Flagship is king! Unpacking / USB4, 5 M.2, 10GbE God-level Expansion for the ROG CROSSHAIR X670E

ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR X670E EXTREME

Even if the AM5 platform comes to 2025 in the future, which flagship motherboard can still stand firm? This is the “ROG CROSSHAIR X670E EXTREME” motherboard, which provides automatic AI optimization for Ryzen 7000, overclocking function of Dynamic OC Switcher, and top-spec Teamed 20+2-phase 110A power supply, USB4, 5 M.2, 6 SATA, 10GbE super Expand wildly, and fully equipped with religious accessories such as ROG GEN.2, PCIe 5.0 M.2 Card, True Voltician, RGB fan controller, graphics card support frame, etc., a top flagship supreme.

Specifications
Size: EATX (30.5cm x 27.7cm)
Processor Support: AMD Ryzen 7000
Processor Pin: AMD AM5
CPU Power Supply Phase: Teamed 20+2 Phase 110A Power Stage
Chipset: AMD X670
BIOS: 256Mb ROM, UEFI AMI
memory Body: 4 x DIMM, MAX 128GB, DDR5 6400+(OC)/5600 MHz, EXPO / XMP
Display Output: 2 x USB4 Type C DP
USB4: 2 x USB4, Intel JHL8540 Controller
Expansion Slot: 2 x PCIe 5.0 x16 (x16, x8/x8), 1 x PCIe 4.0 x4
Storage Ports: 6 x SATA 6Gb/s, M.2_1 PCIe 5.0 x4, M.2_2 PCIe 5.0 x4, PCIe 5.0 M.2 interface card (PCIe 5.0 x4), GEN-Z.2_1 PCIe 5.0 x4, GEN-Z. 2_2 PCIe 4.0 x4
LAN: Intel 2.5GbE LAN, Marvell AQtion 10GbE, ASUS LANGuard
Wireless: Intel 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6E 2×2, BT 5.2
Audio: ROG SupremeFX 7.1 ALC4082, ESS ES9218 QUAD DAC
USB Ports: 2 x USB4 Type C , 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type C (1 front expansion), 9 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (8A1C), 1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type C (front expansion), 4 x USB 3.2 Gen1 (4 for expansion) , 4 x USB 2.0 (4 need to be expanded)
RGB: 1 x 6-pin ARGB Gen 2 (2 x ARGB 4-1pin), 1 x ARGB 4-1pin
FAN: 1 x 4-pin CPU, 1 x 4-pin CPU OPT, 2 x 4-pin Chassis, 2 x 4-pin Radiator, 2 x W_PUMP+, 1 x WB_SENSOR, 1 x 2-pin Water In, 1 x 2-pin Water Out, 1 x 3-pin Water Flow
(front USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type C support 60W PD/QC4+)

ROG CROSSHAIR X670E EXTREME Unboxing / Flagship Top Attack with Complete Accessories

For AMD players, AM5 promises to be used until 2025, which means that investing in a high-end, flagship motherboard can continue to upgrade the CPU in the next 3 years, which also gives players another reason to buy a flagship motherboard. And ROG’s top AM5, X670E motherboard ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme has the latest flagship specifications and expansion capabilities of current PCs.

Supports AMD Ryzen 7000, AM5 processors, provides dual-channel 4 DIMM DDR5 memory, supports up to 128GB memory capacity and higher DDR5 6400+ and EXPO overclocking memory; also has 2 PCIe 5.0 x16 slots to support single card x16, dual-card x8x8 channel splitting, and a PCIe 4.0 x4 slot for expansion of additional audio cards and capture cards.

There are basically 6 SATA ports on the storage surface, and both M.2_1 and M.2_2 use the CPU channel to support PCIe 5.0 x4 SSD, but M.2_2 is related to the shared channel of PCIeX16_1 and PCIeX16_2, that is to say, when M.2_2 is used PCIeX16_1 and PCIeX16_2 will switch to x8 and x4 channel bandwidth; in addition, the PCIe 5.0 M.2 interface card in the accessories can be installed in PCIeX16_2 to provide PCIe 5.0 x4 SSD expansion.

