Asus Crosshair IV Extreme review

  • £250

Can this excellent flagship Republic of Gamers board revive hardcore interest in HydraLogix technology?

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Our Verdict

There's lots to like here, except the price

For

  • Lots of features
  • Flexible
  • Excellent overall package

Against

  • Expensive

Another week brings with it another motherboard toting Lucid's HydraLogix 200 (nee Hydra 200) mix-and-match graphics technology. This time, however, it comes not from MSI, but from archrivals Asus.

It's taken Asus a while to launch a board based on the technology, but one's now a reality in the form of the Asus Crosshair IV Extreme.

The Crosshair IV Extreme is the latest addition to the AMD branch of Asus's RoG (Republic of Gamers) family and – just like the rest of the RoG motherboard lineup – has all the bells and whistles you expect from a top-end Asus motherboard. Like its brethren, it also comes in a box that's pretty much crammed with hardware.

It's worth noting that the Crosshair IV Extreme is the new flagship of the Crosshair range and hence is aimed at the higher end of the market, carrying a price tag to match.

The last high-end board to carry Lucid's technology, MSI's Big Bang Fuzion, was also the first mainstream board to use it. Ultimately, it suffered from a combination of a high price tag and early-to-market technology.

Asus, by allowing the technology to mature a little and putting it on a RoG board, are hoping they can entice high-end users back to give the technology another try.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerAMD
Chipset Model890FX
Multi GPU SupportedCrossFireX
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots5
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket AM3 PGA-941
Brand NameAsus
Form FactorExtended ATX
Processor SupportedAthlon II X4, Athlon II X3, Athlon II X2, Phenom II X6, Phenom II X4, Phenom II X3, Phenom II X2, Phenom II, Athlon II, Sempron
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory16 GB
Green CompliantYes
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots4
Number of PCI Slots1
Audio Channels7.1
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of SATA Interfaces10
HyperTransport Speed2600 MHz
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Slots6
eSATAYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Total Number of USB Ports9
Number of USB 3.0 Ports9
Total Number of FireWire/i.LINK Ports1
PS/2 PortYes
Number of PS/2 Ports1
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports3
Total Number of Onboard FireWire/i.LINK Ports1
PCI Express StandardPCI Express 2.0
Total Number of PCI Express Slots5
Processor TechnologyHyperTransport Technology, Cool'n'Quiet Technology
Width304.8 mm
Depth243.8 mm
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelCrosshair IV Extreme
Product NameCrosshair IV Extreme Desktop Motherboard
Controller TypeSerial ATA/600, Serial ATA/300
Manufacturer Part NumberCROSSHAIR IV EXTREME
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

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