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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

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

The Battlefield franchise has been known to demand a lot from PC graphics hardware. DICE (Digital Illusions CE) has incorporated their Frostbite-1.5 game engine with Destruction-2.0 feature set with Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 features destructible environments using Frostbit Destruction-2.0, and adds gravitational bullet drop effects for projectiles shot from weapons at a long distance. The Frostbite-1.5 game engine used on Battlefield: Bad Company 2 consists of DirectX-10 primary graphics, with improved performance and softened dynamic shadows added for DirectX-11 users.

At the time Battlefield: Bad Company 2 was published, DICE was also working on the Frostbite-2.0 game engine. This upcoming engine will include native support for DirectX-10.1 and DirectX-11, as well as parallelized processing support for 2-8 parallel threads. This should improve performance for users with an multi-core CPUs like the Intel Core-i7 processor and the AMD 1090T used in this test. Unfortunately, the Extreme Edition Intel Core i7-980X six-core CPU with twelve threads will not see full utilization.

In our benchmark tests of Battlefield: Bad Company 2, the first three minutes of action in the single-player raft night scene are captured with FRAPS. Relative to the online multiplayer action, these frame rate results are nearly identical to daytime maps with the same video settings.

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These test results are more interesting. Note that overclocking the ASUS Crosshair III Formula motherboard resulted in no performance improvement at all, but overclocking the 890FX-based Crosshair IV Formula motherboard resulted in an 8% improvement. Also, as we saw in the Unigine Heaven 2.0 benchmark, the 790FX-based Crosshair III motherboard turned in better performance at its stock clock speeds than the newer motherboard...almost 7% better, in fact. The real question is why the results for the stock-clocked Crosshair IV are as low as they are, and I can't come up with a theory why they should be. Sometimes, all you can do is run the benchmark and report the results.



 

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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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