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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Most Recent Comments

30-03-2010, 13:33:15

The_ChamP
But will i need a coolant after i unlock ??

30-03-2010, 14:23:58

The_ChamP

the board does support core unlocking within the bios according to the msi website.

enter bios menu> CELL MENU> and change the UNLOCK CPU CORE into auto and enable ACC (advanced clock calibration)




I found ACC but there is no option like unlock cpu core...
and what option should i choose for acc..auto or sumthng other

30-03-2010, 15:24:17

Ghosthud1
change ACC too auto :D
there is a unlock core option on one of my msi boards, but its just ACC renamed lol

30-03-2010, 19:31:33

The_ChamP
I changed acc to auto..still showing 2 cores only..what to do now ?

even changed acc to all cores
still no luck :(

30-03-2010, 20:12:36

The_ChamP
the unlock cpu core u were referring ..i found it..lol i dnt rem d name even thogh i just visited bios moments ago..
dere was option to change it to special..dat did d trick...
i changed it to special..
acc..all cores

and pressed f10..
dats it..d pc wont boot..
i tried starting pc after 1o mins still it didnt on..finally i had to clear cmos[theres a button on my mobo]
and den d pc started

30-03-2010, 20:20:06

The_ChamP
went in d bios again...
d name is ec firmware which i changed from normal to special

dis time i changed acc to auto and den exited bios..same result pc wont boot..
so had to clear cmos again...

where m i goin wrong ?

30-03-2010, 20:48:17

Ghosthud1
the cpu you are trying to unlock has broken or defunctional locked cores so it's staying as a dual core and there is no other way around it.

30-03-2010, 21:21:16

The_ChamP
so dats amd's fault or d shop's fault from where i bought it ?

30-03-2010, 23:00:39

ppuff
To market the chip as a X2, AMD either disabled the other two cores or they were no good. Sounds like you god one with bad cores and thats why you can't unlock. No fault of AMD or the shop, unless the shop told you that it could be "definitely" unlocked. If you definitely want a 4 core chip then you have to buy a 4 core chip, otherwise its just a matter of luck when it comes to unlocking a X2.

30-03-2010, 23:23:10

The_ChamP
Hard luck den :(
Will try again doin sum changes in bios again...
otherwise have o work with 2 cores..no option

thanx for all d replies guys
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