ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Crosshair VI Extreme
An X370 motherboard like no other, the ROG Crosshair VI Extreme is designed for gamers and power users looking to maximize AMD Ryzen performance
TAIPEI, Taiwan, July 20, 2017 — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) motherboards can trace their lineage back over a decade to the original Crosshair for AMD® Athlon™ 64 processors, so it’s only fitting that the new ROG Crosshair VI Extreme brings AMD Ryzen™ up to speed with our latest innovations. The latest Crosshair is tailored for the high-end machines that 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. That effort manifests in enhancements for hardcore overclockers, like points for probing vital signs with a multimeter, and features for addressing quirks at sub-zero temperatures. Users don’t need experience with extreme cooling to push the limits of their hardware, though. 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.
In addition to the header for monoblocks, a separate set of connectors is available for tracking liquid temperatures and flow at another point in your loop. Those are joined by a staggering 13 fan headers, nearly double the number on the Crosshair VI Hero. 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 users have 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, so lighting better be on point. Our designers used a monochromatic palette that won’t conflict with other components or the 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.
The addressable header is joined by two more reserved for conventional LED strips, and onboard lighting extends the glow to multiple zones on the motherboard itself. Each element can be controlled independently or synchronized harmoniously to create just the right look for a build. Thanks to Aura Sync, users can match colors and effects across a complete family of compatible components that covers every aspect of the 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 ROG 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. Users 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 provides 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 the 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. Users don’t need a separate sound card to produce pristine audio for gaming and streaming. They will, however, need a virtual reality headset to take advantage our HRTF-powered audio effects for VR. These enhancements can be applied directly into the native audio stream on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets.
Celebrate the revival
The ROG Crosshair VI Extreme is a true heavyweight among AMD Socket AM4 motherboards. It’s loaded with features designed for the PC gaming enthusiast and serious overclocker without sacrificing one for the other like so many competing products. It is this attention to user needs that defines the Crosshair VI Extreme — and the hallmark of ROG engineering and design.
AVAILABILITY & PRICING
ROG Crosshair VI Extreme will be available at leading resellers in mid to late August. Suggested MSRP pricing will be AUD$599.00.
Republic of Gamers (ROG) is an ASUS sub-brand dedicated to creating the world’s best gaming hardware and software. Formed in 2006, ROG offers a complete line of innovative products known for performance and quality, including motherboards, graphics cards, laptops, desktops, monitors, audio equipment, routers and peripherals. ROG participates in and sponsors major international gaming events. ROG gear has been used to set hundreds of overclocking records and it continues to be the preferred choice of gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Learn more about the choice of champions at http://rog.asus.com.