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ASUS Maximus VIII Hero Motherboard - Grey/Red/Black £98.99 @ Amazon

£98.99 @ Amazon
with the new Z270 boards being released, this has dropped by 50% from £200+ 9 available at the time of posting, but you can still order when these sell and pray they get more stock in LGA1151 so… Read More
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4m, 4d agoFound 4 months, 4 days ago
with the new Z270 boards being released, this has dropped by 50% from £200+

9 available at the time of posting, but you can still order when these sell and pray they get more stock in

LGA1151 socket for 6th-gen Intel Core desktop processors

Dual DDR4 3733 (OC) support

High quality gaming performance - five-way optimisation with auto-tuning, 2nd-generation T-Topology and OC design

High quality gaming audio - reinvented SupremeFX 2015 with intuitive Sonic Studio II

High quality gaming networking - Intel Gigabit Ethernet, LANGuard and GameFirst technology

Item dispatched in 1-2 months
- vassy4u
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Nothing like watching the value of your prized £2000 gaming rig plummet by the second.
8 Likes
dozstanford
Nothing like watching the value of your prized £2000 gaming rig plummet by the second.
as long as the performance doesn't plummet you're fine ;)
6 Likes
I was super smug about getting mine for £130
5 Likes
dozstanford
Nothing like watching the value of your prized £2000 gaming rig plummet by the second.

I consider it acceptable to buy high end if you plan on keeping much of the setup for a considerable length of time, even if it is relegated to second machine duties for example. If you sell the entire machine 18 months after you bought all the parts then you will take a big hit. But it's not the best option.

I spent a great deal of moolah on an X58 setup (it was the highest end unlike LGA1151 here) late 2008 and the machine was still very capable up until last year, the only major changes were adding an SSD and swapping out the graphics cards on it a couple times. 8 years it lasted before the board failed. The original hard drives still worked, so when I checked out of curiosity they had run up >24,000 hours. Ergo the whole machine had. I am satisfied I got my money's worth from that outlay.

Likewise, people that dropped a decent amount of cash on say an i7 2600k 5-6 years ago find themselves with a system that would still generally be very capable if they have it tweaked up a little.

If you build and plan a machine to keep the majority of the components for at least 5 years you'll get your money's worth. People buy new cars for £25k and find after 3 years it's worth less than half that and seemingly don't even flinch when they trade it in and lose all the money. Of course if you kept it a long time, you'll probably get your money's worth.

It's not about price, it's about value for me.

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1 Like #1
I was about to post this. Heat added :)
banned#2
Killer price
#3
Suspect you could resell it for more than that!?
29 Likes #4
Nothing like watching the value of your prized £2000 gaming rig plummet by the second.
1 Like #5
heat.. contemplating whether to get it or no.. will have to change complete setup... hmmmm
8 Likes #6
dozstanford
Nothing like watching the value of your prized £2000 gaming rig plummet by the second.
as long as the performance doesn't plummet you're fine ;)
#7
While stock of these lasts, it would be silly to buy the IX (Z270) version for double the price:
http://www.asus.com/Product-Compare/?products=KKuAp9d2jGnDWqzC,nNGfjO8lLX6WWoV9&b=0
As suspected for a high-end board, it is able to update the BIOS without a CPU:
https://rog.asus.com/technology/rog-motherboard-innovations/usb-bios-flashback/
"Update your BIOS without even needing a CPU!
...Simply drop the (UEFI) BIOS file onto a FAT32 formatted USB stick, plug it into the USB BIOS Flashback port and press the Flashback button next to it. No CPU or memory install is needed, only the ATX power connector is required. "
So it should be possible to update the BIOS to 3101 with full Kaby Lake support without needing an old Skylake CPU:
https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/ROG-MAXIMUS-VIII-HERO-ALPHA/HelpDesk_CPU/
Usually don't get the point of buying a £200 motherboard when one under £100 will do (almost) the same but this is a good deal
6 Likes #8
I was super smug about getting mine for £130
#9
1 - 2 month delivery, ordered two to sell them on later when they become hard to find.
1 Like #10
DoctorDeals
I was super smug about getting mine for £130
Same :D I thought it wouldn't drop down in price more than that
3 Likes #11
JC2MULTIPLAYER000
dozstanford
Nothing like watching the value of your prized £2000 gaming rig plummet by the second.
as long as the performance doesn't plummet you're fine ;)

In theory this is very true, in reality or rather psychologically when you saved and saved and saved some more to get the very best you can possibly afford, it's depressing enough to almost shed a tear. (I didn't have a gaming PC between 2009 and 2016 because I was skint so the epic devaluation is all the more of a shock).
#12
I'm sure z170 sales have been very poor recently given amd zen coming out in March people holding off to see what the benchmarks are like. Would explain the prices
#13
I want to get this ... but I'm still on ivybridge which means I also have to buy DDR4 ram and a new CPU :|
1 Like #14
Neostar
I want to get this ... but I'm still on ivybridge which means I also have to buy DDR4 ram and a new CPU :|
I'm still on Sandybridge, good ol' 2600k still firing me through 2017.

