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ASUS Introduces Crosshair II Formula Motherboard

ASUS today released the new ASUS Crosshair II Formula Motherboard that includes innovative technologies like CPU Level Up, Hybrid SLI and 3-Way SLI. It is also ready for AMD Socket AM2+ Phenom FX / Phenom X4 / Phenom X2 / Athlon X2 / Sempron and legacy AM2 processors; and features up to 5200 MT/s via HyperTransport 3.0-based system bus speeds for AM2+ CPUs.

ASUS CPU Level Up technology makes it easy to upgrade the CPU performance without additional costs. This innovation allows users to obtain enhanced performances in three steps. Firstly, users need to enter the BIOS. Next, they need to choose the processor they wish to overclock to. Finally, they need to reboot. The motherboard will now do the rest, and users can instantly start using higher performances and better frame rates.

Users who feel that their discrete graphics cards are not up to par can now make use of the Crosshair II Formula's support for Hybrid SLI with HybridPower and GeForce Boost features. The Hybrid SLI is a dual-graphic solution that utilizes the integrated graphics processor to assist discrete graphics cards for boosted performances. It can even save power by switching off discrete graphics while running lower requirement games.

Another graphical advantage of the Crosshair II Formula is its support for NVIDIA's 3-way SLI in PCI-E 2.0 mode. With a triple SLI setup, three high-end video cards will work efficiently together to deliver smoother, scalable 3D performances.

SupremeFX II delivers a high definition audio experience to the gamers of ROG. The SupremeFX II features unique virtual surround audio innovations for gamers' headphones—allowing them to easily to spot enemies in 3D environments during game play.

The Pin-Fin design helps lower system temperatures; and reduces noises arising from the fan during game play—providing an efficient thermal system.

Specifications:

CPU AMD Socket AM2+/AM2
Chipset NVIDIA nForce 780a SLI
System Bus Up to 5200 MT/s; HyperTransport 3.0 interface for AM2+ CPU
Memory Dual Ch. max. 8GB, DDR2 1066 / 800 / 667 / 533, ECC and non-ECC, un-buffered memory
VGA Integrated graphics with 512MB maximum shared memory
Supports HDMI Technology with HDCP compliant & D-Sub
Multi VGA output support: DVI & D-Sub
Hybrid SLI Support
Expansion Slots 3 x PCIe2.0 x16 support NVIDIA SLI Tech @ dual x16 or 3-way @ x8, x8, x 8
2 x PCIe2.0 x1, PCIex1_1 (black) is compatible with audio slot
2 x PCI 2.2
Storage 6 x SATA 3Gb/s
1 x Ultra DMA 133
LAN 2
High Definition Audio SupremeFX II Audio Card

Source: ASUS

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