, one of the six motherboards in ROG’s X670E lineup, for review. Priced at RM3,569, the Crosshair X670E Hero aims to deliver flagship performance for AMD’s latest AM5 platform.
So read on to find out what we think about this motherboard.
ROG Crosshair X670E Hero Specifications
|CPU||AMD Socket AM5|
|Memory||4 x DIMM, Max. 128GB, DDR5|
6400+(OC)/ 6200(OC)/ 6000(OC)/ 5800(OC)/ 5600(OC)/ 5400(OC)/ 5200/ 5000/ 4800MHz, Un-buffered Memory
|Graphics||1 x HDMI® port|
2 xUSB4® ports support USB Type-C® display outputs
|Expansion Slots||2 x PCIe 5.0 x16 slots (supports x16 or x8/x8 mode(s)|
1 x PCIe 4.0 x1 slots
|Storage||M.2_1 slot (Key M), type 2242/2260/2280 (supports PCIe 5.0 x4 mode)|
M.2_2 slot (Key M), type 2242/2260/2280 (supports PCIe 5.0 x4 mode)
PCIe 5.0 M.2 slot (Key M) via PCIe 5.0 M.2 card, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 (supports PCIe 5.0 x4 mode)
M.2_3 slot (Key M), type 2242/2260/2280 (supports PCIe 4.0 x4 )
M.2_4 slot (Key M), type 2242/2260/2280 (supports PCIe 4.0 x4 )
6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports
|Ethernet||1 x Intel® 2.5Gb Ethernet|
|Wireless & Bluetooth||2×2 Wi-Fi 6E (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax)|
|USB||Rear USB (Total 12 ports)|
2 x USB 4® ports with Intel® JHL8540 USB4® controller (2 x USB Type-C®)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 port(s) (1 x USB Type-C®)
9 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 port(s) (8 x Type-A + 1 x USB Type-C®)
Front USB (Total 11 ports)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 connector (supports USB Type-C® with up to 60W PD/QC4+)*
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 headers) support additional 4 USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports
3 x USB 2.0 headers support additional 6 USB 2.0 ports
What’s In The Box?
Like other premium tier motherboards in the market, the ROG Crosshair X670E Hero includes a plethora of accessories:
- ROG Crosshair X670E Hero motherboard
- PCIe 5.0 M.2 Card with Heatsink
- 1 x RGB extension cable
- 1 x ARGB RGB extension cable
- 4 x SATA 6Gb/s cables
- 1 x Thermal pad for M.2
- 1 x ASUS Wi-Fi moving antennas
- 3 x Rubber Packages for M.2 backplate
- 1 x Q-connector
- 1 x M.2 Q-Latch package
- 3 x M.2 Q-Latch packages for M.2 backplate
- 1 x ROG Graphics card holder
- 1 x ROG key chain
- 1 x ROG stickers
- 1 x ROG thank you card
- 1 x USB drive with utilities and drivers
- User guide
Our Test Bench
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 9 7900X / Ryzen 5 7600X|
|GPU||Zotac GeForce RTX 3070 AMP Holo|
|RAM||G.skill Trident Z5 Neo RGB 6,000Mhz 32GB (2 x 16GB)|
|Storage||WD Black SN770 1TB|
|Motherboard||ASUS ROG Crosshair X670E Hero|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master MASTERLIQUID ML360L V2 ARGB|
|Power Supply||NZXT C850 Gold|
The Crosshair X670E Hero has a refreshed look when compared to the older Crosshair VIII Hero. You get hefty heatsinks, “Polymo” RGB rear I/O shroud, and tasteful Crosshair branding with chrome finish. Most of the PCB is covered in the heatsink, learning only the connectors visible to the naked eye.
The RGB element has a beautiful dot-matrix illumination that is synonymous with other ROG peripherals. Instead of slapping RGB LEDs at every corner, it is isolated to the rear I/O cover for a playful yet premium look.
The ROG Crosshair X670E has several flagship features from the Crosshair series of motherboards as it was designed for high performance AM5 CPUs such as the Ryzen 7 7900X.
Geared For Overclocking
Top of the line Ryzen Zen 4 CPUs can be quite power hungry, and the Crosshair X670E is ready for that demand. With an eighteen 110A-stage power solution, it opens up massive headroom for hardcore overclockers.
The motherboard is almost completely covered in heatsinks for maximum cooling efficiency. Based on our stress tests, the VRM temperatures hover between 45 to 50°C (ambient is 27°C).
PCIe M.2 Drives
Combined with the included PCIe 5.0 M.2 slot, you can get a maximum of 5 M.2 card slots for tons of storage.
One common complaint of USB connectivity is that lower tiered motherboards use a mix of 2.0 and 3.0 ports at varying speeds. The rear I/O of the Crosshair X670E Hero has 12 USB ports, all at USB 3.2 or USB 4 standard for high speed data transfers.
Users can utilize the Armoury Crate software to customise the ARGB lighting effects with other supported ROG peripherals and devices.
The Crosshair X670E Hero delivers solid performance with all the features and ports that hardcore overclockers demand. With 12 high speed USB ports (two of which is USB 4), PCIe 5.0, this motherboard comes equipped with the latest connectivity standards, reasonably future-proofing itself for future AM5 releases.
To learn more about the ASUS ROG Crosshair X670E Hero, check out ASUS ROG’s official website here.