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Overview ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VIII FORMULA [AM4 – X570] |



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There is no doubt that AMD Ryzen has returned to life in AMD, as we have seen that this family has managed to make a number of changes in the industry, which has resulted in devastation in its competition, all of which are well known by partners who have seriously encountered problems. Your eyes on the processor manufacturer. One of them, and a very important manufacturer of the motherboard, is ASUS, who put new models of motherboards and copies or stacks of motherboards that were only visible in Intel, including ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VIII FORMULA, inside the AM4 socket.

As we know, ASUS is segmenting its offer very well, because in their family, ROG models of the formula are almost at the top of the series, in front of the Extreme models. These models do not stand out as much because of their potential in overclocking, but also because of additional elements such as liquid cooling for VRM, previous covers and backplanes, and aesthetic details that allow the user to have a completely different model. other areas

The aesthetics that this model, in addition to its ability to participate in the current circuit, also ensures that the team with a customized cooling system is easily adapted to one of these scenarios.

AMD X570 chips.

The new chipset brings major changes for the new AMD series, as well as the AM4 platform in the high performance segment.

One of these new technologies is the adoption of the new PCIe 4.0 standard as the main innovation.

AMD says it has one of the most advanced I / O in the market because it has high data density in PCIe channels as well as high speed for its USB ports. All these innovations are open to motherboards based on this chip, the ability to have great options, and in the chip, they would find PCIe 4.0 lines, which will also control the type of USB 2.0 and 3.2 Gen 2 ports, some SATA 6Gbps and StoreMI all connected to the CPU via PCIe 4.0 x4.

Compatibility for the AM4 socket is changing, AMD X570 chips do not support Summit Ridge processors or the first generation Ryzen.

Specifications

Specifications
CPU AMD AM4 socket 3rd and 2nd AMD Ryzen ™ / 2nd and 1st gen AMD Ryzen ™ with graphics processors Radeon ™ Vega
Set of chips AMD X570
Memory 4 x DIMM memory, max. 128 GB, DDR4 MHz
3. AMD Ryzen ™ processors
Multi-GPU compatible 3rd and 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen ™ processors
Compatible with NVIDIA® 3-Way SLI ™ technology
Compatible with AMD 3-Way CrossFireX ™ technology
2nd and 1st Gen AMD Ryzen ™ with graphics processors Radeon ™ Vega
Supports AMD 2-Way CrossFireX ™ technology
Expansion slots 3. AMD Ryzen ™ processors
2 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8)
2. AMD Ryzen ™ processors
2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8)
2nd and 1st Gen AMD Ryzen ™ with graphics processors Radeon ™ Vega
1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x8 mode)
AMD X570 chips
1 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (x4 mode)
1 x PCIe 4.0 x1
Storage AMD's third generation processors:
1 x socket M.2_1 3 with M key, type 2242/2260/2280 (PCIE 4.0 x4 and SATA modes)
2nd generation AMD Ryzen ™ / 2nd and 1st gen AMD Ryzen ™ with graphics processors Radeon ™ Vega:
1 x socket M.2_1 3 with M key, compatible with 2242/2260/2280 memory devices (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)
AMD X570 chipset:
1 x M.2_2 socket 3 with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 (PCIE 4.0 x4 and SATA modes)
8 x SATA 6 GB / s port,
Compatible with Raid 0, 1, 10
Red Intel® I211-AT
Aquantia AQC111C 5G LAN
ASUS LAN Guard
ROG GameFirst V technology
Wireless data network Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac
Bluetooth Bluetooth® 5.0
Sound ROG SupremeFX 8 high definition CODEC channels
– Compatible with: Multi-streaming, Jack-retasking on the front panel
Sound Functions:
– Gold plated connectors
– Optical S / PDIF output on the back panel
– Sonic Radar III
– Sonic Studio III + Sonic Studio Link
High quality stereo playback 120 dB SNR output and 113 dB SNR recording input
– SupremeFX Shielding Technology
– ESS® ES9023P
– Compatible with up to 32 bits / 192 kHz *
* Because of HDA bandwidth restrictions, 32-bit / 192kHz is not supported for 8-channel audio.
USB port 3rd and 2nd General AMD Ryzen ™ / 2nd and 1st Gen AMD Ryzen ™ with graphics processors Radeon ™ Vega:
4 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports (4 on the back, red, type A)
3rd and 2nd General AMD Ryzen ™ / 2nd and 1st Gen AMD Ryzen ™ with graphics processors Radeon ™ Vega:
4 x USB 3.2 connectors Gen 1 (4 on the back panel, red, type A)
AMD X570 chipset:
1 connector (s) for the front panel USB 3.2 Gen 2.
AMD X570 chipset:
4 x USB 3.2 connectors Gen 2 (3 on the back panel, red, type A, 1 x type-C)
AMD X570 chipset:
8 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 door (4 on rear, blue, 4 on board)
AMD X570 chipset:
4 x USB 2.0 ports
Rear I / O panel 1 x Optical output S / PDIF
1 x Clear CMOS Button
1 x USB Flashback® button for BIOS
1 x ASUS Wi-Fi module
1 x gold-plated audio connectors
4 x USB 3.2 connectors Gen 1 (up to 5 Gbps)
8 x USB 3.2 connectors Gen 2 (up to 10 Gbps) ()
LAN waves prevention door (RJ45)
1 x AQC-111C 5G LAN port
Internal I / O 1 x PCH_FAN
1 x M.2 socket 3 with M key, support for storage devices type 2242/2260 (in SATA and PCIE mode)
8 x SATA connector 6 GB / s
1 x CPU fan connector (s)
3 connectors for housing fans
1 x additional fan connector (s)
1 x CPU OPT fan connector
1 x 24-pole power supply for EATX
1 x 8-pole ATX 12V power supply
2 x Aura RGB Strip Header (s)
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power supply
2 x Title (s) header (s)
1 x Audio Front Panel Connector (AAFP)
1 x M.2 socket 3 with M key, support for storage devices type 2242/2260/2280/22110 (SATA mode and PCIE mode)
1 x Header mode LN2
1 x Power button
1 x reset button
1 x slow-mode switch (s)
1 x AIO_PUMP connector
1 x H_AMP fan connector
1 x connector W_PUMP +
1 x Safe start button
1 x Repeat button
1 x connection of the node
1 x System Board Connector
1 x speaker connector
1 x W_IN header
1 x W_OUT head
1 x W_FLOW header
1 x Thermal sensor connection
Accessories User manual
1 x ROG Logo Sticker
4 x SATA power cable
1 x DVD to support
1 x screws M.2
1 x Wi-Fi antenna
1 x large ROG sticker
1 x Q-connection
1 x extension for RGB strips (80 cm)
1 x ROG Coasters
1 x extension for addressable LEDs
2 x ROG Switched SATA 6G Cable
1 x ROG Thank you
BIOS 256 MB Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 3.2, ACPI 6.2
Factory design Factory format ATX
30 inches x 9.6 inches (30.5 cm x 24.4 cm)
Price Amazon: $ 699.99

