Asus Maximus VIII Hero Socket 1151 ATX Motherboard £114.95 + free delivery @ AWD-IT
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Asus Maximus VIII Hero Socket 1151 ATX Motherboard £114.95 + free delivery @ AWD-IT

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Found 12th Nov
AWD IT have the Asus Maximus VIII Hero Socket 1151 motherboard for £114.95. Last time this board was posted at £125.99 it got 400 plus heat.

Also has an additional option to get the Asus X-Large ROG Sheath Gaming Mouse Pad for an extra £18.95 which they're selling alone for £28.99.

Great motherboard for the price, even if it is a bit older.

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dead socket.

don't reckon i would go for z170 board, this board is now 2 generations behind and offers zero upgrade path in the future. You could probably pick up a z370 motherboard for not much more than this and be on the latest platform. Good price if this was a newer chipset but difficult to justify it.

Yes it's a socket that will take 6 and 7 series CPUs only. However I have this and it's brilliant. For those where this socket will suffice, this board is near the top end and highly regarded. I got it for £250, 18 months ago.
For those who are buying new and building pc to take advantage of the 8 series CPUs, should do better to get a current appropriate chipset.
Edited by: "polarbaba" 12th Nov

I'm not sure why these threads are created without mentioning the important part:

This is a Z170.

This will support 6xxx chips and with a bios update, they can support 7xxx chips.

They cannot support 8xxx chips.

Calling this a socket 1151 is worthless as Intel have clouded the concept of socket 1151.

I also clarified just incase some unfortunate got it for thier 8 series i7!!!
Edited by: "polarbaba" 12th Nov

This paired with a 7700k for under £400 isn’t a bad build tbf

matt13914 m ago

This paired with a 7700k for under £400 isn’t a bad build tbf


not a bad build but with CPU's moving towards having more and more cores with the release of ryzen and intel bringing out there own 6-8core varients, this generation may not age as kindly as the older intel cpu's have done. Personally if i was serious about spending intel sort of cash, i would wait for coffee lakes availabilty to improve which will drive there prices back down to acceptable levels, then buy the 8700k with a z370 motherboard. This isn't to say z170 is rubbish and that the 6700-7700k isnt any good anymore, but to buy it new at this stage of its life cycle would be a poor purchase when the overall cost wouldnt be too disimular to a new gen chip(when the prices have settled)

Leeman207 m ago

not a bad build but with CPU's moving towards having more and more cores …not a bad build but with CPU's moving towards having more and more cores with the release of ryzen and intel bringing out there own 6-8core varients, this generation may not age as kindly as the older intel cpu's have done. Personally if i was serious about spending intel sort of cash, i would wait for coffee lakes availabilty to improve which will drive there prices back down to acceptable levels, then buy the 8700k with a z370 motherboard. This isn't to say z170 is rubbish and that the 6700-7700k isnt any good anymore, but to buy it new at this stage of its life cycle would be a poor purchase when the overall cost wouldnt be too disimular to a new gen chip(when the prices have settled)


All very valid points. I see it as if you’re not willing to wait, then sky/Kabylake is still superior to Ryzen for gaming (assuming you only game and don’t do any video rendering)

matt13923 m ago

This paired with a 7700k for under £400 isn’t a bad build tbf



I'd say that it is compared to a £175 R5 1600 paired with an £80 B350 motherboard. Paying so much for a four core chip on a dead socket with zero upgrade path is insane IMO. Give up that 10% on the dong-waving average framerate number that doesn't matter to you unless you actually have a 144Hz+ monitor and a graphics card to drive it, save £150, have an upgrade path for the next several years. Or buy an 8400 and a mid-range Z370 board even, again offering you an upgrade path and working out cheaper than this plus a 7700K.

Regardless of how high end and expensive this board was in its day, that day is long gone already and buying into it is a trap at this point. You can get a far better deal on a newer platform.

