ASUS Crosshair Evolution

Crosshair - nVidia nForce 590

ASUS Crosshair Evolution


Remember when we thought this was the bees knees?! It's a perfect demonstration of how far motherboards have come in terms of looks and features that even the Crosshair 1, a mere 11 years old, looks like it came from the time when you might take one of those new fangled steam trains to work. Heck times have changed so much that the chipset which beats at the heart of the Crosshair is the nVidia nForce 590. From the days when nVidia did more than just produce GPUs and gaming tablets. Copper was king back then, the heat dispersal option of champions and the Crosshair wears its heatpipe proudly. The southbridge, northbridge and power components are tied together and cooled by something which reminds us of our central heating. It's fair to say that we don't miss the separated south and north bridge. Other things that you might notice are six vertical SATA ports, here in SATA II trim. Of course SATA ports were still new a decade ago so there is also an IDE connector which promises speeds all the way up to a whopping 133 UDMA. Not that any of us could afford 133 UDMA HDDs back then, but its nice to have the possibility, a bit like the U.2 ports today. For those who enjoyed taking their life in their hands and flashing the BIOS we even have a floppy drive connector, which even here was being chided for its anachronistic placement in a 'modern' motherboard.

PCI express had just started to overtake AGP and legacy PCI as the slot of choice and the Crosshair boasts 1 x16 slot, 1 x4 slots, and 3 PCI 2.2 compatible slots. We know many people who still have PCI based hardware they wish they could use, and the sheer number of them here prove how popular it was. Round the back there is a very motley collection of bits and bobs showing how the Crosshair was at the forefront of current thinking, but that the ideas we take for granted these days hadn't fully formed. So yes there are PS2 ports for your keyboard and mouse, and four USB 2.0 ports alongside the twin GigaLAN. All stuff we're used to. There is also two eSATA ports (so new they are called SATA On-The-Go), a SPDIF, an LCD Post and a Firewire port. The Firewire port enables the connection of "digital camcorders". Oh how swiftly that area of the market bloomed and died.

Two areas that are worthy of note though sit at either end of the good idea/bad idea scale. Firstly just look at how many capacitors there are on the motherboard. Strewn all over the shop as if they have been fired at it from a blunderbuss. Also the power phase still has copper wire wrapped elements. I mean, blimey. Yet at the other end of the scale the Crosshair is the first (only?) motherboard we can think of that took the brave step of moving the ATX 24 connector. With longer GPUs this placement was untenable, but it's great to see them trying something different.

Onwards to the Crosshair 2.

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Most Recent Comments

23-03-2017, 10:04:08

What a great article. Will go make a cup of tea in a minute and read this one though.

I had the CH2 and the CHVFZ. Both were wonderful boards, with only one issue with the 2. It did not support Crossfire, and if you put two Radeons in it it looped at post /facepalm.

So sadly I had to get rid of it, because I loved everything else about it. The VFZ was just pure, unadulterated class.

Cheers Bryan, love stuff like this

CH2 goodness Quote

23-03-2017, 12:15:50

great video dude, would love to see videos like this in the future Quote

23-03-2017, 12:39:14

Great video tom! nice to see you have the whole family of crosshairs together (I would like to see the crossblade in there too but I guess it would be a bit off-topic)

Two sidenotes: Audio, I guess asus would have thought "if they are paying that amount of money they can buy their own fancy audio cards"
e-sata: really really good stuff if you do a lot of IT-support stuff, e-sate is just the normal sata interface, with usb 2.0 you didn't get the full sata speed and the usb protocol had some overhead which slows down drives and has some problems with large file transfers, ALSO, you get full acess to the drive as you would in a normal sata... External boot ssds/hdds were a thing for some people

Copper *-*Quote

23-03-2017, 17:15:35

A screen full of Asus love, what more could I ask for while eating KFC, funny I cleared out some of the junk from my pile yesterday had a few motherboards that only had IDE connectionsQuote

24-03-2017, 00:53:51

Totally awesome video loved it, on a side note did you end up getting your motherboard blanks mounted into a display case or frames?Quote

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