Asus Crosshair VI Extreme pulls out all the stops for AM4

Asus just announced what is likely to be the flagship of its fleet of Ryzen-ready motherboards. The Republic of Gamers Crosshair VI Extreme takes the "everything and the kitchen sink" approach that we frequently see on high-end motherboards and applies it to an EATX Socket AM4 platter powered by the X370 chipset. Aside from an integrated waterblock, we struggle to imagine a motherboard feature that this model misses.

All of the most obvious hallmarks of a high-end motherboard are present on the Crosshair VI Extreme, starting with its size. The extra width of EATX allows Asus to pack on a pair of M.2 sockets—one of which is concealed by a heatsink. The board also boasts three PCIe x16 slots, four DDR4 DIMM slots, and 12 fan headers. There's also a specialized header for monitoring a waterblock's temperature, flow rate, and leak detection sensors.

Obviously, this is a board built for overclocking, and Asus claims that the board's "intelligent auto-tuner" can take into consideration the hardware installed in the board as well as the cooling connected to it. Folks who want to do their own tweaking will appreciate the onboard power and reset buttons, as well as an easy-to-access CMOS clear switch and diagnostic LED readout. There's even a Molex auxiliary power connector in the lower left corner of the board for extra stability under extreme overclocking.

Two of the PCIe x16 slots are reinforced to protect them from rough handling, and they're spaced extra wide to make room for massive GPU coolers. Asus tapped Intel NICs for the board's network connections, and the board sports both Gigabit Ethernet and 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Like on Asus' other high-end boards, Realtek's top-tier S1220 chip is mated to an ESS Sabre DAC to power the "SupremeFX" onboard audio suite.

Builders who choose the ROG Crosshair VI Extreme can hook up eight SATA devices to the board, and plug in to USB 3.1 Type-A or Type-C on the back panel. There's also an internal header for front panel USB 3.1, as well as an older-style USB 3.0 front-panel header. With these headers in play, the board can provide ten USB 3.0 ports and four USB 3.1 ports.

As Asus' top-tier AM4 board, the Crosshair VI Extreme naturally comes with top-tier pricing, too. Asus says the board will go for $349 when it launches early next month.

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    • Delta9
    • 2 years ago

    Thunderbolt 3? That’s the only thing I would use that is still missing.

    • Gasaraki
    • 2 years ago

    “Aside from an integrated waterblock, we struggle to imagine a motherboard feature that this model misses”

    Really?
    How about 3x M.2 slots?
    10Gb NIC?
    16 Phase power?
    Creative Sound instead of Realtec?
    2x 8-pin power plug?
    Better VRM heatsinks?

    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    Can it go to Mars by itself? No? Sorry, I’m walking away.

    • albundy
    • 2 years ago

    “Like on Asus’ other high-end boards, Realtek’s top-tier S1220 chip is mated to an ESS Sabre DAC to power the “SupremeFX” onboard audio suite.”

    i think i’ll have some cheap crabcakes for dinner.

    • anotherengineer
    • 2 years ago

    “Aside from an integrated waterblock, we struggle to imagine a motherboard feature that this model misses.”

    Is a PCI slot a feature yet?? 😉

    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    I don’t see any fins on those heatsinks, so that’s at least one stop that wasn’t pulled out, so to speak.

    You’d think Asus would learn from their previous screwups, wouldn’t you?

    • Goty
    • 2 years ago

    If only my new build would take an E-ATX motherboard…

    • Solean
    • 2 years ago

    If only Ryzen would have 32 PCIex lanes.
    Would be the perfect platform from a value-performance point of view.

    • fullbodydenim
    • 2 years ago

    I’m assuming this is an X370 chipset based motherboard?

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 2 years ago

      X399 is TR4 and X370 is AM4. Hope that helps.

        • chuckula
        • 2 years ago

        He asked about the chipset, not the socket.

          • Goty
          • 2 years ago

          Employing the [i<]tiniest[/i<] bit of logic, one can infer from his comment and the picture that this motherboard is sporting the X370 chipset.

          • Srsly_Bro
          • 2 years ago

          Don’t be so salty, bro. This is a high end board, presumably it would have the highest tier AM4 chipset.

            • ronch
            • 2 years ago

            Do not presume. You can only purport.

          • willyolioleo
          • 2 years ago

          Clearly the Crosshair Extreme is using the A320. What other AM4 chipset could possibly fit this motherboard’s intended role?

      • Jeff Kampman
      • 2 years ago

      It’s X370, yeah. Clarified.

      • ronch
      • 2 years ago

      Well it’s Asoos’ top tier board so…

    • Neutronbeam
    • 2 years ago

    I thought the price would be even higher by about $150 or thereabouts; so seems to me you’re getting your money’s worth.

      • ALiLPinkMonster
      • 2 years ago

      I was thinking the same thing. Asus usually charges $400 and up for their top-end boards, but this one is a bargain, all things considered.

      • Gasaraki
      • 2 years ago

      This is not worth $350 when you can get the Crosshair VI Hero for less than $200.

    • chuckula
    • 2 years ago

    [quote<]Obviously, this is a board built for overclocking, and Asus claims that the board's "intelligent auto-tuner" can take into consideration the hardware installed in the board as well as the cooling connected to it.[/quote<] They did all that and they just called it Extreme instead of T-Pain? Missed marketing opportunity Asus.

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