Aretak11 m ago

I'd say that it is compared to a £175 R5 1600 paired with an £80 B350 m …I'd say that it is compared to a £175 R5 1600 paired with an £80 B350 motherboard. Paying so much for a four core chip on a dead socket with zero upgrade path is insane IMO. Give up that 10% on the dong-waving average framerate number that doesn't matter to you unless you actually have a 144Hz+ monitor and a graphics card to drive it, save £150, have an upgrade path for the next several years. Or buy an 8400 and a mid-range Z370 board even, again offering you an upgrade path and working out cheaper than this plus a 7700K.Regardless of how high end and expensive this board was in its day, that day is long gone already and buying into it is a trap at this point. You can get a far better deal on a newer platform.


without sounding like an AMD fan boy, Ryzen does make a lot of sense for anyone looking to get into mid-high end gaming. There 1600 processor is possibly the pick of the bunch and the value of there motherboards is also something to consider as intel does ask a premium for there overclock-able boards which you should be using if you buy a K processor. I also agree about monitors, something that is often overlooked when gaming is how important your refresh rate is to the performance your going to get in a game. Another big bonus to AMD is they have confirmed that they are going to be supporting there current line up of motherboards with the newer gen chips when they come out next year, offering a great upgrade path without having to replace both cpu and board. The newer intel chips with there over inflated prices due to demand and stock levels, are only viable for people who have a lot of money to burn and want the very best gaming performance.

So AMD have stated they'll be supporting the AM4 chipset for the next two generation socket (I think thats what they stated).my concern is that they'll do the same as Intel and 'support' the socket but requires a new mobo with new chipset like the z370 has done.
Thoughts?
I was about to buy and 8600k and z370 mobo but am concerned of the pack of upgrade paths in the future.
I've had a phenom ii 555 (7 years old and still gaming on It!) And the thing has been absolutely solid.
This discussion is persuading me to stick to AMD

"Are you not Entertained "?...

joeyjoejoe12 m ago

So AMD have stated they'll be supporting the AM4 chipset for the next two …So AMD have stated they'll be supporting the AM4 chipset for the next two generation socket (I think thats what they stated).my concern is that they'll do the same as Intel and 'support' the socket but requires a new mobo with new chipset like the z370 has done.Thoughts?I was about to buy and 8600k and z370 mobo but am concerned of the pack of upgrade paths in the future.I've had a phenom ii 555 (7 years old and still gaming on It!) And the thing has been absolutely solid. This discussion is persuading me to stick to AMD


AMD don't have enough of a loyal following to screw their customers over the way intel do.

I know i shouldnt be, but im enticed to Intel by the numbers. 8600k clocks at 4.6ghz whereas even the top of the line 1800x only clocks 4.0ghz.
On top of That, ive read that ryzen can be very picky about which ram sticks will work. To be fair though I'm out of touch with ryzen recently as I've researched Intel so much

Good price for a high end Z170 board.

Skylake/Kabylake should easily last you another 2-3 years so if you can get a cpu for cheap why not.

Don't bother with Coffeelake, just a couple months ago everyone was buying 7700K just because they got a 6 core chip out don't make it any less faster.
Edited by: "pcangeldust" 13th Nov

joeyjoejoe1 h, 53 m ago

So AMD have stated they'll be supporting the AM4 chipset for the next two …So AMD have stated they'll be supporting the AM4 chipset for the next two generation socket (I think thats what they stated).my concern is that they'll do the same as Intel and 'support' the socket but requires a new mobo with new chipset like the z370 has done.Thoughts?I was about to buy and 8600k and z370 mobo but am concerned of the pack of upgrade paths in the future.I've had a phenom ii 555 (7 years old and still gaming on It!) And the thing has been absolutely solid. This discussion is persuading me to stick to AMD


Well... if you had a phenom II 555 for 7 years without upgrading it, then I wonder why you may need to do so in the future. My guess is that you'll be fine with any current midrange CPU (4 core, max 6 core) from Intel or AMD without upgrading it for the next 5-7 years. I guess durability is more important for you than upgrade paths.

I wonder how many people upgrade their CPU. I think I've never done it.

joeyjoejoe1 h, 39 m ago

I know i shouldnt be, but im enticed to Intel by the numbers. 8600k clocks …I know i shouldnt be, but im enticed to Intel by the numbers. 8600k clocks at 4.6ghz whereas even the top of the line 1800x only clocks 4.0ghz.On top of That, ive read that ryzen can be very picky about which ram sticks will work. To be fair though I'm out of touch with ryzen recently as I've researched Intel so much




Nooooo don't get suckled into the Ghz wars, frequency across brands is meaningless, Hell frequency across generations is meaningless.

