When AMD announced the new Ryzen platform, they launched 3 chipsets for the AM4 Socket/platform, namely X370, B350 and A320. As you may all know that the Asus ROG Crosshair VI Hero was one of the first ROG boards based on the X370 chipset and also had a very unique feature, external Bclk generator to facilitate granular Bclk adjustment to get as much performance boost as you can from the system. Very few motherboards offer this feature even today.
After going through a series of AGESA code updates and subsequent BIOS updates, we must say that the Asus ROG Crosshair VI Hero has just got better with each update. The Crosshair VI Hero is now joined by a new member in the ROG Family, the Asus ROG Crosshair VI Extreme.
Let’s have a look at it, shall we?
Typical ROG colour scheme for the packaging, Red/Black. We like it, looks smart.
The packaging is identical to all ROG motherboard, separate cardboard box for the motherboard with a hard moulded plastic cover which not only protects the motherboard but the moulded portions avoid the board from moving inside the box. Below this box is the Accessories compartment.
Unlike the Crosshair VI Hero, the Extreme gets on-board 802.11ac Wi-Fi and we see this funky looking antenna for the same in the bundled accessories. Since the X370 chipset supports only 2-Way SLI, we find only 1 SLI bridge along with external fan splitter. Apart from these, there are the usual SATA cables, IO Shield, ROG Sticker sheet, ROG Coaster, etc.
We see that the Crosshair VI Extreme is no exception, it follows the same Black/Grey theme which is common on almost all ROG boards these days. There are a few welcome changes on this board compared to the Crosshair VI Hero. The most conspicuous ones are, right angled 24 Pin ATX Connector, right angled front USB 3.1 connector, right angled SATA Ports, Massive no. of on-board fan headers, PCH heatsink include M.2 heatsink too.
There are 3 RGB headers to connect RGB fans/LED strips and so on. One thing that is pretty obvious is that Asus has designed this board keeping mind people who build custom water cooling loops. Usually such loops house at least 2 radiators and have lots of silent fans to cool the radiators and that’s why we see so many fan headers so that it is easier to control all those fans either from BIOS or from Desktop application and tune those for silence/performance based on requirement.