ASUS has unveiled three gaming motherboards: Republic of Gamers (ROG) Crosshair VIII Dark Hero, TUF Gaming X570 Pro (WiFi) and ROG Strix B550-XE Gaming WiFi. They are compatible with AMD Ryzen processors based on the 3rd Gen Zen microarchitecture. All previously released ASUS 500 series motherboards (X570, B550 and A520) will also receive support for AMD Ryzen Zen 3 processors.
ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero
The AMD X570 platform offers PCI Express 4.0 support for the latest graphics cards and solid state drives. The high bandwidth chipset requires cooling. Typically, this problem is solved with a radiator with an integrated fan, the blades of which are driven to rotate when needed. ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero is the first ASUS X570 motherboard to offer passive cooling for the chipset. A massive heatsink with an increased area not only removes heat from the chipset, but also spreads to the area between the PCIe slots. The increased heat dissipation surface helps prevent overheating of components even when all slots on the motherboard are full.
The power supply of the ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero motherboard has also undergone changes. The power subsystem consists of 16 phases, and its topology is designed to withstand voltage fluctuations that occur at various load levels of multi-core processors.
From the name of this model it is obvious that Crosshair VIII Dark Hero is an improved and modified version of the ROG motherboard with the first generation X570 chipset. The dark case design serves as the backdrop for the RGB lighting of the ROG logos on the heatsink and I / O shield shroud.
The two main M.2 slots with PCIe 4.0 × 4 interface are structurally reinforced with SafeSlot technology and are suitable for installing heavy gaming graphics cards. Next to them are two more M.2 slots with PCIe 4.0 × 4 interface for high-speed NVMe SSDs.
The rear panel of the motherboard has I / O ports: seven Type-A connectors and one USB Type-C port with support for USB 3.2 Gen 2 interface for fast peripherals, Intel WiFi 6 AX200 wireless interface and 2.5G Ethernet connector for high-speed Internet connections in games. The SupremeFX S1220 audio codec paired with the ESS ES9023 DAC for audio output through the front panel is responsible for the sound quality. The output of the connector with the USB 3.2 Gen 2 interface to the front panel is provided.
The Crosshair VIII Dark Hero motherboard has a number of features that will be appreciated by PC enthusiasts and overclockers. Separate buttons are provided on the I / O connector panel to clear CMOS data and update firmware using the BIOS FlashBack function.
TUF Gaming X570-Pro (Wi-Fi)
The TUF Gaming X570-Pro (WiFi) motherboard boasts an advanced power subsystem with 12 + 2 DrMOS power modules, a six-layer PCB, ProCool power connectors, military-grade hardware and Digi + technology for reliability. The cooling system includes separate heatsinks for the chipset, power subsystem and M.2 slot, as well as hybrid fan headers with Fan Xpert 4 software control.
The set of supported interfaces includes two M.2 slots with PCI Express 4.0 and support for USB 3.2 Gen 2 via Type-C connectors (one for the front and one for the rear), as well as Type-A. The motherboard provides an Intel 2.5G Ethernet wired controller, Intel WiFi 6 module, Bluetooth 5.1 support, LANGuard and TurboLAN technologies.
The audio system of this motherboard includes the Realtek S1200A codec and provides a signal-to-noise ratio of 108 dB for stereo line out and 103 dB for line in. Integrated software intelligently cancels out unwanted noise in the microphone to keep your voice clear at all times. This motherboard’s DTS Custom audio system uses algorithms to emulate surround sound when using stereo headphones and headsets.
ROG Strix B550-XE Gaming WiFi
ROG Strix B550-XE Gaming is the new flagship model of the line of motherboards with the B550 chipset. To ensure stable operation of the AMD 3rd generation Zen microarchitecture, it uses the same 16-phase power system as the ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero.
To remove heat from the power subsystem, radiators with active cooling, connected by a heat pipe, and a thermal pad are used. Two M.2 slots have their own heatsinks, and another heatsink with a built-in fan is responsible for cooling the included Hyper M.2×16 Gen4 adapter.
The ROG Strix B550-XE Gaming motherboard features 2.5G Intel Ethernet and Intel WiFi 6 AX200 network controllers, six M.2 slots (four of which are located on the Hyper M.2 × 16 adapter), and BIOS FlashBack technology.
AMD Ryzen Zen 3 Processors
All previously released ASUS 500 series motherboards (X570, B550, and A520) will receive support for AMD Ryzen processors based on the Zen 3 microarchitecture. ASUS is continually working to optimize and update the BIOS of its motherboards to ensure the highest performance and convenience for everyone. users. Detailed information on the current BIOS versions is in the table below.
BIOS update for ASUS 500 series motherboards (for compatibility with Zen 3 processors)