AMD revealed more information and details about its upcoming Ryzen 7000 series Zen 4 desktop CPUs and its Socket AM5 platform. Asus also unveiled its flagship X670 motherboard – meet the Asus ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme motherboard. According to AMD, the “E” on the X670 stands for Extreme. So, Asus’ Crosshair flagship X670 motherboard is double the Extreme? It’s like an X670 Extreme Extreme motherboard! Jest aside, check out the rest of the features this motherboard offers. Asus didn’t share all the specs, nor its pricing, but it is expected to be released this Fall 2022. More details from the official news release are below.
ASUS Republic of Gamers Unveils ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme Motherboard
The ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) announced the ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme, a flagship motherboard for the long-anticipated AM5 platform from AMD. Featuring next-gen PCIe® 5.0 connectivity, DDR5 RAM, and a massive power delivery subsystem that lays a solid foundation for overclocking, the X670E Extreme offers a robust suite of tools to maximize system performance.
UPDATE: At AMD’s Meet the Experts event, we get to see more details about the upcoming ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme motherboard and the X670E Hero. You can see from the photo some of the features and specifications that the Crosshair X670E Extreme will have. Also, the video below gives us a first look at the X670E Hero motherboard.
First Look At Asus Crosshair X670E Hero Motherboard
Next-Generation DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 Compatibility
The ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme lets users reap the advantages of massive bandwidth, new speeds, and exceptional power efficiency offered by next-generation DDR5 RAM. With data rates 50% faster than previous-generation DDR4 memory, DDR5 unleashes a new tier of performance and hardware and firmware optimizations that enable users to overclock capable memory kits to the limit.
With double the link speeds of PCIe 4.0, PCIe 5.0 connectivity provides users with the bandwidth to utilize USB4® and USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports on the ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme. Additionally, the ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme features a front panel USB 3.2 Gen 2 2×2 connector with support for Quick Charge 4+. By pairing this motherboard with a case featuring a front-panel USB Type-C® port, users can have convenient access to 60-watt charging.*
Two PCIe 5.0 x16 slots stand ready for the cutting-edge graphics cards of today and tomorrow. Between its two onboard slots and the three additional slots made available through the ROG PCIe 5.0 M.2 card and the ROG GEN-Z.2 card, the ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme offers a total of five M.2 slots―four of which support PCIe 5.0 x4 mode. Heatsinks for all the slots, including those on the add-in cards, ensure that users get the full performance of their drives without throttling. Six SATA 6 Gbps ports let users establish an even larger storage array, so they never have to ration their game library.
Gaming Aesthetic: Enhanced
With its angular lines and vivid RGB LED accents, the ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme motherboard includes endless personalization options for users. The X670E Extreme features the AniMe Matrix™ display, an array of LEDs that can show off custom retro-style animations, and vibrant underglow lighting streams from the right edge of the board. An AURA RGB header and two addressable Gen 2 headers allow users to connect RGB LED strips for their case—and easily synchronize it all with their compatible Aura Sync gear.
The striking visual elements of the ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme represent unbridled performance. Large heatsinks atop the VRM circuitry, chipset, and onboard M.2 slots offer substantial cooling power and symmetrical beauty. Multilayer graphics grace the surface of the wide heatsink cover for the primary M.2 slot. And the integrated aluminum I/O cover assists in cooling VRM circuitry to simplify the build process.
Serious Cooling, Serious Performance
The ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme includes ProCool II power connectors, offering improved contact with PSU plugs, heat dissipation, and reliability. MicroFine alloy chokes and premium 10K black metallic capacitors provide smooth power delivery to the processor under the highest loads.
Six fan headers let users establish and control airflow in their build. Users looking to include liquid-cooled solutions in their build can connect up to two high-power pumps and keep tabs on every aspect of their loop with a comprehensive collection of liquid-flow-monitoring headers and sensors.
ASUS Q-Design Features
The ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme features the exclusive ASUS Q-Design innovations: the PCIe Q-Release button, Q-DIMM latch design, M.2 Q-Latch, and Q-LED diagnostic array.
The PCIe Slot Q-Release button allows users to release their graphics card from the slot with one press. Additionally, the board includes a new single-sided Q-DIMM latching design. The design features a single latch on the easier-to-access side of the DIMM slot, allowing the board to hold a memory stick firmly in place. Installing RAM with the ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme motherboard—and upgrading it down the road—is much easier as a result of these design features. Lastly, An M.2 Q-Latch on the board allows users to secure or loosen an M.2 drive with just their fingertips.
The ASUS Q-LED diagnostic array provides a quick and easy reference if a system encounters a critical error during its power-on self-test. Four LEDs on the motherboard, clearly marked for the CPU, RAM, graphics card, or boot device, will light up and notify users exactly which component has encountered an error.
Unhindered Networking: Wi-Fi 6E
The ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme is Wi-Fi 6E compatible, opening up a new frontier of wireless connectivity. An Intel 2.5 Gb Ethernet port provides a high-bandwidth hardline to a router, while a Marvell AQtion 10 Gb Ethernet port preps a machine to easily handle multi-terabyte file transfers on fast networks.
Audiophiles, take notice
If visuals take the front seat when it comes to gaming, audio is riding shotgun. For immersive, pristine audio from your speaker system and your headset, the audio chips and associated circuitry on ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme has been scrupulously designed for crystal-clear sound processing and output.
It starts with a SupremeFX 7.1 Surround Sound audio solution with integrated amplifiers and op-amps. The audio circuit design uses premium capacitors, interference shielding, and discrete traces for the left and right channels. Auto impedance detection lets you use even high-impedance audiophile headphones and get crystal-clear, distortion-free output. An ESS ES9218PQ Quad DAC pumps top-notch audio to the front-panel output with an exceptional 130 dB signal-to-noise ratio, perfect for plugging in a high-end headset.
AM5 Motherboard Options On the Horizon
The ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme is the first to debut in the ROG AM5 series with the ROG Strix, TUF Gaming, ProArt, and ASUS Prime families following a future release. Stay tuned for more information.