Friday, July 30th 2021

ASUS Launches ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme Motherboard

ASUS today launched the Republic of Gamers (ROG) Crosshair VIII Extreme motherboard. This would go down as the first "Extreme" tier ROG Crosshair motherboard ever, as the AMD platform was relegated to "Formula" or "Hero" tiers. Built in the E-ATX form-factor, the board is based on the AMD X570 chipset (with fanless chipset cooling), comes with out of the box support for Ryzen 5000 "Vermeer" and Ryzen 5000G "Cezanne" processors, besides all other processor generations supported by the X570. The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX, and two 8-pin EPS; and uses an 18+2 phase CPU VRM that has 90 A power stages.

The ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme is loaded to the brim with connectivity. Storage options include three M.2 NVMe Gen 4 slots, and six SATA 6 Gbps ports. Networking connectivity includes Wi-Fi 6E powered by an Intel controller, a 10 GbE interface driven by a Marvell AQtion controller, and a 2.5 GbE interface, from an Intel i225-V controller. USB connectivity includes 20 Gbps USB 3.2x2 ports with 60 W power delivery. The onboard audio solution is top-of-the-line, featuring a Realtek ALC4082 CODEC running alongside an ESS Sabre ES9018Q2C, and ROG Clavis USB DAC. The board is brimming with features relevant to overclockers. The company didn't reveal pricing.
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59 Comments on ASUS Launches ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme Motherboard

#1
night.fox
so it will have a DP or HDMI ports?

Let me guess, it will be priced like a 1k because it is extreme?
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#3
TheLostSwede
That's going to be a horrible cable mess if you want to use DP over TB.



Marvell has at least, finally, gotten up the product brief for the AQC113xx and some other related parts.
Looks like the reason why there's such a big shift to the new parts is because they support PCIe 4.0 x1, so they use up a lot fewer PCIe lanes.
It really seems like they've also added 10Mbps support for some odd reason and even a SKU that tops out at Gigabit speed :confused:
www.marvell.com/content/dam/marvell/en/public-collateral/ethernet-adaptersandcontrollers/marvell-fastLinq-edge-aqc113-aqc113c-aqc113cs-aqc114cs-aqc115c-aqc116c-product-brief.pdf
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#4
zlobby
TheLostSwedeThat's going to be a horrible cable mess if you want to use DP over TB.



Marvell has at least, finally, gotten the product brief up on the AQC113xx and some other related parts.
It really seems like they've added 10Mbps support for some odd reason and even a SKU that tops out at Gigabit speed :confused:
www.marvell.com/content/dam/marvell/en/public-collateral/ethernet-adaptersandcontrollers/marvell-fastLinq-edge-aqc113-aqc113c-aqc113cs-aqc114cs-aqc115c-aqc116c-product-brief.pdf
Yet not a single SFP+ cage...
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#5
TheLostSwede
zlobbyYet not a single SFP+ cage...
Why would you want to use optical cables over copper for 10Gbps? That's just a massive waste of money and extra hassle with cables.
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#6
puma99dk|
TheLostSwedeWhy would you want to use optical cables over copper for 10Gbps? That's just a massive waste of money and extra hassle with cables.
I agree, total waste of money for because I think less then 1 out of 10 people uses SFP/SFP+ and the regular consumer is use to RJ45 and got this why suddenly change this it's not for enterprise or server use anyway.
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#7
oxrufiioxo
Finally an asus X570 board with 3x nvme slots.... a little late to the party though. Kinda bummed the Dark didn't come with 3
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#8
Object55
oxrufiioxoFinally an asus X570 board with 3x nvme slots.... a little late to the party though. Kinda bummed the Dark didn't come with 3
it has 5 all together
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#9
TheLostSwede
oxrufiioxoFinally an asus X570 board with 3x nvme slots.... a little late to the party though. Kinda bummed the Dark didn't come with 3
You forgot about their weird DIMM.2 thingie that takes another two drives.
However, there's "only" support for three PCIe 4.0 SSDs, the other two slots are PCIe 3.0.
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#10
oxrufiioxo
Object55it has 5 all together
Should have clarified.... 4.0 slots
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#11
Berfs1
Not true, it's the second one. Crosshair VI Extreme was the first lol
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#12
R0H1T
btarunrThe company didn't reveal pricing.
Probably because it'll cost you half a liver :laugh:
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#13
Dr. Dro
Berfs1Not true, it's the second one. Crosshair VI Extreme was the first lol
Sad C6E noises.

