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ASUS has two new ROG Crosshair VIII and Strix motherboards for your next SFF Ryzen PC

By Koh Wanzi - on 16 Sep 2019, 2:19pm

ASUS has two new ROG Crosshair VIII and Strix motherboards for your next SFF Ryzen PC

ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Impact

ASUS has announced two new AMD X570 motherboards to cater to those looking to build a small form factor system based on AMD's Ryzen 3000 processors. The ROG Crosshair VIII Impact and ROG Strix X570-I Gaming are tiny mini-DTX and mini-ITX boards respectively. Despite their diminutive stature, they come packed with a ton of features, including robust power delivery designs and active VRM cooling.

The mini-DTX Crosshair VIII Impact is basically a taller version of your standard mini-ITX motherboard. It maintains compatibility with most mini-ITX cases, but it now has some extra room to dedicate to the VRM and its cooling design. 

Mini-DTX boards are just slightly taller than their mini-ITX counterparts. (Image Source: ASUS)

For starters, it uses an 8+2-phase power design paired with TDA21472 power stages, each rated for 70A. The small form factor also necessitates the use of a single-body, actively-cooled VRM and chipset heatsink combo, alongside two Delta Superflo fans. A copper heat pipe channels heat away from the VRM to a full-sized aluminum backplate, which helps compensate for the limited air flow in a smaller chassis. 

There are also two dedicated headers for radiator fans, in addition to headers for monitoring flow rate and temperature, in case you want to go the liquid cooling route.

Separately, there's a USB 3.2 (Gen 2) front-panel header as well for use with newer cases with a front USB-C port. On top of that, there are plenty of high-speed USB ports on the rear I/O panel, comprising one USB 3.2 (Gen 2) Type-C, five USB 3.2 (Gen 2) Type-A, and two USB 3.2 (Gen 1) connectors. 

To make up for its small size, the Crosshair VIII Impact will ship with an expansion card that will let you install two more M.2 drives. This card comes equipped with its own heatsinks and interfaces with the motherboard via a SO-DIMM slot.

There's something that looks like an M.2 heatsink below the single PCIe 4.0 x16 slot, but that's actually a daughter board which houses the Impact's storage and audio circuitry. This frees up more room to add further connectivity options and other features.

On the networking front, the board is equipped with the latest Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 chip and a Gigabit LAN port powered by an Intel I211-AT controller. 

ASUS ROG Strix X570-I Gaming

The smaller ROG Strix X570-I Gaming also utilises active cooling for the chipset and VRM heatsink. There are two Delta Superflo fans here too, and a heat pipe helps channel heat away from the chipset heatsink to the fans. ASUS crammed a finned heatsink in here as well in order to maximise the surface area available for heat dissipation.

It is equipped with the same 8+2-phase power design as the ROG Crosshair VIII Impact, so ASUS isn't skimping on too much here. For storage, you get one M.2 socket and four SATA 6Gbps ports. There's no front panel USB-C header, but you still get one USB 3.2 (Gen 2) Type-C, three USB 3.2 (Gen 2) Type-A, and four USB 3.2 (Gen 1) ports at the rear.

I'll update once there's news on local price and availability. 

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