Reviews and Problems with Asus Crosshair IV Extreme
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Out of Box Issues
Christopher J., Newegg
3 May 2012
Summary: I dont rate 5/5 as perfect, to mean it means it exceeded my expectations and did not have any issues. The drivers you get on the disk are as up to date as the ones on the website for the on board NIC. If ASUS had released an updated driver within a couple months of my purchase, would have been 5/5
Pros: Read the specs, you will see them all right there.
Cons: One huge glaring out of box issue, it is prone to a network driver BSOD crash. After a year of checking for something a bit more substantial than beta drivers, i looked for a few hours to find an Intel update to the drivers which has fixed all my system issues.
Summary: More of a user error. The blue-tooth chip they package comes SEPARATELY. Make sure, if you want bluetooth, to install it before you do ANYTHING with this board. I hadn't noticed it was separate and I had to take the other motherboard out just to put the chip in. Again, more of my problem.
Pros: This motherboard is just pretty to look at. But what impresses me is the overclocking features. This was MADE for overclockers, literally. I mean it!
Cons: I've been having an issue with my network controller. I don't know if it's a driver issue, or a hardware problem. I went and bought an aftermarket network controller and I've yet to have another BSOD like I was before. But whatever.
Summary: "first week I got issue of bluescreen but after I found message from microsoft 'answers' forum its said need update Intel ethernet drivers. I went to Asus website and download the file into my document and saved it.
Pros: Awesome Overclocking board hyrologix is the bee's knee's
Cons: Same Issue as previous poster, blue screen of death first week. Happens when you try to watch a youtube video or anything network intensive.
Summary: Other then the blue screens. the system runs as I expected. However, I am starting to get ticked by the constant errors that arise from the "unknown." If this continues I will return this item.
Pros: Great features, performance. An open world of possibilities allowing you to utilize ATI and Nvidia graphics.
Cons: Unfortunately, I've had several blue screens since I built my system which was recently (4/23/2011) been getting blue screens most of the times. Either caused by memory, IRQL, system, LAN, and many others. Hope that Asus address this huge problem with the mainboard. Otherwise it will hunt them back.
Summary: Asus tech support, by the way, is in the U.S. Sometimes it's pretty darned good, sometimes it is awful. However Asus does honor its warranties, which is good news.
Pros: Asus announced in mid-March that this board will work with the forthcoming AMD Bulldozer CPUs that, according to initial reports, run 150% faster than comparable Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs. Now I can't vouch for the veracity of the speed tests, but the full article on compatibility with the new Bull...
Cons: You will need to use the 3012 BIOS -- which Asus warns should be used only with AM3+ CPUs -- do NOT use an AM3 or AM2 CPU with this BIOS. Not really a "con," but you've got to put something in this field.
Summary: Hydralogix is pretty cool stuff. READ THE INSTRUCTIONS. 3x SLI is possible or 4x Crossfire is possible. 4x SLI is NOT POSSIBLE. You CAN run a combo of both nVidia & ATI cards, or even different model cards (eg; GTX 275 + GTX 460), or even different models and different manufacturers.
Pros: *Running two GTX 470s in SLI, enough space between them to keep both of them cool. *Works with OCZ Revodrive, can use as a bootable PCIE drive. *Works with ADATA 2x4GB 2000MHz DDR3 Ram, running at 2000MHz. *Plenty of space around the processor for just about any type CPU cooling. *Tons of fan hea...
Cons: *tRC setting is maxed out at 41. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT, and may determine compatibility with ram. Corsair Dominator GT, Patriot Viper Extreme, and others that are set above 41 will BSOD until the cows come home!! *Northbridge runs hott! If you want to run your CPU @ 4.0+GHz w/ 2000 MHz or higher...
Summary: The below LAN NIC fixed worked for me, no guarantee it will work for everyone. LAN NIC fix for Windows 7 64 bit: 1. Download driver version (126.96.36.1993) from ASUSTeK Computer Inc.-Support, extract all the files from the downloaded zip file to a folder of your choosing. 2.
Pros: Awesome board, great overclocking capability.
Cons: Lousy LAN NIC BSOD during streaming video, would have been 5 eggs if not for the LAN NIC
Summary: Moral of the story: great board with a lot of nice features, but you might need to be prepared to play with the screws a lot, and definitely don't overtighten them.
Pros: Extremely powerful board, the onboard raid and SCSI chips are fast and seamless, and the disk I/O handler is incredible, I've rarely seen boards that can handle two simultaneous copy operations between drives on the system, with both copies holding steady at 140-150mbps. Keeps itself cool, and th...
Cons: The board is quite touchy with the tightness of the screws (or at least it was for me). This my twelth OEM build, and I have never had to spend so much time tinkering with screw tightness to make it work. When I first went to start it up, all the lights would light up, except for the bios (which ...
Cons: but I bought a PCI-E Revodrive x2 to run as boot device and ASUS offers ZERO support for their TOP OF THE LINE AMD MOBO. ASUS has DOZENS of Motherboards that support the superfast PCI-E SSD Revodrive x2... you would think that six months after launching their PREMIER AMD MOBO that there would be ...
Summary: There are a lot of optional bits and pieces, and if it's your first time building a PC, it can be overwhelming at first before you realize that certain things aren't necessary to install, such as the thermal sensors.
Pros: This motherboard is incredible. It has plenty of expansion slots as well as SATA ports, meaning you can attach drives to your heart's content. It comes with built-in Bluetooth and surround sound compatibility, all of which work excellent. This is an excellent motherboard if you are planning on bu...
Cons: The Intel ethernet adapter on the motherboard has been a cause of numerous BSOD errors. This isn't an isolated problem, but rather a widespread issue that can be caused by drivers. You can either try to finagle with the drivers, which is a pain, or you can install a wireless internet PCI/PCI-expr...