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|Model||ASUS X570 ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero|
|Supported Processor||AMD Ryzen 5000 Series/4000 G-Series/3000 Series & G-Series/2000 Series & G-Series Desktop Processors (AM4 Socket)|
|Type of Board/Form Factor||ATX (12inch x 9.6inch (30.5cm x 24.4cm)|
|Memory Support||4 x DIMM, Max. 128GB, DDR4 (OC upto 4866Mhz)|
|Expansion slots||2 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8) for 5000 Series & 3000 Series Desktop Processors|
2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8) for 4000 G-Series & 2000 Series Processors
1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x8 mode) for 3000 G-Series & 2000 G-Series Processors
|Storage||2 x M.2_1 socket 3, with M Key|
8 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s)
|Rear USB||4 X USB 3.2 Gen 1|
7 X USB 3.2 Gen 2
1 X USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
|Network||Intel Gigabit LAN port (Realtek RTL8125-CG 2.5G)|
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
|Audio||ASUS ROG SupremeFX 7.1 Surround Sound High Definition Audio CODEC|
|RGB Headers||Aura RGB Strip Headers|
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ASUS X570 ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero
This amazing piece of tech has come from the Republic of Gamers (ROG), which is part of the ASUS family. They have spent many years perfecting the right hardware for gamers. Over the years I have seen them doing the finest gaming hardware and user-friendly software. This enables us to have the ultimate computing or gaming experience.
For 99% of the people, most motherboards that are in the market are enough to fulfill their needs. If you are one of those 1% people who wants THE BEST motherboard money can buy, ASUS X570 ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero is the board for you.
ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VIII Dark Hero (WIFI) X570 Review
his beast comes packed with loads of features and high-quality components, let’s start with the processor. X570 crosshair dark hero supports only AMD processors ranging from 5000 series, 4000 G-Series/3000 & 2000 series. Intel processors will not work on this board. It is designed in such a way that you can use a deep power saving mode to full-load instantly. The VRM is designed to handle smaller to major power fluctuations. It maintains the best thermal performance.
If we talk about performance, X570 Dark Hero ASUS has 4 DIMM slots that support up to 128GB DDR4 RAM sticks. With ASUS Optimum III memory kits run at lower latencies and reduced voltages and operate at higher frequencies. When paired with Zen 3 processors it optimizes the system performance by using infinity fabric technology. It has multi GPU SLI/CFX support where you get 2 PCIe 4.0 x16 slots or x8/x8. You can also use 1 PCIe 4.0 x16(x4) and 1 PCIe 4.0 x 1 slot. For storage, you get 2 M.2 slots and 8 SATA ports which have a transfer capacity of 6GB/s.
Under high workload ASUS X570 ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero has to work stably, the motherboard has a large VRM and well-covered heatsink which efficiently cools the component. Heat is dissipated through the 2 large VRM and heatsink that have high-quality thermal pads are placed above the chokes and MOSFETs that are connected via a heat pipe. The two M.2 slots have dedicated heatsinks on them which help nvmes to give you consistent reliable performance at lower temperatures.
X570 Dark Hero motherboard has dual water temparture headers which helps you to feed information about coolant temparature and flow rate of entire loop to company provided AI suite utility.
This motherboard has excellent audio offering, it comes with SupremeFX S1220 Codec with ESS ES9029P high definition DAC, 120decibal Signal to Noise ratio (SNR) stereo playback output, and 113decibal Signal to Noise ratio (SNR) recording input. Audio jacks are built with Gold plated finishing. They offer Sonic Studio III, Sonic Radar III, and DTS Sound Unbound suits to enhance your audio experience. All in all, you will get an immersive audio experience when tuned right.
When we talk about connectivity, this board offers 2.5G Ethernet Intel I211-AT Gb LAN along with Intel Wi-Fi 6 built-in. ASUS LanGuard is designed to give you network security and ROG GameFirst VI offers network optimization to meet your gaming needs. This means you will get the best browsing and gaming experience 2021 can offer. You get a total of 12 USB ports at the back and provision to have more onboard. There are 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Type-A), 7xUSB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type-A), and 1xUSB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type-C) USB ports which more than enough for all your needs. You get 2 buttons that help you easily reset BIOS and CMOS settings. These are located on the backside of the board.
X570 Dark hero is DIY friendly motherboard which offers Q-Code LED pannel which shows 2 digit error code which indicates the system status. board has FlexKey button which is used to reset the board, you can also change the functionality of the button, you can set it as on and off switch for your AURA Sync Lighting, activate safe boot or even enter the BIOS. ESD Guard on board protects your USBs, LAN Ports, Audio ports from electrostatic.
With ASUS softwares you can do 5 way optimisation of your system components to give you better performance.
1. You can tweak Turbo V procesing Unit (TPU) which will help you to tune volatages, monitor system statistics and overclock parameters.
2. Energy Processing Unit (EPU) helps you to optimise your power consumption and provides maximum power savings. Simple terms this helps you save some power by shutting down unused I/O controllers.
3. Fan Xpert 4 with this you get to control your AIO coolers and fans manually. This software also can auto tune the modes best suited for your system.
4. Digi+ voltage regulator module (VRM) will give you real time control power settings. You can fine tune your CPU volatage regulation for ultimate stability and performance.
5. Turbo App tool allows you to create and select profile of CPU overclocking, apply fan priority, prioritize network data as per your needs.
x570 vs B550 Motherboards. What is the difference?
In X570 you get more features compared B550 boards. X570 has better cooling, has more USB, control over your board than B550 boards.
ASUS x570 Dark Hero release date
ASUS x570 Dark Hero was released in November 2020, however, even in Jan2021, it is difficult to find the board on market. company is trying hard to fulfill the gap. I guess in a couple of more months we can expect to see the availability and price drop.
Pros & Cons of ASUS B250 ATX Mining Motherboard
|1. Excellent built Quality||1. Expensive|
|2. Pre-Installed IO shield||2. Wifi Antenna doesn’t have a magnet|
|3. Built-in Wifi|
|4. Easy to Overclock|
|5. Ample number of USB ports|
PCMR Labs recommendation:
If you can spend then we highly recommend that you go for this board, in case you are on a tight budget you can skip this board and check out our other board suggestions below.
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