ASUS Crosshair IV Formula review -
It has to be the most boring part of this review, but each time we do not include these screenshots of CPU-Z, we receive emails requesting them. So from now on we'll include them as standard, for your reference. Never say we do not listen ;)
Here we have the Phenom II X6 1090T at it's default base clock frequency. At this stage power management was disabled, otherwise CPU-Z would have shown a clocked down processor preserving energy. Let me show you that.
Once the processor is allowed to clock down (CE1/EIST/Cool 'n Quiet etc etc) in the BIOS, it will spin down in idle to a good 800 MHz, saving on power consumption. The minute something is happening the thread will start running faster so quick that you won't even notice it.
CPU-Z is always handy for verifying specifications. Let's see, yep... all proclaimed caches are there. That is a lot of cache for a processor.
Even more handy, you can always verify your memory frequency and timings. We run Corsair Dominator DIMMs at a reference 1333 MHz CAS9.
And yep, the motherboard we use, the ASUS Crosshair IV Formula, quite a sexy motherboard alright. If interested: you can download CPU-Z here.
Once again we pop in a Phenom II processor and have a look at it's performance, which will be the same as it has been for a year now. Yep, AMD completely released the 990FX chipset in the wrong time, it should have been released alongside the Bulldozer FX series processors. But ah well, what can you do... have a peek at that lovely looking Crosshair V Formula and then let's head onwards into the review.
ASUS Crosshair IV Formula review
We test the Crosshair IV Formula, the Mc Daddy of AMD 890FX motherboards. the alpha dog motherboards loaded with features like aforementioned, but also USB 3.0, automated overclock switches .. and get this four PCIe x16 slots and even core unlock functionality by pressing a button. The Crosshair IV Formula oozes with features and performance, the six-core Phenom II X6 processor review which you probably just read was overclocked towards 4.1 GHz on a cheapo CPU air-cooler .. based on this motherboard. Head on over to the next page, where we'll head deeply into the AMD 890 FX chipset and the ASUS Crosshair IV Formula motherboard that has the 890FX chipset embedded.