Earlier this month we had a look at things to come out of Asus with a sneak peek at the Crosshair IV Extreme motherboard. Well now it's time for this beast to fully show its true colors as Asus officially announce this latest addition to the Republic of Gamers line.
Being the pinnacle of Asus' AMD AM3 lineup, the CH4 Extreme has to include something special. In this case, it happens to be the first AMD board to feature five PCIE x16 slots and utilize Lucid's HYDRA Crosslinx 3 technology to allow users to mix and match not just two, but three different graphics cards for customized performance.
Another highly-touted draw of the board is the extensive control feature set. The CH4 Extreme supports all levels of Asus' ROG Connect tweak controls, allowing users to adjust settings from remote computers, Bluetooth devices, and even Apple's iPhone.
Other features include the usual array of ROG overclocking options (multimeter test points, extensive heatpipe/heatsink chipset cooling arrays, various on/off/reset/overclocking buttons, etc) as well as a vast number of expansion and data transfer options.
|Model||ROG Crosshair IV Extreme|
|CPU||AMD socket AM3 Phenom™ II/Athlon™ II/ Sempron™ 100 Series Processors|
|Chipset||AMD® 890FX / SB850|
|Memory||DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1866 (O.C.)/ 1800 (O.C.)/ 1600(O.C.) / 1333 / 1066 MHz memory 4xDIMM, max. 16GB|
*5x PCIe2.0 x16 slots (dual @ x16, triple @x16 , quad@x16 x16 x8 x8)
1 x PCI 2.2
|Multi-GPU||Support HYDRALOGIX / ATI CrossFire™X Technology|
- 6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 (Red)
- 2 x SATA 3Gb/s ports (Gray)
- 2 x External SATA 3Gb/s ports at rear (SATA On-the-Go)
Bluetooth V2.0/V2.1+EDR accessories card
RC Bluetooth ON/OFF switch
|LAN||Intel® Gigabit LAN|
|Audio||8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC|
|IEEE1394a||2 x 1394a ports (1 port at back I/O, 1 port onboard)|
NEC® USB 3.0 controller - 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports at rear
AMD SB850 chipset - 13 x USB 2.0 ports
|Form Factor||Extended ATX , 12”x 10.6” (30.5cm x 26.9cm)|
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