Introduction to the ASUS ROG Crosshair IV Extreme
There are several great motherboards currently available on the market that are what I call “wishers”. A wisher is a product that, simply put, we wish we could get our hands on. It usually begins with an early leak of an image or photo from a foreign web site, then come the launch day reviews we read on our favorite web site, finally landing in the hands of the world’s best overclockers and we see the impressive numbers they achieve. Eventually it hits the market and we are all over it like the NY Giants defense on Chicago Bear’s Jake Cutler. (Or if you're not a sports fan: like thermal paste on a cpu! -Editor)
One of these motherboards would be the just released ASUS ROG Crosshair IV Extreme. Over the years the ROG series has always been a step ahead in features than the other models that ASUS produces even when sharing the same chipsets. And in many instances have other manufacturers following in similar footsteps.
The new ROG was just released in the early part of October and have been met by reviewers raving about it. Like the M4A89TD Pro/USB3 we reviewed a few weeks ago, the ROG is based on the AMD 890FX/SB850 chipset, meaning all latest AMD processors are supported including the hexa-core Thuban. Not only that but also supported via southbridge is the ultra fast SATA III, and thanks to an additional NEC chip you get the benefit of the SuperSpeed technology.As great as those features may be, it is all the other things that ASUS has integrated into the new Crosshair that set the motherboard apart from the competition. First, it begins with the CrossLinx 3 which with the help of the Lucid HYDRALOGIX engine gives the end users the ability mix and match different graphic cards and allows them to run together, enhancing the gaming experience. Not only does this give nVidia fans the option of running SLi on an AMD chipset, but to have an Crossfire-SLi hybrid if you so choose.
The above is enough to have many of us begging for more money in our allowance to go out and grab this motherboard. There is still so much more to the Crosshair IV Extreme, which we will be talking about in the review, and it is only going to add to your desire to own this board.
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