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ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero

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The ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero is a refresh of last year's award winning ROG Crosshair VIII Hero. With an even more powerful VRM, a sleek new look, and, most importantly, no chipset cooling fan, the ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero looks to be a worthy upgrade from last year's model.

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Anyone found these in stock anywhere?
 
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Anyone found these in stock anywhere?

Have it been released yet? Because some danish retails shows the 17-11-2020 for stock.

It's a good looking board but for £500 I think it's a bit overkill in price.
 
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So x570 can be passively cooled and it doesn't need a big radiator on top...
 
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Ditch the wireless and it'll be a very good board.

I had the X470-F which died with first it's NIC (intel) and later the complete board. However their bios is so extended that it's the best brand right now for going high-end Ryzen.
 

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Your spec page seems to have incorrect information listed for the PCI Express slots - the board has the usual x16/x0 or x8/x8 split, with a single x1 and x4 slot provided via the chipset.

One other small bit - your overclocking and conclusion pages mention a 4.75GHz overclock, which seems both implausible for a 3900X as well as at odds with the 4,475MHz CPU-Z screenshot.

Great review, thanks!
 
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I didn’t see it mentioned in this review, but according to der8auer there is a very interesting new OC-related setting in the BIOS called ‘Dynamic OC Switcher’. I didn’t see this setting on Nate’s screenshots, so maybe der8auer was running a special beta BIOS.

Anyway, it lets you set at what load the all-core OC should apply. This should allow you to have high boost clocks in low-threaded applications and high all core OC when you really need it. Check out the video on his youtube channel (it is the one from the 5th).

This seems like a pretty brilliant idea. I hope others will copy this new setting soon.
 

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So besides the $1000 ASRock Aqua and $700 Gigabyte Aorus Extreme this is the first high end motherboard with a... somewhat... justifiable price and presumed availability (looking at you ASRock) for a passively cooled chipset. Besides the way over engineered VRMs, the passive cooling is one of the most unique and enticing parts of this board. However, no comparison on thermal design and efficiency of the heatsink was done here. Is this something that could be added to the review?
 

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I didn’t see it mentioned in this review, but according to der8auer there is a very interesting new OC-related setting in the BIOS called ‘Dynamic OC Switcher’. I didn’t see this setting on Nate’s screenshots, so maybe der8auer was running a special beta BIOS.

Anyway, it lets you set at what load the all-core OC should apply. This should allow you to have high boost clocks in low-threaded applications and high all core OC when you really need it. Check out the video on his youtube channel (it is the one from the 5th).

This seems like a pretty brilliant idea. I hope others will copy this new setting soon.

Yeah, that's partly why I was wondering about that portion of the review. The OC page made no mention of this, and the specific wording seemed to suggest it was a normal static overclock (something the CPU-Z screenshot also implied).

It's a great feature, but hopefully one that doesn't remain exclusive to that model (or Asus, even though it was a project by Stilt from what I recall).
 
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Was anyone else really, really excited for this review UNTIL they saw it was done with Zen2? Why test a new board, sort of intended for Zen3 with Zen2? If timing of when you got the Zen3 CPUs was the issue, why not just wait? I think many could agree on quality over expediency.
 
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Dynamic OC is a game changer for Ryzen. All core OC while allowing boost clocks to still work. Can't believe TPU missed this.
 
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Der8auer used this board for OCing the R9 5950X in his review video btw.
 
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I see the board didn’t run the Samsung b-die at tighter timings but would it run CL14 3600mhz at xmp?
 
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interestingly after the second generation rtl8125b (b450m tuf pro s used this) and rtl8125bg is out, asus still uses the original first gen rtl8125 on this latest x570.
some said the first gen rtl8125 has some bugs like packet loss/stuttering, which are fixed on the second gen B/BG edition.


Lowest Power Consumption 2.5G Ethernet Solutions (RTL8125B/RTL8156B/RTL8226B)
Realtek’s 2nd Generation 2.5G Ethernet solutions are the lowest power consumption (<700mW) and smallest package size (6mmx6mm) 2.5G Ethernet products in the world. They cover all application needs with the three most common interfaces PCIe (RTL8125B), USB (RTL8156B), 2500BaseX/HSGMII (RTL8226B). They are the ideal 2.5G Ethernet upgrade choices for Gaming NB/PC, Workstation, NAS, Docking, Dongle, 5G CPE, and Enterprise AP products.
 
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How many front usb interfaces will this have? Will it be able to support all front ports on the lian li 011d xl (four usb 3 and one usb 3.2 type c)?
 

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hello!

I ordered the asus rog hero viii wifi for a new 5950 build. I dont mind the internal cooling fan but what I am supposedly loosing with the power phases from 60A to 90A compared to the "dark" refresh

I am not planning to OC but I know that the processor can run some cores around 4.9ghz on heavy workloads.

Thanks in advance
 

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hello!

I ordered the asus rog hero viii wifi for a new 5950 build. I dont mind the internal cooling fan but what I am supposedly loosing with the power phases from 60A to 90A compared to the "dark" refresh

I am not planning to OC but I know that the processor can run some cores around 4.9ghz on heavy workloads.

Thanks in advance
You are not losing out on anything with the power phases, especially since you aren't OCing. The Hero is plenty fine (and overkill to a lot of people).
 
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The board is just exquisite.

How many front usb interfaces will this have? Will it be able to support all front ports on the lian li 011d xl (four usb 3 and one usb 3.2 type c)?
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One 3.2 Gen1 and one Gen2 headers, plus 2 USB 2.0 headers. It should fit fine with that case, I think.

hello!

I ordered the asus rog hero viii wifi for a new 5950 build. I dont mind the internal cooling fan but what I am supposedly loosing with the power phases from 60A to 90A compared to the "dark" refresh

I am not planning to OC but I know that the processor can run some cores around 4.9ghz on heavy workloads.

Thanks in advance
If you're not going to overclock, then you shouldn't worry. Both boards can handle extreme LN2 overclocking on a 3950X, so running stock 5950X will be easy.
 
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