Asus Crosshair CROSSHAIR Desktop Motherboard - NVIDIA Chipset - Socket AM2 PGA-940

1 x Processor Support - 8 GB - 800 MHz Memory Speed Supported - 4 x Memory Slots - Floppy Controller, Serial ATA/300, Ultra ATA/133 ATA-7 - 7.1 Audio Channels - Gigabit - MPN: CROSSHAIR
Product Details
Description
The CROSSHAIR Desktop Board consists only the best of the best. Offer's the best hardware engineering, the fastest performance, the most innovating ideas, and we welcome the best gamers to join in. In the Republic of Gamers, mercy rules are only for the weak, and bragging rights means everything. If your character matches our trait, then join the elite club, make your presence felt, in the Republic of Gamers.
Quick Glance
System Board Style ATX
Supported Processor Athlon 64, Athlon 64 FX, Athlon 64 X2, Opteron, Sempron
Interface Connection Audio Line In Yes, Audio Line Out Yes, Microphone Port Yes, S/PDIF Yes, Network (RJ-45) Yes
Number of Memory Slots 4
Processor Socket Socket AM2 PGA-940
System Chipset nVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP
Memory Technology DDR2 SDRAM
Number of PCI-Express x16 Slots 2
Expert Reviews
Asus Crosshair
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 27, 2008

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User Reviews
Great Board
5 Star Review   By member Inestimable - Sep 25, 2008   

Strengths: Stable performance, reliability, and a lot of extras.

Weakness: None to speak of.

Have really enjoyed this MB. I am running an AMD 6000 X2 with 2 Gig Ram, and had it overclocked to 3.15 GHz. I have had it almost a year and a half with no issues. Running a RAID 0+1 set up, with 7600GT Graphics card. While this is no longer cutting edge, it is still a great performer and has been reliable. Have not used SLI, but nice to know I could set it up.

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Nice Motherboard, but price a bit steep...
4 Star Review   By member valpoaj - Apr 13, 2008   

Strengths: LCD readout; good design; easy installation; Q-connector a nice bonus

Weakness: Price has not gone down over past year, making this motherboard a bit more costly than some of its peers

Had a tough decision to purchase this mo-bo since it was still $230. However, had no problems whatsoever when booting up for the first time and with updating the BIOS. Credit the built in cooling system for helping to keep my Athlon 6400+ at a reasonable temperature with the stock fan/heatsink combination. Q-connector was pretty handy and made the installation slightly easier. Not a no-brainer of a purchase, since there are mo-bos out there that would perform almost as well for less coin, but this is still one of the best products out there for AMD users.

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Solid Borad from Asus
5 Star Review   By member Octets - Jun 20, 2007   

Strengths: Stability, overclocking ability, LED board lighting

Weakness: CPU speed & RAM speed are linked together (i.e., unable to manually change the FSB/DDR ratio)

For few year I stopped using ASUS for motherboards because of some bad experiences. However, deciding now to give them another chance i am glad i did. The board not only has been rock solid, it also sustained my overclocking and occasional mishaps in that regards. I should also add that it is performing flawlessly with my ATI X1950 card. this used to be an issue with nForce based boards. The board also comes with 6 Nvidia SATA2 ports (and 2 external SATA2 ports). the Nivida ports can be individually configured for RAID/non-RAID. Using these ports, I am running 2 different RAID-1 arrays and 1 single non-RAID SATA2 HDD. overall, i am quite pleased with this board. something i could not say for the previous 3 boards i got from other manufacturers.

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Slick motherboard
5 Star Review   By member edthemag - May 19, 2007   

Strengths: Love the lighted back panel connections! This baby is LOADED with geek goodies. Super for OC'ers.

Weakness: Price seems a little steep until you consider what you getting.

If the back of your system is in the dark then the lighted back panel alone may be enough to sell you on this MB. You can even check the time while your back there. Plenty of SATA plugs w/raid. Super fast

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almost there
5 Star Review     

Strengths: cant figure out what makes it perfect?

Weakness: no SLI support between 2 mobo's. id like to connect another one :-)

Asus Crosshair,xfx Geforce 8800gtX,2x ocz dual module titanium alpha ddr2 1000,amd dual core. OVERCLOCKABLE need i say more all i need is another gtX 4 SLI that scares me....

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The coolest AMD motherboard in existance!
5 Star Review   By member Luke Spragg - Jan 24, 2007   

Strengths: LCD error posting panel, LED plug indicators, cool, overclocking ability, expandable, 8GB RAM limit!

