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A New Flagship AMD Board from ASUS Appears

It’s been a while since the last “Extreme” version AMD motherboard from the ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) division, and over the weekend you may have seen reports citing the product page for a Crosshair VIII Extreme model.

What makes this new version stand out from the existing ROG Crosshair VIII Hero and Dark Hero? Here’s the summary from ASUS:

“AMD X570 EATX gaming motherboard with 18+2 power stages, five M.2 slots, USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 front-panel connector with PD 3.0 60 W support, USB 3.2 Gen 2 front-panel connector, dual Thunderbolt 4, Marvell AQtion 10 Gb Ethernet, Intel 2.5 Gb Ethernet, PCIe 4.0, onboard WiFi 6E and Aura Sync RGB lighting”

There’s a lot going on here. Right away we see the E-ATX form-factor, upgrades to power delivery, the improved connectivity including onboard 10 GbE, USB 3.2 Gen 2×2, dual TB4, etc. As good as the Crosshair VIII HERO (WiFi) motherboard is – and I’ve been using it since the Zen 2 launch two years ago – this looks like a worthy update and a true “flagship” level option. Perhaps it should come as no surprise that ASUS would step up their ROG offering as EVGA is now teasing (YouTube link) a return to AMD motherboards with their own premium X570 option?

You can check out the full list of specs from ASUS ROG at this link. As to pricing and availability, we don’t have that information (or some higher resolution images) just yet. The launch of a new X570 board as we await Zen 3+ CPUs does seem – to me, anyhow – to suggest that these processors will indeed use the existing AM4 socket (or am I reading too much into this?), with Zen 4 on AM5 next year.

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