Packaging and Overview
Box and packaging are top notch, and very similar to that of the Crosshair VIII Hero.
The accessory package includes two braided SATA6Gb/s cables, four SATA6Gb/s cables, RGB Extension cable, addressable RGB LED extension cable, Q-Connector, WIFI Antenna, ROG Coaster, ROG Stickers, and the typical manual and driver DVD.
ASUS put in eight fan headers, and that can be supplemented by the ASUS NODE. The NODE is a device that is proprietary to ASUS and can expand fan control, temperature monitoring, and RGB LED support. The two headers circled in yellow offer up to 3A of output, and the one at the bottom of the motherboard runs full speed by default. All other headers support up to 1A output, and they are circled in red, blue, and green. The red headers share control while all other headers support individual speed control, but all headers are hybrid PWM/DC mode headers.
The header circled in green runs full speed by default. The motherboard also has a temperature probe input header circled in purple. There are also headers circled in orange and they are for water cooling and can monitor input and output temperatures as well as flow rate. The motherboard has a sleek black aesthetic and most of the PCB is covered by shields. The rear of the motherboard also has a metal shield, and it helps to cool the back of the VRM as well as keep the PCB straight.
The rear IO panel features four USB 3.0 ports, seven USB 3.1 (10Gbps) type-A ports and one type-C, clear CMOS button, BIOS Flashback button, WIFI antenna, 2.5G LAN, 1G LAN, and 7.1 gold plated audio outputs with S/PDIF out.
Here we find the PCI-E slots and they run at x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4, with the bottommost x16 slots wired to the chipset. All PCI-E slots operate at PCI-E 4.0 speeds. There is also a sole x1 slot. We find two M.2 slots that operate at x4 PCI-E 4.0/SATA6Gbps. Both M.2 slots have heat sinks.
ASUS implemented all eight of the SATA6Gb/s ports offered by the chipset. One of the USB 3.0 internal headers is angled at 90 degrees. There is one USB 3.1 type-C header angled straight up on the motherboard.
At the top of the motherboard, we find an addressable RGB LED header and a normal RGB LED header, as well as our start and reset buttons. At the very bottom of the motherboard, we find our NODE connector, slow mode switch, addressable RGB LED header, RGB LED header, safe boot button, and retry button. We also can find our LN2 jumper here, which will unlock extra features when put into LN2 mode for liquid nitrogen overclocking.
The motherboard offers one 8-pin CPU power header as well as a 4-pin CPU power connector. At the bottom right corner of the motherboard, we find a USB 3.0 internal header, as well as two USB 2.0 internal headers.
The heat sinks are well attached to the motherboard. The CPU VRM block is actually a waterblock made by EKWB, and is one of the main selling points of this motherboard. The chipset heat sink has a fan built into it.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and Crosshair VIII Formula Overview]
- Page 3 [ASUS Crosshair VIII Formula Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [ASUS Crosshair VIII Formula 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]