I am building a new PC for gaming and I want to know the difference between the Maximus vi hero and z87 pro. The hero is a rog board, but the z87 pro seems to offer more features. The z87 pro gives 8 USB 2 while the hero only gives 6. Here is the rest of my build.
Corsiar Vengeance 8GB 1600
• Video Card
MSI Gaming gtx 770
Rosewill Blackhawk midtower case
Samsung 128GB SSD pro
• CPU Fan
Hyper 212 EVO
Western Digital Blue 1TB
The price has dropped so that the hero is only 10 dollars more than the pro. So what are the benefits of the hero over the pro? I plan to do some minor overclocking and heavy gaming.
The Hero ($220) and Z87 pro ($195) are great boards and I have recommended them many many times, but I gotta give the edge to the MSI GD65 ($190) for Better memory support, 3rd PCIE slot, Better LAN chipset, 2 S/PDIF port, Better military class components, Cheapest of the 3
Pro has WiFi/ BT
Hero has better Audio
Also creeping in is the Sabertooth, now just $10 more than the Hero at $230.
In the next tier the WS is one of my personal favs and the soon to drop Maximus VI Formula which is just so perty is likely to land at $340ish
Here's why Id take the GD65 tho in your proce range
MSI has been using components that meet or exceed MIL-STD-810G for some time as part of its Military Class build philosophy. Parts such as Super Ferrite Chokes that run at up to 35 degree Celsius lower temperatures, have a 30% higher current handling capacity, and a 20% improvement in power efficiency; Tantalum filled Hi-C Caps that are are up to 93% efficient; and "Dark Capacitors" that feature Lower ESR and a ten-year lifespan all tied into a PCB with improved temperature and humidity protections as part of the "Military Essentials" package......In the end MSI's Z87-GD65 is a board that comes with an expansive feature set that includes all your basics and the extras that set them apart such as the V-Check points, upper end audio, Dual BIOS ROMs, KIller Network package, Military Class IV package, and a three-year warranty. Couple that with good looks that carry the dragon theme through the board, and you have a winning combination at $189.
Now and again a motherboard appears that is so obviously brilliant, and so affordable, that we wonder if anything will be able to top it. For a while that crown was held by the ASUS Sabertooth, both in X58 and then P67 variants. Then MSI stole the crown with the Z77 MPower. Looking at the Z87 GD65 Gaming we think it's going to take something extraordinary to top it, such is the perfect storm of price, performance, features and looks.
The switch to Military Class 4 has given us an extremely ready overclocker too. You're always thermally limited when overclocking and the i7-4770K is one of the most demanding around. Considering the amount of cooling we're using we think that although the GD65 is capable of bringing 5GHz from our i7-4770K you'd need a proper water loop to make the most of it.
Performance is outstanding. The stock results were a particular highlight. We know a lot of people still just like to put their CPU in and go, without overclocking it first. Despite how easy it is these days we know that the fear factor still exists. So you'll be glad to know that the MSI Z87 GD65 Gaming really rocks hard even at stock settings. Naturally the overclocking is blistering too, with some OC3D records broken.
MSI have laid the gauntlet down to all the other manufacturers. Gorgeous to look at, blistering performance and all at a very affordable price, the MSI Z87 GD65 Gaming is not only the new benchmark for Z87 motherboards, but probably for all motherboards.
Sorry, posted that reply to the first answer. According to Tom's Hardware, the MSI g65 has less features than the pro.
"MSI’s Z87-GD65 Gaming can be purchased for $190, and we have no doubt the company will maintain its pricing structure. We believe it’s a slightly higher-quality product as well, though it’s impossible to overcome the fact that it offers fewer features."