ASUS Crosshair Evolution

Crosshair II Formula

ASUS Crosshair Evolution 
Crosshair II Formula

The sequel to the Crosshair improves upon a lot of the ideas of the first one, whilst also bringing to the table some nascent concepts which would stick around into the present day. We've moved on from the nForce 590 SLI chipset to the nForce 780a SLI chipset. The Crosshair II is still based upon the AM2 socket, although here it is the full AM2+ socket, rather than the inbetween one on the Crosshair. That AM2+ socket now supports the "latest Sempron and 45nm Phenom II CPUs". Oh yes. Memory sees a significant change too. The Crosshair on the previous page supported DDR2 from 533 MHz up to a massive 800 MHz, but the Crosshair II improves upon that by supporting 1066 MHz natively. You'll be drowning in bandwidth. ASUS do recommend you install 2GB rather than the maximum of 8GB though, because Windows 32 bit doesn't recognise more than 3GB. Remember those days? It reminds us of the problem with large HDDs.

You can also see which of the technologies introduced on the original Crosshair have started to stake their claim in the hardware market. PCI slots have reduced from three to two, with the PCI Express slots have improved to version 2.0, with support for triple SLI in 1 16x, 2 16x, or 3 8x configurations. That is something which hasn't really changed in the latest motherboards, if you want more GPUs you sacrifice bandwidth. The SATA ports are now firmly ensconced and have been rewarded by moving from the horrible vertical ports to the horizontal ones we know and love. Or at least know and prefer cable managing. The ATX 24 pin power in has returned from its brief journey below the memory to its usual place alongside it, whilst the Floppy and IDE connections are still refusing to budge. 

Around the back we see that USB is really dominating now, with six ports included and the PS2 peripheral connectors have gone from two to a single one. By now most of us are using USB mice, but a lot of BIOS still struggle with USB keyboards, hence the PS2 port. We see our first inclusion of integrated graphics too and the Crosshair II boasts both a VGA connector and the all-new HDMI connector. Firewire is still around though, as is the coaxial SPDIF.

Probably the big features here are that the chokes are now the square ones we love, and whilst the board is still festooned with capacitors we've dispensed with any exposed copper wiring. We also see the first attempt at some logo lighting. A little Heath Robinson we think you'll agree, but it's nice to see where things began. Onwards to the Crosshair III.

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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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