Notices

Overclockers Forums > Hardware > Motherboards > AMD Motherboards
AMD Motherboards
Forum Jump

ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme Review

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe Search this Thread
 
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-08-10, 09:12 AM Thread Starter   #1
Overclockers.com

 
Overclockers.com's Avatar 

Join Date: Nov 1998

 
ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme Review


ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme Review
by Jeremy Vaughan (hokiealumnus)


Quote:
A few months ago we looked at the Crosshair IV Formula, what was then ASUS' top of the line AMD motherboard. Now they've out-done themselves with the Crosshair IV Extreme. This one is definitely designed for extreme benchmarkers, so take it to extremes we did!.
... Return to the article to continue reading.

Digg | Reddit | Stumble | Slashdot

Discuss this article below. If you are interested in contributing to the front page (www.overclockers.com), please feel free to contact splat, mdcomp, or hokiealumnus. For the latest updates, follow Overclockers.com on Twitter (@Overclockerscom).

Last edited by hokiealumnus; 11-08-10 at 10:15 AM.
Overclockers.com is offline   QUOTE Thanks
Overclockers Approved
Which motherboard should you buy? Get the final word here. Check out the latest Overclockers reviews:
ASRock Z77 OC Formula Motherboard Review

ASRock teamed up with overclocker Nick Shih to make a high-end overclocking-based, yet functional for all users, motherboard named the Z77 OC Formula. It appears they have achieved it. Read More.

Get it at NewEgg for $239.99
ASUS Maximus V Formula Motherboard

The Maximus V Formula is part of the ROG (Republic of Gamers) series of motherboards, which in itself brings a high level of expectation. It's a no brainer, Overclockers Approved! Read more.

Get it at NewEgg for $279.99
Old 11-08-10, 10:59 AM   #2
MattNo5ss
5up3r m0d3r4t0r
Overclockers.com Editor


 
MattNo5ss's Avatar 

Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: AL

 
Looks like the CIVE and CIVF are the way to go. Great job

__________________
i7 3770K | ASUS Maximus V Gene | 4x4GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 | EVGA GTX780 SC ACX | 256GB OCZ Vertex 4 | SeaSonic SS-1000XP

My Overclockers.com Articles | HWBot Profile | Heatware (98-0-0)

Projects: Copper-Framed, MDF Station | PVC-Framed, MDF Station | Custom Cascade Cart/Case | Untitled TJ07 Build
MattNo5ss is offline Author Profile Benching Profile Heatware Profile   QUOTE Thanks
Old 11-08-10, 12:12 PM   #3
QuietIce
Disabled



Join Date: May 2006
Location: Anywhere but there

 
QuietIce is offline Author Profile   QUOTE Thanks
Old 11-08-10, 10:29 PM   #4
cold.nut

Member

 
cold.nut's Avatar 

Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Utah

 
yay! after all of the struggle with that damn pot you finally got the article pumped out.

great stuff jeremy!

glad it all worked out.
cold.nut is offline Benching Profile Heatware Profile   QUOTE Thanks
Old 11-08-10, 10:32 PM   #5
hokiealumnus
Water Cooled Moderator
Overclockers.com Lead Editor

 
hokiealumnus's Avatar 

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Raleigh, NC

 
Thanks for the compliments guys!

It took a while, but it ended up making it. Thanks for all your help cold.nut. Very, very sorry how that worked out.

__________________

Enjoy benchmarks? Join the benching team! | New to water cooling? Read the Beginner's Guide to Water Cooling Your PC.

xsuperbgx - "As a wise man once said: "Less talky. More clocky."" | cyberfish - "When overclocked, it's undefined behavior."
I.M.O.G. - "Vaseline on Ivy Bridge is a bad idea. But not so bad of an idea that it can't be fixed with a torpedo heater, a dishwasher, an oven, and a few hours. "

\m/ OverClockers mATX L33T Club \m/ - Join Now! - My mITX Build
hokiealumnus is offline Author Profile Benching Profile Heatware Profile   QUOTE Thanks
Old 11-10-10, 01:12 PM   #6
Voidn


 
Voidn's Avatar 

Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Crap Town USA

 
Excellent review hookie. You made it on the front page of the bot too!

Not sure that cpu pot is tall enough, might need a bigger cup .

__________________
.........................__ .....__..___.___.____.._..._......
.Celeron.356.@6324MHz....\ \\.../ /// _ \_ _| ._ \| \\| |\....
.Core.2.E8500.@5796MHz....\ \\./ //| | | | || | | | .\| ||....
.Core.i7.980x.@5650MHZ.....\ \/ //.| |_| | || |_| | |\. ||....
.Core.i7.2600k.@5557MHZ.....\ .//...\___/___|____/| ||\ ||....
.Core.i7.920.HT.@5153MHz.....\//..................|_|| \||....



