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

20-04-2010, 06:12:00

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

Looking forward to hearing more on this!Quote

20-04-2010, 07:36:14

I'm guessing its a DDR3 board?Quote

20-04-2010, 12:41:34

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

All of these new ROG boards are just awesome.Quote

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