Idk where you got your information but the Maximus VIII Hero is neither ridiculous expensive, nor does it have “Terrible reviews.”
Amazon average: 4
PCPartPicker: 4.8 out of 5
Fact of the matter is everyone who knows what they’re talking about says it’s a great board, and you can get it for 199.99. For a good motherboard, that’s extremely well priced. Versus the brand new X99 chipset boards that cost minimum $400.
I appreciate you participating in the sh*storm against this ignorant lying BS article, but get your research right. Also, I have this board, and it’s stellar.