ASUS launches the ROG Crosshair VIII Impact motherboard based on the AMD X570 chipset. The novelty is designed to build compact, but at the same time very productive systems based on AMD Ryzen 3000 series processors.
The novelty is made in a non-standard form factor: its dimensions are 203 × 170 mm, that is, it is slightly longer than the Mini-ITX format boards. According to ASUS, this does not have to prevent it from being used in most compact Mini-ITX cases, because they have two expansion slots, that is, they have a margin in size. By the way, the mounting holes on the ROG Crosshair VIII Impact are located in the same way as on conventional Mini-ITX boards.
The ROG Crosshair VIII Impact motherboard received an eight-phase power subsystem and one 8-pin power connector for the processor socket Socket AM4. The cooling system of the power subsystem and the chipset includes Not only aluminum radiators, but also a couple of small fans. There is a metal plate on the back of the board.
There are two new slots for DDR4 DIMM memory modules, as well as one expansion slot PCI Express 4.0 x16. In addition, ASUS added its own SO-DIMM.2 slot to the ROG Crosshair VIII Impact, to which PCIe 4.0 lines are connected and a complete expansion card with a pair of M.2 slots (PCIe 4.0 x4 and SATA 3.0) is installed in it. Under the PCI Express 4.0 x16 slot, on a separate board, there is a SupremeFX Impact IV sound card isolated from the rest of the motherboard, which uses the Realtek ALC1220 codec and ESS Saber ES9023P DAC, as well as high-quality capacitors.
We also note the presence in ROG Crosshair VIII Impact of a wireless Wi-Fi 6 module (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5.0, a gigabit network interface and six USB 3.1 ports, one of which is USB Type-C. The board has an indicator of POST codes, as well as various buttons and switches that make life easier for an overclocking enthusiast.
The motherboard ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Impact will go on sale in the near future, and its cost will be around 450.