Asus Crosshair IV Extreme
Packaging & Initial Impressions
As we've shown previously, the Crosshair IV Extreme comes in a large crimson themed box. The front is left mostly plain with the exception of product name and a couple of Asus, AMD, ATi and Lucid brand logos.
The box opens from the top, revealing two plain boxes. As one would guess, the top box contains the Crosshair IV Extreme's accessory set, while the other contains the motherboard itself. The boxes themselves are strong and once bundled together in the outer packaging, there's very little scope for the contents to be damaged.
As you would expect with a Republic of Gamers package, the accessory set is quite vast. Aside the obligatory manual and I/O shield, you receive no less than eight SATA cables, ROG Connect USB, Bluetooth module, additional USB and Firewire (via PCI bay) and some sticker "bling" for your chassis.
...and then we get to the motherboard itself. Again unsurprisingly the Crosshair IV Extreme follows a similar theme to its lesser sibling, the IV Formula. The extra 1" width on this E-ATX motherboard is more than apparent in person.
Time to take a closer look.