Here are key points about the ASUS Crosshair VIII Formula.
Excellent VRM and EKWB Heatsink: As if 16 IR3555 60A power stages wasn't enough to fuel your high-performance Ryzen CPU, ASUS took the initiative to add on a watercooling block from EKWB. The hefty block will cool the VRM to very nice temperatures when added to your watercooling loop, but even without utilizing the waterblock as a waterblock the VRM will still be passively cooled. ASUS is also toting that its direct phase system, where two power stages are teamed to a single phase, will help improve transient response for large transient loads.
Lots of native USB 3.1: The Crosshair VIII Formula might have the most USB 3.1 10Gbps ports on its rear IO compared to other X570 motherboards. Boasting a hefty eight rear USB 3.1 ports, all from the CPU and chipset, ASUS has outdone a lot of the competition when it comes to upgrading rear USB to the new standard.
OLED Display: ASUS introduced their OLED display a few generations ago, and we actually really like this little feature. Not only does it help make troubleshooting easier by matching codes to the CPU, memory, and other system components, but it can also be customized to display other system parameters such as temperature or CPU speed.
Price: At $650, the Crosshair VIII Formula is one of the more pricey X570 motherboards. While it does come with a watercooling block, the block doesn't extend to the chipset so a fan isn't needed. The motherboard also lacks the 10Gbit LAN many of higher-end X570 motherboards have.
The Crosshair VIII Formula is pricey, but it has a lot to offer. For starters, it has an EKWB VRM cooling block, and it features a lot of platform features as well as custom features. We really like the inclusion of overclocking features such as ASUS's Retry and Safeboot buttons, as well as the LN2 jumper, hole in the socket, and VRM design.
The VRM is very pricey, and uses very high-end components. The UEFI is loaded with features, including custom profiles for memory overclocking. The aesthetics are awesome as well. If you are in the market for a high-end X570 motherboard with a VRM waterblock, a high-end VRM, and a ton of USB 3.1 on the rear IO, give the Crosshair VIII Formula a look.
The Bottom Line
Loaded with a strong VRM, an excellent EKWB VRM waterblock, and 5G LAN, the ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula is perfect for watercooling enthusiasts who want to jump on the AMD X570 chipset.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and Crosshair VIII Formula Overview]
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- 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]
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