Folding For Team 32
Benching for OCF / overclockers.com
Voidn is offline   QUOTE Thanks
Old 11-10-10, 01:36 PM   #7
hokiealumnus
Water Cooled Moderator
Overclockers.com Lead Editor

 
hokiealumnus's Avatar 

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Raleigh, NC

 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Voidn View Post
Excellent review hookie. You made it on the front page of the bot too!
Thanks! I saw that and was flattered Massman put it up.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Voidn View Post
Not sure that cpu pot is tall enough, might need a bigger cup .
It's the one, the only...Giraffe Pot.

__________________

Enjoy benchmarks? Join the benching team! | New to water cooling? Read the Beginner's Guide to Water Cooling Your PC.

xsuperbgx - "As a wise man once said: "Less talky. More clocky."" | cyberfish - "When overclocked, it's undefined behavior."
I.M.O.G. - "Vaseline on Ivy Bridge is a bad idea. But not so bad of an idea that it can't be fixed with a torpedo heater, a dishwasher, an oven, and a few hours. "

\m/ OverClockers mATX L33T Club \m/ - Join Now! - My mITX Build
hokiealumnus is offline Author Profile Benching Profile Heatware Profile   QUOTE Thanks
Old 11-11-10, 12:31 AM   #8
gallinka
New Member



Join Date: Nov 2010

 
Great review, good looking board, brand lacking...


I appreciate the great review on this ASUS MB. This MB is definitely one I would have to take a hard look at. I am actually glad it came out now and not before I built a new computer. It has all the features I was looking for and a few more. The one caveat I have is the brand.
I abandoned ASUS in the pentium III days when I had a motherboard die on me at the end of it's warranty (it failed in warranty, but was the end of year, I could not find the invoice, I was not sure at the time if I had owned it a year, I HATE calling technical support). The motherboard used the notorious Intel 815 chipset and may have been more to blame than anything. However, AOpen offered a three year warranty at the time and I switched to them for a while.
If I was still in the market for a motherboard I would take a serious look a this one. The specs and added features alone are worth it (I may still have a working Abit NF7-S if I could check north bridge voltages via a test point). I have been eying another offering by ASUS, the AT3IONT-I (Deluxe version), and have to say that I think I will try ASUS again on my next purchase.
gallinka is offline   QUOTE Thanks
Old 11-11-10, 12:34 PM   #9
hokiealumnus
Water Cooled Moderator
Overclockers.com Lead Editor

 
hokiealumnus's Avatar 

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Raleigh, NC

 
Well, the Crosshair IV Extreme has a three year warranty, FWIW.

I so miss abit (used to be a mod at their forums), but ASUS has very much impressed me with the boards I've reviewed so far.

__________________

Enjoy benchmarks? Join the benching team! | New to water cooling? Read the Beginner's Guide to Water Cooling Your PC.

xsuperbgx - "As a wise man once said: "Less talky. More clocky."" | cyberfish - "When overclocked, it's undefined behavior."
I.M.O.G. - "Vaseline on Ivy Bridge is a bad idea. But not so bad of an idea that it can't be fixed with a torpedo heater, a dishwasher, an oven, and a few hours. "

\m/ OverClockers mATX L33T Club \m/ - Join Now! - My mITX Build
hokiealumnus is offline Author Profile Benching Profile Heatware Profile   QUOTE Thanks
Old 11-14-10, 10:10 PM   #10
Dooms101
Member


 
Dooms101's Avatar 

Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: under a heatsink

 
The Formula and Extreme boards are sooo cool. I don't understand why they all the sudden switched to black and red instead of the typical black, white, blue color scheme. I guess it's to match the ATI colors... I really wish we could have seen some game FPS results with an nvidia and ait card using that hydra chip. I wonder if that thing actually performs well. It'd be cool if it did and they started putting on them on lower end boards eventually. Didn't Gigabyte have a similar feature on a board not too long ago?

__________________
[Dell Latitude E6530]............................[i7-3540M 3Ghz, 16GB, 750GB, 1080p LED]
[Hackintosh].......................[i3-3225 3.3Ghz, 8GB DDR3, 250GB SSD, GTX650 1GB]
Area51 Case Mod- - - - - - - - ODD Window Mod - - - - - - - -NZXT Phantom Triple Rad
Dooms101 is offline   QUOTE Thanks
Old 11-14-10, 10:17 PM   #11
hokiealumnus
Water Cooled Moderator
Overclockers.com Lead Editor

 
hokiealumnus's Avatar 

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Raleigh, NC

 
MSI had them on the Big Bang Trinergy IIRC. This is the first one to my knowledge on an AMD chipset. There was a guy at XS that did a little Hydra testing; check out the thread here.

