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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

Crosshair IV Formula Features

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Phenom II/Athlon II/ Sempron 100 Series Processors (AM3 CPU)

This motherboard supports AMD Socket AM3 multi-core processors with unique L3 cache and delivers better overclocking capabilities with less power consumption. It features dual-channel DDR3 1333 memory support and accelerates data transfer rate up to 5200MT/s via HyperTransport 3.0 based system bus. This motherboard also supports AMD CPUs in the new 45nm manufacturing process.

AMD 890FX Chipset

AMD 890FX Chipset is designed to support up to 5.2GT/s HyperTransport 3.0 (HT 3.0) interface speed and dual PCI Express 2.0 x16 graphics. It is optimized with AMD latest AM3 and multi-core CPUs to provide excellent system performance and overclocking capabilities.

DDR3 2000(O.C.) Support

This motherboard supports DDR3 2000(O.C.) that provides faster data transfer rate and more bandwith to increase memory computing efficiency, enhancing system performance in 3D graphics and other memory demanding applications.

ATI CrossFireX Technology

ATI's CrossFireX boosts image quality along with rendering speed, eliminating the need to scale down screen resolution to get high quality images. CrossFireX allows higher anti-aliasing, anisotropic filtering, shading, and texture settings. Adjust your display configurations, experiment with the advanced 3D settings, and check the effects with a real-time 3D-rendered previews within ATI Catalyst Control Center.

PCIe 2.0 support

This motherboard supports the latest PCIe 2.0 devices for double speed and bandwidth which enhances system performance.

ROG Connect

Monitor the status of your desktop PC and tweak its parameters in real-time via a notebook-just like a race car engineer-with ROG Connect. ROG Connect links your main system to a notebook through a USB cable, allowing you to view real-time POST code and hardware status readouts on your notebook, as well as make on-the-fly parameter adjustments at a purely hardware level.

GameFirst

Low Internet latency allows you to frag more, and get fragged less. That's why ROG has introduced GameFirst, a feature that manages the flow of traffic according to your needs so that you can still listen to online music, download and upload files, and engage in Internet chats without sacrificing the low ping times you need to pwn your opponents.

iROG

The iROG is a special IC which enables several ROG highlitghted functions that gives users full disposal of the motherboard at any stage! This design allows advanced user control and management to be processed purely at a hardware level. iROG greatly increases fun during overclocking for PC enthusiasts and it offers system maintainence and management with more control and efficiency.

ProbeIt

ProbeIt takes the guesswork out of locating the motherboard's measurement points, identifying them clearly in the form of 7 sets of detection points so you'll know exactly where to get quick yet accurate readings using a multitester.

MemOK!

Memory compatibility is among the top concerns when it comes to computer upgrades. Worry no more, MemOK! is the fastest memory booting solution today. This remarkable memory rescue tool requires nothing but a push of a button to patch memory issues and get your system up and running in no time. The technology is able to determine failsafe settings that can dramatically improve system booting success.

CPU Level Up

Ever wish that you could have a more expansive CPU? Upgrade your CPU at no additional cost with ROG's CPU Level Up! Simply pick the processor you wanted to OC to, and the motherboard will do the rest! See the new CPU speed and enjoy that performance instantly. Overclocking is never as easy as this.

Voltiminder LED

In the pursuit of extreme performance, overvoltage adjustment is critical but risky. Acting as the "red zone" of a tachometer, the Voltiminder LED displays the voltage status for CPU, NB, SB, and Memory in a intuitive color-coded fashion. The voltiminder LED allows quick voltage monitoring for overclockers.

Extreme Tweaker

Extreme Tweakers is the one stop shop to fine-tune your system to optimal performance. No matter if you're looking for frequency adjustment, over-voltage options, or memory timing settings, they're all here!

COP EX

The COP EX allows overclockers to increase chipset voltages without the worries of overheating. It can also be used to monitor and save an overheating GPU. The COP EX allows more freedom and less constraint for maximum performance achievement.

Loadline Calibration

Maintaining ample voltage support for the CPU is critical during overclocking. The Loadline Calibration ensures stable and optimal CPU voltage under heavy loading. It helps overclockers enjoy the motherboard's ultimate OC capabilities and benchmark scores.

Onboard Switch

With an easy press during overclock, this exclusive onboard switch allows gamer to effortlessly fine-tune the performance without having to short the pins or moving jumpers!

Q-Connector

The Q-Connector allows you to connect or disconnect chassis front panel cables in one easy step with one complete module. This unique adapter eliminates the trouble of plugging in one cable at a time, making connection quick and accurate



 

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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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