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ROG CROSSHAIR VIII EXTREME

AMD X570 EATX gaming motherboard with 18+2 power stages, five M.2 slots, USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 front-panel connector with PD 3.0 60 W support, USB 3.2 Gen 2 front-panel connector, dual Thunderbolt 4, Marvell® AQtion 10 Gb Ethernet, Intel® 2.5 Gb Ethernet, PCIe® 4.0, onboard WiFi 6E and Aura Sync RGB lighting

  • AMD AM4 socket: Ready for AMD Ryzen™ 5000 Series, 5000 G-Series, 4000 G-Series, 3000 Series, 3000 G-Series, 2000 Series and 2000 G-Series desktop processors; also supports up to two M.2 drives and features USB 3.2 Gen 2 and AMD StoreMI to maximize connectivity and speed
  • Comprehensive thermal design: Enlarged VRM heatsinks plus integrated aluminum I/O cover, high-conductivity thermal pad, five M.2 heatsinks with embedded backplates and ROG Water-Cooling Zone.
  • Robust power delivery: 18+2 power stages rated for 90 A, ProCool II power connectors, microfine alloy chokes and 10K Japanese-made black metallic capacitors
  • High-performance connectivity: USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 front-panel with PD3.0 60W fast charging, onboard WiFi 6E, Marvell® AQtion 10 Gb Ethernet, Intel® 2.5 Gb Ethernet, and ASUS LANGuard.
  • Industry-leading gaming audio: ROG SupremeFX ALC4082 with ESS® ES9018Q2C DAC and the bundled ROG Clavis USB digital-to-analog converter for high-fidelity sound.
  • Unmatched personalization: 2ʺ LiveDash OLED, ASUS-exclusive Aura Sync RGB lighting, including one RGB header and three addressable Gen 2 RGB headers
  • DIY-friendly design: Bundled ROG Fan Controller, pre-mounted I/O shield, V_Latch switch, BIOS FlashBack™, M.2 Q-Latch, Q-Code, FlexKey, Q-Connector, SafeSlot and Graphics Card Holder
  • Renowned software: Bundled 1-year AIDA64 Extreme subscription

Awards

Video Reviews

Video review from the channel TheTanelChannel. Rating 9/10

Video review from the channel HDTanel. Rating 9/10

AMD最後のラスボス!Zen3最強ゲーミングCPU? 強いのはFPSだけじゃない!Ryzen 7 5800X3D [超猫拳]

Unboxing Motherboard 15 juta | ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme

Mobo Ryzen TERBAIK. - ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme

The whole back is covered by a very nice aluminium cover, which has to be removed during installation. The back is very complete on the connectivity side which I really appreciated. In conclusion this is a very complete card aimed at those who already know what they are looking for and what to expect, finding the top of the top and the most complete possible on the market. It is in fact, in my opinion, one of the most complete X570 boards on the market.

AN SSD IN THE PLACE OF A RAM? THAT'S WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE ON THIS MOTHERBOARD

This board is a real surprise for me too, because I really did not expect something like this from ASUS in this existing generation of Zen3 processors, I thought that AMD would get this treatment only with the next ZEN4.

Media Reviews

ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme top view

ROG Crosshair
VIII Extreme

The ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme combines the best elements of the renowned ROG X570 motherboard lineup into a single beastly package amped to elevate Ryzen-based builds beyond all boundaries.