Amazing price for this board though. I did have this ordered for the £130 price a while back but I cancelled it, maybe this is a sign... ?
#15
Ooh tempted and a cracking price, but last time I ordered a 1-2 month item for delivery from Amazon they cancelled it a week before despatch :(

Voted hot though as incredible price if it's honoured
#16
No brainer
#17
Apart from the ASUS bit the op title sounded like it belongs in a Lovehoney thread...
#18
Paid about 140-150 I think back in August. Good motherboard, steal for that price
#19
Hot.
#20
Amazing price. Heat added!
#21
Looks good. Hope an m-itx deal like this comes up soon.
#22
good price, but only if you are not in a hurry
Usually dispatched within 1 to 2 months
#23
Well worth the price, have some heat.
#24
Neostar
I want to get this ... but I'm still on ivybridge which means I also have to buy DDR4 ram and a new CPU :|


In the same boat
#25
This likely to need a BIOS update for Kaby processor?
#26
Themadcow
Looks good. Hope an m-itx deal like this comes up soon.

+1. I need one for a future 4k HTPC build.
3 Likes #27
dozstanford
JC2MULTIPLAYER000
dozstanford
Nothing like watching the value of your prized £2000 gaming rig plummet by the second.
as long as the performance doesn't plummet you're fine ;)
In theory this is very true, in reality or rather psychologically when you saved and saved and saved some more to get the very best you can possibly afford, it's depressing enough to almost shed a tear. (I didn't have a gaming PC between 2009 and 2016 because I was skint so the epic devaluation is all the more of a shock).

It is unfortunate, and I can definitely sympathise. However, IMHO the high or enthusiast end PC components and indeed full pre-built high end PCs too are best left to those fortunate enough to have money to burn. The smart buys are in the budget and mid range, which can often perform to within 20% or even 10% of their more expensive counterparts, the value in high end gear just isn't there.

All PC parts deteriorate in value but IME budget and mid range parts seem to hold their value better generally, look at graphics cards like the GTX970, still fetching up to about 70-80%+ of what they did when new! Even if some parts don't at least you haven't lost so much since they simply didn't cost so much to start with....

Edited By: ST3123 on Jan 22, 2017 13:47
1 Like #28
just watched a 2 month old used one sell for £145 + post on a certain auction site!
1 Like #29
saund3rs
Neostar
I want to get this ... but I'm still on ivybridge which means I also have to buy DDR4 ram and a new CPU :|
I'm still on Sandybridge, good ol' 2600k still firing me through 2017.
Amazing price for this board though. I did have this ordered for the £130 price a while back but I cancelled it, maybe this is a sign... ?

The 2600k is still a brilliant CPU. I've been running it since release and cannot bring myself to replace it. The only issue it's in a massive rig at the moment (Fractal Design Define XL). If I could find a decent m-atx board to run it and a smaller case, I'd be happy for a few more years I'd think.
#30
Just bought a AS Rock extreme4...but all gone now, 1-2 months wait. Heat for the price!:D
5 Likes #31
dozstanford
Nothing like watching the value of your prized £2000 gaming rig plummet by the second.

I consider it acceptable to buy high end if you plan on keeping much of the setup for a considerable length of time, even if it is relegated to second machine duties for example. If you sell the entire machine 18 months after you bought all the parts then you will take a big hit. But it's not the best option.

I spent a great deal of moolah on an X58 setup (it was the highest end unlike LGA1151 here) late 2008 and the machine was still very capable up until last year, the only major changes were adding an SSD and swapping out the graphics cards on it a couple times. 8 years it lasted before the board failed. The original hard drives still worked, so when I checked out of curiosity they had run up >24,000 hours. Ergo the whole machine had. I am satisfied I got my money's worth from that outlay.

