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ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII X570 Extreme review

The ASUS Crosshair VIII X570 Extreme is the subject of this review. At $799, ASUS offers an all-black, all-sweet X570 motherboard loaded with the most premium features like 10 Gbit LAN and AX WIFI 6E, as well as a design that resembles Batman’s toolbelt. ASUS pairs the ASUS Crosshair VIII Extreme with the AMD X570 chipset. AMD optimized the X570 chipset for use with Ryzen 9 Series 5 CPUs, providing a more refined experience for Ryzen Generation 3 processors and the latest Ryzen Series 5000 processors. However, the Crosshair VIII X570 Extreme takes things to a whole new level. PCIe Gen 4.0, AX WiFi 6E, and 10 Gbps Ethernet are all included. The X570 motherboard is positioned at the top of the motherboard spectrum for AMD Ryzen 3rd and 5th generation processors. With this version, you’ll notice a stunning motherboard packed with features, including DDR4 A-XMP support, PCIe 4.0 PCI ports, and numerous PCIe 4.0-connected M.2. slots, all of which are cooled by a huge heatsink. 

It is batpoop crazy when you think about what AMD has accomplished in five years. Sure, the initial ZEN Ryzen processors had a bit of a rocky launch with the inter-core latency discussion, 1080p gaming performance, and memory support. But the tide turned with each month that passed, and over time more and more people would actually consider an AMD processor-based PC for their next purchase. That shift in the paradigm is big when you think about Intel’s monopolized position in the desktop processor market. When AMD launched the 12nm update of Zen, called Zen+, the memory compatibility issues were mostly all gone, of course. With the launch of Ryzen 5000, the 4th generation Ryzen product, AMD is about to rattle the cages once again with a massively strong and competitive processor lineup. RGB has been a trend that has developed big time and got implemented into anything you can give some power. Now, I’ve been saying to graphics card and motherboard manufacturers for years, make a motherboard of graphics card that is completely black with added RGB bling. I mean, just a stylish design motherboard all dark and not extra color tones, wouldn’t that be cool?

This EATX board has 20 virtual phases (18+2), MOSFETs CPU 18x 90A TDA21490 and MOSFETs SoC 2x 90A TDA21490. This is a properly outfitted motherboard with USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 header (with a transfer rate of up to 20 Gbps), as well as WiFi 6E in conjunction with Bluetooth 5.2. In terms of audio performance, the Realtek ALC4082 audio chip in conjunction with an ESS SABRE9018Q2C 32-bit DAC is represented by the audio package. The Crosshair VIII Extreme is equipped with both a Marvell AQtion AQC113CS 10Gbps Ethernet port as well as an Intel I225-V 2.5Gbps Ethernet port for connecting to the internet. As you might expect, there is an abundance of headers, buttons, and connection points on the layout of this motherboard. This is carried over to the M.2 heatsinks, which are equipped with substantial heatsinks on both the VRM package and the chipset (PCH). There are a total of five M.2 SSDs supported, three of which are on the motherboard itself and two of which are on the DIMM.2 module that comes with the motherboard.  The Crosshair VIII Extreme comes packaged in a fashionable manner. An abundance of options for personalization — there are literally hundreds to choose from. Back SATA cables with luxury sleeves (nice), an I/O pin header, a USB stick with drivers, RGB/ARGB cables, a ROG GPU holder (for support), a combined Wi-Fi/Bluetooth antenna, a ROG key fob, and a ROG M.2 SSD adapter (for vertical mounting to the DIMM.2 slot) are all included in the package. The vertical ROG M.2 SSD adapter has two M.2 SSD slots (slots 1 and 2) that can accommodate two M.2 SSDs. The Crosshair VIII Extreme however is not for people on a limited budget, since it is priced at $800 at the time of writing. This is roughly the same amount of money as some people spend on a full computer, let alone a single component. It is pricey, but it is well worth the investment if you intend to take advantage of many of the more advanced capabilities that are not available with more budget alternatives. Let’s start up the review, shall we?
 

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