SPEC OVERVIEW

  • Cooling
  • Gaming Immersion
  • Connectivity
  • DIY friendly

Extreme Power & Performance

The Performance Specs of ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme highlighted The Performance Specs of ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme highlighted
  1. PROCOOL II POWER CONNECTOR
  2. 18+2 POWER STAGES
  3. MULTI-GPU SLI® SUPPORT

    ・ 2 x PCIe* 4.0 x16 Safeslots (x16, x8/x8)

    ・ 1 x PCIe 3.0 x1

  4. AMD AM4 Socket

    for AMD Ryzen™ 5000 Series/ 5000 G-Series/ 4000 G-Series/ 3000 Series/ 3000 G-Series/ 2000 Series/ 2000 G-Series desktop processors

  5. DDR4 OPTIMEM III

    ・ 4 x DIMM
    ・ Dual Channel

  6. 5 X M.2 SOCKET

    ・ 1 x M.2 2280 (PCIe 4.0* x4 & SATA)

    ・ 2 x M.2 2280 (PCIe 4.0 x4)

    ・ 2 x M.2 22110 (PCIe 4.0 x4 & SATA from DIMM.2)

* The specifications depend on different CPU types. The listed specifications are based on AMD Ryzen™ 5000 Series and 3000 Series Desktop Processors.

Comprehensive Cooling

The Cooling Specs of ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme highlighted The Cooling Specs of ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme highlighted
  1. INTERGRATED I/O COVER &
    VRM HEATSINK DESIGN
  2. Triple M.2 HEATSINK
  3. MULTIPLE 4-PIN PWM FAN HEADERS
  4. ROG DIMM.2 heatsink ROG DIMM.2 heatsink front view
  5. ROG WATER-COOLING ZONE

    ・ W_FLOW TACHOMETER

    ・ W_IN/OUT TSENSOR

Total Gaming Immersion

The Gaming immersion specs of ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme highlighted The Gaming immersion specs of ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme highlighted
  1. SHROUD I/O (RGB)
  2. SupremeFX ALC4082 CODEC

    ・ ESS® SABRE9018Q2C DAC/AMP

    ・ 120dB SNR stereo playback output

    ・ 113dB SNR recording input

    ・ LED-Illuminated Audio Jacks

    Sonic Studio III

    ・ Sonic Studio Virtual Mixer

    Sonic Radar III DTS® Sound Unbound
  3. 1 x 4-pin AURA RGB header
  4. 2” LIVEDASH OLED
  5. EDGE (RGB)
  6. ROG LOGO (RGB)
  7. 3 x 3-pin Addressable Gen 2 RGB headers

Full Connectivity

The Connectivity specs of ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme and hardware interfaces highlighted The Connectivity specs of ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme and hardware interfaces highlighted
  1. ROG patented pre-mounted I/O Shield
    Clr CMOS button
    BIOS FlashBack™ button
  2. 2 x DisplayPort IN
  3. WI-FI 6E
  4. 8 x USB 3.2 Gen 2
  5. Marvell® AQtion AQC113CS 10Gb
  6. Intel® Ethernet 2.5Gb
  7. 2 x Thunderbolt™ 4

    2 x USB Type-C ®

  8. OPTICAL S/PDIF OUT
  9. 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2x2

    front panel connector with PD 3.0 60W

  10. 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2

    front panel connector

  11. 6 x SATA 6Gb/s

DIY Friendly

The internal structures of ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme The internal structures of ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme
  1. ESD GUARDS

    Greater electrostatic protection than the industry standard. ESD Guards cover the USB, audio and LAN ports.

  2. TRUEVOLT USB

    USB power supplies rock-steady 5V to all USB ports, minimizing power fluctuations for minimal data loss.

  3. LiveDash OLED 2”

    Indicates power status and potential problems with the CPU, memory, graphics card or boot device for quick diagnosis.

  4. V_LATCH SWITCH

    Makes tuning more intuitive by recording both the true highest and lowest core voltage and then passing the data to HWiNFO, AI Suite 3 and the onboard LiveDash OLED.

  5. ASUS HYDRANODE

    Both onboard chassis fan headers and a further three on the bundled ROG Fan Controller feature the ASUS Hydranode circuit, which utilizes a powerline communication protocol to control up to three daisy-chained fans independently through each 4-pin connector.

  6. 4 x Q-DIMM

    One sided clips for super-simple, super-secure handling of memory modules.

