Tuesday, March 2nd 2010

ASUS ROG Crosshair IV Formula and Extreme Motherboards Pictured

ASUS makes a return to the higher-end of the AMD platform with two motherboards in its elite Republic of Gamers (ROG) series, with the Crosshair IV Formula and Crosshair IV Extreme. Both motherboards are based on the AMD 890FX + SB850 chipset, and support socket AM3 processors. While the Crosshair IV Formula targets high-end gaming builds, the Crosshair IV Extreme goes all out to woo overclockers. The Crosshair IV Formula, to begin with, has six expansion slots, of which four are PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (operating at x8 when all are populated, or x16, NC, x16, NC), and two PCI slots. The SB850 southbridge gives out six SATA 6 Gb/s ports, while an additional controller gives out two 3 Gb/s ports (one being eSATA). The CPU is powered by a 10+2 phase VRM, with two phase memory power. Connectivity includes 8+2 channel audio with SPDIF connectivity, gigabit Ethernet, FireWire, eSATA, two USB 3.0 ports, and a number of USB 2.0 ports. The board supports the iROG feature, along with a host of other overclocker-friendly features.

The Crosshair IV Extreme, on the other hand, is probably the most complex motherboard for the AMD platform. Apart from overclocker-friendly features of the C-4 Formula, C-4 Extreme adds a wide range of electrical enhancements that include better power conditioning with Super ML capacitors, PWM circuitry, voltage measure points, ProbeIT feature, PCI-Express electrical control switches, iROG Bluetooth device control, physically redundant BIOS ROM chips, and a number of other features. The board itself is closer to being EATX sized. There are four PCI-Express x16 slots here too, but with 1U spacing between them. An open-ended PCI-Express 1.1 x4 and PCI make for the other slots. There are six SATA 6 Gb/s ports here, too, with additional SATA 3 Gb/s controllers, and connectivity largely identical to that of the C-4 Formula. We presume ASUS will release these two in late April, around the time when AMD rolls out its Phenom II X6 processors. Pictured in order (below) are the C-4 Formula and C-4 Extreme.


Images Courtesy: Tweakers.net, Lab501.ro
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38 Comments on ASUS ROG Crosshair IV Formula and Extreme Motherboards Pictured

#1
CDdude55
Crazy 4 TPU!!!
Very nice.:)
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#2
mtosev
good mobo for all you AMD fans :)
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#3
on_isk
Very2 nice..:rockout:
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#4
Kitkat
k my head just exploded, i expect to see our first UD7 too
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#5
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
Nice to see some AMD support again, would have been cool if the chipset cooling had some barbs though.
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#6
Kei
I have tears in my eyes right now.....but maybe there is a lot of dust in the air. ;)

Kei
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#7
Jstn7477
I wonder what onboard sound solution these will use with the absence of the SupremeFX audio riser. Good to see that ASUS is still developing enthusiast AMD motherboards. :)
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#8
X-TeNDeR
Hellooo, My new motherboard. :)
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#9
MKmods
Case Mod Guru
the formula IV is nice, I like how you can fit in a PCI sound card (on the Crosshair III it blocks the GPU fan)
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#10
H82LUZ73
thanks alot i just had cream in my pants.Man when are these bad boys coming out?
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#11
fochkoph
Still hoping for a Crosshair IV Gene. C'mon ASUS do it!
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#12
Kantastic
One grudge I have is that many of ASUS's high end boards have brown PCBs...
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#13
runnin17
Looks like this will be my next mobo, unless I come into some money and want to go i7 :)
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#14
Duffman
heh heh heh,

GoButton and Probe it

Is that Crosshair Formula really brown or just looks that way due to lighting? Most of Asus high end boards are black...
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#15
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
now if anyone needs to get this board....
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#17
kenkickr
by: Kei
I have tears in my eyes right now.....but maybe there is a lot of dust in the air. ;)

Kei
I had the same thought. Since I'm a Cubs fan red would look good with my color theme of blue.
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#18
Kitkat
by: cdawall
now if anyone needs to get this board....
hahahahahaha i was thinking about the extreme but my fortress 2 says ATX and below and i dont think im gonna quadfire anytime soon so lol i think its formula again i already have my III buyer ;)

by: Duffman
heh heh heh,

GoButton and Probe it

Is that Crosshair Formula really brown or just looks that way due to lighting? Most of Asus high end boards are black...
nah its the flash all there boards are golden - chocolate. In person they look black.
Crosshair III no flash.
http://www.motherboards.org/imageview.html?i=/images/reviews/motherboards/1911_p3_1.jpg

Crosshair III flash.
http://pc.watch.impress.co.jp/img/pcw/docs/170/158/asus3.jpg

ProbitProbitProbitProoooooobit....... premature overclock.
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#20
Duffman
maybe it's the AMD boards...

my Maximus Formula is definately Black
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#21
assaulter_99
Holy shiiite! They look so nice darn ROG boards rofl.
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#22
Kitkat
by: Duffman
maybe it's the AMD boards...

my Maximus Formula is definately Black
no... i explained a post above this one ^ they dont make black boards they are all chocolate some camera flash makes them appear that way below is crosshair 4 same board as above.

http://pc.watch.impress.co.jp/img/pcw/docs/352/378/html/ph03.jpg.html
yes they are "black" (but not really, none of them are.)
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#23
Duffman
The PCB is black, it's the copper circuits that make it look chocolate.
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#24
Kitkat
by: Duffman
The PCB is black, it's the copper circuits that make it look chocolate.
so u answered your own question after asking twice lol :roll:
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#25
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Hello my new board too, now which one to get. I like the formula's angle heat pipe/spreader deal, but that Extreme is just calling my name. I did notice that they have the dim slots with the far ends having the low profile locks, making it not interfere with long graphics cards.
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