Packaging and Overview
The box and packaging are quite good and do a solid job of protecting the motherboard.
The accessory package includes four SATA6Gb/s, WIFI antenna, RGB LED extension cable, addressable RGB LED extension cable, coaster, Q-Connector, case badge, and M.2 screws.
ASUS put eight fan headers on the motherboard, all of them offer DC/PWM mode selection. The two headers circled in red have shared control. The two headers circled in red offer up to 3A of current, while the rest of the headers operate at up to 1A. The motherboard does have an external temperature probe header, it's circled in purple.
The motherboard also offers support for ASUS's NODE, which isn't included, but is used to expand fan control and RGB LED support. There are also water cooling headers circled in green that can be used to monitor water temperature and flow rate. The motherboard offers sleek aesthetics, and the back of the motherboard is bare of major components.
The rear IO panel features four USB 3.0 ports, six USB 3.1 (10Gbps) ports five type-A ports and one type-C, clear CMOS button, Flashback button, WIFI antenna, 1G LAN, 2.5G LAN, and 7.1 gold plated audio outputs with S/PDIF out.
Here we find the PCI-E slot arrangement, which is very similar to many other X570 motherboards. The first top two x16 slots operate at x16 PCI-E 4.0 or x8/x8 PCI-E 4.0. The bottom x16 slot is wired to the chipset at x4 PCI-E 4.0, and there is also a PCI-E 4.0 x1 slot. Both M.2 slots offer x4 PCI-E 4.0 and SATA drive support, and both have heat sinks.
One USB 3.0 right angled internal header can be found below the USB 3.1 (10Gbps) type-C header. There are eight SATA6Gb/s ports on the motherboard; all are from the chipset.
At the top right corner of the motherboard, we find a POST code display, an addressable RGB LED header, an RGB LED header, a power button, and a reset button. We find a slow more switch at the bottom of the motherboard that will take the CPU to a low multiplier on-the-fly. We have two USB 2.0 internal headers, and a node header.
At the bottom of the motherboard, we find another addressable RGB LED header, an RGB LED header, a re-try button that will reapply your UEFI settings, a safe boot button that allows you to always boot up after a bad OC, and an LN2 mode jumper that can unlock higher voltage levels. There is also a hole under the socket to insert a thermocouple if doing liquid nitrogen overclocking. ASUS offers a reinforced 8-pin power header as well as a 4-pin power header.
The VRM heat sink is typical of most ASUS boards, and the chipset heat sink has a fan built into it.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and CROSSHAIR VIII HERO (WI-FI) Overview]
- Page 3 [ASUS CROSSHAIR VIII HERO (WI-FI) Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [ASUS CROSSHAIR VIII HERO (WI-FI) Circuit Analysis Continued]
- Page 5 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [Overclocking]
- Page 8 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [System IO Benchmarks]
- Page 10 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]