Asus Crosshair IV Extreme

ROG Connect Bluetooth

ROG Connect Bluetooth

Back in April we showed you Asus' overclocking and diagnostics tool. ROG Connect sent data via USB to another desktop, where you would be able to overclock your ROG family motherboard, turn it on/off and even clear CMOS. You can read more about it here.

However, the Crosshair IV Extreme takes the concept a step further with the implementation of a bluetooth module. This time round, it is possible to install the utility on your Symbian or Android based mobile phone. Today we'll be trying the feature out with our HTC Hero, featuring Android 2.1.

The installation process is relatively simple. Unfortunately the application is not available on the google market, so you have to connect your phone to your computer and extract the APK installation file from the CD. You will also need to download a file manager in order to install the application; we used ApkInstaller, which is free on the market.

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Once you have paired your phone to the RC Bluetooth module, you can then enter the utility. Once you're in, you can access three areas - Frequency, Monitor and RC Remote.

In terms of overclocking parameters, you have access to a wide range of voltages but only the Base HTT. You cannot adjust the processors Multipliers or the system's Memory frequency. Really, this application is only of use to "fine tune" a BIOS applied overclock, so don't expect anything quite as comprehensive as AMD Overdrive for example. There aren't many circumstances where this feature is a "must have", but we can see how it might be convenient if you wish to increment your systems frequency without interrupting a benchmark perhaps.

One particular perk about the RC Bluetooth app is the ability to apply an overclock prior to "power on". This is something comparatively unique.

Regardless, the execution itself is reliable. We were able to manipulate our 1090T's core frequency on the fly from a 10ft distance, quickly and without any crashing.

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Next up is the monitoring section. This might prove to be a little more useful for those who are paranoid about their systems health during extended gaming sessions perhaps. Again, the temperature and voltage readouts appeared to be in keeping with those found with other hardware monitors.

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Last but not least, we have the RC Remote. Its funny because out of the three features this was the one we liked the most. The power toggle feature is great if you want your system powered on and ready to use by the time you've rolled out of bed or done making a coffee.

I can sympathise with the more lazy individuals. Sometimes I have days when I would rather throw a pizza in the oven rather than cook and occasionally, I'll drive my car less than 500m if I'm particularly hungry. Likewise, the Clear CMOS and Force Shutdown options are convenience features.
If your system is under a table and may result in hitting your head on the way out, these features are brilliant. No longer do you need to crawl under the table to recover your system from a lock-up, nor will you need to pull your side panel out if your system overclock fails. Absolutely brilliant.

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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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