Originally Posted by Firedrops
So, I've heard a bunch of stuff about why AM4 boards should be cheaper than ther intel counterparts, such as requiring less components etc.
So what's Asus' justification for this costing USD$20 more than the Z270 ROG Hero?
Looking at the ROG hero it seems there is only one set of phases. If you look at the power connector at the top of the board you will see it only has one 8 pin.
If you then look at the audio circuitry on the Z270 you will see six small Nichicon gold capacitors. There are far more on the Crosshair.
The power phases on the Z270 will need to be tiny compared to the Crosshair. The Z270 is a board made to run at the very most four cores and four HT threads. That's it. The Crosshair needs a metric ton of phases to handle CPUs double that (so 8 cores 16 threads) this means you need bigger phases and more of them.
The only similarities between the boards is the "hero" name. I don't know why Asus did that. You should be comparing the CHVI to the Rampage or something as high end as that.
I guarantee if this was an Intel board it would cost far more. Intel charge quite a large socket tax, chipset price etc.