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Asus Crosshair Motherboard Review


Moving on up to the CPU socket. It looks tight, but there is actually a surprising amount of space around the socket itself.  The heatsinks that are attached to the heatpipe system reside off to the side, as well as above the CPU socket, though with enough room for most aftermarket coolers. As most coolers these days are tending to be taller, there should not be any issues. 

This motherboard makes use of the 8 pin power connector to supply the extra juice that this board will need, though it looks as if it will also take the standard 4pin connector.  The back I/O of this board is definitely loaded to bear. A LCD screen, as well as 2 Gigabit LAN ports and even 2 e-SATA ports! The LCD screen displays information as the machine boots, so in the event that you are having issues, you can check which step the computer is hung up on to help make your troubleshooting issues that much easier. 

The back of the board is pretty basic: a bunch of pins and the CPU back plate. It does not look like there will be any issues if you should need to change this back plate, as from what I can tell, there does not seem to be any large surface mounted objects back there. 

And saving the best for last. This motherboard has added a Clear CMOS button!  With a simple push of the button, you can clear the CMOS of the board. This will no doubt come in handy if you are overclocking.

Something that kind of came as a shock to me was that they have done away with the second IDE channel. There is now only one IDE channel on this board, which could be an issue if someone still has a few IDE drives that they want to use. After having done a fairly in-depth study of this board, I was excited to install it and get to the testing!

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