  7. FlexKey

    At its default, the FlexKey functions as a system reset button, but it can also be easily set to quickly turn Aura lighting on or off, activate Safe Boot or enter the BIOS.

  8. M.2 Q-Latch

    The innovative Q-Latch makes it easy to install or remove an M.2 SSD without the need for specific tools. The design employs a simple locking mechanism to secure the drive and neatly eliminate traditional screws.

    Closeup of M.2 Q-Latch
  9. 2 x SAFESLOT

    Provides stronger PCIe device retention and greater shearing resistance.

  10. Q-CONNECTOR

    Sorts all front-panel cables.

Closeup of ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme

PERFORMANCE

Advanced engineering and menacing power lay the foundation for the ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme to thrive where others choke.

  • Power Solution
  • Memory
  • Dynamic OC Switcher

Teamed Power Architecture

Modern CPU architectures up the ante for motherboard power design by transitioning from deep power saving modes to full load almost instantaneously. The latest ROG VRM architecture rises to the challenge by utilizing teamed power stages to rapidly swing current, while maintaining exemplary thermal performance.

  • A Brief History
  • A Shift in CPU Demands
  • Bucking the trend
  • Thermal Performance
  • High quality components

Diagram showing the difference between teamed power stages and phase-doubling Diagram showing the difference between teamed power stages and phase-doubling The comparison of currents between Teamed Power Stage Design and Conventional Phase-doubled Design The comparison of thermal performance between Teamed Power Stage Design and Conventional Phase-doubled Design

Teamed
Power Stage Design

12V EPS IN

12V EPS IN

While doublers help extend the number of effective phases, they do so at the cost of a processing delay. The teamed architecture allows two power stages to work in tandem to provide more power to the CPU. The MOSFETs within the power stages generate the most heat as they are responsible for voltage conversion and delivery to the CPU from the 12-volt EPS connector.

Conventional
Phase-doubled Design

12V EPS IN

12V EPS IN

  • ASUS became the first manufacturer to implement phase doublers in the A8N32-SLI Deluxe motherboard back in 2005. The board’s VRM was lauded for elegantly overcoming the power-handling capabilities of components that were available at the time while also reducing voltage ripple. Those benefits lead to phase doublers becoming universally accepted in the industry, and they are still used for similar purposes today.

  • Today’s CPUs pack more cores than their predecessors, and the latest instruction sets allow them to crunch computationally dense workloads at an incredible pace. As an added bonus, these processors also consume less power at idle and can transition between loads states much more quickly. These improvements necessitated a re-evaluation of power design priorities, because phase doublers add a propagation delay that hampers transient response.

  • The latest integrated power components can handle higher currents than the devices of yesteryear, making it possible to implement a simple circuit topology that isn’t hamstrung by the processing lag of phase doublers. That’s why the ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme utilizes teamed power stages to deliver higher burst-current per phase, while maintaining the thermal performance of phase-doubled designs.

  • Each VRM component serves a specific purpose. PWM controllers control the circuit, and the power stages do the heavy lifting from an electrical and thermal standpoint. That's why ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme utilizes 20 power stages. The high-end power stages feature a low RDSON to reduce switching and conduction losses, helping to improve overall thermal headroom.

ASUS OptiMem III

With proprietary memory trace layout tweaks that improve signal integrity and mitigate noise, OptiMem III allows memory kits to run at lower latencies and reduced voltages while operating at higher frequencies. Stack the ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme with your favorite modules and maximize AMD Zen 3 processor throughput for applications that demand massive bandwidth, or balance infinity fabric and memory performance for a diverse range of workloads.

