ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VIII DARK HERO

At the disposal of the I2HARD editors was a special motherboard, namely ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero for AMD Ryzen 5000 processors. This model is a continuation of the ROG Crosshair series of motherboards, which was created primarily for system overclocking. Interesting features of Crosshair VIII Dark Hero are: passive cooling of the AMD X570 chipset, redesigned and enhanced processor power system, Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 wireless controller and much more. 

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ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VIII DARK HERO

Asus’ Crosshair Hero Dark uses the same phase count (16) but upgrades to premium 90A parts instead of 60A in the non-Dark model. The 90A bits are some of the most robust we’ve seen and should easily handle any ambient or sub-ambient overclocking. Another significant difference between the Dark and the original Hero is the styling. The Dark tweaks things a bit with the heatsinks using a grooved pattern on the chipset/M.2 covers as well as the VRM heatsinks around the socket.

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ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VIII DARK HERO

With the ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero we are looking at the successor to the Crosshair VIII Hero in the test this year. Compared to its predecessor, ASUS has given the current motherboard with the X570 chipset a passive cooler and increased the voltage supply. Of course, the ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero can be used for all AMD Ryzen processors of the 5000 series. In the following test you will find out which features and functions are on board and how the new model performs in practice.

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ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VIII DARK HERO

The Crosshair from ASUS has been the gaming platform for AMD users since it was introduced in 2006. Within this platform, the Hero has been the mid-range board for the last eight generations to the top end Crosshair Formula that has a few upgrades of its own. That said, the Hero has been one of the most popular boards for gamers and enthusiasts building on the AMD X570 platform. With the release of the AMD Ryzen 5000 CPU series in early November, ASUS readied several new motherboards to complement this plethora of processors; one of these new boards is the ROG Dark Hero VIII.

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ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VIII DARK HERO

ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero is a rather expensive motherboard, but its price is justified by its capabilities even in comparison with its predecessor without the word Dark in the name. Like all other Republic of Gamers boards, the new Crosshair VIII series has a first-class component base (1.5 times stronger power subsystem) and, importantly, an efficient cooling system. In terms of functionality, everything is fine – all modern ports and interfaces are available to us, including three network connections at once – 1 Gb / s, 2.5 Gb / s and high-speed Wi-Fi 6.

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ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VIII DARK HERO

An easier method than manual overclocking, however, is to simply enable the AMD Precision Boost Overdrive (PBO). With this enabled, our sample would still hit 4.5GHz on all cores, though more typically it settled at 4.4GHz. Importantly, it leaves lightly threaded boosting enabled and, as you can see in the benchmarks, you get a big multi threading boost and lose nothing under single threaded or gaming loads.

We were also able to reach an Infinity Fabric clock of 2,066MHz, which combined with a 1:1 memory clock results in DDR4-4133 with tight timings. That’s not something we’ve been able to achieve with other Ryzen 5000 silicon or other boards so far. The Dark Hero was bootable with extra SoC and CCD voltage even higher than this.

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ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VIII DARK HERO

The ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero is an update to last year’s award winning ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero. The ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero has been equipped with the same accouterments as last year’s Hero, with a few upgrades. The M.2 heatsinks on both slots, a premium lighting solution, integrated rear I/O shield, and great ASUS BIOS have not changed. But the VRM Power Stages have been upgraded to 90 A from 60 A, and most importantly, ASUS has done away with the chipset fan. 

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ASUS Reveals ROG STRIX B550-XE GAMING & ROG CROSSHAIR VIII DARK HERO

As we’re on the cusp of AMD’s Zen 3 event, ASUS has dropped two new motherboards today, the ROG STRIX B550-XE GAMING and ROG CROSSHAIR VIII DARK HERO. These boards are based off of the X570 and B550 chipsets, obviously supporting the new Zen 3 chips launching today.

The ROG CROSSHAIR VII DARK HERO Features:

  • AMD AM4 socket: Ready for 2nd, 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ processors and 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ processors with Radeon™ Graphics Processors and up to two M.2 drives, USB 3.2 Gen2, and AMD StoreMI to maximize connectivity and speed.
  • Comprehensive thermal design: Passive chipset heatsink, M.2 aluminum heatsink and ROG Cooling Zone.
  • Robust power delivery: Designed power solution 14+2 TI power stages rated for 90A, ProCool II power connectors, microfine alloy chokes and 10K Japanese-made black metallic capacitors
  • High-performance networking: On-board Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) with MU-MIMO support, 2.5 Gbps Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet, both with ASUS LANGuard protection, and support for GameFirst VI software.
  • 5-Way Optimization: Automated system-wide tuning, providing overclocking and cooling profiles that are tailor made for your rig.
  • DIY Friendly Design: Pre-mounted I/O shield, ASUS SafeSlot, BIOS FlashBack™ and premium components for maximum endurance.
  • Unmatched personalization: ASUS-exclusive Aura Sync RGB lighting, including RGB headers and addressable Gen 2 RGB headers
  • Industry-leading ROG audio: ROG SupremeFX S1220 is combined with the venerable ESS® ES9023P to deliver high-fidelity audio to headsets and exotic cans.

The ROG STRIX B550-XE GAMING Features:

  • AM4 socket: Ready for 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ processors
  • Best gaming connectivity: PCIe® 4.0-ready, six M.2 slots (four on the bundled ASUS Hyper M.2 x16 Gen 4 Card), USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C® plus HDMI™ 2.1 and DisplayPort™ 1.2 output
  • Robust power solution: 14+2 power stages with ProCool power connector, high-quality alloy chokes and durable capacitors
  • Comprehensive cooling: Actively cooled VRM heatsinks with L-shaped heatpipe and integrated aluminum I/O cover, plus dedicated M.2 heatsinks
  • Superfast networking: Onboard WiFi 6 (802.11ax) and Intel® 2.5 Gb Ethernet with ASUS LANGuard
  • Intuitive software: Easy-to-use UEFI BIOS and ASUS AI Networking make it easy to configure gaming builds
  • DIY-friendly design: Includes pre-mounted I/O shield, BIOS FlashBack™, Q-Code and FlexKey
  • Unmatched personalization: ASUS-exclusive Aura Sync RGB lighting, including Aura RGB headers and addressable Gen 2 RGB headers
  • Industry-leading Gaming Audio: Audio USB Type-C®, AI Noise-Canceling Microphone, SupremeFX S1220A codec, DTS® Sound Unbound™ and Sonic Studio III for immersive audio