Friday, March 30th 2018

ASUS ROG Crosshair VII X470 Motherboard Leaked

ASUS' top of the line X470 motherboard for the upcoming AMD Ryzen 200 series of CPUs has seen some sexy leaked images of it on the web. The new motherboard features, among other things, full drop-in support for AMD'snew 2000 series CPUs - without the need for any BIOS fiddling. The software features are expected to be on par with its X370 counterpart, with some added magic dust thrown in for the sake of keeping things fresh.

Hardware-wise, though, there are some slight changes as well. The most relevant of these is the addition of a second M.2 slot, for users who want to take their builds based on this form-factor to another level - smaller drives than the usual 2.5" is always welcome - and they usually look much better as well. One of the M.2 slots features a pre-installed heatsink for better heat dissipation. Other features include 6 SATA III ports (a decline from the X370 version's 8 due to the inclusion of the extra M.2 slot) and two less USB slots (from a total of 14 in the X370 to 12 on the X470) in exchange for a PS/2 port... Arguably the strangest "improvement" to the design. The heatsink design has been slightly reworked as well, in an effort to keep things fresh, but the power delivery mechanism seems to be the same. Don't ruin what works, right?
Source: Videocardz
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22 Comments on ASUS ROG Crosshair VII X470 Motherboard Leaked

#1
HTC
... two less USB slots (from a total of 14 in the X370 to 12 on the X470) in exchange for a PS/2 port...
Perhaps to cater to those afflicted with issues when, for some reason, some (all?) USB ports stop working, thus negating both mouse and keyboard?

Didn't @ least one of the Meltdown patches, a while back, brake USB ports functionality on some systems? Perhaps i'm remembering wrong: not sure.
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eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
@cdawall probably better yields than CH6 lol
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#3
windwhirl
Will anyone actually care about getting 12 USB ports instead of 14?

I mean, I have around six or seven ports constantly in use (keyboard, mouse, a gamepad, printer, WiFi dongle, speakers and sometimes a flash drive) so I don't really know if there are a lot of people who actually need 14 ports in the back...

Also, I don't really think many people will miss having 8 SATA ports. Though I guess you could add more through expansion cards.
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#4
Tomorrow
Looks ok tho im dissapointed than that they brought back legacy PS/2 port for some reason. Dissapointed to see no 90 degree ATX24 connector that CH VI Extreme had.
Hoping they will relase CH VII Extreme later. 90 degree ATX24, E-ATX and more.
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#5
mcraygsx
It is missing a Reset button cap, there used to be 8 SATA ports and no RGB on m.2 HS unlike other high end maximux boards.
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#6
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
eidairaman1 said:
@cdawall probably better yields than CH6 lol
You mean so I wont kill like 6 of them?
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eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
cdawall said:
You mean so I wont kill like 6 of them?
Affirmative
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#8
R-T-B
Tomorrow said:
Looks ok tho im dissapointed than that they brought back legacy PS/2 port for some reason. Dissapointed to see no 90 degree ATX24 connector that CH VI Extreme had.
Hoping they will relase CH VII Extreme later. 90 degree ATX24, E-ATX and more.
"Legacy" PS/2 is still my goto keyboard port, for full n-key rollover and interupt-based response times.
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#9
Bones
Making everything USB dependent isn't a smart thing to do.
The USB controller craps out, you're out of luck.

With a redundant PS2 port it's still possible to make use of it if only to order another one.... And I've had to use a crippled board to order it's replacement before, not fun but I got it done.

I'm glad to see it's included even if most aren't.
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#10
ShockG
It would be hard to get to the differences between the CH VI and the CHVII by simply looking at the motherboards.
For instance the assumption that the VRM is identical to that on the CHVII is likely off the mark, in fact chances are it is. There may be changes made there and the will be a reason why this was done. That is worth investigating in the eventual review, but the way motherboard testing is done these days, I have little to no hope of this, outside of what Der8auer's Youtube channel doing it.

Either way, CHVI was the most solid offering of the entire X370 outside of the teething issues (measured results, not LED's and fan headers as comparison), I've little to no reason to think the CHVII won't repeat this if not by an even wider margin. Mid April can't come soon enough for sure. :)
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eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
ShockG said:
It would be hard to get to the differences between the CH VI and the CHVII by simply looking at the motherboards.
For instance the assumption that the VRM is identical to that on the CHVII is likely off the mark, in fact chances are it is. There may be changes made there and the will be a reason why this was done. That is worth investigating in the eventual review, but the way motherboard testing is done these days, I have little to no hope of this, outside of what Der8auer's Youtube channel doing it.

Either way, CHVI was the most solid offering of the entire X370 outside of the teething issues (measured results, not LED's and fan headers as comparison), I've little to no reason to think the CHVII won't repeat this if not by an even wider margin. Mid April can't come soon enough for sure. :)
Ch7 should be lessons learned from ch6 and initial ryzen launch.
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#12
ShockG
eidairaman1 said:
Ch7 should be lessons learned from ch6 and initial ryzen launch.
Most certainly.
Despite whatever issues that may have existed, AMD has once again sent out their Media packs with an ROG board obviously and their CPUs. They must have some confidence in this combination of hardware. At worst it simply has to be better than the first time around. AMD has got this under control :)
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#13
Fx
HTC said:
Perhaps to cater to those afflicted with issues when, for some reason, some (all?) USB ports stop working, thus negating both mouse and keyboard?

Didn't @ least one of the Meltdown patches, a while back, brake USB ports functionality on some systems? Perhaps i'm remembering wrong: not sure.
Yep! Oddly enough I've had to use the ol' PS/2 from time to time in many computers over the years.

windwhirl said:
Will anyone actually care about getting 12 USB ports instead of 14?

