Asus ROG Crosshair IV Formula Preview

In the flesh...

 

 

 

 



In the flesh...

Due to the board under a strict NDA, we will have to remain tight lipped about the board's performance results however TTL has kindly recorded a sneak peek video of the Crosshair IV Formula.

We were glad to see that Asus have refreshed the ROG Crosshair styling, dropping the previous blue and white colour scheme with a more pleasant red and black. It's also quite evident that the feature rich Crosshair IV runs the risk of being deemed somewhat cluttered. That said, Asus have done well to place components in a sensible fashion but it certainly does appear cramped regardless.

There are no PCI-Express 1x/2x slots but one must remind themselves that PCI-Express 16x slots are backwards compatible, thus permitting x4/x2/x1 Sound/RAID/WiFi cards to be used. Certainly for a board of it's calibre, it makes far more sense to implement enough expansion slots for four way CrossfireX instead. Do note however that if you are crazy enough to be able to justify four way CrossfireX, you will need a single slot cooler of some form as a result of the slot spacings between PCI-E #3 and #4...

All six of the SB850 powered SATA ports are side mounted, saving space and also aiding cable management. The Motherboard's power regulation modules, Northbridge and Southbridge are cooled by a single heatpipe solution. No active cooling solution is required.

From what we have seen thus far, the Crosshair IV Formula may well have what it takes to be a true successor to the outgoing 790FX model. Feature wise the board is a fair but incremental improvement. Over the next seven days leading up to the product's launch we will be pushing this 890FX wonder through it's paces to ascertain it's strengths and weaknesses as an ultra high end platform. Given our previous experience with the Asus ROG range, our expectations are set sky high as search for our next favourite Socket AM3 solution. So long as the Crosshair IV isn't all show and no go, we could well be onto something rather special indeed...

You can expect the full review on the 27th of April when the NDA is lifted, you can discuss this in our forums.

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20-04-2010, 05:59:39

tinytomlogan
We couldnt hold it in anylonger, we just had to give you an early look at the CH4!

Continue ReadingQuote

20-04-2010, 06:12:00

AMD_PBz
Awesome stuff thanks for posting Tom. Now if only the ch4 extreme will be available at launch day I'll be a satisfied customer they have today listed msi 890fx-gd70 for pre order but nothing from Asus Quote

20-04-2010, 06:54:24

alexhull24
Looking forward to hearing more on this!Quote

20-04-2010, 07:36:14

nunzio
I'm guessing its a DDR3 board?Quote

20-04-2010, 12:41:34

alexhull24
Yes, it will be since it's a performance board based on AM3 socket. Another thing to bear in mind, not that it's as important at the moment, but as with the Crosshair III Formula, no SLI on this board, only CrossfireX.Quote

20-04-2010, 14:10:15

delusion77
All of these new ROG boards are just awesome.Quote

20-04-2010, 15:56:31

osshead
even though amd is not in my line of fire, i really like your reviews tom. nicely done mate!Quote

26-04-2010, 09:29:56

barkaway
yeah tom is the man:-)8)Quote

26-04-2010, 10:37:51

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='osshead'
even though amd is not in my line of fire, i really like your reviews tom. nicely done mate!
Mul wrote the preview, I just did the video for some optical stimulation

Full review live tomorrow btw, along with some AMD hexcore goodness Quote

26-04-2010, 11:00:54

alexhull24
Sounds great, looking forward to seeing what Asus and AMD can offer. On paper it seems to make a lot more economical sense than Intel, but as we know that's not the be all and end all if you want top notch performance.Quote

26-04-2010, 11:05:18

barkaway
im not gonna get the Hexcore, all i want is the crosshair IV, then maybe next year ill buy bulldozer when i comes:-)Quote

26-04-2010, 16:30:38

AMD_PBz
Well It's getting down to the final hours It's been a long boring wait, money's in the bank Ipod's fully charged pages are bookmarked Redbull's in the Fridge I'm gonna be up all night if need be 1090T will be mine and than all I'll have to wait for is CH4 Extreme Quote

26-04-2010, 16:48:05

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='AMD_PBz'
Well It's getting down to the final hours It's been a long boring wait, money's in the bank Ipod's fully charged pages are bookmarked Redbull's in the Fridge I'm gonna be up all night if need be 1090T will be mine and than all I'll have to wait for is CH4 Extreme
5am NDA break fella, Im just off to bed early to make sure the reviews are up bang on time!Quote

26-04-2010, 16:50:32

AMD_PBz
ITS 5pm HERE great Idea TomQuote

26-04-2010, 16:51:10

delusion77
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='barkaway'
im not gonna get the Hexcore, all i want is the crosshair IV, then maybe next year ill buy bulldozer when i comes:-)
Bulldozer looks like a super versatile chip, and its a whole new architecture so we can finally move away from K10 [although AMD still has Fusion Llano planed( K10 quadcore + redwood GPU)] I think my build will be using Bulldozer aswellQuote

26-04-2010, 17:00:05

barkaway
Yeah, dont see any point in getting the tuban since i have a 965 already.. Ill buy the crosshair IV and when bulldozer comes ill upgrade the cpu:-)Quote
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