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Asus ROG Crosshair VI Extreme AM4 Motherboard Unleashed – See Specs, Features, Price and Availability

If you think the Asus ROG Chrosshair VI Hero would be the company’s top of the line flagship X370 motherboard for the new AMD Ryzen processors, well think again. Asus announced the ROG Crosshair VI Extreme AM4 motherboard, featuring AMD’s X370 chipset with an EATX form factor. The Crosshair VI Extreme is not only the company’s flagship X370 AM4 motherboard, but it’s also loaded with tons of features that are somewhat quite overkill actually. However, enthusiasts and gamers may find the features built into this motherboard very appealing. Some of the highlighted features are: PCH M.2 heatsink to cool M.2 SSD; compatible with AM4 and AM3 CPU cooler mounting, RGB lighting effects, built-in 2×2 802.11 ac WiFi with MU-MIMO support, SupremeFX 8-Channel HD Audio CODEC S1220, tons of wired connectivity options including 13 fan headers! This motherboard is not cheap and it comes with a hefty price tag compared to other X370 motherboard. Check out its features, specs, price and availability from the company’s new release below.

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Asus ROG Crosshair VI Extreme AM4 Motherboard Introduced

ROG motherboards can trace their lineage back over a decade to the original Crosshair for Athlon™ 64 processors, so it’s only fitting that the ROG Crosshair VI Extreme brings Ryzen up to speed with our latest innovations. The latest Crosshair is tailored for the high-end machines PC enthusiasts dream of building and overclockers need to unleash Ryzen’s raw potential. The result is an X370 motherboard that gives Ryzen the high-end foundation it deserves.

Overclocking for Everyone Meets Cooling for Everything
ROG engineers devote a lot of time to figuring out how to get the most out of each platform. You don’t need experience with extreme cooling to push the limits of your hardware, though. The Crosshair VI Extreme’s intelligent auto-tuner lets beginners overclock with a single click. This highly configurable tool accounts for the unique characteristics of each system’s hardware and cooling, making it valuable for even seasoned veterans who do most of their tweaking by hand.

Performance and overclocking are inextricably tied to cooling, so we’re constantly looking for ways to improve thermal management. For a high-end board like the Extreme, that means supplying everything needed for sophisticated liquid loops, starting with a special header for monitoring monoblock temperatures, flow rates, and leak detection circuits. We’ve already partnered with the experts at Bitspower to produce a monoblock made specifically for the Extreme that will be sold separately from the motherboard.

All of the cooling is managed by our widely vaunted UEFI and FanXpert 4 software, a continuously evolving suite that provides comprehensive control through intuitive interfaces. Add extensive fine tuning options and sensor grouping, and you’ve got everything required to build a rig that’s whisper quiet at idle and only as loud as required by the situation.

A Refined Foundation for Coloring Your World
High-end builds won’t get a second glance if they don’t look the part. The aesthetics have to be just right, and your lighting better be on point. Our designers used a monochromatic palette that won’t conflict with other components or your choice of accent lighting. RGB lighting is expected at this point, but the Extreme doesn’t just add some bling and call it a day. It’s one of the first motherboards with a header for addressable light strips and that offer control of each individual LED.

Thanks to Aura Sync, you can match colors and effects across a complete family of compatible components that covers every aspect of your rig, both inside and out. And with our new Aura SDK, developers can integrate the lighting with games and other software, opening up exciting possibilities for cosmetic and functional flourishes.

Order One With Everything
The Crosshair VI Extreme has all the attributes of a premium motherboard. The dual PCIe x16 slots feature ASUS SafeSlot that reinforces the slot with metal bracing and additional solder to prevent damage from rough handling. They’re spaced to give 2.5-slot graphics cards like the class leading ROG STRIX GeForce®GTX 1080 TI ample breathing room, and a third x16 slot is available for three-way CrossFireX with dual-slot cards.

A full slate of USB connectors stands ready for an army of devices. You can hit speeds up to 10Gbps with USB 3.1 Gen 2, which is available through an internal header for cases and via both Type-C and Type-A ports at the rear. The integrated networking gives you an ultra-reliable Intel controller for wired Gigabit Ethernet, and an 802.11ac module with an upgraded 2×2 antenna for Wi-Fi. Wireless connectivity also extends to peripherals with Bluetooth 4.1, so all your bases are covered.

Our latest SupremeFX S1220 codec powers the onboard audio alongside a premium ESS Sabre DAC and the usual assortment of engineering tweaks to improve the output and recording quality. You don’t need a separate sound card to produce pristine audio for gaming and streaming. You will, however, need a virtual reality headset to take advantage our new HRTF-powered audio effects for VR.

Asus ROG Crosshair VI Extreme Price and Availability

The Asus ROG Crosshair VI Extreme will be available at leading resellers in North America starting in early August. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $349.

Asus ROG Crosshair VI Extreme Specifications

SocketAM4
ChipsetX370
Form FactorEATX
LightingRGB / Aura Sync
CPU SupportAMD Ryzen Processors
AMD 7th Generation A-series/Athlon Processors
Expansion Slots2x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8)
1x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x8 mode)
1x PCIe 2.0 x16 (max at x4 mode)
3x PCIe 2.0 x1
Memory Support4x DDR4 DIMM Sockets
Support for DDR4 3200/2933/2667/2400/2133 MHz
AudioROG SupremeFX 8-Channel HD Audio CODEC S1220
NetworkingIntel I211-AT Gigabit LAN Controller
Anti-surge LANGuard
802.11ac module (wireless)
Storage2x M.2 Socket
8x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 10
USB4x USB 3.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, blue)
1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 front panel connector port(s)
6x USB 3.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
6x USB 2.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, black, 2 at mid-board)
ASMedia® USB 3.1 controller :
2x USB 3.1 port(s) (2 at back panel, black+red, Type-A + USB Type-CTM)
I/O1x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 (black)USB Type-CTM
1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 (red)Type-A
8x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (blue)
4x USB 2.0 (one port can be switched to USB BIOS Flashback)
1x Optical S/PDIF out
1x Clear CMOS button(s)
1x USB BIOS Flashback Button(s)
6x LED -lit audio jacks
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