ASUS CrossHair IV Extreme: Turning Gorgeous Up A Notch

September 22nd, 2010 in .News & Events .PC Components .Products
Nick Holland
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AM3 CPUs taken to the Extreme

ASUS latest addition to its Republic of Gamer range is the AMD AM3 socketed, CrossHair IV Extreme. Built on the same AMD 890FX/SB850 chipset combination as the CrossHair IV Formula, but with a few additional bonuses – the first includes Lucid Hydra’s multi-GPU chip as part of ASUS’ CrossLinx 3 technology.

ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme

ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme Motherboard

Try Whatever Graphics Card You Want.

Lucid’s Hydra 200 chip adds multi-GPU support to Nvidia and AMD graphics cards, even across different levels and different families! For example, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 can be mixed with a GTX 480, or an AMD Radeon HD 5870 can pair with an older HD 4890. In some more limited scenarios Hydra even allows mixing of AMD and Nvidia hardware!

In among the five PCI-Express 16x slots, two are natively linked to the 890FX chipset and give optimal CrossFireX support, then the other three 16x slots are powered by the Hydra 200 chipset to provide a variety of multi-GPU action. Basically that’s the best of both worlds in one motherboard.

Use a Notebook, use Bluetooth, use an iPhone.

As usual in the Extreme versions of the RoG hardware, there’s a wrath of overclocking tools packed in: RoG Connect and RC Bluetooth for remote control via a notebook PC, either wired or wireless, while RoG iDirect can now also tune the system via an iPhone as well.

There’s also the usual ProbeIT voltage checking hardware, Core Unlocking button, fine voltage adjustment switches, a BIOS selection switch (so you can use one for testing beta BIOS’ without bricking the board) and ASUS’ legendary BIOS software inside.

This is all combined with the six native SATA 6Gbps ports, plus two extra SATA 3Gbps ports, high quality Intel Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3 ports and 7.1 channel High-Definition audio.

This is all crammed inside of a gorgeous two-tone red and black PCB with some of the most striking angular heatsinks out there! Wow!

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