Asus Crosshair IV Extreme

Games

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, 19:28:31

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

29-09-2010, 20:08:41

alienware
I must admit that I'm not a fan of the ROG motherboards. I liked the CHIV but this one goes too far with add on crap that's all a bit pointless.

I mean sure, if you are a gadget freak then it may appeal to you, but the bottom line on a board of this cost is function. Function should come over form as it does with the MSI.

Yet it wasn't even able to match the MSI's bottom line function.

So all of the stick on tat does very little if it is being compared to what I would call a budget board.

It was the same with my CHII ROG. Loads of stupid tat (The LED poster for one) that was fun for about five minutes and then got old fast. The only thing I really liked on that board that explained away the premium price was the cmos reset on the IO shield - that was bloody marvellous. But the rest? I ended up disconnecting the LED poster after about six boots never to use it again.

And then I got my M3A32 deluxe wifi which was also a very expensive board, yet doesn't have any silly bits on and has far more to offer in the way of function.

Again I suppose Asus are going to cater to many people with this board, but what with this, the Ares, the Mars II (if it ever comes along) and that add in board previewed today I just worry sometimes that they are being a bit over indulgent and started to fritter away their successes on stupid stuff.

It's all starting to seem a little... How do you say it?... EVGA.

Sorry if I sound harsh or pessimistic, I am only thinking aloud. But I think this time MSI have shown that stuff like this and EVGA boards are all rather pointless.

Thanks ever so much as ever for the reviews guys. Quote

30-09-2010, 01:11:52

Wendriel
hi, i wanted to know if any of you readers, or even tom could tell me if this mobo is able to boot from a PCI e slot. im looking to build a system and have been hoping this board comes out, but was set on getting the formula. the only thing holding me back was the fact that it couldnt boot from pcie. i was planning on an OCZ RevoDrive (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227597) but on the OCZ site, it states, "-Asus Crosshair IV – Please check with motherboard manufacturer for BIOS update to enable boot over PCIe." basically, with the new board, has the bios been updated to allow pci e booting? or am i still SOL...Quote

30-09-2010, 03:52:20

tinytomlogan
PCIE booting is not something we test for so Im affraid you will have to look on the Asus website for specifics dude sorry Quote
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