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Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme X570 Motherboard Review

For Those Who Dare

What’s in the box?

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ASUS uses its standard dark theme packaging on the ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme.

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The rear of the box highlights a few of the many features as well as lists some basic specs.

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When you open the box you are immediately greeted with a panoramic view of the Crosshair VIII Extreme under a clear cover. The slogan ‘For Those Who Dare’ is embossed in red on the lid.

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The clear lid just lifts off the top tray to access the board. There was some scuffing on the clear cover and the rear I/O scratch protection film from vibrations during shipping, but no damage.

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The motherboard tray lifts out to access the lower half of the box where all the included goodies hide.

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The biggest compartment opens to reveal a foam block cradling several important accessories.

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Given the ‘Extreme’ nature of the board, the list of inclusions is extensive.

  • Cables:
    • 1X 1-to-3 ARGB splitter
    • 2X 1-to-4 fan splitter
    • 1X RGB extension
    • 6X ROG weave braided SATA cables
    • 1X 3-in-1 Thermistor cables pack
  • ROG Fan Controller:
    • ROG Fan Controller
    • Power Cable
    • ARGB Input Cable
    • USB Input Cable
    • 3M Mounting tape
  • ROG Dimm.2:
    • ROG DIMM.2 with Heatsink
    • 2 Thermal pad
    • 2X M.2 Screw package
  • ROG Clavis DAC
  • Wi-Fi Antenna
  • 2X M.2 Screw packages
  • Q-Connector
  • ROG keychain
  • ROG GPU Holder
  • ROG Screwdriver
  • ROG USB Drive with utilities and drivers
  • Documentation
    • User Manual
    • ROG Thank you card
    • Clavis DAC Manual
    • ROG Fan controller manual.
    • ROG Stickers

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One special inclusion if the ROG Clavis DAC. The ROG Clavis is a USB Type-C based DAC with Ai Noise-Canceling mic and is based on the ESS 9281 QUAD DAC. A switch on the side changes between PC/notebook mode, and Mobile/Phone/Gaming console mode. The ESS 9281 DAC features QUAD DAC technology to provide lossless audio processing. Each of its four DACs devotes processing power to a subset of the audible frequency range, across lows, mids, highs to ultra-highs. The four signals are then combined to produce clearer sound with an impressive 130 dB signal-to-noise ratio, and an integrated amplifier supports up to 300 ohms of impedance.

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And yes, it also includes ASUS Aura Sync RGB Lighting.

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Another special inclusion is the ROG DIMM.2 Module.  The DIMM.2 Module allows easy connection of two NVMe or SATA M.2 drives up to 110mm in length through a special DIMM slot on the ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme.

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Both slots sink heat to the exterior shell of the DIMM.2 module and support pretty much any M.2 drive on the market.

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The next inclusion is the ROG Fan controller. This device mounts in your case in an empty 2.5” drive tray and provides 6 ARGB lighting headers, two thermal probe connections, and 6 fan headers.

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The first three fan ports support ASUS’s HydraNODE fan strings as well as independent ARGB channels for each.

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The other side provides 3 more normal fan headers and an additional three ARGB ports.

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One of the first things you’ll notice about the ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme is its weight. The board alone weighs in at almost 6¼ pounds or a touch over 2.8kg.

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