ASUS confirms that it will release new X570 motherboards with a passively cooled chipset this year. Such motherboards should appear in the third quarter.
ASUS confirms the arrival of these motherboards on Reddit, with the company reporting that it will be releasing more details soon. The company does not disclose much concrete information, although the manufacturer mentions its ROG Crosshair VIII and ROG Strix X570 motherboard models in a teaser on Twitter. It is therefore possible that this fanless X570 refresh will only affect a few models, and not the entire X570 lineup from ASUS, although this has not yet been confirmed.
This would not be the first ASUS motherboards with a passively cooled X570 chipset, by the way. The motherboard manufacturer already released a Crosshair VIII Dark Hero last year. That motherboard was broadly the same as the regular Crosshair VIII Hero, although the Dark Hero variant included a passively cooled chipset and slightly better VRMs. The Crosshair VIII Dark Hero is in the Pricewatch for € 459,-, while the regular Crosshair VIII costs € 439.84.
The ASUS Crosshair VIII Hero (left) and Crosshair VIII Dark Hero. Image by ASUS via Reddit