ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero Review 56

ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero Review

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Last year, AMD released the Ryzen 3000 series desktop processors in one of the most monumental hardware launches of the modern era. This final step completed the Red brand's ascent back into the forefront of the desktop processor market that began with the launch of the first generation of Ryzen CPUs.

With the Ryzen 3000 launch came the AMD X570 chipset. Featuring PCIe 4.0 support, X570 was an impressive leap from generations past. It was also hot, which had motherboards often including chipset cooling fans. With Ryzen 5000 around the corner, as well as AMD's RDNA2 GPU launch, there is more interest than ever in Team Red.

The ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero is an update to last year's award winning ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero. The ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero has been equipped with the same accouterments as last year's Hero, with a few upgrades. The M.2 heatsinks on both slots, a premium lighting solution, integrated rear I/O shield, and great ASUS BIOS have not changed. But the VRM Power Stages have been upgraded to 90 A from 60 A, and most importantly, ASUS has done away with the chipset fan. The only question is how much better is the ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero?


CPU Support:AMD Ryzen™ 5000/3000/2000 Series desktop processors
Power Design: CPU Power: 14-phase
Memory Power: 2-phase
Chipset:AMD X570
Integrated Graphics:Dependent on installed CPU
Memory:4x DIMM, supports dual channel DDR4-4866 (OC) MHz
Expansion Slots: 3x PCIe 4.0 x16 slots (x16/x0/x0 or x8/x8/x4)
1x PCIe 4.0 x1 slots
Storage: 8x SATA 6 Gb/s port
2x M.2 port (SATA3/PCIe 4.0 x4)
Networking:1x Intel I211-AT
1x Realtek RTL8125-CG
Intel WiFi 6 AX200
Rear Ports: 1x Clear CMOS button
1x BIOS flashback button
1x Optical SPDIF out port
2x LAN (RJ45) ports
8x USB 3.1 (Gen2) ports
4x USB 3.1 (Gen1) ports
2x Antenna ports
5x 3.5 mm audio jacks
Audio:ROG SupremeFX7.1 surround sound high definition audio CODEC
Fan Headers:8x 4-pin
Form Factor:ATX Form Factor: 12.0 x 9.6 in.; 30.5 x 24.4 cm
Exclusive Features:
  • 5-Way Optimization tuning: TPU Insight, EPU Guidance, DIGI+ VRM, Fan Expert 4, and Turbo App
  • Aura Lighting Control
  • MemOK! II
  • AI Suite 3
  • Ai Charger
  • ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
  • Armoury Crate
  • Pre-mounted I/O Shield
  • OptiMem II
  • ASUS EZ Flash 3
  • ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
  • BIOS Flashback® Button
  • Clear CMOS Button
  • Reset Button
  • ASUS Q-Code
  • ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
  • ASUS Q-Slot
  • ASUS Q-Connector
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