Asus Crosshair IV Extreme

The Board Continued

The Board Continued...

If you're surprised that this motherboard is Extrended ATX, don't be. The Crosshair IV Extreme is brimmed with features, which consume valuable PCB space.

The top right corner of the motherboard is populated by a number of features.

First of all, there's Asus' recent ProbeIt implementation. Here, overclocking enthusiasts can directly access voltage readings with a multimeter. You may either access them directly from the PCB, or if you're a little worried about digging a trench in your expensive purchase, you may also use the included wire adapter.

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Next up are the five flick switches above the ProbeIt ports. This is a diagnostic feature that allows you to enable/disable PCI-Express ports. This may not seem like much, but you'll want to shake hands with Asus after it helps you find the faulty graphics card in your three way Radeon HD 5870 setup!

The "GO" button has two uses. Using the feature can be used to recover the system from a memory related boot failure. It is designed to fine tune memory parameters in order to reach a bootable state once again. The feature can also be associated with a "GO" profile within BIOS.

Last but not least, Asus have also implemented Power Toggle, Restart and instant "Core Unlock" buttons on the PCB.

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Asus Crosshair IV Extreme

The placement of PCI-E 16x ports ensures that 2, 3 and 4 card arrays of GPUs are possible, regardless of their shape and size.

The Crosshair IV Extreme allows you to install up to eight SATA 6Gbps devices; 6 are powered by the SB850 Southbridge while the others are linked to a separate Marvell controller.

We also have an updated heatsink array in town. Turn over and we'll have a brief chinwag about it...

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Most Recent Comments

29-09-2010, 19:28:31

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

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

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

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 ( 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

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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