In addition, the ROG GEN-Z.2 expansion card can expand the PCIe 5.0 x4 SSD using the CPU channel of GEN-Z.2_1, and the PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD using the PCH channel of GEN-Z.2_2; that is to say, storage expansion In addition to 6 SATAs, there are 5 M.2 expansions, 4 of which support PCIe 5.0 x4 SSD.

The network is the latest specification of Marvell AQtion 10GbE + Intel 2.5GbE and Wi-Fi 6E; the sound effect is a combination of ROG SupremeFX 7.1 ALC4082 audio chip and ESS ES9218 QUAD DAC. In addition, the motherboard has a total of 22 USBs available, including 2 USB4 Type C, 2 USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type C, and 10 USB 3.2 Gen 2 super-full configurations.

Motherboard colour box packaging.
There are product features and specifications on the back.

ROG CROSSHAIR X670E EXTREME adopts EATX large-size motherboard, and this generation of ROG has a fog black, bright surface, and dot matrix visual design, and presents a low-key sense of calm black when it is not powered on. And has handsome metal armour, the right side of the motherboard has a metal shell that shields the connectors, the VRM heatsink extends to the I/O shell, the SoC power supply heatsink in the middle, and the entire PCH and M.2 heatsink make the motherboard have a handsome appearance. Looks like a set with a coherent metal backplate.

And when the motherboard is powered on, the AniMe Matrix Micro-LED lighting effect on the I/O shell and the LiveDash 2” OLED display in the middle light up, and you will get a more vivid and handsome RGB lighting effect.

The appearance of the motherboard.
Metal Back panel.

The right side of the motherboard uses horizontal pins and metal armour above the socket, which makes the overall shape of the motherboard more concise, and the metal armour also has white printing to indicate the function of each socket and pin.

The metal on the right edge of the motherboard Armor.

The mainboard has 4 DIMM DDR5 memory slots, which support a maximum capacity of 128GB and higher DDR5 6400 overclocking memory, and also support EXPO and XMP overclocking memory modules.

In addition, only EXTREME has the ROG GEN-Z.2 expansion daughter card. This generation uses custom-made pins, and also adopts the post-installation method of memory snaps.

DRAM, GEN-Z.2.

The motherboard also provides a convenient Q-Release button for the first PCIe slot. Just press this button to release the buckle of the PCIe slot, making it more convenient for players to insert or remove the graphics card.

PCIe Slot Q-Release.

The new AM5 and LGA1718 pins are compatible with the AM4 radiator, and there is a 20+2 phase power supply and a large VRM radiator around the CPU socket. Two sets of cooling fins are connected in series through heat pipes, and the cooling fins on the left extend to the top of the I/O shell, greatly improving the passive cooling capability of the VRM.

AM5, VRM cooler.
The CPU is powered by dual EPS 12V 8-pin.
There are CPU FAN, RGB pins, and Probel voltage measurement points on the top of the motherboard.

There are 6 SATA, RED FAN, USB 3.2 Gen1 and integrated ARGB pins on the lower right side of the motherboard, and 2 ARGB pins can be expanded by using the adapter cable provided by the accessories.

Functions on the right side of the motherboard.

The lower half of the motherboard has a ROG dot matrix Logo interwoven with a mirror surface and matte black metal, and adopts the dot matrix style of the three letters of ROG. On the top of the PCIe slot is the LiveDash 2” OLED display.

The first and second PCIe slots on the motherboard support single-card PCIe 5.0 x16, dual-card x8/x8 expansion functions, and also provide a PCIe 4.0 x4 slot that allows players to expand audio cards, capture cards and other devices.

In addition, from left to right on the edge of the motherboard, there is the front audio source, BCLK+ / BCLK- buttons, LN2 Mode / OSC_SENSE / RSVD_2 / T_SENSEOR pins, Alteration Mode switch, RSVD_1 switch, Slow_Mode switch, V_Latch switch, USB, Retry / Dual BIOS Switch / Safe_Boost button, FAN, front panel pins, etc.

PCIe slot and M.2 heatsink.
LiveDash 2” OLED display.