After AMD's decision to single out and discontinue AGESA maintenance for X370-based motherboards despite having no actual valid technical reason as to why do so beyond a generic "300 series motherboards were built to an inferior standard" (despite the X470 being the exact same ASIC and most 400 series being carbon copies or using similar components with similar characteristics) - going as far as fabricating theories such as low BIOS ROM storage sizes which were quickly debunked by the enthusiast community - and then going out of their way to actively stop the motherboard manufacturers that decided to provide support for newer processors anyway (AsRock), I would guess that it's best if it a product like the C6E "just disappeared".
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#14
legends84
I thought Crosshair Extreme & Crosshair 4 Extreme already around..
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#15
R0H1T
Dr. Drolow BIOS ROM storage sizes which were quickly debunked by the enthusiast community
They weren't debunked, from what I remember in fact they were validated. IIRC you can't go back to a zen or zen+ CPU if you upgrade to zen3 on such boards.
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#16
Dr. Dro
R0H1TThey weren't debunked, from what I remember in fact they were validated. IIRC you can't go back to a zen or zen+ CPU if you upgrade to zen3 on such boards.
Depended on the specific motherboard, but not really. Several B450/X470 boards with 16 MB BIOSes will support every generation of Ryzen just fine, as will the AsRock X370 Taichi and its sibling Pro Gaming. Even then, I presume that someone who wants to upgrade their motherboard BIOS to support the newer processor is doing so with the intention of, you know, using the processor in it, leaving the full responsibility to the end user here. The ones that suffered the most were the cheaper boards that for some reason had high resolution graphics in the BIOS. To be frank, I'll agree that it was a bit of a mess, but didn't warrant a global block of all X370 models - they could very well do their neutral part of "we'll provide the AGESA code" and leave the motherboard makers to their own devices. But, they didn't.

High end boards that weren't updated at the request of AMD like the Crosshair VI ended their update cycle with full functionality and ROM space to spare - so much that the only change added to the 8002 BIOS for this motherboard was an SPI flash protection module.
Full disclaimer here, I was salty at this as a C6H owner and I barely got over it because I managed to flip it and get a more or less equivalent board (my B550-E) at basically no cost to me, so... :toast:
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#18
Totally
Just way too late for this. They should have done this from the get-go not many are going to rush out and buy a $750 x570 board when they have not even 2-year old $300-350 x570 board that works fine and does 100% of what they need it to do and only do 50% of what the board can.
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#19
thesmokingman
TotallyJust way too late for this. This should have done this from the get-go not many are going to rush out and buy a $750 x570 board when they have not even 2-year old $300-350 x570 board that works fine and does 100% of what they need it to do and only 50% of what the board can.
Yea, no clue who the market for this rip off is for. Who'd buy an overpriced top end board this close to a new socket is beyond me?
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#20
Object55
thesmokingmanYea, no clue who the market for this rip off is for. Who'd buy an overpriced top end board this close to a new socket is beyond me?
Somebody who has overpriced trident z ram and will skip DDR5. Me :D
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#21
Turmania
I suppose it will be around 200 usd plus or minus 10 usd. But then I drank a lot tonight....
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#22
TheoneandonlyMrK
oxrufiioxoFinally an asus X570 board with 3x nvme slots.... a little late to the party though. Kinda bummed the Dark didn't come with 3
The Impact had three, two on a breakout dim one on the board.
I have an impact, and a question.
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#23
trsttte
60W power delivery!? Wow, you can now power a laptop from your high end gaming pc now!

I like power delivery as much as the next guy and I guess if you're paying around 700$ for a AM4 board you should get EVERYTHING there is to get but this seems excessive
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#24
zlobby
TheLostSwedeWhy would you want to use optical cables over copper for 10Gbps? That's just a massive waste of money and extra hassle with cables.
puma99dk|I agree, total waste of money for because I think less then 1 out of 10 people uses SFP/SFP+ and the regular consumer is use to RJ45 and got this why suddenly change this it's not for enterprise or server use anyway.
Yeah, only that some people need 40Gbps to their mobos and hell if I pay for a server board just for the PHY. Even Billy once claimed nobody needs more than 640KB RAM, yet here we are today.
More so, SFP cages are actually cheap since the expensive stuff is in the SFP themselves.
Object55Somebody who has overpriced trident z ram and will skip DDR5. Me :D
Most TridentZ are very vast, so improvements in DDR5 are marginal in comparison.
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#25
Gmr_Chick
Dr. DroSad C6E noises.

After AMD's decision to single out and discontinue AGESA maintenance for X370-based motherboards despite having no actual valid technical reason as to why do so beyond a generic "300 series motherboards were built to an inferior standard" (despite the X470 being the exact same ASIC and most 400 series being carbon copies or using similar components with similar characteristics) - going as far as fabricating theories such as low BIOS ROM storage sizes which were quickly debunked by the enthusiast community - and then going out of their way to actively stop the motherboard manufacturers that decided to provide support for newer processors anyway (AsRock), I would guess that it's best if it a product like the C6E "just disappeared".
Even though I never owned a C6E (I did have the Hero though) I still think it's one of the cooler AM4 boards to this day, for whatever reason. :toast:

That having been said though, I feel like this new iteration is way too late in the lifecycle of AM4 and is simply for those chasing epic e-peen points.
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