You want MATX? Meet ASUS' ROG Crosshair X670E Gene motherboard
ASUS is giving some much-needed love to the MATX form factor
Published: 23rd August 2022 | Source: ASUS ROG |
Want a compact AM5 PC without compromising on features? ASUS' MATX ROG Crosshair X670E Gene might be worth considering
At Gamescom 2022, ASUS has revealed their ROG Crosshair X670E Gene, the company's first AMD-based Gene series motherboard. ASUS' ROG Gene series is the company's flagship MATX motherboard lineup, offering PC builders high-end specifications within the relatively compact Micro-ATX (MATX) form factor.
Being an MATX motherboard, the ROG Crosshair X670E GENE motherboard supports smaller PC cases than standard ATX motherboard, allowing PC builders to create compact gaming systems. Since Micro ATX is larger than the smaller Mini-ITX form factor, high-end Micro ATX motherboards often have more features than smaller Mini-ITX (MITX) motherboard designs, while still offering users a smaller overall system than larger ATX motherboards and cases.
With its 16+2 110a power phases, the Crosshair X670E Gene is designed for heavy overclocking, allowing gamers to get the most out of AMD's new Ryzen 7000 series processors. The motherboard also features PCIe 5.0 slots for graphics cards and storage, USB4 support and USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 support. The motherboard also supports additional M.2 SSD slots though the use of an ROG Gen-Z.2 card, allowing more M.2 connectivity on the compact MATX motherboard.
The only real downside of the ROG Crosshair 670E Gene motherboard is that it only features two DDR5 DIMM slots. This limits the amount of DDR5 memory that this motherboard can support. That said, 32GB DDR5 memory modules are readily available, allowing users of this motherboard to have 64GB of DDR5 memory with little issue. Not many users need more than 64GB of system memory, making this downside a non-issue for most PC users.
ASUS' ROG Crosshair X670E Gene will support AMD's Ryzen 7000 series Zen 4 processors though its AM5 LGA socket. ASUS has also confirmed that all of their X670E motherboards will feature ASUS' Dynamic OC Switcher feature, which is an ASUS-only overclocking feature that can allow users to achieve maximised single-threaded and multi-threaded overclocks on AMD Ryzen processors.