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ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme 890FX motherboard sighted

Harnessing Lucid's Hydra for multi-GPU goodness
By Steve Dougherty from May 10, 2010 @ 7:48 CDT

Looking out for the cream of the crop when it comes to choosing an 890FX powered motherboard for your new six-core Phenom II? - ASUS have quite the candidate in store with the Crosshair IV Extreme which the folks at Slashgear managed to get a bunch of pictures and info about.




In case you're a little confused in thinking this board was already released last month, that was the Formula; the Extreme is similar in many aspects, but it gives one main advantage. This board sports LucidLogix's Hydra chip which gives much more flexible multi-GPU support and does away with cross-vendor restrictions.




There are no less than five PCIe x16 slots on this board to further add to the multi-GPU flexibility this board provides and it comes with a stack of other overclocking and enthusiast oriented trinkets. These include support for ASUS RoG Connect (with Bluetooth remote control), hardware buttons on the motherboard to control BIOS settings on the fly, one touch automatic overclocking with Turbo Key II and of course, ASUS' Core Unlocker feature that will unlock more cores on dual, triple and quad core processors.




Rounding out the feature set, you also get six SATA 6Gbps ports (and another three SATA 3Gbps ones), USB 3.0, Gigabit ethernet and 7.1 audio.




No word on pricing or availability just yet.



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