With the ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme, Asus introduced its new motherboard premise for Ryzen processors, which attracts enthusiasts and overclocking enthusiasts with a multitude of functions. Taiwanese pay almost 820 euros for new top models.
Asus has introduced a new flagship motherboard for existing Ryzen processors like the Ryzen 9 5950X. The most notable feature of the Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme is the lack of fans: Finally, other recent versions also rely on the “X570S” I/O hub with optimized energy consumption. Much more newsworthy is that the E-ATX board offers 18 + 2 CPU power supplies with 90 A power stages. For this reason, it is primarily aimed at overclockers.
This is also evidenced by the various buttons on the board, including a CMOS clear button and a two-inch “LiveDash” OLED display above the first PCI Express port. Unlike the EVGA Z590 Dark, where the manufacturer only sent two RAM slots to the race to reduce interference, the Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme offers four slots for RAM. Here, up to 5,333 MHz (effective) and a maximum capacity of 128 GiBytes are possible.
Both PCI Express x16 slots are mechanically connected with 16 lanes, but only eight are available when using two graphics cards. If you are using a CPU from the Ryzen 3000 series, you will get PCI Express 4.0 here. The x1 slot may also offer PCI-Express 4.0, but it takes that from the “chipset”. There are also five M.2 M-Keys with four PCI Express 4.0 lanes, two of which are “ROG-DIMM.2 modules”.
Asus costs almost 820 euros for the pioneer
The LAN is available in two packages: once via an Intel I255-V controller with a maximum of 2.5 GBit/s and once via Marvell’s 10 GBit/s AQtion AQC113CS. Asus combines Realtek’s ALC4082 codec with an ESS-Sabre9018Q2C-DAC in the ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme, which promises high-quality sound. In terms of WLAN, Asus relies on a Wi-Fi 6E-AX210 module from Intel – the motherboard also offers Bluetooth 5.1. There are also plenty of USB ports, including two USB 3.2 “Gen2” with Type-C connectors. They also support Thunderbolt 4 via Intel’s JHL8540.
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While Asus has kept a low profile on launch and asking price on the product page, colleagues from Hardwareluxx have now learned more. Accordingly, the recommended retail price is 818 Euros. The portal was also informed that the Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme will be released this month.
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