Dopo averla mostrata in occasione del CeBIT 2010 ad Hannover in Germania, ASUS ha annunciato ufficialmente la motherboard di fascia alta, orientata sia gamer che agli overclocker, denominata Crosshair IV Formula. Si tratta di una scheda madre che va ad ampliare la ben nota linea ASUS Republic of Gamers, o ROG, che sappiamo essere dedicata a coloro che cercano prestazioni senza compromessi.
La Crosshair IV Formula è basata sulla coppia di chipset AMD 890FX (northbridge) e SB850 (southbridge) ed è dotata di
supporto per i processori AMD con socket AM3, tra cui anche i chip six-core Phenom II X6, per i quali è stato integrato uno
stadio di alimentazione a 10 fasi.
Può gestire fino a quattro DIMM DDR3 1866 (OC), DDR3 1600 (OC), DDR3 1333 o DDR3 1066MHz in modalità dual-channel e ospita
tre slot PCI-Express x16 (configurabili in modalità dual x16 o in triple @ x16, x8, x8) con supporto della tecnologia ATI CrossFireX e uno slot PCI-Express x4, oltre a due PCI 2.2.
Le sei porte SATA 6Gb/s, o SATA III, di cui questa mobo è dotata possono lavorare in modalità RAID 0, 1, 5 e 10; la Crosshair
IV Formula include inoltre due porte USB 3.0 e un sottosistema audio SupremeFX X-Fi a 8 canali e EAX 4.0 compliant.
Tra le feature e le tecnologie supportate ASUS cita, tra l'altro, ROG Connect, GameFirst, Core Unlocker, Turbo Key II, MemOK!, CPU Level Up, Extreme Tweaker, iROG, Loadline Calibration e Voltiminder LED.
Il maker non ha ancora reso noto l'MSRP del prodotto.
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brand new Crosshair IV Formula from ASUS Republic of Gamers, or ROG,
ups the ante for everyone with an interest in gaming. Hardcore
hobbyists stand to benefit from a wealth of indulgent performance
upgrades to better their odds of domination, while mainstream gamers
can expect a new look on what makes the pastime so thrilling.
Core principles behind the conception of the Crosshair IV Formula
include meticulous attention to detail and listening to community
feedback. With an eye-catching design, the Crosshair IV Formula boasts
ROG Connect for instant tweaking and monitoring of gaming rigs, a
user-friendly overclocking interface Turbo Key II and proprietary ASUS
technologies Core Unlocker and GameFirst. All these guarantee
tremendous success with top-line gaming PCs, as the new board offers
exhilarating foundations to build upon.
Those bent on ruling the game have just found the new motherboard to
beat—resistance is futile.
Aboard the Gaming Express
The Crosshair IV Formula deploys the latest chipset architecture from
AMD, opening up the most current performance CPUs on the market.
Enabling processors to come into their own is exactly what a good
motherboard does, and the new Crosshair achieves this in several
ways—not least ROG Connect, a built-in overclocking engine
that maximizes benchmark scores by tuning and monitoring from a remote
PC via USB, like a notebook. This way users can overclock while
benchmarking, so all resources remain available to better performance.
ROG Connect also serves as an in-depth monitoring
tool—gearheads can easily obtain readings to see the effects
mods such as overvolting have on their system.
ASUS and Republic of Gamers are proud to announce Core Unlocker, an
exclusive technology praised by worldwide media, to inject great value
and performance into gaming setups. It’s well known many CPUs
come with multiple cores deactivated during fabrication, and Core
Unlocker brings those back to life. Users simply have to press one
button on the board and the AMD CPU placed in the socket goes through a
physical scan in search of dormant cores. Dual core CPUs can become
triples or quads in minutes, with obvious computing horsepower benefits.
Naturally, the more cores available the bigger the overclocking
threshold—gamers everywhere rejoice.
Speaking of thresholds, the Crosshair IV Formula comes with the latest
version of Turbo Key II, an auto-tuning routine that lets users engage,
sit back, reap the benefits then rule their game with untold
Turbo Key II runs extensive overclocking automatically, detecting
hardware tolerances and testing them to ensure stability. The excellent
thermal design of the new Crosshair IV Formula means there’s
quite a lot of envelope pushing to be done safely, guaranteeing
impressive gains. Once more, all users need to do is press the O.C
button on the board and let the technology take it from there.
with the Flow
Multiplayer has become the norm, and gamers demand smooth connections
to deliver uninterrupted action. The reality, however, is that many
still don’t enjoy optimized broadband, which is why ASUS has
conjured GameFirst. This smart solution works with the
board’s networking pipeline to prioritize bandwidth,
eliminate lag and lower latency.
Gaming applications get top access to resources on the hardware
level—so online play becomes faster, more fluid and
infinitely less frustrating. At the same time, other applications can
work in the background without draining speed from mission critical
Storage comes in the form of six SATA 6GB/s and three SATA 3GB/s, ample
room for growth and saving all the newest and biggest game titles.
Also, the Crosshair IV Formula includes two USB 3.0 ports, which are
much faster than USB 2.0 in every way. There’s also HD audio
from integrated SupremeFX X-Fi, fully EAX 4.0 compliant and ready to
make those intense engagements roar with clear surround sound.
Thoughtful, relevant features that promote fun and satisfying
gaming—look no further than the new Crosshair IV Formula from
Source: ASUS Press Release