This is the ASUS Crosshair VIII Hero WiFi
ASUS and the Hero model is what I trusted with my Ryzen 1st and 2nd gen Ryzen platforms so it seems only fitting this was one of the boards I received.
And there it is, this is obviously a photo provided by ASUS as we are vigorously testing this board for this very launch review. A full review will follow as soon as reasonably possible fully covering the board’s performance and feature set. However, here are some things which we find interesting.
- High-speed memory capability
now that Zen 2 is here memory speed is vastly increased, and ASUS is doing everything possible to offer support for the fastest memory possible, which is why they also worked hard to ensure the board got Optimem III. There are rumors that Samsung E-Die can do up to 5000+ on air while B-Die will see up to 4600 and +300MHz or so on LN2, and if you choose to get the IMC cold as well, you could potentially gain another 200 MHz before reaching the OIMC limit. However, you would need one hell of a set of DIMMS to reach 5500+MHz.
- 2.5G LAN by Realtek
Welp, once again I get a friendly reminder from ASUS that I really need a better network switch since many boards nowadays offer much faster than 1Gbps.
- Optimem III
ASUS is at it again with their Optimem tech which is ASUS’ way of designing in the most optimum trace layouts they can create to allow more efficient signaling along with reduced signal noise which will help ensure better memory performance, overclocking and stability.
- Dedicated Water Cooling Zone.
Asus has been very friendly to cooling enthusiasts over the past few chipset launches and they have been increasingly adding special blocks of fan headers for radiator fan arrays or pump and liquid flow meters just to ensure that the ASUS board can be a one-stop solution without the need for expansion components for fan hubs to get the job done.
This is the board which we used for all launch testing and overclocking duties as we had an issue with the MSI X570 Godlike board which due to the tight timeframe of launches I did not have time to dig in and diagnose.
Stay tuned soon after this review for the full review of the Crosshair VIII Hero WiFi from ASUS.