First look.

On the front side is the packaging of the premium ASUS model for AMD, which corresponds to the aesthetics of the ROG series, which also shows the 50th anniversary of AMD and the support of PCIe 4.0.

On the reverse side, we see the main features of this model, such as built-in Wi-Fi and Aquantia 5G LAN, CrossChill EK III and Live Dash.

The contents of the package include 3 pairs of SATA cables, Wi-Fi antenna, A-RGB extensions, 1 x extension for RGB strips (80 cm), 1 x screw M.2, 1 x Q connector

As seen in the other AM4 Crosshair socket, ASUS usually includes many USB ports, in this model we can see 8 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (1x type C), 4 x USB 3.2 Gen, in addition 1 x AQC-111C 5G LAN port and LAN RJ45 port, 1 x gold plated audio connectors, 1 x ASUS Wi-Fi, 1 x USB BIOS Flashback, 1 x Clear CMOS and 1 x Optical S / PDIF output.

4x memory modules support up to 128GB of memory in this version of CROSSHAIR, not to mention that in the third generation, the memory controller will be able to easily exceed the 4000 MHz frequency.

The back panel of the motherboard is not just a siver protection, but also over two thermal pads that provide passive cooling in the VRM range.

On the back of the motherboard, you can find the DIGI + VRM ASP14051 or Infineon-IR35201.

If we remove the previous frame, we can see the internal wiring surface for the RGB area of ​​the motherboard, as well as the internal air circle.

With the high load density of AMD X570 chips, the need for a dedicated fan in this area was an urgent need.

Testing platform and methodology.

Test platform
Processor – AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
motherboard – ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VIII FORMULA
Memories – Mr. Skill TridentZ 3200MHz 2x8GB
Cooling AMD Wraith Prism
Video card – NVIDIA GTX 1070 Ti
Energy source – Corsair RM1000X
Storage – SAMSUNG 960PRO 512GB SSD M.2
Monitor – ASUS MG28UQ

  • Windows 10 Pro x64 Operating System [Update 1903].
  • Tests were carried out in an environment with a temperature of approximately 25 ° C.
  • The platform was used without a locker.
  • NVIDIA graphics card drivers were: ForceWare 430.86 WHQL
  • Synthetic tests are the default for each criterion.
  • The real test resolutions are 1920 × 1080 and 3820 × 2160 with all the maximum graphics available in each game.

2D tests

3D tests

BIOS

ASUS BIOS for its ROG models has the same layout, in addition to the same theme and / or color scheme, apparently the same BIOS interface as its most recent models on the motherboard.

Through the "F7" we enter the advanced mode directly, on the Main tab, as its name says, some options and / or main information, the CPU model, the BIOS model, if the current configuration of the equipment.

As always one of the most common tabs in this series is that in ASUS called "Extreme Tweaker", here we find all the parameters for manually adjusting our overclocking, both for the CPU and for the memories.

Below is a part of the voltage to accurately adjust our overclocking.

The "Advanced" tab offers a set of options that configure the motherboard's functionality, such as embedded device configuration, SATA configuration, among others.

Finally, the "Tools" tab contains some very useful tools, such as "ASUS EZ Flash 3 Utility"

Conclusion

As with any superior ASUS model, its features stand out compared to competition, they always provide additional value, so the user can experience what the ASUS has a premium model.

In the event that the model is very versatile and perfect, many aspects have been very well addressed, such as the incorporation of the Aquantia 5G LAN chips, as well as what is the current cooling for VRM on the motherboard, sober conclusions as a general aspect. The motherboard , because in it we see the whole work from aesthetic to functional.

Price is a big factor that usually does not accompany these models, although we know that we pay extra items that we do not see in common motherboards, the difference between ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero and ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula models is very wide, even in some North American stores (as currently not available in Chile), it becomes the model twice as much as the Hero model, as both models bring the main features of this new AMD X570 chip, practically all take it.

If we can find some differences between models of the same chip, the obvious lack of maturity of the current BIOS creates certain differences with some models, and now, when compared to the X470, the difference is even greater. differences

Overclocking this model was an aspect that could not be appreciated as it should be, mainly because of the AMD limit in this view, and that there is not much difference between the motherboards overclocking. If there are some differences in the memory, but depending on which model it is used, we need to know that the AMD 3000 Series has a stronger memory controller than the previous one and can easily exceed the 4000 MHz frequency in memory suitable for this platform.

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