ASUS ROG X370 Crosshair VI Extreme Review

Conclusion

ASUS X370 Crosshair VI Extreme Review

Conclusion

Whenever when we're testing something we always have a few things that we make notes of for our conclusions, whether on the positive or the negative side. The more balanced those two elements are, the longer our conclusions tend to be. Conversely if a product is almost unredeemable in its awfulness then the conclusion is brief, because there is no good to balance the bad.

The ASUS Crosshair VI Extreme is the opposite of that state of affairs. It's so good, so relentless in its performance, that the conclusion can be brief because there are no asterisks, no caveat emptors, no things you need to take into account.

If you want the best possible platform to extract the maximum from your new Ryzen build then the Crosshair VI Extreme is unquestionably the model you should buy. The stock results, usually so devoid of noticeably good or bad scores, lean towards being the better of the AMD selection in our graphs. Whether this is the quality of the components or the low latency between the CPU and the memory, there is a general trend that the stock performance is better than most. Of course you would hardly buy such a premium product if you didn't plan on overclocking your CPU and memory.

Should you use the Crosshair VI Extreme to its fullest then you'll note that the overclocking capabilities are exceptional. The BIOS is easy to use and feature rich, and the quality of the components on the PCB mean that we could get 140MHz more from our Ryzen 7 1800X on the Extreme than we've managed on any of the other X370 motherboards we've tested. That is not an inconsiderable amount, particularly when you partner it with the beefy DDR4 speeds we obtained. All of which combined to put the Crosshair VI Extreme in first place in nearly all of our graphs, and whenever it wasn't sitting at the top of the mountain it was usually found in second place breathing down the neck of the leader.

So it performs brilliantly, looks fantastic, is full of monster array of connectivity options and easily crushes the field when it comes to overclocking. There are no issues, no problems, no gaps in its capabilities. If you want the best platform upon which to build an AMD system this is it, and so it easily wins our OC3D Enthusiast Award.

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23-07-2017, 13:59:13

Avet
Nice review Tom. This one really is proper enthusiast board with all the sweet thingys on it.

I am actually not a fan of horizontal 24-pin socket. Because when it is horizontal you get a massive peace of black plastics (24-pin + cable), and your cables go 3cm straight into the grommet. With classical (vertical) one you get to use cable combs, and make that nice curve with cables, and show them off. Let's face it... what is the point on blowing serious money on custom cables when you get to show 3cm of them, and instead you get 10x10cm block of plastic instead?Quote

23-07-2017, 14:19:13

Wraith
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Originally Posted by Avet View Post
Nice review Tom. This one really is proper enthusiast board with all the sweet thingys on it.

I am actually not a fan of horizontal 24-pin socket. Because when it is horizontal you get a massive peace of black plastics (24-pin + cable), and your cables go 3cm straight into the grommet. With classical (vertical) one you get to use cable combs, and make that nice curve with cables, and show them off. Let's face it... what is the point on blowing serious money on custom cables when you get to show 3cm of them, and instead you get 10x10cm block of plastic instead?
Do you know how long I've waited for someone other than EVGA to do a 45 degree 24 pin! I love it and wish it was on all boards or at least a 45 degree adapter for those of us who don't want to see cables this is epic, I'm now waiting for the day all IOs around the edge of Motherboards are angled.Quote

23-07-2017, 14:42:15

BigDaddyKong
Thanks for the review.

I am curious to what voltage and LLC to get the 4.1ghz you tested on.

Also, did you make any adjustment to the BGS and BSWalt?Quote

23-07-2017, 16:01:37

Bratticuss
Very good review as always.

Looks like I have found my next PC upgrade.

Haven't done a AMD build for over 3 years. Looks like a Ryzen year.Quote

23-07-2017, 17:30:18

Avet
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Originally Posted by Wraith View Post
Do you know how long I've waited for someone other than EVGA to do a 45 degree 24 pin! I love it and wish it was on all boards or at least a 45 degree adapter for those of us who don't want to see cables this is epic, I'm now waiting for the day all IOs around the edge of Motherboards are angled.
Every other connection angled yes, that is epic, but for me, 24-pin and 8-pin no. And please someone put power cables on GPUs on the side.Quote
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