After removing the M.2 heatsink, there are 2 M.2 slots on the motherboard. M.2_1 and M.2_2 both support PCIe 5.0 x4 SSD. Both slots use The channel of the CPU, except that M.2_2 is a shared channel with PCIeX16_1 and PCIeX16_2, which means that when M.2_2 is used, PCIeX16_1 and PCIeX16_2 will switch to x8 and x4 bandwidth.

Motherboard M.2 socket.

The rear I/O of the motherboard adopts an integrated baffle, with BIOS FlashBack and Clear CMOS buttons, and 9 USB 3.2 Gen 2 (8A1C), 2 USB4 with built-in display DP output, 1 USB 3.2 Gen 2×2, 10GbE, 2.5 GbE, Wi-Fi, 3.5mm audio source with LED lighting effects and SPDIF output and other ports.

I/O on the back of the motherboard.

ROG CROSSHAIR X670E EXTREME motherboard materials / 20+2 phases 110A, 5 x M.2, USB4, 60W PD /QC4+

ROG CROSSHAIR X670E EXTREME is fully loaded with flagship functions and specifications, making it more convenient for players to expand; and under the metal armour, this generation also hides many new components and small design details. Here we disassemble the motherboard to follow everyone’s share.

For example, in addition to increasing the strength of the PCB, the metal backplane also uses a thermal pad on the back of the VRM, 10GbE chip, and X670 dual chip to increase the effect of passive heat dissipation.

Metal backplate.
The complete appearance of the motherboard.
Back of motherboard.
The CPU is powered by Teamed 20+2 phases, and each phase uses SiC850A 110A Power Stage.
The VRM controller is a DiGi+ EPU ASP2205 chip.
Marvell AQtion 10GbE networking chip.
Intel JHL8540 controller, providing USB4 transmission capability, compatible with Thunderbolt PCIe transmission; and USB-C PD chip CYPD6227.
GL9905 USB 20Gbps Redriver; Intel I225-V 2.5GbE network chip.
STM32L microcontroller; NUVOTON NCT6799D-R environmental control chip.
ROG SupremeFX 7.1 ALC4082 audio chip, ESS ES9218 QUAD DAC, audio capacitor.
2 Phison PS7101 PCIe 5.0 Redrivers for M.2 use.
Two X670 chipsets placed horizontally.
ROG TPU chip.
2 Phison PS7101 PCIe 5.0 Redrivers for GEN.2 M.2.
ASM1074 USB 3.0 HUB.
AURA chip; ASM1061 SATA controller chip.
ASUS HYDRANODE control chip, unfortunately, the number of supported fans is small.
There are 4 Phison PS7101 PCIe 5.0 Redrivers on the back, which are used for PCIe slots.
Motherboard and full armor.

Motherboard Accessories: ROG GEN.2, PCIe 5.0 M.2 Card, True Voltician, Fan Controller

The accessories of ROG CROSSHAIR X670E EXTREME can also be said to be quite brilliant, from basic manuals, USB drive flash drives, stickers, thank you cards, ROG key rings, Wi-Fi antennas, and SATA cables, RGB extension cables, M.2 screws etc., as well as EXTREME’s 1-to-3 PWM FAN extension cable (HYDRANODE), 1-to-3 ARGB extension cable, etc.

Advanced ROG GEN.2, PCIe 5.0 M.2 Card, graphics card bracket, screwdriver, RGB fan controller, True Voltician and all cables, etc., this accessory can be said to be quite luxurious, meeting the various needs of flagship gamers.

Basic Accessories.
Advanced Accessories.

The entire front of the PCIe 5.0 M.2 Card is covered with heat sinks and has a consistently blackened and slanted design, and the EXTREME has a metal backplane. After disassembly, it mainly provides an expansion of M.2 PCIe 5.0 x4 SSD. There are also thermal pads on the front and back.

PCIe 5.0 M.2 Card.
Printed on the side.
After disassembly, it includes the front heat sink, the M.2 back thermal pad, and the metal backplane.

EXTREME’s unique ROG GEN.2, this time the heat sink on the right side is upgraded to use a heat pipe (plus a heat conduction pad) to contact the SSD, and then wrap around the heat pipe U-shaped to the whole heat sink and fins; while the left side is a whole piece heat sink.