Weakness: It doesn't make ice cream or candy... :'(

I would highly recommend this board to any avid gamer or geek looking for an extreme motherboard that is easy to overclock and beautiful to the eye. This motherboard is packed full of powerful features as well as plenty of eye candy that will keep you drooling for hours on end. I myself was drawn to the unique LCD poster on the back and the LED plug indicators. There are many other features as well such as the heat pipe and being able to pack 8GB of RAM into this sucker! I am only using 2GB right now due to lack of spending money, but I would max it out if I could and enjoy the hickup-free system and smooth ride. Pop in a DirectX 10 card and then you are all set for loads of fun, exciting gaming and movies. I give it two thumbs up and 5 stars.

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Good price, great board!
5 Star Review   By member CBFREEMAN - Jan 11, 2007   

Strengths: LCD posting, LED board lighting, overclocking ability.

Really good all around board with lot's of goodies! This board is truelly one of the few good all around boards with plenty of potential. Recommend it to anyone looking to build a new system on a budget.

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Amazing.
5 Star Review   By Tnorton776 on Mwave.com - Dec 13, 2006   

Strengths: Extreme Speed Speed Speed SPEED/Accessibility/layout/Temp cooling/590 SLI/ 8 GIGS OF FREAKIN RAM!!!

Weakness: How my knees get every time I turn on my computer because it is a babe. Sexy sexy sexy.

This mother board is the Top Snot. I purchased it along with a 5000 + windsdor Socket AM2 AMD X2 / Geforce 7950 GT / 2 Kingston DDR2 EXtreme 1066 mhz (and even though this mother board says it doesnt support 1066 ram it works on mine just fine, runs it in 800 mhz mode.) My computer is a rockin knockin speed devil from hell, everything I bought including this Crosshair motherboard is working like a lucky charm, and fast fast fast!!! Did I say fast? I can play Medieval II with 7000 + units all graphics set to Highest available setting and still get 15 - 30 FPS, not even using 2 GT 7950's for dual SLI. Highly, Highly recommended. Web pages open instantly, Downloads are insanely fast, Photo shop renders/Cubase music Renders are all insanely fast as well. I rendered a higly multiple sound bit poly phony (several instruments at the same time) 12 minute song in Cubase and FL studio pro 6 at 256 sinc depth (which is supposdly very high quality but VERY SLOW to render) and it only took my computer about 5 freaking minutes. Do you understand how fast this is. On my old computer that song took almost half an entire day to render. (12 hours). Just make sure you lay your contacts correctly while installing the board so you dont fry it, cause that would be a crime against computer - ity.

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Crosshair MB
1 Star Review   By member RRhoads - Sep 8, 2006   

Strengths: Wouldn'T know can't get system to post keep getting error message.

Weakness: Doesn't Work, lots of bells and whistles, but they don't ring or sing a tune

Brand new board, Brand new CPU, Brand new system. Called customer support at ASUS got the usual runaround finally talked to a tech, and much to my surprise he couldn't help me but he did tell me that they are having a problem with the bios chips on these new boards. So he transferred me to a voice mail so i can order a new bios chip and a new beta version chip, i was also informed that i will have to pay for these chips! WAIT i have to pay for their screw up. Would not recommend this board to anybody Googled the board and found plenty of problems from other users. Piece of crap!!!!!!!

