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

#2
H82LUZ73
Kitkat said:
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 ;)



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.
That is Black PCB but the stacker cooler is copper so it bleeds through the boards when using the flash.I see it on my M3A79 a lot when i use my camera.
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Kitkat
H82LUZ73 said:
That is Black PCB but the stacker cooler is copper so it bleeds through the boards when using the flash.I see it on my M3A79 a lot when i use my camera.
yeah i figured it was the flash (which i stated before) too i have a crosshair 3 (color is color) it wasnt a question of coper vs pcb, but weather it "looked" and he answered his own question. so im left confused. anyways i want the formula of the 2 has to be now because my fortress II case says ATX and below :( but i didnt need to quad fire anyway

WarEagleAU said:
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.
yeah i dont like the middle part of the extreme looks like "patchwork" plus i duno i wish it was ATX but u know its gonna be 300 and the others gonna be 249 im sure. Here are some picks with the lights on too so u can see it and the Audio in the board

http://www.xfastest.com/cms/?dp-bbsthread-37505.html

have yet to see the gigabytes the only other trump i can see UD 5 6 7 should be 3. maybe 2 at showing but i hope to see first UD7 amd. If it dosnt seem cool then def the formula
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#4
fullinfusion
1.21 Gigawatts
cdawall said:
now if anyone needs to get this board....
I say, Hmmmm :rolleyes:
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#5
H82LUZ73
Kitkat said:
yeah i figured it was the flash (which i stated before) too i have a crosshair 3 (color is color) it wasnt a question of coper vs pcb, but weather it "looked" and he answered his own question. so im left confused. anyways i want the formula of the 2 has to be now because my fortress II case says ATX and below :( but i didnt need to quad fire anyway



yeah i dont like the middle part of the extreme looks like "patchwork" plus i duno i wish it was ATX but u know its gonna be 300 and the others gonna be 249 im sure. Here are some picks with the lights on too so u can see it and the Audio in the board

http://www.xfastest.com/cms/?dp-bbsthread-37505.html

have yet to see the gigabytes the only other trump i can see UD 5 6 7 should be 3. maybe 2 at showing but i hope to see first UD7 amd. If it dosnt seem cool then def the formula
I was referring to this comment
One grudge I have is that many of ASUS's high end boards have brown PCBs...
I see a lot of since ASUS went the 3-4 layer copper STACKER COOLER route.
Most of the guys buying the boards don`t realize it is the STACKER COOLER(ALL That Copper) that shows the PCB as dark Brown. Is what I was saying .
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Kitkat
H82LUZ73 said:
I was referring to this comment
One grudge I have is that many of ASUS's high end boards have brown PCBs...
I see a lot of since ASUS went the 3-4 layer copper STACKER COOLER route.
Most of the guys buying the boards don`t realize it is the STACKER COOLER(ALL That Copper) that shows the PCB as dark Brown. Is what I was saying .
oh i see yeah some of there boards look chocolate with no flash but the ROGs are jet black to the naked eye in a well lit place, my III is jet black. and most of the other picks not theese press ones ive seen it looked the same way at press time but other CBIT photos show it as black (interesting note too they pulled the maxius from the floor recently???? i read that someplace yesterday trying to find the article i hope it still coming out i cant get the extreme lol (dont need case wont fit dont need... dont need 50 usd more im sure.)
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#7
runnin17
Any idea on expected release date?
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#8
GSquadron
Hello!
Anyone here knows when this motherboard will be released and at least a price opinion?
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#12
exodusprime1337
sold, holy shit i've been wanting to step up from the m2, m3, m4 series boards to a crosshair, andthis is gonna be the one. OMG it looks so sexy and it'll look even more sexy in my obsidian(cause it's the only case that can hold that thing lawl.
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#13
GSquadron
Well, what is the usual price difference between formula and extreme?
If smth is sold in $ in USA here is sold in euros :(
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