Crosshair IV Extreme
We already saw this model in an early form at the CeBIT. Milan at that time was a bit mysterious about the details and specs and it is shown now why. There was no word from Asus back then regarding creating a board with the Lucid Hydra chip. The Extreme board was going to be just a souped up version of the Formula IV, with some extra gimmicks to please the enthusiast crowd.
This was the shot of the CeBIT board
This is the layout we got presented last Friday :
Not that many differences to spot, just the Lucid Hydra chip is clear now. One extra PCI-E slot, some parts moved position.
The Lucid Hudra seems to have come along way, early numbers we saw at CeBIT were not that impressive. For those that are not aware what the Hydra chips does or can do: It enables the user to mix different brands ( read ATI from 4xxx series and Nvidia cards from 9 series range on ) and still configure some sort of Crossfire/SLI Hybrid between the card, in theory giving a healty boost in performance. What it also does is enable SLI on an AMD platform without the need of a hacked driver.
A close up on the little chip that does it all. Hopefully the chip drivers have evolved so that the performance is there. Question unanswered was are there gonan be two versions of this board, one with and one without Lucid ? Only time will tell...
Some more technical slides, virtually anything is possible now with Hydra...
Asus explained also a little bit more on their own implementation of the AMD Turbo technology. Without any words here are some screens on the subject.
Good thing is that this Asus technology is also available for non Hexacore CPU's. Performance check on that matter in the upcoming Crosshair IV article