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ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme review

By on November 11, 2010
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The Verdict:
A feature filled beast!

Here’s the full laundry list of all that makes the ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme worthy enough to be called as one of the best AMD 890FX motherboard on the market.

Specifications

CPU AMD Socket AM3 ;Phenom™II /Athlon™II /Sempron™ 100 Series Processors
AMD 140W CPU Support
AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet™ Technology
Supports 45nm CPU
Chipset AMD 890FX/SB850
System Bus Up to 5200 MT/s ; HyperTransport™ 3.0
Memory 4 x DIMM, Max. 16 GB, DDR3 2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 ECC,Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel memory architecture
*Due to CPU spec., AMD 100 and 200 series CPUs support up to DDR3 1066Mhz. With ASUS design, this motherboard can support up to DDR3 1333MHz.
Please refer to www.asus.com or user manual for Memory QVL.
When installing total memory of 4GB capacity or more, Windows 32-bit operation system may only recognize less than 3GB. Hence, a total installed memory of less than 3GB is recommended.
Expansion Slots 5 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (dual @ x16, triple @x16, quad@x16 x16 x8 x8)
1 x PCI 2.2
Multi-GPU Support Support Lucid HYDRALOGIX / ATI CrossFire™X Technology
Storage SB850 Chipset
6 xSATA 6.0 Gb/s ports Support RAID 0,1,5,10
2 x JMicron® 363 controllers:
2 x SATA 3Gb/s ports (Gray)
1 x Power External SATA 3Gb/s ports at rear (SATA On-the-Go)
1 x External SATA 3Gb/s ports at rear (SATA On-the-Go)
* Due to the Windows XP/ Vista limitation, the RAID array with the total capacity over 2TB cannot be set as a boot disk. A RAID array over 2TB can only be set as a data disk only.
LAN Intel® Gigabit LAN
Audio 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Blu-ray audio layer Content Protection
- Supports Jack-Detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-Retasking
- Supports 1 Optical S/PDIF out port at back I/O
USB NEC USB3.0 Controller:
- 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports at rear
AMD SB850 chipset:
- 13 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 6 ports at rear, 1 port at rear is also for ROG connect)
ASUS Unique Features CPU Level Up
MemOK!
Onboard Switches: Power / Reset / Core Unlocker / Clr CMOS (at rear)
Q-Fan Plus
ASUS Fan Xpert
ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
ASUS Q-Connector
ASUS Q-Shield
ASUS Q-Fan 2
ASUS EZ Flash 2
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
ASUS MyLogo 3
Overclocking Features ROG Connect
RC Bluetooth
ROG iDirect
Power Design:
- 8+2 phase CPU power design with ML Cap
USB BIOS Flashback
BIOS Flashback with onboard switch button
Extreme Tweaker
ProbeIt
iROG
PCIe x16 Lane Switch
Loadline Calibration
Intelligent overclocking tools:
- ASUS TurboV Evo
- O.C Profile
Overclocking Protection:
- COP EX (Component Overheat Protection – EX)
- Voltiminder LED
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
Back Panel I/O Ports 2 x External SATA
1 x S/PDIF Out (Optical)
1 x IEEE 1394a
1 x LAN(RJ45) port
8 -Channel Audio I/O
1 x Clr CMOS switch
1 x PS/2 Keyboard port(purple)
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
7 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (1 port is also for ROG Connect)
1 x ROG Connect On/Off switch
1 x RC Bluetooth switch
Internal I/O Connectors 3 x USB connectors supports additional 6 USB 2.0 ports
1 x IEEE 1394a connector
1 x S/PDIF Out connector
1 x En/Dis-able Clr CMOS connector
Front panel audio connector
System Panel connector
8 x SATA connectors: 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (Red) & 2 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (Gray)
8 x Fan connectors: 1 x CPU / 1 x PWR / 3 x Chassis / 3 x Optional
7 x ProbeIt measurement points
3 x Thermal sensor connectors
1 x 24-pin ATX power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
2 x EZ Plug connectors (4-pin Molex Power connectors)
1 x OC Station header
1 x RC Bluetooth header
1 x Core unlocker switch
1 x Power on switch
1 x Reset switch
1 x Go Button
1 x BIOS switch button
1 x Fan connector for thermal module
1 x ROG light connector
BIOS 16 Mb Flash ROM AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI2.0a Multi-Language BIOS
Manageability WOL by PME,WOR by PME,PXE
Accessories User’s manual
1 x I/O Shield
1 x ROG Connect Cable
1 x ProbeIt cable set
1 x 2-in-1 ASUS Q-Connector Kit
3 x 2-in-1 SATA 6.0Gb/s Cables
1 x 2-in-1 SATA 3.0Gb/s Signal Cables
1 x Multi-functional module (1-port IEEE 1394a + 2-port USB2.0)
1 x Thermal Sensor Cable Pack
1 x Crossfire cable
1 x Cable Ties Pack
1 x ROG Theme Label
1 x 12-in-1 ROG Cable Label
1 x RC Bluetooth cardBluetooth Module Accessory Card
- Bluetooth V2.0/V2.1+EDR
- RC Bluetooth On/Off Switch
Support Disc Drivers
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
ASUS AI Suite II
3DMark Vantage
Form Factor Extended ATX Form Factor
12 inch x 10.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 26.9 cm )

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