Chart comparing CAS latency with and without OptiMem III
  • G.Skill Memory 2x16GB CL17 @4266MHz
  • OptiMem III
    CL 16
  • No OptiMem III
    CL 17
  • Lower the data is better
Test Configuration: AMD Ryzen™ 9 5950X | ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme
Closeup of ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme with memory module slots highlighted

DYNAMIC OC SWITCHER

Dynamic OC Switcher gives Ryzen processors newfound agility to crush multi-threaded workloads and slice through single-threaded apps. Simply configure a manual overclock for heavy tasks and then select a current threshold for Dynamic OC Switcher to automatically flip between your profile and AMD Precision Boost Overdrive (PBO).

Flowchart depicting Dynamic OC Switcher behavior *Performance shown is for illustration purposes only.
Closeup of ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme

COOLING

Heavyweight cooling keeps onboard components and high-performance M.2 drives chilled without requiring direct airflow to deal with the thermal onslaught.

  • Heatsinks
  • Headers
  • ROG Fan Controller

Cooling Heatsinks

Detailed view of motherboard cooling components Detailed view of motherboard cooling components
  1. VRM heatsink

    A VRM heatsink is placed on the MOSFETs and chokes, and the embedded heatpipe connects to the aluminum I/O cover.

  2. Aluminum I/O cover

    An aluminum I/O cover is connected to the primary heatsink via an embedded heatpipe, increasing mass and surface area for dissipation.

  3. Extended VRM heatsink

    Helps cool vital motherboard power delivery areas to enhance the overclocking potential of future processors.

  4. Aluminum heatsink cover

    The heatsink cover is crafted from pure aluminum to efficiently cool the two onboard M.2 drives.

  5. High-conductivity thermal pad

    The high-quality thermal pad improves overall heat transfer from the system by bridging the heat generated by the power stages to the heatsink.

  6. M.2 backplates

    Integrated M.2 backplates help ensure that high-performance drives deliver peak performance, even when airflow is restricted.

  7. Large chipset heatsink

    A chipset heatsink blends seamlessly with the aluminum heatsink cover and prominently features the ROG logo.

  • The Thermal management of ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme with multiple temperature sources highlighted
  • The Thermal management of ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme with 4-pin PWM/DC fan headers and ASUS HYDRANODE highlighted
  • ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme with bundled ROG fan controller highlighted
  • The ROG liquid cooling-cooling zone of ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme with liquid cooling pump+ highlighted
  • The ROG liquid cooling-cooling zone of ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme with liquid cooling in/out highlighted
  • The ROG liquid cooling-cooling zone of ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme with liquid cooling flow highlighted

Cooler by Design

The ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme features comprehensive cooling options that are configurable via Fan Xpert 4 or the UEFI BIOS.

  • Multiple Temperature Sources

    Each header can be set to monitor and react to three user-configurable thermal sensors for workload-based cooling, and all settings can be easily managed by Fan Xpert 4 or via the UEFI.

  • 4-Pin PWM/DC Fan Headers and ASUS HYDRANODE

    Every onboard header auto-detects any PWM or DC fan, and three chassis fan headers offer ASUS HYDRANODE support.

  • Bundled ROG Fan Controller

    A bundled fan controller card includes six additional DC and PWM fan headers, plus two thermal-probe headers.

ROG Water-Cooling Zone

Dual water-temperature headers and a flow-rate header feed information straight into the AI Suite utility, allowing you to track coolant temperatures and the flow rate of the entire loop.

  • Water Pump+

    A dedicated header can supply over 3 amps to a high-performance PWM or DC water pumps.

  • Water In/Out

    A dedicated header enables monitoring of temperatures at the input/output points of any component.

  • Water Flow

    A dedicated header enables constant monitoring of flow rate throughout the entire loop.

ROG fan hub front view

ROG Fan Controller

The ROG Fan Controller offers six additional headers that can be controlled via FanXpert 4. The card features two temperature-sensor headers, along with two thermistors that can be attached to various components. There are also six ARGB headers to illuminate compatible fans and addressable strips.

