November 28, 2022
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Motherboards Reviews

ASUS ROG Crosshair X670E Gene Motherboard Review – Features, Aesthetics & BIOS

ASUS Crosshair X670E Gene Feature Image

Introduction

With the release of AMD Ryzen 7000 CPUs, we’re seeing a massive range of new products enter the market. The new AM5 platform has given consumers access to four brand new chipsets, brand new DDR5 memory profiles, the inclusion of PCI-E 5.0, and many more features out of the box.

The X670E chipset is able to utilise the bulk of these features, and today we’ll be taking a look at a motherboard absolutely loaded with them. The ASUS ROG Crosshair X670E Gene is a brand new ROG (Republic of Gamers) board utilising a Micro-ATX form factor, but is brimming with next generation features!

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The X670E Chipset

The ASUS ROG Crosshair Gene motherboard is one of many that utilises brand new next generation features. Due to the Gene motherboard sitting on the X670E chipset, manufacturers are able to cram as many new inclusions into this board as possible. One of the newest features that consumers can get access to is of course PCI-E 5.0. We saw the new generation of PCI-E 5.0 on Intel’s 12th generation platform, but this was primarily reserved for the top-end Z690 chipset.

ASUS Crosshair X670E Gene CPU Socket

AMD have made their new motherboards compatible with the next generation of PCI-Express but with more slots overall. The X670E chipset is set to have widespread for support for this new generation, with users being able to install a brand new GPU and SSD with the numerous amount of slots. This sets up the X670E chipset to be best for those that want to upgrade to the latest components.

Along with PCI-E 5.0, users can also sink their teeth into some better IO in the form of USB4. Select motherboards will have access to the latest generation of USB ports, which are blazing fast. On top of this, all of the new motherboards on the AM5 platform can utilise the new EXPO memory technology which decreases latency while increasing clock speed for a performance boost.

ASUS Crosshair X670E Gene ROG RGB Logo
The ASUS ROG Logo lights up your board brightly while also offering customisation for those that want some extra flair.
ASUS Crosshair X670E Gene FX Audio
The X670E Gene uses Supreme FX audio supplying a full audio suite for users that have awesome audio setups.
ASUS Crosshair X670E Gene USB Front Header
On the front IO you8217ll be able to use the USB 32 Gen2x2 header for blazing fast speeds

Table of Differences

To give you an idea of the differences between the X670E chipset, and other available options we’ve created a table that highlights the specs and principal features of two motherboards. We’ve taken the ASUS ROG Crosshair X670E Gene, and compared it against MSI‘s X670-P WiFi motherboard. We’ll be taking a look at each of them and breaking down the kind of sacrifices you could be making when choosing one chipset over another.

FeaturesASUS ROG Crosshair X670E GeneMSI Pro X670-P WiFi
CPU Overclocking SupportYesYes
VRM Power Phases16+214+2+1
PCI-E 5.0 Slots1 x16 PCI-E 5.0 Slot
2 x4 PCI-E 5.0 Slots
1 x4 PCI-E 5.0 Slot
PCI-E 4.0 Slots1 x4 PCI-E 4.0 Slot2x x16 PCI-E 4.0 Slots
3x x4 PCI-E 4.0 Slots
USB Connections (Rear)1x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C
5x USB 3.2 Gen1
2x USB 4 Type-C
4x USB 3.2 Gen1
2x USB 3.2 Gen2
1x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C
1x USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C
USB Connections (Front)1x USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C
4x USB 3.2 Gen1
1x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C
4x USB 3.2 Gen1
LAN Type2.5 Gigabit LAN2.5 Gigabit LAN
WiFi ModuleWiFi 6EWiFi 6E
Estimated MSRP$600?$500?

Comparison of Features

Looking at the features between both motherboards, the X670-P holds up pretty well compared to the X670E Gene, and is arguably better in some instances. In terms of overclocking capability, the X670E Gene has a 16+2 power phase design, whereas the X670-P has only 17 overall. This could ultimately be the difference in getting a higher score on Cinebench, but unless you’re prioritising benchmarks, both hold up very well when it comes to overclocking.

