Asus has announced a nicely filled out lineup of 890FX based boards where just about everyone and their overclocking & gaming oriented dog should find something to their liking.
The main stars of Asus’ mobo offer were naturally the Crosshair IV series motherboards, Extreme and Formula editions, tailored for AM3 processors and boasting SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 for good measure.
Crosshair IV Formula is aimed at top of the line gaming and packs four PCI-Express 2.0 x16 and two PCI slots. It has six SATA 6Gbps ports as well as two SATA 3Gbps The board has 8+2 channel audio with SPDIF, gigabit Ethernet, FireWire, eSata, two USB 3.0 ports, plenty USB 2.0 ports, and pretty much all the bells and whistles.
The Crosshair IV Extreme builds on what Formula has to offer and adds high quality build aimed at pure overclocking performance, including voltage measure points, Super ML capacitors and much more. As you can see the board is pretty hefty and it packs four PCI-Express x16 slots, an open-ended PCI-Express 1.1 x4 and PCI slot. It has six SATA 6Gbps ports as well as extra SATA 3Gbps controllers.
Asus has something for mid-range as well as the company was showing its M4A89TD PRO, and this AM3 socket board features 10-phase VRM and supports up to 140W CPUs. It has two PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots, open-ended PCI-E 1.1 x4, a PCI-E x1 and two PCI slots. There is a total of six SATA 6 Gbps, courtesy of the SB850 southbridge and the board comes with Asus’ “Core Unlocker” switch, which makes unlocking physical cores easy. It has 7.1 channel audio, gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 connectivity.