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ASUS Crosshair II Formula Review

ajmatson    -   June 24, 2008
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Conclusion:

I can see why ASUS created a separate Republic of Gamers entity for its top end motherboards, because they are simply outstanding. Performance is on par even when compared to another motherboard based on the same chipset. The ASUS Crosshair II is a top performer in the majority of the testing that was performed and it did so without any problems or hiccups whatsoever. The Crosshair II also performed better than the AMD 790FX board in the majority of the tests. The 780a chipset brings to the table a wealth of new features, including Triple SLI support for the AMD processors family and Hybrid SLI support when paired with a compatible discrete video card. The Crosshair is a marvelous board for people like me who overclock their hardware quite frequently. With the voltiminders, now I know if I am pushing my motherboard or other hardware too far with the possibility of cooking them just by looking at the board. Also, the ability to quickly clear the CMOS not only in one place but two is a dream come true and when paired with the on-board power and reset switches, I am in heaven.

While going over this review I tried to think of something that I disliked about the Crosshair II and for once, I cannot find anything that is a negative about it. The price is on the high side, but considering the performance the Crosshair II showed and the wealth of utilities, extras, and addons, it is justifiable since you do get what you pay for. Are there cheaper boards out there that offer great features at a lower price? Yea, but can you find one that has everything in one like this, including a killer sound card? Probably not. If you are into extreme overclocking or high end gaming, look into picking up this board and take over your competition. You will not be disappointed.

 

Pros:

  • Great performance
  • Supports Triple SLI
  • Outstanding overclocking tools
  • ASUS Stack Cool 2 design for temperature reduction
  • Hybrid SLI support
  • Integrated graphics with HDMI support
  • LCD poster for debugging
  • An external PCI Express x1 audio card for improved sound quality

 

Cons:

  • On the pricey side for a motherboard
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