__________________

Enjoy benchmarks? Join the benching team! | New to water cooling? Read the Beginner's Guide to Water Cooling Your PC.

xsuperbgx - "As a wise man once said: "Less talky. More clocky."" | cyberfish - "When overclocked, it's undefined behavior."
I.M.O.G. - "Vaseline on Ivy Bridge is a bad idea. But not so bad of an idea that it can't be fixed with a torpedo heater, a dishwasher, an oven, and a few hours. "

\m/ OverClockers mATX L33T Club \m/ - Join Now! - My mITX Build
hokiealumnus is offline Author Profile Benching Profile Heatware Profile   QUOTE Thanks
Old 11-29-10, 09:45 AM   #12
hokiealumnus
Water Cooled Moderator
Overclockers.com Lead Editor

 
hokiealumnus's Avatar 

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Raleigh, NC

 
Article Update 11/29/10


Please note, this article has been updated from its original form with the changes below:

Regarding the Hydra chip, a note was added for clarification:

Author's Note: Please note for clarity, the Hydra chip offers "N mode" rather than "SLI". This is a good thing, in that you can combine different generations rather than being tied to identical cards as with SLI. So while you can run multiple NVIDIA cards, it is not "SLI".

The following paragraph had the bolded item added:

Not only are there two BIOSes to choose from, ASUS also gives you a BIOS Flashback option. You load a BIOS onto a USB thumb drive and push the ROG Connect button for two seconds and you've got a fresh-flashed BIOS chip. Even better, not only can you flash as easily as that, you can do it with no CPU, no memory and/or no graphics card; all you need is standby power. Nifty!

Regarding the RC Bluetooth option, this was added:

When not engaged for the overclocking tool, the Bluetooth module also allows normal Bluetooth connectivity to use for things like headphones, keyboards, mice, etc.

This was added in the power section:

Regarding the chokes, ASUS points out "The chokes used on the board are our new design which we have been using on our current ROG boards these offering significantly higher power performance which is important for sustained power delivery to the CPU when under load and extreme temperatures." By higher performance, they mean each choke has a 40 A current rating. This is quite a substantial increase over conventional chokes, which are rated for only 15 A. Photos of the parts side-by-side will help show what they look like (comparison photo.)

__________________

Enjoy benchmarks? Join the benching team! | New to water cooling? Read the Beginner's Guide to Water Cooling Your PC.

xsuperbgx - "As a wise man once said: "Less talky. More clocky."" | cyberfish - "When overclocked, it's undefined behavior."
I.M.O.G. - "Vaseline on Ivy Bridge is a bad idea. But not so bad of an idea that it can't be fixed with a torpedo heater, a dishwasher, an oven, and a few hours. "

\m/ OverClockers mATX L33T Club \m/ - Join Now! - My mITX Build
hokiealumnus is offline Author Profile Benching Profile Heatware Profile   QUOTE Thanks
Old 01-22-11, 04:22 AM   #13
magisterco
New Member



Join Date: Jan 2011

 
north bridge fan alert? =/


do you happen to know how to disable fan alert beep (internal speaker) on that motherboard?

I installed water blocks on my CPU and Mobo and ever since the mobo speaker constantly beeps from startup one solid continuous beep.

I tried disabling it from Bios and no luck, i think its because of the mobo fan.

just to make sure i plugged in my stock heatsink cpu fan to rule out the posibility it could be the cpu fan alert (maybe bugging out or something).

so i think its the NB fan being unplugged due to waterblock.

just to make sure, i went to hardware in bios and disabled fans so there wouldnt be any alerts.

please help me out if possible!

thanks
magisterco is offline   QUOTE Thanks
Old 01-22-11, 08:21 AM   #14
QuietIce
Disabled



Join Date: May 2006
Location: Anywhere but there

 
There's an AMD board with a FAN on it?!?!?
QuietIce is offline Author Profile   QUOTE Thanks
Old 01-22-11, 09:13 AM   #15
hokiealumnus
Water Cooled Moderator
Overclockers.com Lead Editor

 
hokiealumnus's Avatar 

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Raleigh, NC

 
I'm sorry magisterco, I haven't tried. Typically it should be in hardware monitor / fans. You may be able to set the chipset fan to 'ignore'. That's what works on the CPU fan on a CIVF anyway (I use a controller and don't have a fan plugged into the header, so it beeps telling me that). I've only used the CIVE for sub-zero benching after the review, so I can't boot up to it now unfortunately. Try the hardware monitoring / fan ignore route and see if that gets you anywhere.

