ASUS ROG is requesting our best suggestions for ROG product improvements. As a moderator I won’t have the ability to implement your suggestions but I will be picking some of the best to highlight for the ROG team so they know what matters to us, the community.
Some guidelines for this thread: 1) Keep it positive and constructive. In most of the forum I try to allow you all to express your thoughts freely (within reason). This thread has the express purpose of generating constructive suggestions so I will be moderating this thread and deleting posts that do not contribute to that goal. 2) Keep it concise and on topic. Some minor discussion regarding a specific suggestion is welcome but if you would like to have a longer conversation I ask you start an additional thread and link it in your post here. You can also request a moderator move your posts if you have need. 3) Try for realistic ideas that appeal broadly to gamers. A small improvement on an existing ROG product is much more likely to get chosen than an entirely new product that only matters to a small number of people. 4) Support your favorites! You don’t have to come up with a suggestion to help. If you see something you like, quote it and say so! More support for an idea improves its chances.
EDIT: I’ve updated the titles for these feedback threads to reflect that this is primarily for *future* products. Sorry for the lack of clarity. While there is a chance some ideas could be implemented via software updates it’s most likely any suggestions would be rolled into new products. Also, these threads are not for issue reporting and such posts won’t reach the right people. Please post issues in the ROG Care > Hardware & Software Support section. Or contact ASUS support via phone or email for immediate assistance.
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The best thing ASUS can do is start by keeping their dependencies(software) up-to-date. This includes drivers etc. For the past twenty years that I've used their hardware they have had this bad practice and it leads to instability (especially when OEMs modify the code bases provided by Intel/AMD). Setting up some proper CI/CD and keeping everything up-to-date would be a clear win.
1. PCH - Better chipset cooling, don't clad it in plastic and RGB. 100°C is not OK. 2. Realtek USB Audio - Allow Spatial audio to be used on rear analogue output. 3. Front Panel Connections - Use a right angle connector for USB. Asus Q Connector should be supplied with all motherboards.
It's more of a bug report than a suggestion, but please, could you have a look at AI OC feature on Z790 boards with i9-13900K? Specifically Z790 MAXIMUS HERO. I tried like 3-4 last test bioses released on this forum, even stable version but I just can't make it work properly with chromium and electron apps. Intel ME and all other drivers are up to date. Windows 11 22H2 (updated) - all the specs are on my profile for more info.
The only BIOS version that worked correctly for me was 0502 - which is outdated and I need those other fixes in newer bioses, so I would prefer to wait without AI OC on for now until fixed.
Tried all XMP profiles - even with XMP off, but when AI OC is turned on, no matter what, it just crashes those apps I mentioned randomly (those that uses chromium or electron, like chrome tabs, discord, etc.). All memtest always passed multiple times. GPU OC is also off to test if it would work with no luck.
I own a Asus ROG Maximus Z790 Extreme and I have a few things to say that could be better in future products.
1: Audio: I miss the easy equalizer settings Realtek had with older boards e.g "powerful" mode with ALC892 from Asus Sabertooth X79. The current equalizer presets available in Sonic Suite are not sounding as good requiring manual tweaking.
2: Internal USB 2.0 headers: It is a shame that even boards like the Rampage V Extreme X99 only had 1 header and this board has two. One watercooler may already require two headers on it's own and you may require extra for case RGB control and such.
So maybe create a ROG branded USB 2.0 hub that is an accessoire coming with the motherboard. I had to buy NZXT Internal USB 2.0 hub to get around this issue because of Corsair H170i requiring two (with own Y-splitter to use one) and one for Corsair link and case RGB control attached to NZXT hub.
I understand due to space limitations and newer generation USB connections it's not possible to fit onboard but please attempt to give alternative ways of connectivity for these type of devices.
3: SATA-connectivity: I'd like to see atleast 8 SATA-ports like older boards used to have, going back to 6-SATA ports is a downgrade compared to Asus Sabertooth X79. There is still people out there that enjoy having a lot of storage internally and not necessarily M.2. Now only Pro-ART series has enough ports.
4: The ROG DIMM.2 and M.2 connectivity: To counter limited SATA-ports to expand it with M.2 PCI-E to SATA-600 adapter it was attempted to fit in ROG DIMM.M2 Unfortunately plastic covers of the motherboard are blocking the SATA-connectors on adapter so it won't fit.
Maybe in future products this could be thought of to have M.2 cards positioned higher inside the ROG DIMM.2 to avoid possible blocking of non-SSD components. This also counts for onboard M.2 slots at PCI-E slots, these connectors do not allow connecting because onboard connector is positioned in such a way SATA-ports must point down the board. This limits the flexibility of using these M.2 ports.
5: Onboard GPU connectivity: Give atleast two connectors with a choice between either DisplayPort or HDMI, this board only has one HDMI but no displayport.
6: Rear I/O connectivity Aside of analog-audio having LED illumination, maybe all ports could be outlined/illuminated in their respective port colours or ROG colour scheme.
Provide proper heat sink for the PCH chipset. Nothing bothers me than seeing my CPU at 40+C and the PCH at 60+C.
Provide a small LCD screen to show key motherboard status such as POST status while booting, CPU, GPU temperature, etc. that users can install at the front of the casing. Best if this can be done without installing additional software (i.e., draw the data directly from BIOS or Windows)
Move all NVME drives from the motherboard to a PCIE interface card to allow easy replacement and upgrade (e.g., able to move the card to a new motherboard when upgrading instead of needing to remove and reinstall the drives one by one). The PCIE interface card should be able to support six to eight slots for NVME drives. If this can be done, it would be timely to reduce to two or one SATA ports and re-direct all the bandwidth to the PCIE.
close proximity of M.2 Slot next to GPU and PCH heat sink. On Z790 Hero. The large PCH heat sink make it unable to install active cooling heatsink for M.2. Not only that. M.2 are right next to GPU, which doesnt help with cooling.