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Crosshair V GENE: Let's make it a reality!

Cyrekk
Level 10
Hello everyone on the ROG Forums! In a follow up to "The next GENE and Formula?!" thread, and my post within, I am starting this thread to draw more awareness to our interest in having a Crosshair GENE motherboard developed. Specifically a Crosshair V GENE, in the here and now. I am also starting the thread so that we will have one place to voice our interest, questions, and comments relating to the board as I have seen them strewn about the forum up until this point.

To start things off, I have taken some time to read through "The next GENE and Formula" thread to pick up on some of the suggestions already proposed in terms of features, and developed a proposed spec sheet, including some suggestions of my own. This sheet is based on the Crosshair V Formula spec sheet for accuracy and familiarity. If anyone has any suggestions for changes, please post them and we can look at adding them to this sheet! This sheet will be located in my second post below.

I will also add a poll so that we can keep a tally of how many users want this board to be made, making it easier for ASUS to see at a glance the level of interest in the potential product.

If we still do not have a Crosshair GENE by the time Crosshair VI series is released, we can continue our efforts for a GENE in that series!

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Cyrekk
Level 10
Proposed Crosshair V GENE Specifications:


CPU

AMD AM3+ FX™/Phenom™ II/Athlon™ II/Sempron™ 100 Series Processors
Supports AM3+ 32 nm CPU
Supports CPU up to 8 cores
Supports CPU up to 140 W
AMD Cool 'n' Quiet™ Technology


Chipset

AMD 990FX/SB950


Memory

4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1800(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 Hz ECC, Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel Memory Architecture
* Refer to www.asus.com or user manual for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).
* Due to OS limitation, when installing total memory of 4GB capacity or more, Windows® 32-bit operation system may only recognize less than 3GB. Install a 64-bit Windows® OS when you want to install 4GB or more memory on the motherboard.


Multi-GPU Support

Supports NVIDIA® 2-Way SLI™ Technology
Supports AMD 2-Way CrossFireX™ Technology


Expansion Slots

2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (dual x16)
2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 (or 4) (as suggested by raisethe3, and I strongly agree)


Storage

AMD SB950 controller :
6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), red
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
ASMedia® ASM1061 controller :
1 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), red (Preferably 2 or more, as suggested by several users)
1 x eSATA 6Gb/s port(s), red


LAN

Intel®, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller
WLAN slot (as Suggested by Rocket_Assist)


Audio

SupremeFX X-Fi 2 built-in 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
Audio Feature :
- X-Fi® Xtreme Fidelity™
- EAX® Advanced™ HD 5.0
- THX® TruStudio PRO™
- Creative ALchemy
- Blu-ray audio layer Content Protection
- Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel


USB Ports

ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller :
6 x USB 3.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
AMD SB950 controller :
12 x USB 2.0 port(s) (8 at back panel, black+white, 4 at mid-board)


Overclocking Features

ROG Connect :
- RC Diagram
- RC Remote
- RC Poster
- GPU TweakIt
Extreme Engine Digi+ :
- 8 + 2 phase power design
UEFI BIOS features :
- ROG BIOS Print
- GPU.DIMM Post
GameFirst
iROG
Extreme Tweaker
Overclocking Protection :
- COP EX (Component Overheat Protection - EX)
- Voltiminder LED
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
Watercooling:
- Full Board Waterblock available (inclusion makes the board expensive, but availability is key for the enthusiasts! As suggested, and revised by Brian@ASUS)
(Don't forget 1/2"ID, 5/8"OD Compression fitting compatability!)
Fan Controls:
- Fully configure your fans to initiate under different conditions, and customize their speed setting right from UEFI or AI Utility! (As suggested by Rocket_Assist)
- All fan headers fully speed controlled (As suggested by Rocket_Assist)
- NB/Mosfet fan, also controlable via profiles (as suggested by FiNAS)

Special Features

ASUS TPU :
- CPU Level UP
Core Unlocker
ASUS Exclusive Features :
- MemOK!
- AI Charger+
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution :
- ASUS Fan Xpert
ASUS EZ DIY :
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS O.C. Profile
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
- ASUS MyLogo 3
ASUS Q-Design :
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED) <-- LED headers for these would be a great touch!
- ASUS Q-Connector


Back I/O Ports

1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)
1 x eSATA 6Gb/s
1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s) (A second, bridged port is a plus if possible, as suggested by FiNAS)
4 x USB 3.0
8 x USB 2.0 (white port can be switched to ROG Connect)
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
6 x Audio jack(s)
1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
1 X ROG Connect button(s) (as suggested by raisethe3)


