Asus ROG Crosshair IV Extreme - Hands on Preview
Published: 8th September 2010 | Source: Asus |
While I would love to leak my entire folder of photos, I have decided to leave you all with just a small selection of teasers about the Crosshair IV Extreme.
As you can imagine, this huge Extended ATX motherboard must be brimmed with features. First of all, those who distrust hardware monitoring software can rejoice. At the corner of your new Crosshair IV Extreme motherboard, hardware enthusiasts can access ports to monitor your system's voltages with a multimeter. You can either poke the board directly or use an included cable in the accessory set.
Again, as an Overclocker's solution, it must also be able to keep itself cool. This is why, it comes bundled with a hefty heatpipe cooling module. The single piece device cools the 890FX/SB850 core logic as well as the board's high specification voltage regulators. While the camera has failed to fully show it, the cooler is infact actively cooled. Underneath the heatsinks are small fans; we will not comment on cooling performance or noise levels at this stage.
Got anough PCI-Express slots there? Yes, as the Crosshair IV Extreme comes with 5 x PCI-Express 16x ports. These can be used in a number of configurations...
But hang on, this is a Republic of Gamers board. Where's the Party Trick?
The Party Trick...
That's right folks - The Crosshair IV Extreme comes equipped with the chip that has nVidia spitting nails; the Lucid Hydra...
For those less informed, this is a very special feature. Ever since the dawn of Multi GPU computing, nVidia graphics cards have been forced to pair with another nVidia card - the same also applies to ATi's Crossfire Technology as well. Recently, chip designer Lucid came along and eloquently gave ATi/nVidia the middle finger with a bombshell named Hydra. This little innovation allows nVidia graphics cards to function in SLI mode on AMD motherboards but also allows ATi and nVidia graphics cards to work together!
Think about it. Let's just say you've saved up £400 and want to spend your hard earned cash on that range topping GeForce GTX 480 graphics card. With the Crosshair IV Extreme, you wouldn't need to part with your existing Radeon HD 4850 graphics card; simply add the GTX 480 and enjoy the perks of Multi GPU computing! It really is as simple as that.
That's all folks...
I'm afraid that from here on I will have to keep quiet. The Crosshair IV Extreme is currently being evaluated on our AMD testbed, but nothing more can be said until the NDA is broken at the end of this month. Until then, stay tuned and discuss your thoughts in our forums.