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ASUS brings the ROG range to the uncommon DTX Form Factor with the X570 Crosshair VIII Impact

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ASUS brings the ROG range to the uncommon DTX Form Factor with the X570 Crosshair VIII Impact

Have you ever heard of the DTX form factor? Probably not, but thanks to ASUS you now do! With X570, ASUS wanted to bring their high-end ROG brand back into the small form factor PC ecosystem, something greater than their ROG Strix X570-I, but similarly suitable for compact gaming PCs. 

This is where the DTX form factor comes into vogue, being designed explicitly to make use of the extra space that's included in most Mini ITX cases. You see, most MITX cases ship with enough space for a dual-slot graphics card, a factor that leaves unutilised space under a MITX motherboard's bottom PCIe slot, space that could be utilised to mount more components or enable additional features. The DTX form factor utilises this space to enable superior product designs within a form factor that fits within a large proportion of Mini ITX PC cases. 

Meet the Crosshair VIII Impact, a motherboard which is designed to make the most out of the DTX form factor by dedicated more space to the board's VRM cooling and power phase design. Here, ASUS uses TDA21472 power stages in an 8+2 configuration, each of which is capable of pushing 70A to better feed power to high-end CPUs, such as AMD's new Ryzen 7 3800X or Ryzen 9 3900X.

To help keep things cool, the Crosshair X570 Impact adds a fan to the board's VRM heatsink and connects the VRM's cooling system to the motherboard's aluminium backplate. This will help users of compact systems to keep their VRMs cool under load, even while overclocking their systems. 

Using a SO-DIMM.2 module, ASUS has also allowed their ROX Crosshair VIII Impact to support dual PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots without using the back side of the motherboard, allowing both M.2 slots to be occupied without removing the motherboard from your system. ASUS has also mounted the board's SuperemeFX S1221 audio codec and all associated circuitry on a dedicated PCB, which will limit potential signal interference. 
 

  

ASUS brings the ROG Crosshair range to the uncommon DTX Form Factor with the X570 Crosshair VII Impact  

 
While ASUS has packed a lot of features into this compact motherboard, the DTX form factor remains restrictive, though it cannot be denied that ASUS has packed a lot of features into this motherboard while retaining full compatibility with a large selection of Mini ITX cases. The extra space has also enabled ASUS to make all SATA ports use a right-angled connector, making them more visually appealing. 

The ROG Crosshair VIII Impact is designed for small form factor overclocking and packing insane amounts of overclockable CPU power into a small space. Full pricing and the release date of this motherboard are set to be announced closer to their availability. 

You can join the discussion on ASUS' ROG Crosshair VIII Impact DTX motherboard on the OC3D Forums.  

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28-05-2019, 11:03:44

tgrech
Been many years since I last heard of new DTX boards, iirc AMD tried to get mDTX popular about 10 years ago but didn't really have the platform for it, great to see and makes a lot of sense.

I think though DTX was mATX width but height shortened for 2 slots, miniDTX I think is what's used here which is mITX width with height extended for 2 slots.Quote

28-05-2019, 11:22:05

NeverBackDown
To bad my case wouldn't support this. Hate this damn case.. could switch I guess but I loathe having so many cases just laying around already.Quote

28-05-2019, 11:37:07

WYP
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
To bad my case wouldn't support this. Hate this damn case.. could switch I guess but I loathe having so many cases just laying around already.
What case are you using?Quote

28-05-2019, 11:41:04

NeverBackDown
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Originally Posted by WYP View Post
What case are you using?
Phanteks Evolv ITXQuote

28-05-2019, 11:54:06

Wraith
Really Odd looking board I need to add this to the form factor thread.

https://i.imgur.com/mDQQDLi.png

So Mini-DTX measures in at 200.3 x 170mm, so just a longer Mini-ITX.

https://i.imgur.com/bSmK6aF.jpg

Form factor reference threadQuote
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