ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme
Rather than list every single feature the Crosshair IV Extreme has to offer, we’ll just focus on the major ones, and we’ll also discuss a few in greater detail later in the review.
ATI CrossfireX Technology
ATI’s CrossfireX boosts image quality along with rendering speed, eliminating the need to scale down screen resolution to get high quality images. CrossfireX allows higher anti-aliasing, anisotropic filtering, shading and texture settings. Adjust your display configurations, experiment with the advanced 3D settings, and check the effects with a real-time 3D-rendered previews within ATI Catalyst Control Center.
CrossLinx 3 Technology
Lucid Hydra CrossLinx makes it possible to combine multi-GPU graphics cards from any generation and vendor on the same motherboard. This gives PC users greater flexibility and enables vastly increased performance, free of compatibility limitations.
True USB 3.0 Support
Experience ultra-fast data transfers at 4.8Gbps with USB 3.0—the latest connectivity standard. Built to connect easily with next generation components and peripherals, USB 3.0 transfers data 10X faster and is also backward compatible with USB 2.0 components.
True SATA 6Gb/s Support
Supporting next-generation Serial ATA (SATA) storage interface, this motherboard delivers up to 6.0Gb/s data transfer rates. Additionally, get enhanced scalability, faster data retrieval, double the bandwidth of current bus systems.
ASUS TurboV EVO
Whether novice or enthusiast, TurboV Evo satisfies overclockers of any level. Intelligently push systems to the fastest, stable clock speeds, offering additional advanced options for breaking those records!
ProbeIt takes the guesswork out of locating the motherboard´s measurement points, identifying them clearly in the form of 5 sets of detection points so you´ll know exactly where to get quick yet accurate readings using a multitester.
Monitor the status of your desktop PC and tweak its parameters in real-time via a notebook—just like a race car engineer—with ROG Connect. ROG Connect links your main system to a notebook through a USB cable, allowing you to view real-time POST code and hardware status readouts on your notebook, as well as make on-the-fly parameter adjustments at a purely hardware level. ROG Connect even allows you to flash your BIOS from the notebook, which means that you can OC your system to the max without any fear of permanently bricking the motherboard due to a corrupted BIOS.
Conveniently store or load multiple BIOS settings, share and distribute favorite overclocking settings The motherboard features the ASUS O.C. Profile that allows users to conveniently store or load multiple BIOS settings. The BIOS settings can be stored in the CMOS or a separate file, giving users freedom to share and distribute their favorite overclocking settings.
Overclocker’s prayer to have BIOS flexibility is answered! With the new BIOS Flashback, PC enthusiasts can overclock with even more confidence. BIOS Flashback gives overclockers the ability to save two versions of the BIOS simultaneously. Very much like the "SaveGame" function, one BIOS can be used for the overclocking adventure, while the other BIOS is to be stored with any previous version. BIOS Flashback brings the ultimate convenience to overclockers!
In the pursiot of extreme performance, overvoltage adjustment is critical, but risky. Acting as the “red zone” of a tachometer, the Voltiminder LED displays the voltage status for CPU, NB, SB and Memory in an intuitive color-coded fashion. The voltiminder LED allows quick voltage monitoring for overclockers.
ASUS Core Unlocker simplifies the activation of a latent AMD CPU?with just a press of a button. Enjoy an instant performance boost by simply unlocking the extra cores, without performing complicated BIOS changes.
Still overclocking in old-fashioned way? Let RC Bluetooth bring you the whole new idea of how to do! Just simply push the button from the Back I/O on the RC Bluetooth card, overclockers can real-time monitor the desktop PC system status & tweak its parameters – such as voltages and frequency on the fly. When users want to use ordinary bluetooth functions, just simply push the button once again & enjoy all the wireless convenience brought from RC Bluetooth.
Of these features, a few will be explore here in greater detail, but a few that also deserve mentioning tare the solid capacitors and ferrite chokes that improve power efficiency and extend the board’s lifespan, and ROG Connect that allows you to remotely monitor and tweak the system voltages and overclock settings from another computer connected via cable.
When used in conjunction with the ProbeIT voltage leads, thare an enthusiast’s dream setup for tweaking and overclocking. This is what makes the Republic of Gamers products special.
Each of these bring something unique to the user experience, so let’s move onto the specifications and then to the board itself.