Asus Crosshair IV Extreme
ROG Connect Bluetooth
Back in April we showed you Asus' overclocking and diagnostics tool. ROG Connect sent data via USB to another desktop, where you would be able to overclock your ROG family motherboard, turn it on/off and even clear CMOS. You can read more about it here.
However, the Crosshair IV Extreme takes the concept a step further with the implementation of a bluetooth module. This time round, it is possible to install the utility on your Symbian or Android based mobile phone. Today we'll be trying the feature out with our HTC Hero, featuring Android 2.1.
The installation process is relatively simple. Unfortunately the application is not available on the google market, so you have to connect your phone to your computer and extract the APK installation file from the CD. You will also need to download a file manager in order to install the application; we used ApkInstaller, which is free on the market.
Once you have paired your phone to the RC Bluetooth module, you can then enter the utility. Once you're in, you can access three areas - Frequency, Monitor and RC Remote.
In terms of overclocking parameters, you have access to a wide range of voltages but only the Base HTT. You cannot adjust the processors Multipliers or the system's Memory frequency. Really, this application is only of use to "fine tune" a BIOS applied overclock, so don't expect anything quite as comprehensive as AMD Overdrive for example. There aren't many circumstances where this feature is a "must have", but we can see how it might be convenient if you wish to increment your systems frequency without interrupting a benchmark perhaps.
One particular perk about the RC Bluetooth app is the ability to apply an overclock prior to "power on". This is something comparatively unique.
Regardless, the execution itself is reliable. We were able to manipulate our 1090T's core frequency on the fly from a 10ft distance, quickly and without any crashing.
Next up is the monitoring section. This might prove to be a little more useful for those who are paranoid about their systems health during extended gaming sessions perhaps. Again, the temperature and voltage readouts appeared to be in keeping with those found with other hardware monitors.
Last but not least, we have the RC Remote. Its funny because out of the three features this was the one we liked the most. The power toggle feature is great if you want your system powered on and ready to use by the time you've rolled out of bed or done making a coffee.
I can sympathise with the more lazy individuals. Sometimes I have days when I would rather throw a pizza in the oven rather than cook and occasionally, I'll drive my car less than 500m if I'm particularly hungry. Likewise, the Clear CMOS and Force Shutdown options are convenience features.
If your system is under a table and may result in hitting your head on the way out, these features are brilliant. No longer do you need to crawl under the table to recover your system from a lock-up, nor will you need to pull your side panel out if your system overclock fails. Absolutely brilliant.