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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

PCMark Vantage Test Results

PCMark Vantage is an objective hardware performance benchmark tool for PCs running 32- and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows 7. PCMark Vantage is well suited for benchmarking any type of Microsoft Windows Vista/7 PC: from multimedia home entertainment systems and laptops, to dedicated workstations and high-end gaming rigs. Benchmark Reviews has decided to use a few select tests from the suite to demonstrate simulate real-world processor usage in this article. Our tests were conducted on 64-bit Windows 7, with results displayed in the chart below.

TV and Movies Suite

  • TV and Movies 1 (CPU=50%, RAM=2%, GPU=45%, SSD=3%)
    • Two simultaneous threads
    • Video transcoding: HD DVD to media server archive
    • Video playback: HD DVD w/ additional lower bitrate HD content from HDD, as downloaded from net
  • TV and Movies 2 (CPU=50%, RAM=2%, GPU=45%, SSD=3%)
    • Two simultaneous threads
    • Video transcoding: HD DVD to media server archive
    • Video playback, HD MPEG-2: 19.39 Mbps terrestrial HDTV playback
  • TV and Movies 3 (SSD=100%)
    • HDD Media Center
  • TV and Movies 4 (CPU=50%, RAM=2%, GPU=45%, SSD=3%)
    • Video transcoding: media server archive to portable device
    • Video playback, HD MPEG-2: 48 Mbps Blu-ray playback

Gaming Suite*

  • Gaming 1 (CPU=30%, GPU=70%)
    • GPU game test
  • Gaming 2 (SSD=100%)
    • HDD: game HDD
  • Gaming 3 (CPU=75%, RAM=5%, SSD=20%)
    • Two simultaneous threads
    • CPU game test
    • Data decompression: level loading
  • Gaming 4 (CPU=42%, RAM=1%, GPU=24%, SSD=33%)
    • Three simultaneous threads
    • GPU game test
    • CPU game test
    • HDD: game HDD

Music Suite

  • Music 1 (CPU=50%, RAM=3%, GPU=13%, SSD=34%)
    • Three simultaneous threads
    • Web page rendering - w/ music shop content
    • Audio transcoding: WAV -> WMA lossless
    • HDD: Adding music to Windows Media Player
  • Music 2 (CPU=100%)
    • Audio transcoding: WAV -> WMA lossless
  • Music 3 (CPU=100%)
    • Audio transcoding: MP3 -> WMA
  • Music 4 (CPU=50%, SSD=50%)
    • Two simultaneous threads
    • Audio transcoding: WMA -> WMA
    • HDD: Adding music to Windows Media Player

* EDITOR'S NOTE: Hopefully our readers will carefully consider how relative PCMark Vantage is as "real-world" benchmark, since many of the tests rely on unrelated hardware components. For example, per the FutureMark PCMark Vantage White Paper document, Gaming test #2 weighs the storage device for 100% of the test score. In fact, according to PCMark Vantage the video card only impacts 23% of the total gaming score, but the CPU represents 37% of the final score. As our tests in this article (and many others) has already proven, gaming performance has a lot more to do with the GPU than the CPU, and especially more than the hard drive or SSD (which is worth 38% of the final gaming performance score).

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The stock-clocked Crosshair IV Formula and Crosshair III Formula motherboards are again neck-and-neck, with the 790FX-based Crosshair III actually pulling very slightly ahead in the TV and Movies and Gaming benchmarks. The 890FX-based board has a significant 12% advantage in the Music benchmark. Overclocked, the difference between the boards is within the margin of error for TV and Movies (less than 1% difference), but more significantly in favor of the 890FX board with 11% and 14% better performance in the Gaming and Music benchmarks.

One can always argue how relevant benchmark results are to real-world experiences, or how well they can serve as a predictor thereof. Of the tests in this suite, the TV and Movies is arguably the most "realistic" of the tests, and it's the one that shows the least difference between the platforms.



 

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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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