Asus Crosshair IV Extreme
At last the 30th September has arrived; at the beginning of the month we received Asus' range topping Crosshair IV Extreme motherboard. Within just a few days we released another article, which confirmed the rumours that surrounded the motherboard last May. Sadly there was only so much we could mention due to the strict Non Disclosure Agreement issued by Asus, but thankfully today is the big day. As of this morning it should be possible to purchase one of these supposed gems, but after days of testing, what do we think of it?
We all know that budget is not a term associated with the Republic of Gamers brand and unsurprisingly the Crosshair IV is no exception. As always one would expect a level of innovation in a board that's set up to be one of the best or at least set of features that helps it stand out from the rest.
So what exactly does this hefty share of your pay cheque buy you?
|Form Factor||E-ATX, 12" x 10.6" (30.5cm x 24.5cm)|
|Processor Support||AMD Socket AM3 Sempron 100/Athlon II X2/X3/X4 and Phenom II X2/X3/X4/X6 Processors|
|Chipset||AMD 890FX / SB850 |
|Memory||4 x DIMM, Max. 16 GB 1600/1333/1066 Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory|
Dual Channel memory architecture
5 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (16x/16x Dual CrossfireX, SLI, ATi + nVidia)
|Multi-GPU Support||Lucid Hydra LT24102 Module|
ATi CrossfireX Supported
nVidia SLI Supported
Lucid ATi + nVidia Supported
AMD SB850 Southbridge
|LAN||One Gigabit LAN|
|Audio||Realtek ALC892 8-Channel HD Audio|
|USB ||AMD SB850 Southbridge|
- 9 x USB 2.0 ports (6 x Rear, 2 x Internal)
NEC USB 3.0 Controller
- 2 x Rear USB 3.0
|Firewire||2 x 1394 ports (1x Rear I/O, 1x Internal)|
|Back Panel I/O||2 x PS/2 |
1 x LAN
6 x USB2.0/1.1 ports
1 x USB3.0 (1x USB3.0 accessible with adapter)
1 x IEEE1394a port
6 x Audio
1 x SPDIF
Looks like the IV Extreme has plenty to offer, but as always there's more than meets the eye...