Overclock3D: "At last the 30th September has arrived; at the beginning of the month we received Asus' range topping Crosshair IV Extreme motherboard. Within just a few days we released another article, which confirmed the rumours that surrounded the motherboard last May. Sadly there was only so much we could mention due to the strict Non Disclosure Agreement issued by Asus, but thankfully today is the big day. As of this morning it should be possible to purchase one of these supposed gems, but after days of testing, what do we think of it?"
The last motherboard for AMD platforms that supports SLI is based on the Nvidia 980a chipset. There are few motherboards on the market with the 980a chipset that support the AM3 socket, and they are already becoming outdated due to the lack of SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 support. The ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme is the only one that combines these new features and CrossFireX and SLI support via the third party chipset.
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.