Moving onto expansion slots, this is where both motherboards start to differ significantly. The X670E Gene has access to an x16 and two x4 PCI-E 5.0 slots. Comparatively, MSI’s X670-P board only has an x4 slot. This is a commonality we’re seeing with X670 motherboards, and honestly it’s disappointing. Gatekeeping one of the main selling points behind a top-end chipset (which is frankly very expensive) is not consumer friendly at all.

Looking at the IO, despite the X670E Gene utilising the Micro-ATX form factor, it actually has the same amount of IO when compared to the MSI X670-P full-sized ATX board. The major difference when looking at the IO is unfortunately USB4 ports, which we’re only seeing on X670E motherboards it seems. Networking also seems to be the same with both boards retaining 2.5 Gigabit LAN capability, along with the latest WiFi 6E support. Generally speaking, both chipsets seem to offer similar features but differ significantly on the latest features like USB4, and PCI-E 5.0.

ASUS ROG Crosshair X670E Gene Aesthetics & Design

Moving onto the design of the ROG Crosshair X670E Gene, this board sports a Micro-ATX form factor, so there will be less room for extended heatsinks and massive amounts of RGB. However, ASUS have done a very good job with this smaller board by making it look uniform and adding plenty of nice aesthetic options. On top of the integrated IO shield, you’ll be able to see the ROG Crosshair logo that lights up with vivid RGB, of course. Towards bottom right of the board, you’ll find the signature ROG logo which also lights up with RGB and can be customised/synced up with the ASUS Aura Sync software.

ASUS Crosshair X670E Gene Whole Motherboard
ASUS Crosshair X670E Gene Box

The rest of the motherboard doesn’t offer much else in terms of aesthetic as this board offers a relatively simplistic design. We can see more exposed PCB, which is perfectly fine in my opinion. I’m not a huge fan of designs that go overboard on extended heatsinks. Otherwise the the ASUS ROG Crosshair X670E Gene will blend in well with any black builds coupled with some extra customisation options for additional flair.

Features

Despite the smaller size of the X670E Gene, this board is absolutely crammed with features that we’ve broken down in this section. You can check out all of the standout features that we’ve discussed below!

VRMs & Overclocking

First off, we’re taking a look at the overclocking capability of the X670E Gene. With a 16+2 digital power phase design, you’re well positioned to get some overclocking underway with the new Ryzen 7000 CPUs. There’s also an ample amount of cooling on the VRMs keeping your thermals at an acceptable level while reaching high levels of performance.

ASUS Crosshair X670E Gene VRM Cooling

USB 4 Ports

The ASUS ROG Crosshair X670E Gene is one of the few new motherboards to support the latest high speed USB ports – USB 4. These new ports are rated up to speeds of 40GB/s whilst also giving users the opportunity to charge their devices at an incredible speed with QuickCharge 4+.

ASUS Crosshair X670E Gene USB4 Ports

PCI-E 5.0 Support

Looking at your expansion options, the X670E Gene has multiple PCI_E 5.0 slots with support for much more. On the GPU front, you can install your graphics card into the Gen5 compatible x16 slot. And once we some brand new Gen5 SSDs, you can make use of the dual PCI-E 5.0 x4 slots, along with extras through the use of the expansion card included in the box.

ASUS Crosshair X670E Gene PCI-E 5.0 Slot

Networking

On the rear IO, you’ll notice there are two options for networking that you can use. On the ethernet side, there is a 2.5 Gigabit LAN port optimised for some online gaming! Alternatively, if you’re trying to build a ‘wire free’ setup, then you can use the included WiFi 6E dongle, screw the antennae into your rear IO and you’re off to the races!

ASUS Crosshair X670E Gene Rear IO

Usability Features

To make you’re building experience much easier, ASUS has included a number of extra features that make setting up your PC a breeze. Towards the right of the main PCI-E x16 slot, you’ll find a latching mechanism that allows you to easily remove your graphics card. A similar mechanism also applies to your SSDs, where you’ll be able to install any M.2 storage options with a latch which holds them in place with ease.

