TechSpot: Asus Crosshair IV Extreme review, Lucid HydraLogix inside

A few months ago, we reviewed a handful of budget AM3 motherboards and were surprised at the quality offered by sub-$100 products. Since AMD owns the entry-level CPU market, it only makes sense that there are plenty of affordable motherboards, but with the Phenom II X6 range gaining popularity, users are once again looking to invest big in the AM3 platform.

The Asus Crosshair IV Extreme is set to sell for $300, easily making it the most expensive AM3 product around and costing considerably more than the already opulent Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD7. With most high-end AM3 motherboards priced below $200, you have to wonder what is so special about Asus' offering.

Without beating around the bush, what separates the Crosshair IV Extreme apart from the pack is Asus' CrossLinx 3 technology. This allows users to mix and match multiple graphics cards from both AMD and Nvidia, including models of different GPU generations. CrossLinx 3 uses the Lucid HydraLogix engine, which bridges various graphics cards to enable their simultaneous usage.

Read: Asus Crosshair IV Extreme Review: Lucid HydraLogix inside

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If you read the review, the HydraLogix engine is pretty much garbage and doesn't even work in its current state

I've never liked SLi/Crossfire hardly any games benefit and some perform worse somehow, so this just seems like a bad selling point to me personally.

did they remove some heat sinks from the chipset and caps? it looks so barren. i got the rampage iii ex and it's so sexy in an acrylic case.

Izlude said,
did they remove some heat sinks from the chipset and caps? it looks so barren. i got the rampage iii ex and it's so sexy in an acrylic case.

Looks like they've taken those off in the photo above.

"This allows users to mix and match multiple graphics cards from both AMD and Nvidia, including models of different GPU generations."

Now that doesn't sound like a bad idea at all.

I can't image the driver issues with that.

ahhell said,
"This allows users to mix and match multiple graphics cards from both AMD and Nvidia, including models of different GPU generations."

Now that doesn't sound like a bad idea at all.

I can't image the driver issues with that.

Well if you do get the drivers right it would be awesome to be able to use multiple graphics cards from different companies. Your right though, they seem to always have driver issues, at least for me.