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Product Details
Description
The CROSSHAIR Desktop Board consists only the best of the best. Offer's the best hardware engineering, the fastest performance, the most innovating ideas, and we welcome the best gamers to join in. In the Republic of Gamers, mercy rules are only for the weak, and bragging rights means everything. If your character matches our trait, then join the elite club, make your presence felt, in the Republic of Gamers.
Quick Glance
System Board Style ATX
Supported Processor Athlon 64, Athlon 64 FX, Athlon 64 X2, Opteron, Sempron
Interface Connection Audio Line In Yes, Audio Line Out Yes, Microphone Port Yes, S/PDIF Yes, Network (RJ-45) Yes
Number of Memory Slots 4
Processor Socket Socket AM2 PGA-940
System Chipset nVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP
Memory Technology DDR2 SDRAM
Number of PCI-Express x16 Slots 2
Summary
Product Title Asus Crosshair CROSSHAIR Desktop Motherboard - NVIDIA Chipset - Socket AM2 PGA-940
Manufacturer Asus
Power Score 4.3 | 10 Reviews
CPU + Northbridge Support
Maximum Number of Processors: 1
Bus Speed: 1000 MHz
Memory Support
Max System Memory: 8 GB
Connectors
Number of IDE Headers: 1
Number of Fan Connectors: 8
Number of PCI-Express x4 Slots: 1
Number of Serial ATA Headers / Ports: 6
Number of PCI Slots: 3
On-Board Headers: Onboard Audio Header Yes, Onboard S/PDIF Header Yes
Additional Features
Video Bus: PCI
Network Interfaces Included: Ethernet (10 Mbps), Ethernet (10/100 Mbps), Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps) Yes
Supported Audio Channels: 7.1 Channels
Controller Type: Floppy Controller, Serial ATA/300, Ultra ATA/133 (ATA-7)
Audio Codec: Analog Devices 1988B
Physical Specifications
Width: 12 in
Depth: 9.60 in
Warranty
Warranty Information: 3 Year Limited
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Number of S/PDIF Out Ports: 2
Onboard S/PDIF Header: Yes
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports: 3
Product Series: Republic of Gamers
S/PDIF: Yes
Dimensions: 12" Width x 9.60" Depth
Onboard LEDs Header: Yes
Total Number of FireWire/i.LINK Ports: 1
Microphone Port: Yes
Onboard Audio Header: Yes
Slots: 2 x PCI Express x16, 3 x PCI, 1 x PCI Express x4
Total Number of PCI Express Slots: 3
Network (RJ-45): Yes
Number of USB 2.0 Ports: 4
Processor Technology: HyperTransport Technology
Number of Total Expansion Slots: 6
Number of FireWire/i.LINK 400 Ports: 1
Total Number of USB Ports: 4
Audio Line In: Yes
Frequency Band: ROHS Compliant NVIDIA Essential Vista Chipset: NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP Unique Features: LCD Poster EL I/O Onboard LED Onboard switches: Power / Reset / Clr CMOS Q-Connector Q-Fan Plus ASUS CrashFree BIOS3 ASUS EZ Flash2 ASUS Music Alarm ASUS MyLogo3 Overclocking Features: ASUS AI NOS (Non-delay Overclocking System) AI Overclocking (intelligent CPU frequency tuner) AI Clock Skew ASUS PEG Link - automatically performance tuning for graphics cards ASUS O.C. Profile: overclocking configuration-sharing tool ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall) Extreme Tweaker ASUS AI Booster Utility Adjustable FSB/DDR2 ratio. Fixed PCI/PCIe frequencies. Scalable Link Interface (SLI): Support two identical NVIDIA SLI-Ready graphics cards (both at x16 mode) ASUS two-slot thermal design ASUS PEG Link LAN Features: Support Teaming and fail-over functions Support TCP/IP Acceleration Support DVD Contents: Drivers ASUS PC Probe II ASUS Update ASUS AI Booster Futuremark 3DMark 06 Advanced Edition NVIDIA MediaShield RAID Kaspersky Anti-Virus
Total Number of Onboard FireWire/i.LINK Ports: 1
Audio Line Out: Yes
Expert Reviews
Asus Crosshair
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 27, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 2 expert reviews for Asus Crosshair and the average expert rating is 80 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
Great Board
5 Star Review   By member Inestimable - Sep 25, 2008   

Strengths: Stable performance, reliability, and a lot of extras.

Weakness: None to speak of.

Have really enjoyed this MB. I am running an AMD 6000 X2 with 2 Gig Ram, and had it overclocked to 3.15 GHz. I have had it almost a year and a half with no issues. Running a RAID 0+1 set up, with 7600GT Graphics card. While this is no longer cutting edge, it is still a great performer and has been reliable. Have not used SLI, but nice to know I could set it up.

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Nice Motherboard, but price a bit steep...
4 Star Review   By member valpoaj - Apr 13, 2008   

Strengths: LCD readout; good design; easy installation; Q-connector a nice bonus

Weakness: Price has not gone down over past year, making this motherboard a bit more costly than some of its peers

Had a tough decision to purchase this mo-bo since it was still $230. However, had no problems whatsoever when booting up for the first time and with updating the BIOS. Credit the built in cooling system for helping to keep my Athlon 6400+ at a reasonable temperature with the stock fan/heatsink combination. Q-connector was pretty handy and made the installation slightly easier. Not a no-brainer of a purchase, since there are mo-bos out there that would perform almost as well for less coin, but this is still one of the best products out there for AMD users.

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Solid Borad from Asus
5 Star Review   By member Octets - Jun 20, 2007   

Strengths: Stability, overclocking ability, LED board lighting

Weakness: CPU speed & RAM speed are linked together (i.e., unable to manually change the FSB/DDR ratio)

For few year I stopped using ASUS for motherboards because of some bad experiences. However, deciding now to give them another chance i am glad i did. The board not only has been rock solid, it also sustained my overclocking and occasional mishaps in that regards. I should also add that it is performing flawlessly with my ATI X1950 card. this used to be an issue with nForce based boards. The board also comes with 6 Nvidia SATA2 ports (and 2 external SATA2 ports). the Nivida ports can be individually configured for RAID/non-RAID. Using these ports, I am running 2 different RAID-1 arrays and 1 single non-RAID SATA2 HDD. overall, i am quite pleased with this board. something i could not say for the previous 3 boards i got from other manufacturers.

