ASUS Crosshair V Formula review -
To the middle of the motherboard we stumble into additional connectors and a couple of buttons. Here of course there's room for extra USB connectors and audio headers.
Audio is handled by Realtek's 892 codec allowing 8 channels of audio, pretty much the standard these days on motherboards. We would like to see some more development done on the audio side of motherboards and move away from Realtek. ASUS did incorporate a SupremeFX software suite from creative labs though.
To the right side of the motherboard you'll stumble into three buttons. Power and reset and that OC button. When powered off you can press the OC button (will light up red) and the system automatically overlocks. Our 3.7 GHz processor ended at 4 GHz, which is OK for an automated overclock.
Slot connectivity wise you'll spot four PCI Express x16 slots, a PCI Express x1 slots and a legacy PCI slot. The x16 slots are physical, they'll switch to x16/x16/x8/x8 when in use.
So yeah, the board has many features and hosts other unusual features including a UEFI (GUI BIOS) and for the freaks... eight fan headers!
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.