ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula X570 Preview

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Forgive us if you're a rabid fan of AMD for a moment, but we don't think we'd be giving away any secrets to say that AMD boards for a long while have had a certain look about them. Partly because the AM3 platform was getting long in the tooth, and partly just because of the way that AMD have always designed their hardware. There is no doubt at all that the latest AM4 platform, especially here in X570 guise, is looking much more modern and - whisper it - Intel like. This is definitely a good thing.

ASUS X570 Crosshair VIII Formula Overview  

At the top left hand corner we find the 4+8 CPU power inputs. We've spoken a lot about our distaste for the short 12V cables PSU manufacturers give us to fit into these connectors, but if you've ever worried that perhaps that shortness of cable was placing an undue strain upon the port and potentially causing issues down the line, then you'll be pleased to note that the Crosshair VIII Formula has steel bracing around the CPU power input too.


ASUS X570 Crosshair VIII Formula Power  
ASUS X570 Crosshair VIII Formula 12V CPU  

At the top the dominating factor is unquestionably the EK waterblocks. Definitely the premiere water cooling option on the market to find the Crosshair VIII Formula equipped with them out of the box is automatically saving you the best part of a hundred quid and the fret that comes with disassembling the heatsinks on your freshly purchased motherboard. The abiding feeling you get looking at the top half of the Crosshair is how sorted it is. Everything in its place and a place for everything.


ASUS X570 Crosshair VIII Formula EK Waterblock  

Just above the DIMM Slots we find the first of the many headers on the Crosshair VIII Formula that we highlighted on the previous page. If you want to run a triple fan AIO you wont have any issues finding places to put everything. Something that isn't always the case. Next to those we have the RGB and Addressable headers now a fixture of ASUS ROG products, as well as the Rampage-esque start and reset buttons.


ASUS X570 Crosshair VIII Formula Fan Headers  

Below those is the 24 pin ATX connector, still vertically mounted, next to the USB 3.2 front panel connector so you can have all the convenience of front mounted USB ports without compromising your speed. We all love speed.


ASUS X570 Crosshair VIII Formula ATX  

Lastly on this section the ROG logo has a small fan above it, something we also saw on the Gigabyte Aorus Pro. Perhaps the X570 chipset is running a little warm, or perhaps AMD designed it deliberately over-engineered to ensure that no thermal issues will present themselves. Time will tell.


ASUS X570 Crosshair VIII Formula Chipset Cooler  

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Most Recent Comments

26-06-2019, 18:05:23

robbiec
How much? Will be looking forward to your full review of this as it is on my shopping list.Quote

26-06-2019, 18:05:23

Dicehunter
Looks fantastic, I'm just hoping that, Electrically at least, There isn't much of a difference between this and the Hero outside of the waterblock, OLED readout screen and extra zone lighting, As much as I like the look of this board I couldn't justify the "rumoured" price of this over the Hero.


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Originally Posted by robbiec View Post
How much? Will be looking forward to your full review of this as it is on my shopping list.

Take with a pinch of salt but early info has this board at $699, So around €620.Quote

26-06-2019, 18:34:59

Avet
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Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Take with a pinch of salt but early info has this board at $699, So around €620.
$330 over Hero is way too much. You can almost buy 2 Heros for the price of 1 Formula. That is insane.Quote

26-06-2019, 20:20:19

Bartacus
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Originally Posted by Avet View Post
$330 over Hero is way too much. You can almost buy 2 Heros for the price of 1 Formula. That is insane.
Agreed. Even with the included water cooling, that's badly overpriced.Quote

27-06-2019, 17:10:05

Gothmoth
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Originally Posted by Avet View Post
$330 over Hero is way too much. You can almost buy 2 Heros for the price of 1 Formula. That is insane.

i would pay it when it would need no chipset cooler.


the preview i have seen are not promising when it comes to the chipset cooling.
maybe asus can do it better but the one i saw (MSI) was already semi passive. Quote
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