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ASUS CROSSHAIR AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard

  • AM2
  • NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP
  • 4×240pin DDR2 800
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Got Game? Then the ASUS Crosshair is the system board for you. Sporting an AM2 socket that supports the AMD Athlon 64 X2, Athlon 64 FX, Athlon 64, and Sempron processors and 4 DIMM slots that will take up to 8GB of DDR2 800 memory this board will handle whatever you throw at it. The 2 PCI-E x16 slots will handle 2 identical NVIDIA SLI capable video cards at full x16 speed. Dual Gigabit LAN controllers support NVIDIA DualNet technology.

The SupremeFX and Array Microphone are designed to give you crystal clear sound with no buzzing or noise when talking with your teammates online. The DTS Connect feature re-codes your stereo or multi-channel sound into a DTS audio signal and sends it out from your PC to any DTS enabled system.

In order to get you up and gaming faster ASUS built a number of handy features into the board such as EL I/O which lights up your back panel connections, on-board LEDs to help you setup without using a flashlight, an LCD Poster to let you know of any errors during post and an on-board switch to make overclocking and other system adjustments easier.

  • newegg NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI Chipset The NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI chipsets are engineered for enthusiasts to deliver outstanding gaming experiences with two SLI-based full-bandwidth PCI Express x16 links for unrestricted graphics performance and NVIDIA LinkBoost technology automatically delivering additional GPU and MCP bandwidth. Take advantage of NVIDIA FirstPacket technology to prioritize gaming traffic for reduced ping times. Other advanced features include SATA 3Gb/s RAID, dual Gigabit LAN and High Definition Audio.
  • newegg AMD LIVE! Ready Developed for full-featured consumer multimedia desktop and notebook PCs, AMD LIVE! seamlessly connects, stores, distributes, accesses and enables digital media content in multiple rooms throughout the home and even on the go!
  • newegg 8 Phase Power Design The ASUS 8-Phase Power Design protects the CPU and power module from the risk of excessively high power stress to greatly extend CPU lifetime and system stability. The highly-efficient design also generates less heat to ensure low ambient temperatures, while the vigorous power pump delivers serious overclocking potential.
  • newegg LCD Notice Board The LCD Notice Board automatically detects device failures and posts physical system errors during POST (Power-on Self-Test) when system malfunctions occur.
  • newegg Onboard LEDs The on-board LEDs illuminate brilliantly for eye-catching fun.
  • newegg Onboard Switch With onboard switches, power on or reset the system without installing the motherboard into the case, shorting the pins or moving jumpers for fast bench testing.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Kenneth B.
  • 5/21/2013 6:47:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsA good board

Pros: I have owned this MB for over 6 years. It has served me well. I originally bought this with a Athlon 64 5200, this MB has survived a power supply flash and burn, a video card upgrade, a hard drive upgrade, memory...etc. Never had a problem since day one. Rebooted after all upgrades/changes with out a hitch. Was always able to tweak this board for OC'ing I have had this board cranked at least 10% since it was new. I am finally upgrading this comp to a Crosshair V and a AMD 8350

Cons: Too bad this board is old tech, wish it hadn't been outdated so fast.

Other Thoughts: Looking forward towards my new set up. AMD and Asus rock.

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  • kyle c.
  • 4/3/2012 6:17:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsASUS CROSSHAIR NOT AS GOOD AS ITS BEEN HYPED UP TO BE

Pros: Not going into details about pros and cons but going to list the basic and honest truth about this board. I have owned this board since the day it first came out. Unfortunately I was young and naive. Looking back now, I should have gone with a different choice. The board does work and you do need to have a little more knowledge on hardware to get it working perfectly. But other than its cool features, gizmos, and gadgets I will get into the cons below.

Cons: First off, the reason this board came out was to take overclocking to the next level. I have still to this day, not been able to successfully overclock any configuration of memory, gpu, and processors more than any AM2 socket board. (at the time this came out.)

2nd reason may have been a reason why the overclocking is so disappointing in the first place. ASUS only came out with a few bios updates to improve the functioning of this board. From personal experience and other reviews. These updates never actually improved anything, but tweaked a few visual changes in the bio menu. Honestly, it is very evident that they were caught up on the technology race and left us first generation cosshair owners in the dust and went on to the next generation. They dont support existing customers with the respect we deserve. Especially paying the prices for these ROG boards. I wish I could really talk to the team who designed this board just to see if I am doing something wrong.

