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ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero and ROG Strix B550-XE Gaming WiFi announced ahead of Zen 3 launch

by Vyncent ChanOctober 8, 2020
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ASUS has just announced the ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero and ROG Strix B550-XE Gaming WiFi. Interestingly, both the new boards are based on current-gen chipsets, which point towards AMD not releasing new motherboard chipsets to be paired with the AMD Ryzen 5000 series processors.

ASUS has yet to reveal the full specifications or feature list of the boards, but from what we can see, they are very minor refreshes with minimal changes.

The ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero probably sees a relatively large upgrade, with new 90A TI power stages instead of the 60A IR3555M power stages found on the ROG Crosshair VIII Hero. The overall arrangement is still the same, with a total of 16 power stages in a 7+2 phase configuration.

asus rog crosshair viii dark hero

The design has also been slightly revamped, with a passive heatsink over the AMD X570 chipset instead of the active one found on the ROG Crosshair VII Hero. Finally, they managed to make it passive, eh? The heatsinks over the M.2 SSDs also appear to offer more surface area than the one on the ROG Crosshair VII Hero, which should do well to cool PCIe 4.0 SSDs.

asus rog strix b550-xe gaming zen 3 cover

Meanwhile the ROG Strix B550-XE gets chunkier heatsinks over its VRM, as well as a heatpipe to connect between the two. Little has change from the overall aesthetic, but you do get more aggressive illumination that shines out of the heatsink for this time around. To be entirely honest, I do think the ROG Strix B550-E Gaming WiFi is far from due for a refresh, as it was just announced a few months back.

But if they are priced the same, I am pretty sure few would complain. Except for owners of the ROG Strix B550-E Gaming, that is.

Pokdepinion: Oh great, that means I don’t have to swap out my ROG Crosshair VIII Hero for a new board!

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Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.