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Written by David Ramsey   
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AMD-890FX Motherboard
The AMD 890FX Chipset
Crosshair IV Formula Features
Crosshair IV Formula Features Continued
ASUS AM3 Motherboard Specifications
Closer Look: Crosshair IV Formula Motherboard
ASUS Crosshair IV Detailed Features
Motherboard Testing Methodology
EVEREST Benchmark Results
PCMark Vantage Test Results
CINEBENCH 11.5 Benchmark
Unigine Heaven Test Results
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
ASUS AM3 Motherboard Final Thoughts
ASUS Crosshair IV Formula Conclusion

ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 Motherboard

In April of 2010, AMD introduced the final parts of their "Leo" platform: new iterations of their 45nm processor family and the supporting 8-series chipset. Unlike Intel, which seems to delight in spawning new CPU socket architecturfes, AMD continues to support the AM3 socket, so upgrades are easier and cheaper. The 8-series chipsets along with the SB850 south bridge brings some new capabilities over the previous "Dragon" 7-series chipsets, and as you might expect, ASUS is ready with a new enthusiast-level offering, the ASUS Crosshair IV Formula motherboard. This AMD 890FX-based motherboard offers some interesting new enhancements over the previous generation 790FX-based Crosshair III Formula motherboard, and Benchmark Reviews compares the two as well as taking the Crosshair IV Formula as far as it can go with the fastest components.

There are a number of companies making enthusiast-level AMD motherboards, but when AMD shipped out review samples of their AMD Phenom II X6 1090T 6-core processor, the Crosshair IV was the motherboard they included.

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AMD's previous generation enthusiast chipset, the 790FX, was very popular: it was relatively inexpensive (compared to Intel chipsets) and a good overclocker as well. It supported both DDR2 and DDR3 memory, allowing manufacturers to build a range of motherboards at different price points. Overall it was a great success for AMD, and the 890FX has some big shoes to fill. We'll see what AMD's added in this new chipset in the coming pages.

About ASUSTeK Computer Inc.

ASUS, a technology-oriented company with a global staff of more than ten thousand and blessed with one of the world's top R&D teams, is renowned for high-quality products and cutting-edge innovation. As a leading company in the new digital era, ASUS offers a complete product portfolio to compete in the new millennium.

ASUS has an unyielding commitment to innovation and quality, a fact borne out by its corporate slogan-"Inspiring Innovation - Persistent Perfection"-and the numerous media, industry and governmental accolades it receives every year. In 2008, ASUS won 3,056 awards-receiving over 8 awards on average every day. The company's revenue for the same year was 8.1 billion U.S. dollars, and it topped the IT Hardware Category of the annual league table of Taiwan's Top 10 Global Brands with a brand value of 1.324 billion U.S. dollars. ASUS also ranks among the top 10 IT companies in Business Week's "InfoTech 100", and has been on the listing for 11 consecutive years.

Inspired by the diverse needs of consumers in all areas and phases of life, ASUS' foremost mission is to deliver truly innovative solutions that in turn inspire consumers to reach for greater heights of productivity and fun. By leveraging its intimate understanding of the requirements of today's digital home, digital office and digital person, ASUS has the honor of claiming many world's firsts-such as the introduction of the groundbreaking Eee PCTM, the ingenious use of renewable materials like leather and bamboo in notebooks and the incorporation of its proprietary power-saving Super Hybrid Engine technology into its notebooks and motherboards. By pioneering many new innovations, trends and technologies that have had a genuine impact on its customers' lives and the Earth at large, ASUS hopes to garner mindshare as well as market share.

To succeed in the ultra-competitive IT industry, ASUS focuses on speed-to-market, cost and service. That is why every ASUS employee strives to master the "ASUS Way of Total Quality Management" in order to fulfill the "Persistent Perfection" promise of the brand. Guided by these precepts, ASUS has developed a strong advantage in product design, technology, quality and value/cost. These advantages in turn constitute ASUS' formula for success-allowing marketing to communicate these strengths to win our consumers' hearts.



 

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# Asus Crosshair IVSteve 2010-07-07 10:47
I would like to know if a dvd drive can connect to this motherboard. I look on the board and i don't see where the ribbon from the dvd drive is to connect to the motherboard. Can you please inform me as to how to work around this in installing the softwares.
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# RE: Asus Crosshair IVOlin Coles 2010-07-07 11:48
This motherboard only has SATA connections. There is no support for legacy hardware such as IDE drives of floppy drives.
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# RE: ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AMD-890FX MotherboardKryztian 2010-08-02 13:40
I'm going to build a system in about 3 months and this is the specs I would like to include:

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz
ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX
ASUS EAH5970/2DIS/2GD5 Radeon HD 5970 2GB
8GB Memory (2x 4GB)

I'm doing a research about what memory would be the most compatible and with most performance for this system. I personally like Kingston, but some friends recommended me Corsair or OCz.

What company and what model would you recommend me for this system?

Thanks...

By the way... your reviews are awesome. Thanks a lot for your time.
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# Purpose?Olin Coles 2010-08-02 14:11
The question shouldn't be which brand... it should be what are you going to do with this computer?
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# RecommendJustin 2010-08-17 08:22
Crucial Ballistix Extream Performance 240-pin DIMM, DDR3 PC3-12800 memory module Affordable And Very Fast!
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# Also:Justin 2010-08-17 08:36
Gives Me 7.3 For 4Gb (2x2Gb) For Memory Operations Per Second,Its Not 7.9 But I'm Sure With 8-16Gb Of It You Will Be Doing Whatever You Want,I Am Running The M4A79XTD EVO At The Moment With This Ram And Its Amazing,I'm Looking In To Buying This Crosshair Board To Replace The EVO And I'm Loading It Up With 8Gb Of Crucial,But Whatever You Decide To Do Is Your Choice Its Your Pc.
Good Day!
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# CPU Cooler For the crosshair IVDamien OBrien 2010-09-24 12:06
I am building a new system in the near future. I settled on the crosshair IV for my motherboard. I was wondering anyone if could tell me if the cooler master V6 cooler would fit without blocking the first ddr slot? Or if anyone has the dimmensions for the cpu area.
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# RE: CPU Cooler For the crosshair IVPatrick 2011-01-19 16:09
I have crosshair IV and cooler master V6GT and fits and works great, however be prepared to have to remove the motherboard to fit the cooler and it well only fit inside very large cases.
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# .RE: CPU Cooler?Bigolddog 2013-05-12 14:40
I have a CoolerMaster V10 CPU Cooler my Crosshair Formula IV motherboard and I run Ripsaw 1800MGz 4X2 memory ram
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# NB!!zelove 2010-11-25 10:43
What do you think about the hot north bridge issues!?
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# CaseChris 2010-12-14 09:30
What size case will work with this motherboard?
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# Full Size ATXBruceBruce 2010-12-14 09:33
This is a full size ATX form factor motherboard. 90% of all computer cases on sale throughout the world are designed for standard ATX motherboards.
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# cosminholuis@hotmail .comcosme luis s da s 2010-12-20 07:35
crosshair iv formula memoriy [2x2] amd phenom 2x6 1090t black edition 3.2ghz
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