Other Thoughts: I'll expand on my thoughts with more technicality. First off I was so excited for this board I bought the Athlon 64 FX-62 for $900! It is a fully unlocked CPU. I also started out with 2GB of the lowest latency possible DDR2-800 Mushkin memory. I cant remember off the top of my head but this memory came from the better USA manufacturer before they switched over to the same manufacturer as Corsair. I'm sure all of this is not a current day problem with hardware, but I am positive it was just a really bad time to build a custom computer in this era of technology. Everything was changing to quickly for quality products. But back on subject. It was truly sad moment that the ASUS CROSSHAIR AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 Motherboard could not sufficiently overclock my system. I can get up to maybe 1-2% gain overall before this board would become UNSTABLE. Looking at it from a overclocker's perspective, which should be the only reason why you would purchase this, The board is TRASH. $400 for LED lights

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  • Jerry H.
  • 8/16/2011 5:35:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsFlagship Excellence

Pros: Speed, versatility, loads of options- BLING- This board has lasted the long haul and is still running smooth today with Windows 7, as well as Ubuntu Studio 11. This board has been stable and always had a shiny appeal.

Cons: HMM...I have to be honest, I don't have anything bad to say about this board.

Other Thoughts: I've owned this board since it hit the market. I installed memory that was approved by ASUS and have never had trouble with this board outside the realm of what I expected. It has exceeded my expectation, and something that should be noted is that this board was a flagship, which brings it under great scrutiny. If I'm not mistaken it where's the badge of 1st ROG boards and has certainly proven itself to me. I'm gonna keep her going until she doesn't meet my demands in video and sound editing, as she has lasted beyond my temptations to buy the latest and greatest board which all of us techs know we fight with on a regular basis- This board deserves Mega Props in my book. ASUS will be my choice until they fail to meet my expectations in reliability.

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  • Donald M.
  • 8/15/2011 4:46:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product

Pros: Owned this product for over 5 years it finally developed a problem with windows xp but not windows 7. I was looking to upgrade anyways.

Cons: LCD poser on the back stopped displaying text around 2 years ago.

Asus has no support for amd x4 940 has to use a hacked bios.

Other Thoughts: Overall was one of the best purchases ever. Overclocked like a mad man.

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  • Mirza M.
  • 12/21/2008 11:15:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNever again.

Pros: It works decently when it is not broken.

Cons: ASUS tech support is horrible.

Their US RMA status update page rarely works while the RMA status page for other countries do.

One of the RMA'd boards that ASUS sent me had heat and liquid damage, along with scratches on the chipset.

This was a very expensive board that has not lived up to it's price.

Other Thoughts: I have been attempting to get this motherboard to work properly since I purchased it in 2007. The first board did not work so I RMA'd it. The RMA process went through ok, and I received the repaired board. Recently I updated the BIOS, after which the board was unresponsive. I have updated many motherboard BIOS' in the past, and never has it completely killed the board. This process has taken over two months. I received another RMA'd board that had swollen capacitors, bubbled plastic parts from heat, and evidence of a liquid spill. I contacted ASUS through their "Live Support" page, which was very frustrating. The technicians' incompetence was outstanding. The tech told me he would turn in an RMA, which he never did. After the weekend (when support is not available), I checked again with the same technician, who seemed to have forgotten my RMA. Finally another RMA was filed, after which I sent the board back to ASUS with a prepaid label. After two weeks I haven't received my board.

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  • Vaughn B.
  • 12/17/2008 11:43:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsKidding Right?

Pros: none

Cons: I just read this and have to laugh. Did you even read my post. I WILL NOT be buying anything ASUS from this point forward, because of the disengenuous representations made by the support staff. So no, I won't be calling.

Manufacturer Response:Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for this inconvenience. Please contact our Technical Support Department at http://vip.asus.com/eservice/techserv.aspx and reference case number "NE287597" so that we may get more details about your experience with our customer service support.

Best Regards,

ASUS Support Team

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  • Dorothy P.
  • 12/14/2008 7:23:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAMD Crosshair

Pros: It's fast, stable with most programs.

Cons: Stable until it doesn't work with CAD programs or Powercore DSP Audio cards. I had this problem before but thought, "it's been a few years, they must have realized the flaws and fixed them by now." Sorry AMD, but you need to hop in bed with everybody and work out those flaws, and not with a 'hot fix'. Did Intel just lose the FSB? Somebody at Athlon better get busy, 6!tcheese

Other Thoughts: If you are just running games, windows, word, printers etc, you'll be fine. I would rather pay a little more and have everything work without glitches. Uh Oh, here comes the Intel 1366 i7 platform. The tech pendulum has swung again.

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  • Vaughn B.
  • 12/5/2008 1:02:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsASUS is terrible overall

Pros: I really can't say there are any.

Wait I just finished my review and thought of 1. They are located in the U.S. and you can actually get someone who understands you on the phone. Nevermind the fact that they're going to ignore you, at least they can understand you.

Cons: I bought a A7n8x a few years ago (it's sad that I remember that mobo name by heart but I had so many issues I can't forget) and had problems from the get go. It died just within the warranty period and I send it back to ASUS (2nd time). They say they aren't going to help me because I'm outside of warranty, which I have to argue with them about and escalate to upper management. Finally they agree to do something so I send it to them. They say they can't find anything wrong but that they are going to send me a replacement board. They proceed to send me back my original mobo saying they had sent me a brand new one. I email and nicely cuss them out repeatedly, and 2 different techs tell me on 2 seperate occasions months apart that they are going to send me a completely different, brand new motherboard. Which they proceed to not do.

Other Thoughts: So I have to email them a few more times insulting them and their customer service. It literally took 120 emails from beginning to end to get this done. In the end I didn't even get responses to my emails they were just ignored, and today finally a package showed up in the mail with this mobo. The M2 Crosshair. I don't even want to make the effort to get a system built and up and running around this board based off of what I've read in the reviews so far. So I'm considering selling it on CL or Eby as I know it will just sit in it's box for months before I get around to it and then it will most likely just be another big headache and waste of time. I honesly don't ever want to deal with Asus again.The people are nice enough, they just do not care, are inept, or both. Shanelle was the customer rep I was dealing with by the way.

If anyone want more info/details feel free to contact me at catchallmsgs at hot mail

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for this inconvenience. Please contact our Technical Support Department at http://vip.asus.com/eservice/techserv.aspx and reference case number "NE287597" so that we may get more details about your experience with our customer service support.

Best Regards,

ASUS Support Team

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/16/2008 1:23:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board!

Pros: This board has 8 drives attached (4 in raid 5), 2 gigs G.Skill on dual channel, AMD 4300. This machine has run for almost 2 years now, 24-7 constant file-share duty. Also used for video conversions and DVD/CD burning.

Cons: *I have this board loaded! So the nvidia chip runs too hot to touch. I added a small stick-on heat sink and positioned a internal 80mm fan to move air over it and across the expansion cards. Very cool now.
*I tried the on board raid 5. It failed to recover after simulated failure of one drive so I bought a HighPoint 2310 controller - no problems.

Other Thoughts: Only 3 e-pci slots: 4x, 8x, 16x

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3 out of 5 eggsPlan for difficulty

Pros: Awesome board. Its got everything you could want for high-end gaming and alot of extra features. This board is awesome when left stock and when using its extensive overclocking features it gets into some pretty ownage territory. The little features like the on-board lights, rear LCD post screen, on-board switches, layout and sheer OC capability make this the best board, bar-none for the bleeding-edge gamer. If it would work. Read the cons for the scoop.

Cons: I bought two of these for myself and my brother in law a year ago and have had nothing but problems. My brother in law's board had to be exchanged 3 times through Newegg (thanks newegg!) before we got one that wasnt DOA. It lasted about a month before it started to crash at random intervals. His always crashes when it is being used, whether playing a game or just browsing the web or typing in notepad. Mine crashes totally at random even when not being used. It will not stay running more than 6 hours without a crash. Mine has eaten 2 PSU's and the source still cannot be found after replacing all the hardware. The source is definitely the mobo. This board would be awesome if it would stay running and is truly stellar when it is. Think hard about purchasing this one. Setup is slightly complicated as you cant just run down the list of drivers and install them - you have to follow an order that you will discover through trial and error and the other issues make me second guess my purchase.

Other Thoughts: This would be a fantastic board if it wasnt for all the problems. Its not easy to setup or keep running. It will make you a PC hardware expert with extended use as you do alot of research attempting to solve the problems this mobo will give you. When it fried my power supply I got a blue ball of lightening out the back of my case and to its credit, the Crosshair survived. I have seen alot of issues with this board on tech forums and even Newegg reviews. Something is obviously very wrong with the manufacturing process of this mobo as alot of people seem to be having similar issues which revolve around memory and random restarts/BSOD. Its not for the faint of heart so consider your skills, time it takes to support and possibly replacing alot of burned-out hardware. I gave it 3 stars because it rocks when it works and unfortunately thats not long enough.

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