ASUS Crosshair V Formula review -
Overall board design is just great. Everything is positioned really well and is at the proper location. Memory is easy to install, the ATX power connector at the right place. Let's zoom in at the lower right corner for a minute.
All the way to the right we see the GO / MEMoK button which can be used when the system crashes, this will default the memory yet retain the overclock.
Let's start at the left side where we stumble into a bunch of SATA connectors and zoom in a little. The motherboard features six right-angle SATA 6G ports which are supplied by the chipset and they support AHCI and RAID 0/1/5/10.
To the left in red we spot an USB 3.0 connector block, handy for internal wiring to say frontpanel USB 3.0 connectors. Also an additional bracket is included with two USB 3.0 headers, you can connect that as well.
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.