The PCB design of ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme

CONNECTIVITY

Advanced connectivity features including WiFi 6E and two Ethernet ports provide all the bandwidth needed for smooth online and LAN gameplay. File transfers and load times get a boost as well, thanks to a front-panel USB 3.2 2x2 header. The header also supports PD 3.0 60-watt power deliver for charging devices. Additionally, there’s onboard SupremeFX audio for rich, premium sound.

  • Networking
  • USB Ports
  • Storage
  • Audio
  • WiFi 6E

    Onboard WiFi 6E technology takes advantage of the newly available radio spectrum in the 6 GHz band, providing up to three times the bandwidth of the 5 GHz band and up to seven 160 MHz bands to deliver ultrafast wireless networking speeds along with improved capacity and better performance in dense wireless environments.

    WiFi 6E logo
  • Marvell® AQtion 10 Gbps Ethernet

    Designed to meet the demanding requirements of power users and content creators, 10 Gbps onboard Ethernet provides a new level of home networking. With up to 10 times the bandwidth of standard gigabit Ethernet, uncompressed 4K UHD video streaming is perfectly smooth and system backups and file transfers are faster than ever before.

  • Intel® 2.5 Gb Ethernet

    Onboard 2.5 Gb Ethernet gives wired connections a boost, providing up to a 250% improvement over standard Ethernet connections for faster file transfers, smoother lag-free gaming and high-res video streaming.

Rear I/O of ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme with connected WiFi 6E Antenna Rear I/O of ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme with connected WiFi 6E Antenna
  1. WiFi 6E Antenna

    The antenna has two built-in transmitters and receivers to enable faster transmission speeds, and it supports the 2.4, 5 and 6 GHz bands.

  2. Adjustable Design

    Four-way positioning enables better signal reception.

  3. Magnetic Base

    A powerful magnetic base secures the antenna on the top or side of the PC case.

*WiFi 6E availability and features are dependent on regulatory limitations and co-existence with 5 GHz WiFi. To learn more about the ASUS WiFi 6 ecosystem, please visit: asus.com/content/WiFi6/#WIFI-6E.
  • Cloeseups of ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme motherboard highlighting USB 3.2 front-panel connectors

    USB 3.2 Gen 2 Front-Panel Connectors

    The front-panel USB 3.2 connectors are ready to accommodate a wide variety of devices.

  • Cloeseups of ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme motherboard highlighting USB 3.2 front-panel connectors

    USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Front-Panel Connector

    The latest USB standard opens another USB 3.2 Gen 2 lane for a maximum data transfer throughput of up to 20 Gbps. There’s also PD 3.0 60 W to quick-charge devices, delivering up to 3-times faster charging speeds compared to 5-watt / 5-volt 1 A charging.

  • Cloeseups of ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme motherboard highlighting Thunderbolt 4 USB Type-C ports

    Two Onboard Thunderbolt 4 USB-C Ports

    Each port delivers up to 40 Gbps of bidirectional bandwidth for the latest high-speed devices and drives. Thunderbolt 4 also supports up to two external 4K displays and extends PCIe bandwidth to up to 32 Gbps.

Cloeseups of ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme motherboard highlighting USB 3.2 front-panel connectors Cloeseups of ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme motherboard highlighting USB 3.2 front-panel connectors Cloeseups of ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme motherboard highlighting Thunderbolt 4 USB Type-C ports
ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme with threeonboard M.2 slots highlighted

PCIe 4.0-Ready

The ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme provides five M.2 slots, which offer PCIe 4.0 support for the latest GPUs and high-speed SSDs.

ROG DIMM.2

The ROG DIMM.2 module is an innovative expansion card that allows two M.2 drives* to be connected via a DDR4 interface. The option of adding a metal heatsink helps to control thermals for maximum performance while elevating aesthetics.

