Asus ROG Crosshair IV Formula
With the testing drawn to a close it's now time to take off our testing hats and comment. I hate to say it but there isn't a lot to say as quite frankly it's an excellent motherboard. Throughout the testing procedure it performed exactly as it should, matching and even surpassing it's 890GX sibling. Out of all the Socket AM3 motherboards tested, the Crosshair IV Formula has been the most forgiving as we relentlessly ramped up CPU, Northbridge and Memory frequencies. The motherboard successfully combined both form and function, by offering a stylish appearance and a very usable board layout.
The Crosshair IV Formula sports an extensive feature list. To some, the ROG modcons might be considered "gimmicky", but every single one of it's utilities have genuine purposes. For novices, the automated overclocking functions (Turbo Key and TurboV) are absolutely invaluable. These utilities do not require any prerequisite overclocking knowledge and truly define the meaning of free and easy performance gains. Meanwhile, the more adventurous users are presented with a number of excellent diagnosis and tweaking utilities as well as a fantastic BIOS.
As far as high end Socket AM3 motherboards go, this one must be among the best. If value for money is a concern then this motherboard is definitely not for you. As much as I would like to complement this particular offering all day long, there's no avoiding the fact that the price of the Crosshair IV Formula lies in Intel Core i7 X58 territory. As my colleague's take on the Phenom II X6 1090T processor reveals, AMD are effectively pitching their six core processors against Intel's Core i7 Quad Core processors.
All things considered, the Republic of Gamers division is not about value for money or for that matter, common sense. If you live, eat and breath AMD, and are able to fully justify the added premium for additional features, then this is your motherboard. We would love to offer the Crosshair IV Formula the "Best in Class" award but with plenty of AMD 8 series boards to test, only time will tell if we can...
- Excellent Overclocker
- Excellent Automated Overclock Functionality
- Sensible Board Layout
- Asus Core Unlocking Functionality
- ROG Connect works a treat
- Creative X-Fi Software Offers Improved Sound Quality
- Questionable VDroop with LLC set to Auto or Disabled