Asus Crosshair IV Extreme


3DMark Vantage

3DMark Vantage is Futuremarks flagship gaming oriented benchmark at present and is considered to be a demanding one at that. Our tests were carried out under the "Performance" prefix.

3DMark Vantage was the only benchmark that we used to test Lucid performance on the 870A Fuzion Power Edition. Interestingly we discovered that the Crosshair IV Formula offered considerably higher scores (both GPU and Overall). It seems quite clear that Asus' PCI-Express configuration for Lucid makes a significant difference to Multi GPU performance.

Crysis Warhead

Crysis Warhead is without a doubt one hard nut to crack, especially at higher resolutions. This time round we will be testing Warhead in two different modes; gamer and the GPU killing "Enthusiast" mode.

As we approached framerates upwards of 50fps, the gains from Multi GPU seemed to be diminishing. With this in mind we decided to crank the settings up to levels where the added GPU compute matters.

...and there we have it. While the jump in max framerate isn't all that high, you can see the minimum performance rising to levels where there is minimal stuttering. All in all Crysis Warhead gameplay was very fluid.

Metro 2033

Metro 2033, is another popular game we were curious to see if an 800MHz boost in core frequency would push those framerates out of the gutter.

Once again, this is a game where owning more than one graphics card will offer great dividends. Performance with Lucid pushes performance into fluid realms even with the game's settings maxed.

Mafia 2

Mafia 2 is a recent action-adventure game. With plenty of eyecandy we were keen to see how well it would perform on our Socket AM3 testbed.


Again, while the gains were noteable, framerates were upwards of 60fps regardless. As such the difference from a user perspective is negligible.

That's all folks! Let's wrap this one up...

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29-09-2010, 19:00:12

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

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

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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