Don't get suckered by what is little more than marketing these days.

pcangeldust33 m ago

Good price for a high end Z170 board. Skylake/Kabylake should easily last …Good price for a high end Z170 board. Skylake/Kabylake should easily last you another 2-3 years so if you can get a cpu for cheap why not.Don't bother with Coffeelake, just a couple months ago everyone was buying 7700K just because they got a 6 core chip out don't make it any less faster.


Except next gen + more cores will likely mean it is faster

Cash flow has been problematic over the last 7 years lol. Plus the phenom ii had met my requirements for almost all of that time. But now I have a new job and definitely need to upgrade. I'll mull over my choice and take a serious look at the ryzen chips again. Thanks for the advice all

jomay21 m ago

Well... if you had a phenom II 555 for 7 years without upgrading it, then …Well... if you had a phenom II 555 for 7 years without upgrading it, then I wonder why you may need to do so in the future. My guess is that you'll be fine with any current midrange CPU (4 core, max 6 core) from Intel or AMD without upgrading it for the next 5-7 years. I guess durability is more important for you than upgrade paths.I wonder how many people upgrade their CPU. I think I've never done it.



I would have though a lot of people that build their PC would want to upgrade their CPU at some point, obviously the problem lately is that there hasn't been enough of a jump in performance. Hopefully that will change if AMD start to compete again.

Leeman2011 h, 1 m ago

not a bad build but with CPU's moving towards having more and more cores …not a bad build but with CPU's moving towards having more and more cores with the release of ryzen and intel bringing out there own 6-8core varients, this generation may not age as kindly as the older intel cpu's have done. Personally if i was serious about spending intel sort of cash, i would wait for coffee lakes availabilty to improve which will drive there prices back down to acceptable levels, then buy the 8700k with a z370 motherboard. This isn't to say z170 is rubbish and that the 6700-7700k isnt any good anymore, but to buy it new at this stage of its life cycle would be a poor purchase when the overall cost wouldnt be too disimular to a new gen chip(when the prices have settled)


You know you can get a z370+the 8100 for 200, right?

Nate149216 m ago

You know you can get a z370+the 8100 for 200, right?



I would rather get a cheap B350 board and a 1200 to overclock.

Cracking board, I’ve got a Maximus VIII Formula which I got under two years ago with a 6600k then upgraded to a 7700k and is a beast. Intel just love changing boards and sockets so often just to make money lol

CoeK2 h, 41 m ago

I would have though a lot of people that build their PC would want to …I would have though a lot of people that build their PC would want to upgrade their CPU at some point, obviously the problem lately is that there hasn't been enough of a jump in performance. Hopefully that will change if AMD start to compete again.


Well, in theory upgrading sounds good. But a current system should be adequate for me for many many years (4-6 years or more) and then it simply makes sense to buy a new system altogether. But maybe it's still a good idea to get the newest chipset and chip so it lasts a bit longer.

That said, practice looks different for me: my current system is merely 1 year old and I've had many different systems over the last 5 years - I simply sold them on ebay and bought entirely new ones (several HP microserver and tower servers, a Z77, a 3930k, now a 6600k). I do expect my 6600k to last 4-6 years, though.

jomay3 m ago

Well, in theory upgrading sounds good. But a current system should be …Well, in theory upgrading sounds good. But a current system should be adequate for me for many many years (4-6 years or more) and then it simply makes sense to buy a new system altogether. But maybe it's still a good idea to get the newest chipset and chip so it lasts a bit longer.That said, practice looks different for me: my current system is merely 1 year old and I've had many different systems over the last 5 years - I simply sold them on ebay and bought entirely new ones (several HP microserver and tower servers, a Z77, a 3930k, now a 6600k). I do expect my 6600k to last 4-6 years, though.



I am hoping for some good jumps in the next few years. Better than the last few anyway.

Got this board paired with a 7700k. Good board, good combination.
Unfortunately time moves on and every 6 months something new comes along. Indeed this is why I have a 7th gen cpu with a z170 chipset, because I got the board cheap (thanks hukd) but waited around so long for the 6700k to drop that they brought out the 7700k. If I had the money to buy again I'd be looking for 8th gen cpu with z370 chipset.
This is a high spec (if dated) motherboard which if you can pick up a bargain 6th or 7th gen cpu will give you plenty of power for everyone apart from avid gamers.