Also, I don't really think many people will miss having 8 SATA ports. Though I guess you could add more through expansion cards.
I certainly don't need 14 USB ports, but I do care about the 8 SATA ports. This is needed when you are creating file servers out of towers. Take a Fractal Design Refine R4/R5 (8 bays) and slap in some HDDs for sexy simple storage.
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#14
HTC
Fx said:
Yep! Oddly enough I've had to use the ol' PS2 from time to time in many computers over the years.
That's the most logical reason, IMO.

When i got my new Ryzen system, i already knew that i would trouble installing Windows 7 because the USB ports were all disabled (both my keyboard and mouse are USB only).

I got so fed up with it that i ditched Windows, permanently: currently using Ubuntu.
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#15
Fx
HTC said:
That's the most logical reason, IMO.

When i got my new Ryzen system, i already knew that i would trouble installing Windows 7 because the USB ports were all disabled (both my keyboard and mouse are USB only).

I got so fed up with it that i ditched Windows, permanently: currently using Ubuntu.
I hear you; I'm still rolling Win7 myself. I hate Win10 for two reasons. M$ disrespecting my privacy and the UI layout/reorganization. What I really think I am going to do is have two rigs going forward. The latest M$ OS strictly for gaming and linux (probably Ubuntu) for personal use.
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#16
windwhirl
Fx said:
Yep! Oddly enough I've had to use the ol' PS/2 from time to time in many computers over the years.

I certainly don't need 14 USB ports, but I do care about the 8 SATA ports. This is needed when you are creating file servers out of towers. Take a Fractal Design Refine R4/R5 (8 bays) and slap in some HDDs for sexy simple storage.
I still keep a PS/2 keyboard around too, just in case.

A nice case by the way. And it has a 5.25" drive bay. I'll consider getting this one when I build my next PC, since I still kinda use a Blu-ray drive and I have other three drives (two HDDs and one SSD), and plan to add more.

HTC said:
That's the most logical reason, IMO.

When i got my new Ryzen system, i already knew that i would trouble installing Windows 7 because the USB ports were all disabled (both my keyboard and mouse are USB only).

I got so fed up with it that i ditched Windows, permanently: currently using Ubuntu.
Oh, I had trouble installing Windows 7 because of USB 3.0 controllers not being natively supported. The computer froze every time Windows 7 Setup finished loading. So as a workaround I went into UEFI and set the controllers to USB 2.0 only or something like that. Worked perfectly, and once I installed the drivers I turned USB 3.0 support back on.
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eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
With most having troubles of USB detection before Windows and other oddness presented them the reason to put PS/2 Ports back on, eh don't fix what ain't broke right, besides most USB keyboards/mice can be PS/2 adapted.
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#18
HTC
windwhirl said:
I still keep a PS/2 keyboard around too, just in case.

A nice case by the way. And it has a 5.25" drive bay. I'll consider getting this one when I build my next PC, since I still kinda use a Blu-ray drive and I have other three drives (two HDDs and one SSD), and plan to add more.



Oh, I had trouble installing Windows 7 because of USB 3.0 controllers not being natively supported. The computer froze every time Windows 7 Setup finished loading. So as a workaround I went into UEFI and set the controllers to USB 2.0 only or something like that. Worked perfectly, and once I installed the drivers I turned USB 3.0 support back on.
Wasn't able to do that: even USB 2.0 ports didn't work.

eidairaman1 said:
With most having troubles of USB detection before Windows and other oddness presented them the reason to put PS/2 Ports back on, eh don't fix what ain't broke right, besides most USB keyboards/mice can be PS/2 adapted.
Mine didn't "cooperate" like that.

It was not only that, really: between Windows trying to "force me" to upgrade to version 10 and that, not being able to properly install version 7 was the final straw.

But enough off topic.
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eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
HTC said:
Wasn't able to do that: even USB 2.0 ports didn't work.



Mine didn't "cooperate" like that.

It was not only that, really: between Windows trying to "force me" to upgrade to version 10 and that, not being able to properly install version 7 was the final straw.

But enough off topic.
Depends on the adapter and how they are wired.

Logitech adapters wont work with microsoft mice
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#20
Vlada011
I'm weak on ASUS ROG Motherboards.
For me no real high end hardware without ASUS ROG Motherboards from hard box.
They have special pack for Rampage Extreme, Crosshair Extreme, Maximus Extreme and Formula, Zenith Extreme.
They are necessary part of my builds.

I would like to ASUS start to launch mATX boards, similar like Maximus X Code or etc... same segment only smaller. Because Strix mATX is lower segment.
Why someone with single GPU to build in ATX motherboard. I'm more for E-ATX for Intel Xtreme or mATX for Intel Mainstream.
Seasonic 600W Fanless PSU, small motherboard, some nice watercooling, aluminium case, etc...
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#21
Totally
HTC said:
Perhaps to cater to those afflicted with issues when, for some reason, some (all?) USB ports stop working, thus negating both mouse and keyboard?

Didn't @ least one of the Meltdown patches, a while back, brake USB ports functionality on some systems? Perhaps i'm remembering wrong: not sure.
I believe this is an improvement for the extreme OC crowd something about USB instability at extreme C's and PS/2 being more reliable.
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#22
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
Totally said:
I believe this is an improvement for the extreme OC crowd something about USB instability at extreme C's and PS/2 being more reliable.
Thats where a decoupler needs to come into play considering USB functions were off the SB then NB.
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