ASUS ROG Crosshair X670E Gene PCI-E Latch

Diagnosis and troubleshooting also becomes an easier job with some extra features. Towards the top right of the motherboard is a Q-Code LED that cycles through POST codes as your PC boots. If the LED hangs on a code but doesn’t boot, you can quickly look up this code to find out what the issue is.

What’s In The Box?

As the motherboard that we’ve picked out today is a top performing X670E board, there’s loads of extra stuff included in the box that can help building a little bit easier, but also can save you some money when it comes to extra parts and expansion. We’ve covered everything that comes with this motherboard below!

ASUS BIOS USB

ASUS ROG Crosshair X670E Gene BIOS USB
To install the latest BIOS, you can use the included ASUS ROG USB to get your PC ready and raring to go!

ASUS Voltician Card

ASUS ROG Crosshair X670E Gene Voltician Card
The included ASUS Voltician card lets you accurately monitor voltages ideal for overclocking.

ASUS ROG GPU Holder

ASUS ROG Crosshair X670E Gene GPU Holder
If you8217ve got a particularly big graphics card use the included holder to give your GPU some stability

WiFi 6E Dongle

ASUS ROG STRIX X670E-I WiFi Antenna
To use the integrated WiFi 6E you8217ll need to install the WiFi antennae into the rear of your motherboard

SATA Cables

Gigabyte X670E AORUS Master SATA Cables
If you8217ve run out of storage you can install some alternative options like SATA drive by using the included cables

ASUS ROG Gen Z.2 Card

ASUS ROG Crosshair X670E Gene Gen Z.2 Card
The final item in the box is the included ROG Gen Z2 card which expands you8217re PCI E 50 options for SSDs

BIOS

ASUS X670 EZ Mode
The EZ Mode gives you a brief overview of your settings and allows you to make quick changes on your PC!
ASUS X670 Advanced Mode
Hitting F7 takes you to the advanced mode Here you8217ll find a variety of settings that can be customised at will to suit you
ASUS X670 Overclocking
The Extreme Tweaker tab allows you to fully customise your overclocking settings to get the most out of your CPU.
ASUS X670 EXPO
With Ryzen 7000 CPUs we8217ve got access to EXPO memory profiles which decreases RAM latency and increases clock speed
ASUS X670 Boot Priorities
Your boot priorities allow you to get into Windows which you8217ll need to properly configure in order to play some games
ASUS X670 Fan Curve
To get the best thermals and airflow you8217ll need to come here and change your fan curve settings for performance and noise levels

Conclusion

ASUS ROG Crosshair X670E Gene

Product Name: ROG Crosshair X670E Gene

Brand: ASUS

  • Features
  • Design
  • Performance
  • Value For Money
3.6

Summary

The ASUS ROG Crosshair X670E Gene motherboard is an exciting smaller form factor entry into the motherboard market that gives consumers the opportunity to enjoy next gen features with a more portable design. Despite this motherboard sitting on the smaller side, it has plenty of features on offer such as widespread PCI-E 5.0, and USB4, and WiFi 6E. However, despite access to the new features I can’t help but feel this motherboard is somewhat generic when compared to other options. The Micro-ATX form factor is a nice selling point, but there are other boards for a similar price that are on par (if not better) when it comes to features and pricing. X670E motherboards are very expensive as it is, so it feels redundant to me to pay a rather large chunk of money for a board that has an OK amount of features when you could spend slightly more and pick up a board that gives you better options when it comes to upgrade paths, overclocking and more. Either way, if you’re happy with the features on the X670E Gene and you’re looking for a smaller form factor, this motherboard will be an acceptable choice.

Pros

✅ PCI-E 5.0 support for GPUs & SSDs.

✅ USB4 ports.

✅ Ample power phases for overclocking.

 

Cons

❌ Very expensive.

❌ Only one PCI-E x16 slot.

❌ No 10 Gigabit LAN.

editor
Jay joined Geeka Media in April of 2022, bringing with him a wealth of technical knowledge and a background in Computer Science. Jay is an avid gamer, keyboard-builder and tech wizz with years of PC-building passion under his belt.