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ASUS unveils the ROG Crosshair VI Extreme for high-end AMD Ryzen builds

By Koh Wanzi - on 22 Jul 2017, 12:49am

ASUS unveils the ROG Crosshair VI Extreme for high-end AMD Ryzen builds

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ASUS has announced the ROG Crosshair VI Extreme, a new E-ATX AM4 motherboard targeted at enthusiasts looking to build a blazing fast rig with AMD’s Ryzen CPUs.

The Crosshair VI Extreme is based on AMD’s flagship X370 chipset, and supports everything from the company’s Bristol Ridge A-series APUs to the octa-core Ryzen 7 1800X.

In addition, it will take DDR4 memory up to 3,200MHz and features two metal-reinforced PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, one PCIe 2.0 x16 slot, and three further PCIe 2.0 x1 slots.

You also get a wide range of connectivity options, including eight SATA 6Gbps connectors, dual M.2 sockets, and two USB 3.1 (Gen 2) Type-A and Type-C ports on the rear.

That aside, ASUS says the board was designed with overclockers in mind, and the Crosshair VI Extreme is equipped with a dedicated base clock generator made specifically for Ryzen chips.

ASUS calls this its “Pro Clock Technology”, and it supposedly works together with the onboard ASUS TurboV Processing Unit (TPU) to enhance voltage and base clock overclocking control.

This focus on overclocking is combined with an emphasis on cooling, and the board comes with nifty thermal management features such as a special header for monitoring monoblock temperatures and flow rates. A monoblock made specially for the Crosshair VI Extreme will also be available to buy from Bitspower.

There are a whopping total of 13 fan headers, the better to accommodate all the fans in a custom liquid cooling loop.

Furthermore, one of the M.2 sockets is passively cooled by a portion of the chipset’s heatsink, which helps prevent performance throttling.

One small tweak is the 24-pin ATX power connector, which is now located flat against the PCB. This helps provide easier cable management, as the wires can now be routed to the back with less effort.

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The finishing touches on the board are mostly aesthetic flourishes, and different lighting zones of the board can be customized independently or made to sync up with each other. There’s also a header for an addressable LED strip, on top of two further headers for regular lighting strips. 

We’ll update when we have news on local price and availability.

Source: ASUS

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