ASUS Announces its X570 Flagship Motherboard, the Crosshair VIII Formulaby Gavin Bonshor on May 28, 2019 12:00 PM EST
During Computex 2019, ASUS has unveiled a series of new AM4 motherboards designed for the impending Ryzen 3000 series processors. The top tier X570 Crosshair VIII Formula model features dual PCIe 4.0 M.2, Aquantia AQC111 5 GbE, as well as the new Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 interface for cutting edge network connectivity.
The ASUS ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Formula represents its high-end X570 entry onto the market with some very notable features, including a revamped design with a strong focus on performance, and ROG themed aesthetics. First of all, the ROG Crosshair VIII Formula uses EKWB heatsinks which can be connected to a custom water cooling loop for better power delivery temperatures, or as passive cooled. This has been seen on numerous iterations of its Maximus Formula boards created for Intel chipsets. This marks a shifting tide where ASUS seem to have confidence in AMD and the ability of its 7nm Ryzen 3000 processors, by opting for such a premium model for the X570 chipset. Also featured are a LiveDash OLED screen, a full metal backplate for a more rigid frame, and ROG armor across the majority of the PCB; not to forget about the swathe of RGB LED zones and the integrated fan within the chipset heatsink.
(apologies for the image quality, it was a busy post-presentation melee to get photos. Will try and get better ones at the booth later this week.)
One of the main focal points of the X570 chipset is its native PCIe 4.0 support. The ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula has three-full length PCIe 4.0 slots operating at x16, x8/x8, and x8/x8/x4, with the final x4 coming from the chipset. This allows users to use two-way NVIDIA SLI and two-way AMD Crossfire multi-graphics card configurations. For add-on cards, a single PCIe 4.0 x1 slot is also present. There are also four DDR4 memory slots with a maximum supported capacity of up to 128 GB.
On the componentry, the Crosshair VIII Formula uses a premium controller set with the most notable inclusions coming on the networking side. An Aquantia AQC111 5 GbE controller with a secondary Intel I211AT gigabit chip offers users dual LAN, but more impressively, ASUS has jumped onto the Wi-Fi 6 bandwagon by including the new Intel AX200 2x2 Wi-Fi adapter. The onboard audio is controlled by the Realtek SupremeFX S1220 HD audio codec. On the rear panel is a wide array of connections including seven USB 3.1 G2 Type-A, one USB 3.1 G2 Type-C, and four USB 3.1 G1 Type-A ports. Users can add to this with one USB 3.1 G2, two USB 3.1 G1 and two USB 2.0 front panel headers, with the USB 3.1 G2 offering one additional port, and the rest each offering an additional two ports per header.
Pricing and availability are currently unknown at present, but it is likely that the ROG Crosshair VIII Formula, along with its other X570 models will be available prior to the launch of the AMD Ryzen 3000 series processors on 7/7.
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alufan - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - linkdamn no edit also meant to say USB C being only a single port is a lose why include 10gb networking when most switches etc cant do that anyway yet they add just 1 C port I have 3 phones here all use type C.
Boards Fugly too and Asus (along with DFI) is the only mobo I have ever had that failed so am not a fan TBH
mooninite - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - linkUSB, PCI-E, SATA, Thunderbolt, you name it. All of those are faster than 1Gbit. Ethernet has been the limiting factor in computing (consumer-level) for quite a few years. How are you going to serve up that multi-gigabit Wi-Fi when you are stuck on 1Gbit Ethernet?
A.K.A. -- 640k should be enough RAM. Why is it essential?
mattlach - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - linkAs I see it the onboard Ethernet is pointless anyway. I need dual SFP+ ports. If you go with copper 10G there aren't any decent switches this side of crazy money.
mooninite - Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - linkSFP is not cheaper. If you're looking at *used* SFP ... sure it might be a little cheaper, but *new* SFP equipment is just as expensive and can be *more* expensive than Ethernet depending on the brand.
Avlin - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - linkHoly c.. so ugly, this a a proper design https://www.techpowerup.com/116538/asus-rog-crossh...
I do not understand new motherboards design.
mattlach - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - link"The ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula has three-full length PCIe 4.0 slots operating at x16, x8/x8, and x8/x8/x4, with the final x4 coming from the chipset."
So, if I am reading this correctly, using any expansion card in addition to the GPU causes the GPU to drop to 8x? Well that sucks.
I need to be able to use two 4x NVMe drives and an 8x Fiber NIC without dropping the GPU from 16x.
I had hoped this was my long awaited replacement for my x79 3930k. I guess I am going to pass now. I don't understand how any system can sell with tless than 40 PCIe lanes direct to the CPU.
grahad - Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - linkPCIe 4 x8 is PCIe 3 x16
mattlach - Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - linkGrahad:. O ly if you have a Gen4 device to plug it in.
If you put a 16x gen 3 GPU in an 8x Gen4 slot it will operate at...
....8x Gen3, not 8x Gen4
The_Assimilator - Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - linkLMAO at the motherboard connector with only enough connectors to power the shitty LED bling.
Saager82 - Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - linkI cant wait to get this mobo. I might only use it until the next CPU and mobo's are released. I only keep them for a year before I do a complete system upgrade