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Written by David Ramsey   
Thursday, 27 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 AM3 Motherboard Specifications

CPU AMD Socket AM3; Phenom II /Athlon II /Sempron 100 Series Processors
AMD 140W CPU Support
AMD Cool 'n' Quiet Technology
Supports 45nm CPU
Chipset AMD 890FX/SB850
System Bus Up to 5200 MT/s ; HyperTransport 3.0
Memory 4 x DIMM, Max. 16 GB, DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1800(O.C.)/1600(O.C.)/1333/1066 ECC,Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel memory architecture
*Refer to www.asus.com or user manual for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists)
**Due to OS limitation, when installing total memory of 4GB capacity or more, Windows 32-bit operation system may only recognize less than 3GB. Hence, a total installed memory of less than 3GB is recommended.
Expansion Slots 3 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (dual @ x16, triple @x16 x8 x8)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x4
2 x PCI 2.2
Multi-GPU Support Support ATI CrossFireX Technology graphics cards
Storage SB850 Chipset
6 xSATA 6Gb/s ports Support RAID 0,1,5,10
JMicron JMB363 PATA and SATA controller
1 xSATA 3Gb/s port (Black)
1 xExternal power SATA 3Gb/s port on rear (SATA On-the-Go)
* Due to the Windows XP/ Vista limitation, the RAID array with the total capacity over 2TB cannot be set as a boot disk. A RAID array over 2TB can only be set as a data disk only.
LAN Marvell 8059 Gigabit LAN controller
Audio SupremeFX X-Fi built-in 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- EAX Advanced HD 4.0
- X-Fi CMSS-3D
- X-Fi Crystalizer
- Creative ALchemy
- Supports Blu-ray audio layer content protection
- Supports 1 Optical S/PDIF out port at back I/O
- Supports 1 x S/PDIF out header
- Supports Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
IEEE 1394 2 x 1394a port(s) (1 port at back I/O, 1 port onboard)
USB NEC USB 3.0 controller
- 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (at back I/O)
AMD SB850 chipset
- 12 x USB 2.0 ports (5 ports at mid-board, 7 ports at back I/O, 1 port at back I/O is also for ROG connect)
Overclocking Features ROG Connect
GameFirst
Extreme Tweaker
Power Design:
- 8+2 phase CPU power design
CPU Level Up
MemOK!
iROG
Loadline Calibration
Intelligent overclocking tools:
- ASUS TurboV Evo
- O.C Profile
Overclocking Protection:
- COP EX (Component Overheat Protection - EX)
- Voltiminder LED
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
Special Features Turbo Key II
Core Unlocker
ASUS Q-Connector
ASUS Q-Shield
ASUS Q-Fan 2
ASUS EZ Flash 2
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
ASUS MyLogo 3
Back Panel I/O Ports 1 x External SATA
1 x S/PDIF Out (Optical)
1 x IEEE 1394a
1 x LAN(RJ45) port
8 -Channel Audio I/O
1 x PS/2 Keyboard port(purple)
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
7 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (1 port is also for ROG Connect)
1 x ROG Connect On/Off switch
1 x Clr CMOS switch
Internal I/O Connectors 3 x USB 2.0 connectors supports additional 5 USB 2.0 ports
6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (Red)
1 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (Black)
8 x Fan connectors: 1 x CPU / 1 x PWR / 3 x Chassis / 3 x Optional
7 x ProbeIt measurement points
3 x Thermal sensor connectors
1 x IEEE1394a connector
1 x SPDIF_out connector
1 x 24-pin ATX power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 x En/Dis-able Clr CMOS switch
1 x Core unlocker switch
1 x Turbo key II switch
1 x Power on switch
1 x Reset switch
1 x OC Station Header
1 x Go Button
System panel connector
BIOS 16 Mb Flash ROM AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI2.0a Multi-Language BIOS
Manageability WOL by PME,WOR by PME,PXE
Accessories User's manual
1 x I/O Shield
1 x ROG Connect Cable
1 x 2-in-1 ASUS Q-Connector Kit
1 x 2-in-1 SATA 6Gb/s Cables
2 x 2-in-1 SATA 3Gb/s Signal Cables
1 x 2-port USB2.0 + ESATA Module
1 x Crossfire Cable
1 x Cable Ties Pack
1 x ROG Theme Label
1 x 12-in-1 ROG Cable Label
Support Disc Support DVD:
- Drivers and applications
* ASUS PC Probe II
* ASUS Update
* ASUS AI Suite
* Sound Blaster X-Fi Utility
* Kaspersky Anti-Virus 1-year license
Form Factor ATX Form Factor
12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x24.5 cm )



 

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