Nvidia 780a Chipset Preview

Asus Crosshair II Board & Specs

Asus Crosshair II

The board we will be conducting our preliminary tests with is the Asus Crosshair II. While this is not a full review of the board (full in-depth review to come later) it should be enough to give us a little insight into the new offering from NVIDIA.

Asus Crosshair II Board Asus Crosshair II Board Side

The mainboard is part of the ROG (Republic Of Gamers) series and as such represents the high end release from Asus. The traditional white and blue slots on a black PCB are carried over from other ROG boards and as you can see the 780a chip immediately below the CPU socket has a large heatsink which is possibly an indication of the heat output of Nvidia's MCP. With 3 PCIe 16x ports it is clear that this board is aimed squarely at gamers who wish to make use of SLI configurations. What is interesting is the heatsink covering the mosfet area. Rather than surround the CPU socket with restrictive copper sinks Asus have crammed them all to one side providing a cleaner socket area for those who wish to use larger CPU heatsinks. A key feature of the Crosshair II is the implementation of 10 (8 for the CPU, 2 for the memory and HT controller) phase power regulation which should provide a more stable power delivery and filtering setup.

SupremeFX II SupremeFX II

Sound is delivered using a riser card, the SupremeFX II which is now commonplace among the ROG range of motherboards and while not exactly on par with Asus's own Xonar cards or indeed Creative's X-FI it its more than adequate should you not have or desire to use your own audio card.

Asus Crosshair II Contents Assu Crosshair II LCD

Contents are as per usual Asus standards, providing everything needed to get you up and running in no time at all. The LCD Poster (above right) is a handy little gadget that allows you to troubleshoot booting problems should they occur.

Asus Crosshair II Specs
As the spec above shows this is a feature packed board. With 3 x PCIe 16 speed slots, up to 12 USB ports. Firewire, eSATA, Dual Gigabit Lan controllers and of course the on board VGA. Everything is there for today’s multimedia connectivity apart from the now seemingly obsolete serial port.
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Most Recent Comments

09-05-2008, 20:11:12

Great little (big) preview mate

Some of the chipsets with onboard GPU's out now are really worth looking at when you consider HTPC's

Full HD output ftw tbh Quote

09-05-2008, 20:27:35

Cheers m8. Was a bit of a challenge but Jim steered me in the right direction.

I was socked about the onboard VGA actually being able to run games let alone be playable.Quote

09-05-2008, 20:27:36

Ooh webbo didnt know you did reviews now.. nice one

Looks like a nice board.Quote

09-05-2008, 20:31:43

Yeah and I'm enjoying it more than I thought I would tbh. Especially when you get some solid backup from the more experienced reviewers here at OC3D.

Tis a very nice board, I just wish we could have exploited it more....but that comes later.Quote

09-05-2008, 20:32:43

Well congrats mate, you did very well i shall give it a full read when i return homeQuote

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