ASUS Republic of Gamers Maximus VIII Hero is one off the best boards for new Skylake platform, but the Hero lack some off features that competitors are offering, like WiFi and more connectivity features. So ASUS introduce new variant the Maximus VIII Hero Alpha with add features and functions.
The new Maximus VIII Hero Alpha comes Dual 32Gbps U.2 ports for NVMe, up to three PCI Express RAID Devices and better connectivity with 2×2 802.11 AC MU-MIMO WIFI and two RGB LED strip headers onboard for lighting customization. Other than that, most thing are same as previous Maximus VIII Hero, but Maximus VIII Hero Alpha sacrifice its SATA Express connectors for U.2 ports. The new Maximus VIII Hero Alpha come with little premium price over Maximus VIII Hero.
Processor/CPU socket: LGA1151 socket for 6th-generation Intel Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron processors
Chipset: Intel Z170 Express
Memory: 4 x DIMMs, up to a maximum of 64GB, DDR4 3800MHz (OC), Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) supported
Expansion slots: 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (x16, x8/x8 modes supported), 1 x PCIe 3.0 slot (maximum x4 mode supported), 3 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots
Graphics (VGA): Integrated Intel HD Graphics processor, DisplayPort 1.2 with maximum resolution of 4096 x 2304 at 60Hz, HDMI with maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 at 24Hz, Intel InTru 3D / Quick Sync Video / Clear Video HD Technology / Insider™
Multi-GPU: Two-way/quad-GPU NVIDIA SLI and three-way/quad-GPU AMD CrossFireX technology
Storage: 6 x SATA 6.0Gbit/s, 2 x U.2, 1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices supported (both PCIe 3.0 and SATA modes supported)
Networking/LAN/Wireless: Intel I219-V Gigabit LAN with ASUS LANGuard and GameFirst IVBeta, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Supports dual band frequency 2.4/5 GHz, Supports MU-MIMO
USB/Thunderbolt: 2 x USB 3.1 ports (1 x Type-A and 1 x Type-C ports), 6 x USB 3.0 ports (2 on back panel, 4 mid-board), 6 x USB 2.0 ports (2 on back panel, 4 mid-board), 1 x Thunderbolt 3 (Type-C on back panel)
Audio: ROG SupremeFX 2015 8-channel high-definition audio, SupremeFX shielding technology, ESS ES9023P high-definition DAC, 2VRMS headphone amp (32-600 ohms), Jack-detection, multi-streaming, front-panel mic jack-retasking, Optical S/PDIF-out port on back panel
Dimensions / form factor: ATX, 12in x 9.6in (30.5 x 24.4cm)