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I'm not looking for a stat shootout of all the latest crossfire boards, but I would like to get some real-world reports on what you guys are using. I.E. What is working great, and what is not even worth considering. My budget isnt "unlimited" but I will definitely drop some coin for a solid board. Right now I am liking the Crosshair IV, but before I click the buy button, I figured I would get some advice.

I'm not a brand snob or anything, I will consider anything that is quality. I will be sticking with AMD/ATI for now since all I am replacing is the board and adding another 5850.

I plan to do some moderate overclocking, not trying to break any records. I'm not really into benchmarking, I just like to juice everything a little bit and get the most out of my gear.

I will be running a 1055 6 core and dual HD5850's.

Any advice/reviews from anyone who owns some nice boards would be appreciated. thanks guys.

FM
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I also was wondering if anyone knew the "real" difference between the Crosshair IV formula and the Crosshair IV Extreme. What the true real-world comparison is, and if it is worth the extra cash. Thanks again.
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I also was wondering if anyone knew the "real" difference between the Crosshair IV formula and the Crosshair IV Extreme. What the true real-world comparison is, and if it is worth the extra cash. Thanks again.
The Extreme version has the Lucid Hydra chip, allowing for CFX across different GPUs.
    
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If it's the second or later revision of Lucid Hydra on that board (I'm not too sure), it's fine, but all it really gives you is the bonus of being able to use an nVidia and ATI card. The Crosshair IV Formula without the Hydra will run CrossfireX, and SLI via the hack which actually works. Using the original Lucid Hydra (if the original rev is on that board) with 2 nVidia or ATI cards or combination will give you worse performance than with a single card. It was absolutely terrible.
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