*DIMM.2 accommodates M.2 drives up to 22110 (110 mm) in length

ROG DIMM.2 dual M.2 expansion card with heatsink
  • ROG DIMM.2 heatsink
  • ROG DIMM.2 dual M.2 expansion card
  • ROG Clavis

SupremeFX

ROG SupremeFX audio technology delivers an exceptional 113 dB signal-to-noise ratio on the line-in connection to provide best-ever recording quality. There's also a low-dropout regulator for clean power delivery to the SupremeFX ALC4082 codec, plus an ESS® 9018Q2C integrated DAC.
>Learn more about ROG audio technology

  • Audio Line Shielding
  • ESS® SABRE9018Q2C
  • ALC 4082 Codec
  • Switching MOSFETS
  • Nichicon® Capacitors
  • Special shielding blocks electromagnetic interference from the motherboard or add-ons, providing clear audio.

  • The ESS® SABRE9018Q2C integrated DAC amplifier is capable of providing -115 dB total harmonic distortion (THD+N) for playback that conveys all the subtlety and nuances of the audio track. In addition, the 121 dB dynamic range (DNR) provides an extremely low noise-floor, further accentuating dynamics and punch.

  • The ALC4082 codec uses USB instead of the conventional high-definition audio (HDA) interface and improves playback audio resolution from 192 to 384 kHz.

  • A unique design allows the codec's impedance-sensing function to be ported with either the front or rear headphone outputs.

  • Integrated high-quality Japanese-made components help produce warm, natural-sounding audio with exceptional clarity.

  • ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme side view with audio line shielding highlighted
  • ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme side view with ESS SABRE9018Q2C integrated DAC amplifier highlighted
  • ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme side view with ALC 4082 Codec highlighted
  • ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme side view with switching MOSFETS highlighted
  • ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme side view with Nichicon Capacitors highlighted
ROG gaming headset with volume adjuster in foreground

Unlock a premium audio experience

The pocket-sized ROG Clavis USB digital-to-analog converter delivers a host of features to give any compatible headset a big upgrade. Its ESS 9281 QUAD DAC™ with a built-in amplifier and Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) rendering technology treats you to hi-fi-grad audio, while AI noise-canceling technology enhances headset microphones for crystal-clear voice communication.

The software UI overview of ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme

OPTIMIZATION

The ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme provides all the tools needed for quickly and easily optimizing any system.

  • Differential Sensing

Level Up Performance

The dashboard-style control panel of AI Suite 3 makes it easy to fine-tune almost every aspect of the ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme. Get the best balance between performance, cooling, stability, and efficiency via one simple and intuitive interface.

  • TPU
  • EPU
  • Fan Xpert 4
  • Digital Power Controls
  • Turbo App

UEFI BIOS

The renowned ROG UEFI (BIOS) provides everything needed to configure, tweak, and tune your rig. It offers intelligently simplified options for newcomers to PC DIY, as well as comprehensive features for seasoned veterans.

  • Advanced Mode
  • EZ Mode

Accurate Voltage Monitoring

Conventional motherboards use single-ended sensing circuits that are susceptible to noise and have to tap voltage rails from a location that isn’t ideal for accurate monitoring. These issues lead to a large disparity between the voltage fed to components and the values reported to software. The ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme features a differential-sensing circuit that rejects noise and takes readings directly from the CPU and the end point of major voltage rails. This simplifies overclocking and tuning by allowing you to track voltages more accurately.

The procedure of accurate voltage monitoring
Gaming PC featuring ROG products

PERSONALIZE

In addition to extraordinary performance, the ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme provides extensive styling and customization options to let you build a system that truly stands apart.

  • Aura Sync
  • LiveDash OLED
  • RGB Header

Grow Your Gaming World with Aura Sync

Up your game with complementary Aura Syncenhanced aesthetics, featuring preset lighting effects that can be easily synchronized across compatible ROG graphics cards, monitors, mice and keyboards to give your setup a unified look.

ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme top view

Addressable Gen 2 RGB Header

The addressable Gen 2 RGB headers can be controlled with Aura software, which automatically tailors your preferred lighting effects to the number of LEDs present in the connected gear or strip. The new headers also offer backward-compatibility with existing Aura RGB components.