Internal I/O Ports

1 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 port(s)
2 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 2.0 port(s) (more is always nice, and a Firewire could be convenient, as suggested by FiNAS)
7 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s) (an 8th would be nice, as suggested by FiNAS)
1 x CPU Fan connector(s)
2 x Chassis Fan connector(s)
5 x Optional Fan connector(s) (More is always good, as suggested by OutCasted)
1 x S/PDIF out header(s)
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
1 x System panel(s)
8 x ProbeIt Measurement Points
3 x Thermal sensor connector(s)
1 x En/Dis-able Clr CMOS header(s)
1 x EZ Plug connector(s) (4-pin Molex power connector)
1 x Power-on button(s) (For mATX, these should not be at the bottom of the board, in case of dual GPU application, thx kkn)
1 x Reset button(s)
1 x CPU Level Up button(s)
1 x ROG Connect switch(es)
1 x Go Button(s)
5 x LED Connector(s) (For Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED) application)


Accessories

User's manual
I/O Shield
7 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s) (Changed to 7 to match # of SATA3 ports)
1 x SLI bridge(s)
1 x CrossFire cable(s)
1 x Q-connector(s) (2 in 1)
1 x ROG Connect cable(s)
1 x Cable ties pack(s)
1 x ROG theme label(s)
1 x 12 in 1 ROG Cable Label(s)


BIOS

32Mb Flash ROM, UEFI BIOS (64 bit as suggested by Rocket_Assist), PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI2.0a, Multi-Language BIOS


Manageability

WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE


Support Disc

Drivers
Sound Blaster® X-Fi 2 Utility
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
DAEMON Tools Pro Standard
ROG CPU-Z
ASUS Utilities


Form Factor

mATX Form Factor
9.6 inch x 9.6 inch ( 24.4 cm x 24.4 cm )
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FiNAS
Level 10
I'm missing the following on the CrossHair V ( hardware related 😞

- more internal usb ports ( CH5 has 4 usb 2.0 + 2 usb 3.0, being that the the usb 3.0 connector needs some expensive adapter to be usable ). I need at least 6 internal usb 2.0 ports. ( I solved this with a lian-li internal usb 3.0 to female usb plug + a male usb cable to pinheader. The solution costed me 60$.
- add embeded fan to the mosfets heatsink that can be temperature controled in bios.
- add more onboard sata ports. CH5 has 7 onboard sata ports, but I need at least 8.
- add another intel gigabit lan port to be able to use teaming on the ports.
- add an internal firewire port ( CH5 has none )
- add an external firewire port ( CH5 has none )

Cyrekk
Level 10
Some of these features have been left out on the proposed spec I built because of the mATX form factor, that said it should be able to rock the firewire on the back, the internal header might be hard to fit (Though Firewire is hardly used these days). Dual lan might be possible on the build, but it might get tricky, and will likely kill a couple USBs. Traditionally an mATX board is used in smaller cases, where an 8th SATA port would likely be superfluous, but that said it could be doable. Adding more USB headers inside could be tricky on the SFF. As far as the USB3 header adapter, most case manufacturers are giving them out like candy now, so I'm not sure why anyone would buy one.

That said, I will add some notes to the spec, and solidify them if they are highly/frequently demanded.
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FiNAS
Level 10
Sorry Cyrekk. My Fault. I'm not familiar with the GENE specs and ended up making a list of the stuff I miss!

FiNAS wrote:
Sorry Cyrekk. My Fault. I'm not familiar with the GENE specs and ended up making a list of the stuff I miss!


haha, it's all good! The plain fact is that any features missed on the formula would be nice to see on the following iterations! I am simply trying to remain pragmatic about what we could have on an mATX form factor, while maintaining a best case scenario when deciding between A or B when both cannot be true. 🙂 thanks for the input!
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I rise in support of Cyrekk's efforts to encourage Asus to develop the perfect Crosshair V GENE.
An AMD mATX that ROG's.
After reviewing the above list, I can not, at the moment come up with any addition. Cyrekk has put
a great deal of thought into this one...and ASUS I must say, 'If you build it, we WILL ROG it.'
Asus, now come on, you just posted record earnings..we entrust you with our hard scratched for money..all we ask in return is give us what we drool for.
(And none of that GENE/Thunderbolt 3 months later stuff..some of us are still trying to swallow that
little bit of throw up we have in our mouths from the V Formula..knock that stuff off.)
Thank You.c.

raisethe3
Level 7
Only 6 SATA ports? I prefer to have an abundance.

How about 6 SATA 6Gpbs coming from the SB 950 chipset, then have 4 SATA 3Gpbs coming off a separate controller, then 2 E-SATA and the 1 header for connectors to use 2 more.

Wow haha, use lots of drives do we? Seems like an awful lot of ports for an mATX board! What makes you want so many ports? out of curiosity.
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I support for more SATA ports.

At least 8 (6 SATA III and 2 SATA II). Preferably all right angled.

And at least Six 3.0 USB at the back of the mobo with two sets on the header.

And dual BIOS (if its possible).