Monday, May 10th 2010

ASUS ROG Crosshair IV Extreme Features Hydra

Following the apparently-successful launch of the ROG Crosshair IV Formula, ASUS is preparing the second, even-higher end offering under the Republic of Gamers (ROG) series for the socket AM3 platform, the Crosshair IV Extreme. First pictured and detailed in March, the Crosshair IV Extreme turned out to be a little more than just a beefier Crosshair IV Formula with a stronger VRM and more expansion slots; it has an important addition to its feature-set which was revealed after some websites pictured the board without its chipset heatsink. The Crosshair IV Extreme makes use of the Lucid Hydra engine, with a 32-lane Hydra bridge chip that supports 3~4 graphics cards. While the AMD 890FX isn't deficient of PCI-Express lanes, the addition of Hydra gives the motherboard the unique ability to mix and match graphics cards, with special modes for pairing ATI GPUs, NVIDIA GPUs, and ATI + NVIDIA GPUs. Another feature that got revealed with the heatsinks off is the CPU VRM, which makes use of no less than 11 independent phases, and a super ML capacitor that helps voltage tuning with high precision, and conditions CPU voltage better than conventional capacitors. ASUS may choose Computex as the ideal launch-vehicle for the Crosshair IV Extreme.
Source: Slashgear
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31 Comments on ASUS ROG Crosshair IV Extreme Features Hydra

#26
Kitkat
eidairaman1
What I am getting at is the fastest slots are used but those other slots right underneath get sacrificed because videocards are dual slot anymore, and Scaling beyond 2 goes downhill.
Its supposed to be blocked electrically it wont work. This post is more about the "Lucid Chip" and less about the motherboards features. So let me fill you in 4 of them run at 16X Yes 4, not 2 like yours. Like i said all the features aren't listed here so maybe you didn't know that. Anyway motherboard makers know about the spacing this when looking at a board u know what slots will be blocked. Its as optimized as it going to get so i dont know what u mean about that. People continue to say that about every board but dont stop to think.

If your only going to crossfire ud still have 2 16X PCIE free + PCI for a sound card or anything else. Thats if u use the first 2... And since 4 of them run at 16X you woudlnt have to use the first 2 to crossfire. You could use the next 2 down. The switches AT THE TOP of the board next to the buttons turn them on and off. Since u can do this to 4, scaling wouldn't go down. And the on-board sound this one is the full Supreme FX (no bs). Theres no reason to add a card.

You wouldn't buy this kind of motherboard to be server or full media center ect. "using all the ports" They have motherboards for that, ppl who trifire/quadfire have one thing on there mind. People who buy boards like this OC for fun or game. Its a monster board.
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#27
Marineborn
nice motherboard, im glad i held off on the intial im getting this one instead and jamming some shitty low end nvidida card in there to get some physx for the 7 games that support it. lol
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#28
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
I still prefer a Sound Card over Onboard audio. But from what you are saying I Could use those top 2 slots and then the rest for other devices or spread the cards out and use a Long Crossfire Cable? I intend on running a 1090T BE, 5870- possibly 2, Sound card, possibly a Raid Controller and a network controller. Since Server Market don't have enthusiast Class Products for 2 way CPUs and overclocking with expansion that anyone could dream about with DDR3, I gotta settle for this stuff.

Kitkat
Its supposed to be blocked electrically it wont work. This post is more about the "Lucid Chip" and less about the motherboards features. So let me fill you in 4 of them run at 16X Yes 4, not 2 like yours. Like i said all the features aren't listed here so maybe you didn't know that. Anyway motherboard makers know about the spacing this when looking at a board u know what slots will be blocked. Its as optimized as it going to get so i dont know what u mean about that. People continue to say that about every board but dont stop to think.

If your only going to crossfire ud still have 2 16X PCIE free + PCI for a sound card or anything else. Thats if u use the first 2... And since 4 of them run at 16X you woudlnt have to use the first 2 to crossfire. You could use the next 2 down. The switches AT THE TOP of the board next to the buttons turn them on and off. Since u can do this to 4, scaling wouldn't go down. And the on-board sound this one is the full Supreme FX (no bs). Theres no reason to add a card.

You wouldn't buy this kind of motherboard to be server or full media center ect. "using all the ports" They have motherboards for that, ppl who trifire/quadfire have one thing on there mind. People who buy boards like this OC for fun or game. Its a monster board.
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#29
Kitkat
no.... u can use any 2.. any .. read it again.... and its true supreme FX unless your speakers are suck it wont mater. ... 6 of them are sata6 native wont matter.. ud still have 3 pcie left after crossfire.
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#30
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
I might grab this board or the Gigabyte UD7- Unless if DFI rises from the ashes with a Bad ass product like yesterday.
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#31
Wile E
Power User
Kitkat
Its supposed to be blocked electrically it wont work. This post is more about the "Lucid Chip" and less about the motherboards features. So let me fill you in 4 of them run at 16X Yes 4, not 2 like yours. Like i said all the features aren't listed here so maybe you didn't know that. Anyway motherboard makers know about the spacing this when looking at a board u know what slots will be blocked. Its as optimized as it going to get so i dont know what u mean about that. People continue to say that about every board but dont stop to think.

If your only going to crossfire ud still have 2 16X PCIE free + PCI for a sound card or anything else. Thats if u use the first 2... And since 4 of them run at 16X you woudlnt have to use the first 2 to crossfire. You could use the next 2 down. The switches AT THE TOP of the board next to the buttons turn them on and off. Since u can do this to 4, scaling wouldn't go down. And the on-board sound this one is the full Supreme FX (no bs). Theres no reason to add a card.

You wouldn't buy this kind of motherboard to be server or full media center ect. "using all the ports" They have motherboards for that, ppl who trifire/quadfire have one thing on there mind. People who buy boards like this OC for fun or game. Its a monster board.
Yes there is. Supreme FX is junk. Not really any better than standard on-board. A real enthusiast sound card is still better in every way.

Agree with all else.
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