Latest Republic of Gamers motherboard has Lucid Hydra chip


— 11:38 AM on October 1, 2010

Have you ever thought that Asus' high-end Republic of Gamers motherboards weren't quite... extreme enough? If so, you're in luck, because the company has just added a new model dubbed the ROG Crosshair IV Extreme. Behold:

The Extreme's quite a looker, and the heatsinks are particularly badass. As you can see, the board features an AM3 socket. An AMD 890FX/SB850 chipset combo takes care of core-logic duties behind the scenes, and there are no fewer than five physical PCI Express x16 slots. Why so many? Because a Lucid Hydra chip allows users to mix and match GPUs from different manufacturers.

Taking a page from Gigabyte's playbook, the Crosshair IV Extreme supports remote Bluetooth overclocking via an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. It also has a secondary backup BIOS, and the BIOS can be flashed without plugging in a CPU, graphics card, or memory. As one might expect, USB 3.0 and 6Gbps Serial ATA ports are included along with all the extras you'd expect on a premium mobo.

Newegg already has the Extreme in stock, but it's not cheap. The board is currently listed at $300, which is $4 more than AMD's Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition CPU. It ain't easy being a high-end AMD motherboard.

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