Yep QI, it actually has a NB fan on it!

__________________

Enjoy benchmarks? Join the benching team! | New to water cooling? Read the Beginner's Guide to Water Cooling Your PC.

xsuperbgx - "As a wise man once said: "Less talky. More clocky."" | cyberfish - "When overclocked, it's undefined behavior."
I.M.O.G. - "Vaseline on Ivy Bridge is a bad idea. But not so bad of an idea that it can't be fixed with a torpedo heater, a dishwasher, an oven, and a few hours. "

\m/ OverClockers mATX L33T Club \m/ - Join Now! - My mITX Build
hokiealumnus is offline Author Profile Benching Profile Heatware Profile   QUOTE Thanks
Old 04-08-11, 03:12 AM   #16
gambz
Registered

 
gambz's Avatar 

Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Portugal

 
3d vision vs 3dhd


hi
i have a crosshair iii formula and a pair of sapphire 6870 and i really wanted to set up the eyefinity with 3d monitors, but i live in portugal and the 3d monitors for ati 3dhd must be well hidden
so, i was wondering if i can connect both 6870 and a nvidia gtx on this board. that way i could use both 6870 for processing and the nvidia gtx to 3dvision and physics.
is that possible with this mobo?
gambz is offline   QUOTE Thanks
Old 04-08-11, 07:43 AM   #17
hokiealumnus
Water Cooled Moderator
Overclockers.com Lead Editor

 
hokiealumnus's Avatar 

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Raleigh, NC

 
Good morning. It's certainly possible to run the two cards together with the Crosshair IV Extreme (due to the Lucid Hydra chip).

Unfortunately all I can speak to is that the cards will work. Whether having the GTX + 6870s combination working in NVIDIA's 3DVision & Physics the way you want is a wild card. I don't know enough about Lucid's functionality to determine whether the 6870s would actually be able to assist with processing 3D.

Oh, and welcome to OCF!

__________________

Enjoy benchmarks? Join the benching team! | New to water cooling? Read the Beginner's Guide to Water Cooling Your PC.

xsuperbgx - "As a wise man once said: "Less talky. More clocky."" | cyberfish - "When overclocked, it's undefined behavior."
I.M.O.G. - "Vaseline on Ivy Bridge is a bad idea. But not so bad of an idea that it can't be fixed with a torpedo heater, a dishwasher, an oven, and a few hours. "

\m/ OverClockers mATX L33T Club \m/ - Join Now! - My mITX Build
hokiealumnus is offline Author Profile Benching Profile Heatware Profile   QUOTE Thanks
Old 04-08-11, 02:01 PM   #18
gambz
Registered

 
gambz's Avatar 

Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Portugal

 
hum thats too bad cause i just cant find any ati 3dhd monitors....
thanks anyways
gambz is offline   QUOTE Thanks
Old 04-08-11, 02:04 PM   #19
hokiealumnus
Water Cooled Moderator
Overclockers.com Lead Editor

 
hokiealumnus's Avatar 

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Raleigh, NC

 
You could always sell your two cards and get a single GTX580.

__________________

Enjoy benchmarks? Join the benching team! | New to water cooling? Read the Beginner's Guide to Water Cooling Your PC.

xsuperbgx - "As a wise man once said: "Less talky. More clocky."" | cyberfish - "When overclocked, it's undefined behavior."
I.M.O.G. - "Vaseline on Ivy Bridge is a bad idea. But not so bad of an idea that it can't be fixed with a torpedo heater, a dishwasher, an oven, and a few hours. "

\m/ OverClockers mATX L33T Club \m/ - Join Now! - My mITX Build
hokiealumnus is offline Author Profile Benching Profile Heatware Profile   QUOTE Thanks
Old 04-08-11, 02:07 PM   #20
gambz
Registered

 
gambz's Avatar 

Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Portugal

 
and that would be good enough? i mean, idk nvidia very well but that single card can handle 5760x1080 res plus the 3d engine?
gambz is offline   QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


Overclockers Forums > Hardware > Motherboards > AMD Motherboards
AMD Motherboards
Forum Jump

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Mobile Skin
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:08 PM.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
You can add these icons by updating your profile information to include your Heatware ID, Benching Profile ID or your Folding/SETI profile ID. Edit your profile!
X

Welcome to Overclockers.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this the best community on the Internet since 1998!


(4 digit year)

Why Join Us?

  • Share experience
  • Max out your hardware
  • Best forum members anywhere
  • Customized forum experience

Already a member?