ROG GEN.2 provides 2 M.2 expansions, first (right) GEN-Z.2_1 uses a CPU channel to support PCIe 5.0 x4 SSD, and (left) GEN-Z.2_2 uses a chipset channel to support PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD.

ROG GEN.2 installed upright.
The shape on the left.
After disassembling the heat sink, M.2 SSD can be installed on both sides.

The ROG graphics card bracket is quite small. There is a magnet at the bottom that can be attached to the compartment of the case, and there is an adjustable bracket to help support the graphics card. It can also be used as a card ejection tool for the PCIe buckle.

ROG Graphics Card Bracket.

ROG True Voltician is a simple oscilloscope that can be used to measure 3.3V, 5V and 12V voltages. For detailed installation instructions, please refer to the video ( https://youtu.be/3OGY1KjtLK8 ) introduction of Brother Pie.

Actually use ROG True Voltician to measure the OSC Sense provided by the motherboard, that is, the Vcore, VccIn, VSA and other voltages of the motherboard, and the ROG True Voltician software can detect and draw voltage charts for 3 groups of channels. Higher / Lower, Trigger Rising / Falling and other functions are available for voltage experts who need more accurate voltage monitoring.

ROG True Voltician Voltage Expert.
Use the motherboard USB and OSC Sense to monitor Vcore, VccIn, VSA voltage.
ROG True Voltician voltage monitoring function.

The ROG fan controller uses a 2.5” device size and keyhole, provides 5 sets of PWM FAN and ARGB 3-pin expansion functions, uses a dedicated PCIe 6-pin power supply, and also provides ARGB In synchronization, 2 sets of temperature detection, And mainly through micro-USB to internal USB 9-pin to control the fan and ARGB function through software.

ROG fan controller.
Main control interface.

ROG CROSSHAIR X670E EXTREME BIOS function / AI overclocking, Dynamic OC Switcher

ROG CROSSHAIR X670E EXTREME 0705 BIOS Among them, Extreme Tweaker also provides AI smart overclocking EXPO, DOCP and AEMP memory overclocking settings, and CPU Core Ratio also adds AI Optimized function in addition to a custom clock.

In addition, the “prediction” function on the right-hand side has finally been added to ROG CROSSHAIR’s AMD motherboard. SP predicts that the CPU physique is usually above 90, which can be regarded as a good physique. The highest voltage value of all cores is 5146MHz and the basic voltage parameters are 4500MHz.

BIOS summary.
Extreme Tweaker.

In the CPU Core Ratio setting, manual clock setting and AI Optimized are provided. As long as it is set to AI Optimized, AI overclocking will be performed by the motherboard. In addition, in the automatic and CPU Core Ratio setting, select the Per CCX setting to find the Dynamic OC Switcher overclocking function.

Dynamic OC Switcher automatically switches the CPU into manual OC or switches back to the dynamic mechanism of PBO overclocking through the two parameters of CPU current and temperature.

CPU Core Ratio overclocking settings.
Dynamic OC Switcher.
Complete PBO settings are also provided.
Advanced DIGI+ VRM load correction settings.
Parameters of AI overclocking.
Parameters of AI overclocking.
Overclocking voltage setting, there are manual and offset modes.

In the advanced settings, the PCI subsystem defaults to enable the Resize BAR function; and in the built-in device settings, you can adjust the bandwidth setting of PCIeX16_1 / 2. In addition, if you use the PCIe 5.0 M.2 Card, you must enable the PCI-E Gen5 Redriver function, to ensure the stability of the high-frequency signal.

Resize BAR.
Built-in device PCIE Gen5 Redriver function.
The built-in devices OLED and LED can be adjusted to turn on or not when the device is turned off.
The PCIe and M.2 speeds of the motherboard can be adjusted.

The monitoring page includes functions such as temperature, voltage, fan speed, and Q-Fan settings.

Temperature Monitoring.
Fan speed.
Q-Fan Settings.
Boot menu.

In addition to the BIOS upgrade function on the tool page, Flexkey can change the function of the motherboard Flexkey. The default is to reboot, but if you want to overclock, you can change it to enter the BIOS with one key.

