On the back of AMD's X570 chipset reveal, ASUS has launched a wave of new 3rd generation AM4 models to complement the impending Ryzen 3000 series processors. Not seen since Intel's Z170 chipset, the Impact represents a comeback of one of the most premium mini-ITX motherboard ranges for desktop. We now have the ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Impact.

The biggest surprise of the unveiling of the ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Impact it's based on the mini-DTX form factor which is similar to mini-ITX, but with a slightly longer frame with the intention of adding an extra expansion slot onto the PCB. This is signified by the inclusion of a SO-DIMM.2 slot for PCIe 4.0 M.2 drives, with enough space to spare after adding a heatsink too. Below this is a full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 slot which is coated with ASUS Steelslot armor reinforcement. The design itself follows a more subtle ROG theme with an-all black PCB, black heatsinks and a mesh rear panel cover which features cooling fans to keep the X570 chipset cool. There are also multiple RGB LED lighting zones which users can customize via the ROG Aura Sync software.

Included on the mini-DTX sized PCB, the ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Impact has two M.2 slots which can be installed onto heatsinked caddy which goes into the SO-DIMM.2 slot.  Also featured are eight SATA ports which is impressive given the board's form factor. On the networking side is an Intel I112-AT GbE LAN port, and the Impact also benefits from the new Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 enabled wireless adapter. A Realtek SupremeFX S1220 HD 8-channel audio codec, and an ESS ES9023P HD DAC make up the boards onboard audio solution.

While the limitation of a smaller form factor hasn't hindered the storage, it certainly does with the memory as the Crosshair VIII Impact has two memory slots with support for up to 64 GB of DDR4 memory. The board also boasts up to eight USB 3.1 G2 ports, four USB 3.1 Gen1, and two USB 2.0 ports. The rear panel also includes a reset CMOS switch, an LED debug, and a BIOS Flashback button.

ASUS looks to have put a lot of faith in AMD's new Ryzen 3000 series processors judging by its X570 launch line-up by reintroducing a series that held so much weight in the mini-ITX desktop space. There is currently no information on pricing or availability as of yet, but we expect all the announced X570 motherboards to launch before AMD releases its Ryzen 3000 series processors on 7/7.

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  • just4U - Monday, May 27, 2019 - link

    Interesting take on cooling..That's a nice layout. Reply
  • Makaveli - Monday, May 27, 2019 - link

    They need to start putting 2.5Gbps nics on these boards... Reply
  • Skeptical123 - Monday, May 27, 2019 - link

    "They need to start putting 2.5Gbps nics on these boards..." I could not agree more. Reply
  • GokieKS - Monday, May 27, 2019 - link

    I actually disagree, but only because I feel like doing 2.5/5GbE half-steps is silly and they should just include a 10G NIC instead. Reply
  • gavbon - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - link

    Yeah, it seems a tradeoff to other features really. Nice to see ASRock get some competition Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Monday, May 27, 2019 - link

    Cute how Intel boards for quadcore chips were given the hybrid treatment by ASUS and Gigabyte on the Intel side but tiny fans are innovative for AMD buyers.

    This started with the end of the AM3+ era, where ASUS and others decided to supplement rainbow LEDs and plastic shrouds with cruddy little fans.
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  • Oxford Guy - Monday, May 27, 2019 - link

    For those who are unaware, hybrid refers to motherboard coolers that can be used with a water loop or with air. Reply
  • 12345 - Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - link

    Expecting most people to use a custom loop with an SFF build is unreasonable. I've done it and it's a huge pain in the ass. Plus they're probably expecting people to throw 12-16 core cpus in here. Reply
  • godrilla - Monday, May 27, 2019 - link

    I answered my own question.

    FYI

    LINKUP [30 cm] PCIe 3.0 [Future 4.0 Ready] 16x 64GB/s Shielded Twin-axial PCI Express Riser Cable Port Extension Card | 90 Degree Socket
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  • Alistair - Monday, May 27, 2019 - link

    still no micro atx wifi board, hoping vainly for an x570 version Reply

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