RGB header of ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme

LiveDash OLED

The ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme includes LiveDash, a built-in 2-inch OLED panel that shows useful information and features customizable graphics. During the power-on, self-test (POST) phase, the OLED shows key stats in simple language using traditional POST codes. In normal operation, the panel can be programmed to show CPU frequency, device temperatures, fan speeds or water-cooling information. You can also personalize the default OLED GIF with a preferred image or animation.

  • Hardware Monitor
  • Extreme Exclusive
  • BIOS Update
  • Customization Content
  • The OLED of Crosshair VIII Extreme with hardware monitor
ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme

RAMCache III

RAMCache III software utility turns milliseconds into microseconds to boost game-load times. Fully compatible with the latest NVM Express® storage options, RAMCache III utilizes uniquely intelligent technology to effectively cache any storage device, so favorite games and apps launch at breakneck speeds.

  • Smart Mode
  • Real-Time Information
  • Health Check
  • DTS

Sonic Studio III

Sonic Studio supports HRTF-based (head-related transfer function*) virtual surround for headsets, casting an immersive aural landscape that draws you deeper into the action. The intuitive Sonic Studio interface also offers a range of EQ options and one-click presets, allowing you to tailor acoustics to suit personal preferences or the characteristics of your headset.

*A head-related transfer function is an audio algorithm derived from sound data recorded through a dummy head. Test tones are played from a spherical grid around the dummy head to obtain subtle changes in sounds that come from different directions. The results are combined into an algorithm that allows Sonic Studio's virtual surround to process sound that’s true to life.

Learn more
  • Sonic Studio Link
  • App-specific profiles
  • Sonic Studio virtual mixer

DTS Sound Unbound*

The ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme includes a pre-loaded DTS® Sound Unbound™ app that envelops you in audio as never before, conjuring whole new levels of immersion for extraordinary gaming and entertainment experiences. By exploiting Windows Sonic spatial technology, DTS Sound Unbound delivers audio in a virtual 3D space — putting you right in the middle of the soundscape, where you can sense the location and direction of every gunshot, footstep or other sound in your virtual environment.
* DTS Sound Unbound requires in-game support. Check with developers for titles that offer support.

DTS logo
  • Stereo Sound Stereo sound around a person
  • Surround Sound Surround sound around a person
  • Spatial Sound Spatial sound around a person

Armoury Crate

Armoury Crate is a software utility designed to provide centralized control of supported ROG gaming products. From a single intuitive interface, Armoury Crate puts command of all your Aura gear at your fingertips with the new Aura Creator suite. The software also provides control of settings for a growing number of ROG products, making it easier to tune the look and feel of your system. Armoury Crate even offers dedicated product registration and ROG news feeds to help you stay in touch with the ROG gaming community.
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  • Hardware Dashboard
  • AURA SYNC
  • Device Configuration
  • Driver & Manual Download
  • Gaming Highlight
  • Account Management

AIDA64 Extreme

The ROG Crosshair VIII series includes a one-year AIDA64 Extreme subscription. This industry-leading system information tool provides detailed information about installed hardware and software, and it also provides benchmarks for measuring performance of the entire system or individual components. AIDA64 Extreme includes a monitoring and diagnostics feature to detect and prevent hardware issues. All vital system sensors can be tracked in real time, allowing voltage readings, fan speeds, and temperature information to be viewed on the desktop, sent to dedicated displays, or the OLED panels of ROG AIO liquid coolers*.
*Support available for ROG Ryujin II and later models.
Learn More About AIDA64 >

  • ROG x AIDA64 Extreme
  • Hardware Monitor Display

Graphics Card Holder

Featuring a magnetic base, adjustable slider and hinge, the ROG Graphics Card Holder banishes sag and provides support where it’s needed most.

Closeup of ROG graphics card holder

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