Tools.

ROG Armory Crate software with LiveDash OLED / FAN Xpert, Game first VI

ROG CROSSHAIR X670E EXTREME has an exclusive AniMe Matrix Micro-LED lighting effect and a LiveDash 2” OLED display in the middle. The light saturation and brightness of this generation of AniMe Matrix are much higher than ordinary RGB lamp beads, and the Armory Crate software can automatically Order the presentation animation of AniMe Matrix, but the panel of AniMe Matrix is narrow, if the animation presentation is too complex, the feeling of the presentation will not be so good.

Motherboard lighting effects.
Motherboard lighting effect.

There is an independent page of AniMe Matrix in the settings of the Armory Crate device, which provides several basic lighting effect model switching, and can also customize more animation effects by editing lighting effects.

AniMe Matrix Settings.
Edited by AniMe Matrix.

LiveDash 2\” OLED will display preset animation when it is turned off, and it can display hardware monitoring information after booting, including CPU temperature, voltage, fan speed and other information. Of course, you can also customize pictures, animations, or custom text banners blessings.

LiveDash monitoring.

Players can switch these functions in the OLED page of the Armory Crate device.

Hardware monitoring.
Pictures, animations.
Custom banner.

ROG Armory Crate’s new version of the instrument panel will display the basic information of the computer, And it can monitor the CPU clock, voltage, temperature and other functions. If the motherboard AI Cooling is enabled, it will provide mute, standard, Turbo and full-speed fan control functions, and can adjust the AURA Sync lighting effect of the host.

ROG Armory Crate.
Set the lighting effect when shutting down.
Fan Xpert 4 can be used to control the speed of all fans and water pumps on the motherboard.

AURA Sync includes the synchronization functions of various peripherals such as the motherboard, ARGB external connection and graphics card, and the lighting effects include basic rainbow, colour cycle, breathing, flashing, music and other modes.

AURA Sync device.
AURA Sync lighting effects.

Game first VI provides an automatic network optimization function, with modes such as intelligent control, game priority, live broadcast priority, and audio-visual priority. The program will automatically identify applications to adjust the network connection priority. Line priority; another function is to automatically assign applications to use different network connections, making good use of the advantages of dual LAN + Wi-Fi.

Game first VI.

ROG CROSSHAIR X670E EXTREME motherboard performance test / AI-optimized overclocking

In terms of performance tests, several common sets of CPU rendering, computer performance tests and game performance are used for testing. The processor uses AMD Ryzen 9 7950X, G.SKILL TRIDENT Z5 NEO DDR5-6000 16GBx2 and NVIDIA Geforce RTX 4090. The motherboard AI Optimized, PBO automatic function is used in the settings, and the radiator uses ROG STRIX LC II 280mm AIO water cooling. The following scores are for your reference.

Test Platform
Processor: AMD Ryzen 9 7950X
Motherboard: ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR X670E EXTREME
Memory: G.SKILL TRIDENT Z5 NEO DDR5-6000 16GBx2
Display Card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
System Disk: Solidigm P41 Plus 1TB PCIe 4.0 SSD
Radiator: ASUS ROG STRIX LC II 280mm
power supply: Seasonal PRIME PX-1000
Operating system: Windows 11 Pro 21H2

CPU-Z View AMD Ryzen 9 7950X processor information, code-named Raphael’s TSMC 5nm process 16-core 32-thread processor, with ROG CROSSHAIR X670E EXTREME motherboard test, the BIOS has been updated to 0705, and the memory is dual-channel DDR5 16GBx2 6000MHz.

CPU-Z.

CINEBENCH R20 and R23 are developed by MAXON based on Cinema 4D and can be used to evaluate the 3D graphics performance of computer processors. It is also a common test software currently used to evaluate CPU computing performance.

The 7950X can achieve CPU 15109 CB in the R20 version test, and the R23 version also has a CPU 38915 pts result; the single-core performance has a performance of 766 pts and 1971 pts respectively.

CINEBENCH R20.
CINEBENCH R23.

