Asus Dark Hero X570 - New Fanless Design

Staff Writer By Staff Writer - October 28th, 2020
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AMD X570 series motherboards are the best choice for those building an awesome new AMD Ryzen gaming PC, featuring the AM4 socket and offering extensive PCI Express 4.0 connectivity for unmatched performance configurations that utilize the latest graphics, CPU, memory and storage.

The new Asus Crossfire Dark Hero X570 motherboard features two primary PCIe 4.0 x16 slots ready to provide the fastest connectivity to the latest graphics cards from Nvidia and AMD Radeon, reinforced with the Asus SafeSlot design to better support massive graphic cards, and 2x M.2 slots each with four lanes of PCIe 4.0 ready to go and able transfer data to the fastest options in NVMe SSDs.

It’s a solid foundation for an incredible system, but this new Asus Crosshair motherboard actually takes something away from the usual X570 design too.

Via Asus: To maintain peak performance, all of our X570 motherboards to date have used an active cooling design that relies on a compact custom fan with a long operating life to keep air moving over the chipset heatsink. This compact fan uses sophisticated control logic to spin only as fast as it needs to in response to chipset temperatures, keeping noise levels as low as possible. Our engineers know that many PC builders demand entirely passive cooling, whether to maintain the lowest noise levels at all times or simply to minimize the number of moving parts on a motherboard. The massive amount of PCIe 4.0 bandwidth available from the X570 chipset requires a careful approach to achieve fanless cooling, but we've risen to the challenge.

The Dark Hero is the first Asus ROG X570 motherboard to implement a passive cooling design. A massive high surface area heat sink covers the chipset and extends into the space between the main PCIe slots to provide plenty of heat dissipation.

Picture of the Asus X570 with passive heatsink design

Compared to the active cooling design on the Crosshair VIII Hero, the Dark Hero's chipset temperature under load was just 2.25% higher during Asus internal testing. With an upgraded power design that can efficiently deliver large amounts of power to the highest-end AMD CPUs.

In keeping with its name, Asus have updated the Crosshair VIII Dark Hero aesthetic, swapping out the matte silver accents of its predecessors for a full set of stealthy black inlays, providing a striking canvas for the Aura RGB LED lighting behind the ROG logo on the chipset heatsink and prominent ROG logotype on the I/O shroud.

On the back panel, eight USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports (seven Type-A, one Type-C) offer impressive high-speed peripheral expansion, and a further four USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports broaden peripheral possibilities even further. A swift Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 adapter and both 2.5 Gigabit and Gigabit Ethernet jacks afford the fastest connectivity for wired and wireless gaming alike.

Picture of Asus Dark Hero AX Wireless
The new Asus Crossfire X570 Dark Hero motherboard features ultra fast WiFi 6 connectivity, along with Bluetooth
Picture of Asus Dark Hero Rear IO
An array of high speed USB ports on the rear IO are complemented by an internal header configuration that's ready to support the latest case options too.

On the motheboard board you'll also find a USB 3.2 Gen 2 front-panel header, as well as pairs of headers for both traditional and Gen 2 addressable RGB LED devices, all managed by Aura Sync. Audio wise, the SupremeFX S1220 audio codec, paired with an ESS ES9023 DAC for the front-panel outputs, provides enviably crisp and clear output in both stereo and surround sound for music and games. 

This new X570 motherboard is perfectly timed to take advantage of the new Ryzen 5000 CPU and Radeon 6000 GPU product ranges, and the ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero is sure to be a popular choice with that fanless design - stocks are expected to land in New Zealand mid November!

Keep your eyes on the Asus X570 Motherboards range for the latest!

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what will be the price ? Thanks

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Ben B (Head Office)

Hi Rajeev, I've added a link to the product now too ($948.99)

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Seriously? Msrp is 400usd (~600nzd) - I know we always get ripped in nz but that seems a little high. Guess I'm going normal hero for my build.

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Well being limited we have to pay the premium limited NZ tax.. haha

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26 days ago Reply Report


Over half as much again? I could import a single unit to my door for less including taxes and you know pb aren't importing one at a time. I may end up doing just that but I like to support l local I just don't want to be bent over for it.

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