ASUS ROG X370 Crosshair VI Extreme Review

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ASUS X370 Crosshair VI Extreme Review

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Much like the chipset has, the Crosshair VI Extreme really eliminates the aesthetic gap between the ASUS ROG Intel motherboards and their AMD counterparts. You'd be extreme hard pressed to spot the differences between the C6E and an equivalent Maximus. About the only two things that are obvious are the horizontally mounted ATX 24 pin power input and the CPU cooler mounting system. Although we'll look closer at it a little further down the page, you can clearly see what we've mentioned on preceding pages regarding the heatsink and IO shield blending into a homogeneous mass.

ASUS X370 Crosshair VI Extreme Review  
ASUS X370 Crosshair VI Extreme Review  
ASUS X370 Crosshair VI Extreme Review  
ASUS X370 Crosshair VI Extreme Review  

We spoke about the radiator fan grouping earlier and you can see how carefully the designers have arranged them on the Crosshair VI Extreme. Plenty of room to connect them all, without requiring you to perform some cable routing voodoo to keep things tidy. Overclockers will be pleased at the inclusion of LN2 modes as well as a slow mode DIP Switch and the always faithful retry and safe boot buttons that have recovered many a knife-edge overclock. The bottom edge of the Crosshair has the next grouping of radiator fans, perfect for having one on the front of your case to match the other in the roof. The eagle-eyed amongst you will notice that there are headers for flow monitoring neatly place next to the pump header. It is this attention to detail that is great to see, even if you almost expect it from a flagship ROG product.

ASUS X370 Crosshair VI Extreme Review  
ASUS X370 Crosshair VI Extreme Review  
ASUS X370 Crosshair VI Extreme Review  

Ensuring that your MOSFETs remain as cool as possible the heatsinks on the Crosshair VI Extreme are thick chunks of aluminium tied together with a very beefy heatpipe. Combining these with the huge surface area afforded to us by the integrated IO and you should be able to push your CPU to new highs.


ASUS X370 Crosshair VI Extreme Review  

Lastly connectivity and, as you would expect from an Extreme branded model in the ASUS ROG range, the options are plentiful. Front panel USB 3.0 and 3.1 sit alongside the umpteen USB ports around the back. The SupremeFX audio jacks are lit with LEDs to assist getting the right cables in the right holes, whilst the WiFi and GigaLAN ports connect you to the wider world.

ASUS X370 Crosshair VI Extreme Review  
ASUS X370 Crosshair VI Extreme Review  

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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
Quote:
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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