AIDA64 memory and cache test, the memory uses G.SKILL TRIDENT Z5 NEO DDR5-6000 16GBx2, with the performance of memory read 74922 MB/s, write 75908 MB/s, copy 69744 MB/s, delay 74.6 ns.

AIDA64 memory.

The overall performance test of the computer is carried out with PCMark 10, which can be used to score the basic computer tasks of Essentials, such as App startup speed, video conferencing, and web browsing performance, while the Productivity productivity test uses spreadsheets and paperwork as test items. Digital Content Creation video content creation, it is tested by photo/video editing, rendering and visualization.

The 7950X with RTX 4090 scored 10,271 points, the computer benchmark performance Essentials has 12266 points, productivity has 12127 points, and the high score of 19766 points for digital content creation that requires more CPU operations; the recorded data shows that the CPU clock rate during the test is up to 5.8GHz.

PCMark 10.

3DMark CPU Profile is a test designed for processors. It mainly tests the CPU’s physical operations and custom simulation. Therefore, there will be different execution thread tests, because the number of execution threads used by different applications and games is different.

For example, under the Max threads test, the maximum performance of the CPU can be displayed, but this does not mean that games can also play the same performance, but movie-level rendering, simulation or scientific analysis applications will use the performance of the full execution thread; the same reason 16 threads also have better performance for computing and digital content creation, and have little impact on games.

The 7950X Max threads can reach a score of 16295, meeting the needs of movie-level rendering, simulation or scientific analysis applications, while the main gamers are 8 threads with 7676 points and 4 threads with 4167 points.

3DMark CPU Profile.

The 3DMark Fire Strike test uses the RTX 4090 graphics card, and its CPU physics score has 46532 points; for the Time Spy test designed for DirectX 12, the CPU scored 16266 points.

3DMark Fire Strike.
3DMark Time Spy.

ROG CROSSHAIR X670E EXTREME USB4, USB 3.2 Gen 2×2, USB PD test

The front USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type C provided by X670E EXTREME, in addition to the USB 20Gbps transmission capability, also has a 60W PD/QC4+ fast charging function. To enable the fast charging function, it needs to be connected to the PCIe next to the motherboard ATX 24-pin 6-pin power supply. The test uses a USB Type E to Type C cable for a general case and conducts a charging test for the laptop.

The test can reach a charging speed of 19V, 2.49A, and 48W. As long as the I/O wire in front of the case is supported, it can quickly charge mobile phones, laptops and other devices.

Front USB Type C fast charge 19V, 2.49A, 48W.

If it is connected to a USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 SSD external box, it can also achieve sequential read and write 1484 MB/s, 2085 MB/s transmission performance, which meets the USB 20Gbps transmission capability.

USB 20Gbps SSD.

The 2 USB4 ports provided by the I/O on the back of the motherboard refer to the Thunderbolt transmission specification, so they are also compatible with existing Thunderbolt devices (but not certified by Intel Thunderbolt).

The test uses the Thunderbolt 3 SSD HP P800 test, and the sequential read is 2865 MB/s, which is in line with the speed of Thunderbolt data transfer. (The P800 has only 500GB capacity so the write performance is quite low.)

Thunderbolt 3 SSD.
Thunderbolt Devices.

Summarize

The specifications and materials of ROG CROSSHAIR X670E EXTREME are definitely the flagship. A motherboard will still be the top in 2025. Through AI overclocking, Ryzen 9 7950X has higher single-core and multi-core performance, and also has Dynamic OC Switcher and PBO Overclocking and other functions that give players a complete overclocking experience.

Top specification Teamed 20+2 phase 110A power supply, USB4, 5 M.2, 6 SATA, 10GbE super crazy expansion, and full sincerity fully equipped with ROG GEN.2 M.2 expansion, PCIe 5.0 M.2 Card, True Voltician Faith accessories such as voltage experts, RGB fan controllers, and graphics card support brackets.

Relatively, the price of the ROG CROSSHAIR X670E EXTREME motherboard has also reached NTD $29,990. For flagship gamers with a sufficient budget, this motherboard can definitely match the flagship name and ROG belief.

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Title: Flagship is king! Unpacking / USB4, 5 M.2, 10GbE God-level Expansion for the ROG CROSSHAIR X670E

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