ASUS has finally unveiled the most top-end ROG motherboard AMD’s socket AM4 CPUs: the ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme. I made predictions for this board in some of our ASUS ROG X570 reviews back in 2019 but only in 2021 will the board make its debut… 2 years after the initial launch and with multiple updates already done.
As X570 reaches the sunset of its service life as well as Ryzen potentially moving on to a newer socket in upcoming generations, ASUS is bringing out there most extravagant motherboard for AMD owners. Formerly catering to extreme overclockers, the Extreme-class ROG boards have not taken a more general purpose approach but still favor overclockers and watercooling builds thanks to its feature set.
The ROG CROSSHAIR VIII EXTREME features support for Ryzen 5000 Vermeer CPUs and Cezanne APUs as well as previous Ryzen generation (see CPU compatibility for final details on product page for final compatibility).
The board features an 18+2 phase VRM array and supports a rich assortment of connectivity including three Gen4 M.2 slots, 2.5GbE interface via Intel i225V, USB3.2 Gen2x2 20Gbps ports, 60W power delivery ports as well as Realtek ALC4082 complimented by ESS SABRE ES9018Q2C and ROG Clavis DAC.
No pricing is announced but could match the MAXIMUS XI EXTREME.