Asus Crosshair IV Extreme

Introduction

Asus Crosshair IV Extreme

Introduction


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 FactorE-ATX, 12" x 10.6" (30.5cm x 24.5cm)
Processor SupportAMD Socket AM3 Sempron 100/Athlon II X2/X3/X4 and Phenom II X2/X3/X4/X6 Processors
ChipsetAMD 890FX / SB850
Memory4 x DIMM, Max. 16 GB 1600/1333/1066 Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel memory architecture
Expansion Slots

5 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (16x/16x Dual CrossfireX, SLI, ATi + nVidia)
1 x PCI

Multi-GPU SupportLucid Hydra LT24102 Module

ATi CrossfireX Supported
nVidia SLI Supported
Lucid ATi + nVidia Supported
Onboard VideoN/A
Storage

AMD SB850 Southbridge
6 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports

LANOne Gigabit LAN
AudioRealtek 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
Firewire2 x 1394 ports (1x Rear I/O, 1x Internal) 
Back Panel I/O2 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...

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Most Recent Comments

29-09-2010, 19:00:12

tinytomlogan
At last, it's finally here. After four weeks of examining Asus' flagship AMD motherboard, what do we think of it?

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29-09-2010, 19:28:31

wraithien
Good review as usual though it did seem a little short. I had a bad feeling regarding the actively cooled heatsink when i first looked at the board a few weeks back, out of interest how hot does it get when the fan is unplugged? Hydra performance is thankfully better than i expected too. At £250 its not cheap especially with AMD's new none compatible CPU's coming quite soon. Never the less I will give this board some serious consideration for my new build.Quote

29-09-2010, 19:34:47

AMDFTW
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

At last, it's finally here. After four weeks of examining Asus' flagship AMD motherboard, what do we think of it?

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there is no graph for metro fella

man i realy wished this performed better its a shame thoQuote
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