ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Impact

One of the biggest surprises during Computex as far as the announcement of the X570 went was the unveiling of the ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Impact. Based on the uncommon mini-DTX form factor which is similar to mini-ITX, but with a slightly longer frame, allows ASUS to add an extra expansion slot onto the PCB without sacrificing too much on the overall size of the board. The ROG Crosshair VIII Impact is focused on performance but still offers gaming-focused features along with the rest of ROG/Strix X570 branded product stack.

Included on the ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Impact is a SO-DIMM.2 slot for PCIe 4.0 M.2 drives, with enough space to spare to add a heatsink too. Featured is a full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 slot which is coated with ASUS Steelslot armor reinforcement. Also featured in addition to the dual PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots are four SATA ports. The same case with the memory as the Crosshair VIII Impact has two memory slots with support for up to 64 GB of DDR4 memory.  The design itself follows a more subtle ROG theme with an-all black PCB, black heatsinks and a mesh rear panel cover which features three cooling fans to keep the X570 chipset cool within the rear panel cover. There are also multiple RGB LED lighting zones which users can customize via the ROG Aura Sync software. 


Apologies about the blurry image, we will update when we receive a better one

The rear panel of the ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Impact includes five USB 3.1 G2 Type-A, a single USB 3.1 G2 Type-C, and two USB 3.1 G1 Type-A ports. There are two antenna ports for the Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax wireless interface, while the single Ethernet port is powered by an Intel I211-AT Gigabit NIC. Also featured is a reset CMOS switch, an LED debug, and a BIOS Flashback button. On the networking side is an Intel I122-AT Gigabit powered Ethernet port, and also includes the new Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 enabled wireless interface which features support for BT 5 devices. A Realtek SupremeFX S1220 HD 8-channel audio codec offers three 3.5 mm audio jacks and is assisted by an ESS ES9023P HD DAC which is one of the better spec onboard audio setups on the X570 chipset.

ASUS looks to have put a lot of faith in AMD's new Ryzen 3000 series processors by reintroducing a series that held so much weight in the mini-ITX desktop space. The Crosshair VIII Impact isn't likely to be cheap, however, but as it stands, there is no current MSRP at time of writing.

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  • CoachAub - Thursday, July 25, 2019 - link

    I have an Aorus AX370 Gaming 5 mobo. With the latest BIOS update for Ryzen 3000 series (f40), I now have the option to select PCI-e 4.0. It has had 3.0 as an option as long as I can remember. It seems some mobo mfg are supporting it, even though AMD won't officially. Reply
  • max347 - Friday, August 2, 2019 - link

    Release date on the Crosshair Impact? Reply
  • madseven7 - Saturday, August 3, 2019 - link

    In your chart of motherboards listing biosflashback you missed the ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming Reply
  • soltys - Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - link

    According to Asrock website, ASRock X570 Steel Legend has ALC1220 Reply
  • dforrestvc - Sunday, August 11, 2019 - link

    Will there being only three audio jacks prevent me from properly connecting a 5.1 speaker system? Reply
  • svan1971 - Saturday, August 17, 2019 - link

    Why are the boot times with pcie 4.0 m.2 so dam slow ? My 5 year old Asrock boots 3 times faster? Reply
  • Tinkertron - Sunday, August 18, 2019 - link

    I still haven't seen this board hit the market yet. ASRock has release 2 version and Gigabyte has 1 on the mini-ITX release already. I also notice that the ROG Strix doesn't show a fan cooled over the chipset. All the makers are adding fans over the chipset. How is ASUS getting away without doing this? Could this be the reason why ASUS hasn't release theirs yet? Reply
  • Crashing Bore - Sunday, December 8, 2019 - link

    The Gigabyte AORUS Ultra with 3rg gen ryzen delivers pcie4 x16 + PCIE4 x8 + PCIE4 x4 for its three PCIE 16 slots - not 16/8+8/8+8+4 as described - it is 16+8+4 full time, regardless of the slots populated. This is so also for other boards in their stack, and offers point of differentiation allowing later population of, say, thunderbolt3 in the second slot without slow down the main graphics card pipeline. Reply

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