ASUS ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Formula

The Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Formula is a variant of the Crosshair VIII Hero, and both are part of the manufacturer’s enthusiast-class lineup of motherboards using the X570 AMD chipset. What primarily sets the Formula apart from the Hero is that the Formula comes prepared for water cooling. It’s equipped with a Crosschill EK III water block over the VRM, which will help keep temperatures down to assist overclocking. The board was launched in 2019 and is among the first batch of motherboards to bring the PCI Express version 4.0 interface to consumers. Like all X570 motherboards, the X570 Crosshair VIII Formula supports 2nd- and 3rd-generation AMD Ryzen processors. 

Asus ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Formula Key Features

In addition to the Crosschill EK III water block and associated circuitry/components, the Asus’ premium lineup, the Crosshair VIII Formula uses mostly the same hardware as the non-water cooled Hero version. This includes power delivery courtesy of 14+2 IR3555 PowIRstages, “ProCool II” power connectors, microfine alloy chokes, and 10K Japanese-made black metallic capacitors. Another notable difference is that the X570 Formula motherboard comes with a 5 Gbit Ethernet controller from Aquantia, instead of the Hero’s 2.5 Gbit Realtek variant. 

Like other motherboards with the same chipset, RAM support is limited to 128 GB of DDR4 in dual-channel mode (up to 4x 32GB memory modules). Two PCIe 4.0-enabled M.2 slots provide fast SSD storage, provided that the drive is capable of using the interface’s added bandwidth, which is double that of the predecessor. 

The X570 Crosshair VIII Formula is also equipped with a BIOS flashback feature, which will lessen the potential risks for builders and overclockers. Similar to most if not all of Asus’ premium motherboards, the proprietary Aura Sync RGB lighting solution is included.

Specs: Asus ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Formula Vs. Hero

ProductX570 Crosshair VIII HeroX570 Crosshair VIII Formula
Form FactorATXATX
CPU Support2nd- and 3rd-gen AMD Ryzen2nd- and 3rd-gen AMD Ryzen
RAM Support (up to)4800 MHz (Gen3 Ryzen)
3600 MHz (Gen2 Ryzen)
4800 MHz (Gen3 Ryzen)
3600 MHz (Gen2 Ryzen)
Memory Slots (Channels)2 (4)2 (4)
Max. RAM128 GB128 GB
PCI-E 4.0 X16 Slots33
PCI-E 4.0 X1 Slots11
SATA III Ports88
M.2 Slots22
RAID Support0/1/100/1/10
LAN1x Intel I211-AT,
Realtek RTL8125-CG 2.5G LAN
1x Intel I211-AT
1x Aquantia AQC111C 5G LAN
USB Ports8x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A,
1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C,
6x USB 3.2 Gen 1
4x USB 2.0
8x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A,
1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C,
8x USB 3.2 Gen 1
4x USB 2.0
SLI/CrossfireY/YY/Y
Water blockN/ACrosschill EK III
OLED PalenN/AYes

The Crosshair Hero is also available in a variant without an onboard Wi-Fi controller. Otherwise, most of the components and features are mostly identical other than the water block and faster Ethernet included with the ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Formula. 

Reviews

Bit-tech.net

The Crosshair VIII Formula ticks a heck of a lot of boxes when it comes to an extreme-premium enthusiast board, and while its price is definitely extreme, even for X570, it does offer an eye-popping feature set.

ASUS ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Formula ATX Motherboard with PCIe 4.0, on-Board WiFi 6 (802.11Ax), 5 Gbps LAN, USB 3.2, SATA, M.2, Node and Aura Sync RGB Lighting

$699.99
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as of September 9, 2019 7:22 pm

Features

  • Mad AM4 socket:  ready for 2nd, and 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors and up to two M. 2 drives, USB 3. 2 Gen2, and AMD stormy TO maximize connectivity and speed.
  • Comprehensive thermal design:  integrated cross chill EK III, active PCH heatsink, M. 2 aluminum heatsink, and ROG cooling zone.
  • High-performance networking:  on-board Wi-Fi 6 (802. 11Ax) with MU-MIMO support, 5G and Gigabit Ethernet courtesy of Aquatic and Intel, both with ASUS Languid protection and support for GameFirst V software.
  • 5-Way Optimization:  automated system-wide tuning, providing overclocking and cooling profiles that are tailor made for your rig.
  • DIY friendly design: pre-mounted I/O shield, ASUS safe Slot, BIOS Flashback and premium components for maximum endurance.

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