CoeK10 h, 57 m ago

I am hoping for some good jumps in the next few years. Better than the …I am hoping for some good jumps in the next few years. Better than the last few anyway.


Got married recently?

CraigT4 m ago

Got married recently?

Haha not yet.

joeyjoejoe13th Nov

So AMD have stated they'll be supporting the AM4 chipset for the next two …So AMD have stated they'll be supporting the AM4 chipset for the next two generation socket (I think thats what they stated).my concern is that they'll do the same as Intel and 'support' the socket but requires a new mobo with new chipset like the z370 has done.Thoughts?I was about to buy and 8600k and z370 mobo but am concerned of the pack of upgrade paths in the future.I've had a phenom ii 555 (7 years old and still gaming on It!) And the thing has been absolutely solid. This discussion is persuading me to stick to AMD


AMD make all sorts of claims, which seem to fall through at some point in time.

But let's pretend it holds true.

They have released + versions of every socket so far, within 2 years of the first (or less) since they began the AM series. The AM3 worked, but the AM3+ was better.

But here's the thing.

Who upgrades CPU/Motherboard within a year or two of purchase anyway?

Take yourself for example. You stuck with the AMD Phenom for 7 years. You stuck with, demonstrably, a very bad CPU for 7 years. You will easily be perfect with the 8600k and z370. You won't buy a new CPU before 2020, and then both companies will have new sockets/motherboards anyway. You'll probably wait another 2 or 3 years after that and only consider an upgrade when multiple sockets/boards have been and gone anyway.

If you think the 8600k+z370 is a good price and fit for you right now, then it's perfectly fine to buy it right now.

Nate14925 h, 26 m ago

AMD make all sorts of claims, which seem to fall through at some point in …AMD make all sorts of claims, which seem to fall through at some point in time.But let's pretend it holds true.They have released + versions of every socket so far, within 2 years of the first (or less) since they began the AM series. The AM3 worked, but the AM3+ was better.But here's the thing.Who upgrades CPU/Motherboard within a year or two of purchase anyway?Take yourself for example. You stuck with the AMD Phenom for 7 years. You stuck with, demonstrably, a very bad CPU for 7 years. You will easily be perfect with the 8600k and z370. You won't buy a new CPU before 2020, and then both companies will have new sockets/motherboards anyway. You'll probably wait another 2 or 3 years after that and only consider an upgrade when multiple sockets/boards have been and gone anyway.If you think the 8600k+z370 is a good price and fit for you right now, then it's perfectly fine to buy it right now.

That's sound advice thank you.
I'd only argue with your point about the phenom though. What made the phenom ii so bad? Admittedly I dont program or render anything but i do alot of number crunching in GIS suites as well as gaming and have never found it to be a problem until the last year.
Anyways that's irrelevant, i think that AMD have made a big push with ryzen but don't quite hit the sweet spot for what i need/want

joeyjoejoe1 h, 16 m ago

That's sound advice thank you.I'd only argue with your point about the …That's sound advice thank you.I'd only argue with your point about the phenom though. What made the phenom ii so bad? Admittedly I dont program or render anything but i do alot of number crunching in GIS suites as well as gaming and have never found it to be a problem until the last year.Anyways that's irrelevant, i think that AMD have made a big push with ryzen but don't quite hit the sweet spot for what i need/want



It's honestly not that bad, I just know that stacked up to the i5 2500, it's not so good.

It's probably just because it was so close to the Bulldozer release that it has been looked down upon.

Ryzen is certainly a step in the right direction and certainly has made for a more competitive market.

Nate149210 h, 17 m ago

It's honestly not that bad, I just know that stacked up to the i5 2500, …It's honestly not that bad, I just know that stacked up to the i5 2500, it's not so good.It's probably just because it was so close to the Bulldozer release that it has been looked down upon.Ryzen is certainly a step in the right direction and certainly has made for a more competitive market.

Phenom ii was released before bulldozer. If memory serves correct bulldozer was received poorly compares to phenom ii

joeyjoejoe7 h, 1 m ago

Phenom ii was released before bulldozer. If memory serves correct …Phenom ii was released before bulldozer. If memory serves correct bulldozer was received poorly compares to phenom ii


Bulldozer was received poorly because literally everything on the market was better. AMD lied about the core count.

And of course, it doesn't outperform it's predecessor by much... But that still leaves the Phenom behind the Bulldozer.
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