Review ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula motherboard: the first Formula for Ryzen
Not so long ago, a review of the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme was released on our website – the first motherboard for Socket AM4 processors that fell into our hands, which cost about $ 700. However, as it turned out, this is far from the only product of this kind. The motherboard developers were so inspired by the appearance of the third generation of Ryzen processors that, without saying a word, significantly raised the upper bar of the price of platforms based on the new set of system logic X570. As a result, almost every self-respecting motherboard manufacturer now has an assortment of $ 700 motherboards for AMD processors. And as if to reinforce this thesis, behind the Gigabyte premium board, ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula arrived at the 3DNews lab – another flagship platform with a price of the same scale.
Immediately, it is worth noting that, from the heart of the Socket, the AM4-board, as ASUS developers see it, looks completely different from how it is presented in Gigabyte. In other words, the top-level products from different manufacturers turned out to be completely different. ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula loses a little in its equipment and is not so perfect in layout and design, however, it has other trump cards in its hands. ASUS added to its flagship product the ability to incorporate it into the circuit of the liquid cooling system out of the box, worked hard on the BIOS and seasoned it all with a cocktail of several proprietary technologies that improve system stability during overclocking. As a result, the output was a very interesting product that will surely attract the attention of enthusiasts and, without a doubt, deserves a detailed review.
In addition, the ROG Crosshair VIII Formula is interesting for one more reason. This is the first Formula-class motherboard among ASUS solutions for Ryzen processors. In the modern ROG hierarchy, products whose names appear as the epithet Formula have two characteristic features. Firstly, their cooling system is being developed in collaboration with EK Water Blocks and has an integrated water block. Secondly, they carry a special aesthetics: in their design “armor” is used, which almost completely hides the entire front surface of the board.
Until today, ASUS believed that it was pointless to release such boards for the Socket AM4 platform, since Ryzen owners are an unpretentious audience that will not appreciate such design delights. But now the situation has changed, because high-level offers have appeared among AMD processors that can compete not only with the Core i9-9900K, but also with HEDT class solutions. Obviously, for enthusiasts who like processors like the Ryzen 7 3800X or Ryzen 9 3900X, ASUS is guided by: the ROG Crosshair VIII Formula will become a solid frame for such “stones”.
However, there is a suspicion that the ROG Crosshair VIII Formula is not the maximum version of the ASUS gaming platform, which will ultimately be available in the model range of products from this manufacturer based on the X570 logic set. Although we have not heard anything about the Crosshair VIII Extreme, such a motherboard is likely to be released as well, only it will happen a bit later when the uncompromising 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X comes to the market.
But while the “extreme” board is not visible on the horizon, let’s take a closer look at the ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula – the best version of the ASUS platform for AMD Ryzen processors today.
Here’s what the basic specifications of such an expensive board look like: