ASUS brings the ROG range to the uncommon DTX Form Factor with the X570 Crosshair VIII Impact

ASUS brings the ROG Crosshair range to the uncommon DTX Form Factor with the X570 Crosshair VII Impact

ASUS brings the ROG range to the uncommon DTX Form Factor with the X570 Crosshair VIII Impact

Have you ever heard of the DTX form factor? Probably not, but thanks to ASUS you now do! With X570, ASUS wanted to bring their high-end ROG brand back into the small form factor PC ecosystem, something greater than their ROG Strix X570-I, but similarly suitable for compact gaming PCs. 

This is where the DTX form factor comes into vogue, being designed explicitly to make use of the extra space that’s included in most Mini ITX cases. You see, most MITX cases ship with enough space for a dual-slot graphics card, a factor that leaves unutilised space under a MITX motherboard’s bottom PCIe slot, space that could be utilised to mount more components or enable additional features. The DTX form factor utilises this space to enable superior product designs within a form factor that fits within a large proportion of Mini ITX PC cases. 

Meet the Crosshair VIII Impact, a motherboard which is designed to make the most out of the DTX form factor by dedicated more space to the board’s VRM cooling and power phase design. Here, ASUS uses TDA21472 power stages in an 8+2 configuration, each of which is capable of pushing 70A to better feed power to high-end CPUs, such as AMD’s new Ryzen 7 3800X or Ryzen 9 3900X.

To help keep things cool, the Crosshair X570 Impact adds a fan to the board’s VRM heatsink and connects the VRM’s cooling system to the motherboard’s aluminium backplate. This will help users of compact systems to keep their VRMs cool under load, even while overclocking their systems. 

Using a SO-DIMM.2 module, ASUS has also allowed their ROX Crosshair VIII Impact to support dual PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots without using the back side of the motherboard, allowing both M.2 slots to be occupied without removing the motherboard from your system. ASUS has also mounted the board’s SuperemeFX S1221 audio codec and all associated circuitry on a dedicated PCB, which will limit potential signal interference. 
 

  

ASUS brings the ROG Crosshair range to the uncommon DTX Form Factor with the X570 Crosshair VII Impact  

 
While ASUS has packed a lot of features into this compact motherboard, the DTX form factor remains restrictive, though it cannot be denied that ASUS has packed a lot of features into this motherboard while retaining full compatibility with a large selection of Mini ITX cases. The extra space has also enabled ASUS to make all SATA ports use a right-angled connector, making them more visually appealing. 

The ROG Crosshair VIII Impact is designed for small form factor overclocking and packing insane amounts of overclockable CPU power into a small space. Full pricing and the release date of this motherboard are set to be announced closer to their availability. 

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