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ASUS Crosshair IV Formula Motherboard

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The bundle is expectedly rich. Accessories are quite reasonable and can be used not only by overclockers, but by regular users as well. Except for 6 SATA cables with metallic latches, there is a combo bracket with 2 x USB and 1 eSATA port, a set of Q-Connectors for frontpanel cabling, and a proprietary backpanel faceplate. There is also a set of SATA cable stickers for cable management and a set of cable ties.

The software bundle, aside from standard tools supplied with all ASUS motherboards, has two exclusive utilities.

The first one is ROG Connect that remotely monitors parameters and manages overclocking in real time. You install it onto another machine, e.g. a laptop, and connect that machine to a special motherboard port with a supplied USB cable.

The second utility can be used by regular users as well. GameFirst allows you to define which tasks can occupy LAN bandwidth. The list includes a lot of applications -- not just games, but also VoIP, online broadcasting and file sharing software.

Another software feature that's worth mentioning is the FanXpert utility, a part of AI Suite. It's not an exclusive feature of the ROG series, but it just offers rich fan management functionality.

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