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Slick motherboard
5 Star Review   By member edthemag - May 19, 2007   

Strengths: Love the lighted back panel connections! This baby is LOADED with geek goodies. Super for OC'ers.

Weakness: Price seems a little steep until you consider what you getting.

If the back of your system is in the dark then the lighted back panel alone may be enough to sell you on this MB. You can even check the time while your back there. Plenty of SATA plugs w/raid. Super fast

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almost there
5 Star Review     

Strengths: cant figure out what makes it perfect?

Weakness: no SLI support between 2 mobo's. id like to connect another one :-)

Asus Crosshair,xfx Geforce 8800gtX,2x ocz dual module titanium alpha ddr2 1000,amd dual core. OVERCLOCKABLE need i say more all i need is another gtX 4 SLI that scares me....

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The coolest AMD motherboard in existance!
5 Star Review   By member Luke Spragg - Jan 24, 2007   

Strengths: LCD error posting panel, LED plug indicators, cool, overclocking ability, expandable, 8GB RAM limit!

Weakness: It doesn't make ice cream or candy... :'(

I would highly recommend this board to any avid gamer or geek looking for an extreme motherboard that is easy to overclock and beautiful to the eye. This motherboard is packed full of powerful features as well as plenty of eye candy that will keep you drooling for hours on end. I myself was drawn to the unique LCD poster on the back and the LED plug indicators. There are many other features as well such as the heat pipe and being able to pack 8GB of RAM into this sucker! I am only using 2GB right now due to lack of spending money, but I would max it out if I could and enjoy the hickup-free system and smooth ride. Pop in a DirectX 10 card and then you are all set for loads of fun, exciting gaming and movies. I give it two thumbs up and 5 stars.

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Good price, great board!
5 Star Review   By member CBFREEMAN - Jan 11, 2007   

Strengths: LCD posting, LED board lighting, overclocking ability.

Really good all around board with lot's of goodies! This board is truelly one of the few good all around boards with plenty of potential. Recommend it to anyone looking to build a new system on a budget.

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Amazing.
5 Star Review   By Tnorton776 on Mwave.com - Dec 13, 2006   

Strengths: Extreme Speed Speed Speed SPEED/Accessibility/layout/Temp cooling/590 SLI/ 8 GIGS OF FREAKIN RAM!!!

Weakness: How my knees get every time I turn on my computer because it is a babe. Sexy sexy sexy.

This mother board is the Top Snot. I purchased it along with a 5000 + windsdor Socket AM2 AMD X2 / Geforce 7950 GT / 2 Kingston DDR2 EXtreme 1066 mhz (and even though this mother board says it doesnt support 1066 ram it works on mine just fine, runs it in 800 mhz mode.) My computer is a rockin knockin speed devil from hell, everything I bought including this Crosshair motherboard is working like a lucky charm, and fast fast fast!!! Did I say fast? I can play Medieval II with 7000 + units all graphics set to Highest available setting and still get 15 - 30 FPS, not even using 2 GT 7950's for dual SLI. Highly, Highly recommended. Web pages open instantly, Downloads are insanely fast, Photo shop renders/Cubase music Renders are all insanely fast as well. I rendered a higly multiple sound bit poly phony (several instruments at the same time) 12 minute song in Cubase and FL studio pro 6 at 256 sinc depth (which is supposdly very high quality but VERY SLOW to render) and it only took my computer about 5 freaking minutes. Do you understand how fast this is. On my old computer that song took almost half an entire day to render. (12 hours). Just make sure you lay your contacts correctly while installing the board so you dont fry it, cause that would be a crime against computer - ity.

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Crosshair MB
1 Star Review   By member RRhoads - Sep 8, 2006   

Strengths: Wouldn'T know can't get system to post keep getting error message.

Weakness: Doesn't Work, lots of bells and whistles, but they don't ring or sing a tune

Brand new board, Brand new CPU, Brand new system. Called customer support at ASUS got the usual runaround finally talked to a tech, and much to my surprise he couldn't help me but he did tell me that they are having a problem with the bios chips on these new boards. So he transferred me to a voice mail so i can order a new bios chip and a new beta version chip, i was also informed that i will have to pay for these chips! WAIT i have to pay for their screw up. Would not recommend this board to anybody Googled the board and found plenty of problems from other users. Piece of crap!!!!!!!

69% of readers found this review helpful.

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