Likewise, people that dropped a decent amount of cash on say an i7 2600k 5-6 years ago find themselves with a system that would still generally be very capable if they have it tweaked up a little.

If you build and plan a machine to keep the majority of the components for at least 5 years you'll get your money's worth. People buy new cars for £25k and find after 3 years it's worth less than half that and seemingly don't even flinch when they trade it in and lose all the money. Of course if you kept it a long time, you'll probably get your money's worth.

It's not about price, it's about value for me.
#32
Shucks.. I thought £130 was a mispriced 2 months ago :(
#33
Crazy price! Thanks Op, ordered 8)
3 Likes #34
great! I have 1-2 months to explain to my girlfriend, why I need another motherboard...
#35
vulcanproject
dozstanford
Nothing like watching the value of your prized £2000 gaming rig plummet by the second.
I consider it acceptable to buy high end if you plan on keeping much of the setup for a considerable length of time, even if it is relegated to second machine duties for example. If you sell the entire machine 18 months after you bought all the parts then you will take a big hit. But it's not the best option.
I spent a great deal of moolah on an X58 setup (it was the highest end unlike LGA1151 here) late 2008 and the machine was still very capable up until last year, the only major changes were adding an SSD and swapping out the graphics cards on it a couple times. 8 years it lasted before the board failed. The original hard drives still worked, so when I checked out of curiosity they had run up >24,000 hours. Ergo the whole machine had. I am satisfied I got my money's worth from that outlay.
Likewise, people that dropped a decent amount of cash on say an i7 2600k 5-6 years ago find themselves with a system that would still generally be very capable if they have it tweaked up a little.
If you build and plan a machine to keep the majority of the components for at least 5 years you'll get your money's worth. People buy new cars for £25k and find after 3 years it's worth less than half that and seemingly don't even flinch when they trade it in and lose all the money. Of course if you kept it a long time, you'll probably get your money's worth.
It's not about price, it's about value for me.

Funny thing is that the higher end components appear to hold more value. I sold my old Q6600 with the motherboard, and separately the Geil Black Dragon memory and was pleasantly surprised at how much it all fetched.
3 Likes #36
tempt
1 - 2 month delivery, ordered two to sell them on later when they become hard to find.

Douche :(
#37
Good find. Have some heat. The 1 -2 month delivery will hopefully give us a buffer to see how Zen performs.
#38
Any other bargain deals out there to go with it? RAM? Processor?
#39
Thoughtful
vulcanproject
dozstanford
Nothing like watching the value of your prized £2000 gaming rig plummet by the second.
I consider it acceptable to buy high end if you plan on keeping much of the setup for a considerable length of time, even if it is relegated to second machine duties for example. If you sell the entire machine 18 months after you bought all the parts then you will take a big hit. But it's not the best option.
I spent a great deal of moolah on an X58 setup (it was the highest end unlike LGA1151 here) late 2008 and the machine was still very capable up until last year, the only major changes were adding an SSD and swapping out the graphics cards on it a couple times. 8 years it lasted before the board failed. The original hard drives still worked, so when I checked out of curiosity they had run up >24,000 hours. Ergo the whole machine had. I am satisfied I got my money's worth from that outlay.
Likewise, people that dropped a decent amount of cash on say an i7 2600k 5-6 years ago find themselves with a system that would still generally be very capable if they have it tweaked up a little.
If you build and plan a machine to keep the majority of the components for at least 5 years you'll get your money's worth. People buy new cars for £25k and find after 3 years it's worth less than half that and seemingly don't even flinch when they trade it in and lose all the money. Of course if you kept it a long time, you'll probably get your money's worth.
It's not about price, it's about value for me.
Funny thing is that the higher end components appear to hold more value. I sold my old Q6600 with the motherboard, and separately the Geil Black Dragon memory and was pleasantly surprised at how much it all fetched.

Indeed they do. Trading in parts like that for upgrades can still be worthwhile. The only reason I didn't get another X58 board so I didn't have to dismantle the machine for parts (that I have sold and still recovered money on) was because secondhand, you'll be lucky to find one for less than £130.

They went out of production about 6 years ago! £130 for a used old platform didn't seem like value to me in late 2016. But if you had one, you would get a decent return on it if you sold it, clearly.

Much like cars then, computer systems are typically worth more sold off piecemeal as parts than as a whole. Unless you have to, don't sell off an old system together. Break it up and sell individually.
1 Like #40
Jonnyblock
Any other bargain deals out there to go with it? RAM? Processor?
16gb RAM for £80

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