ASUS Crosshair V Formula 990FX Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

ASUS Crosshair V Formula Review

Introduction

It's been quiet on the AMD front for a little while now. Thankfully the wait for something groundbreaking to appear is nearly over with the much vaunted Bulldozer (Zambezi) processors just over the horizon.

In anticipation of those CPUs the first 990FX motherboards are starting to appear and we've got the ASUS Crosshair V Formula on the bench table today.

Obviously this is only a part of the new wave of AMD products. However as the Bulldozer processors have yet to appear and in keeping with the AMD business model of gradually upgrading your PC whilst still retaining the majority of components, we're going to take a look at the Crosshair V Formula partnered to the current top of the line AMD processor, the 1095T.

Like the Boy Scouts it's best to be prepared, so is the Crosshair V Formula worthy of your pennies?

Technical Specifications

With the very latest chipset on board there is an extraordinary amount of technology squeezed into the Crosshair V. From the inclusion of official SLI support, through the plentiful USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbp/s ports, and on to the ability to support a whopping 32GB of Memory, this breathes yet more life into the AM3+ socket. Proof that the AMD method of allowing the user to gradually upgrade without needing a whole new system is one that still keeps on rocking. Intel could learn a lot from AMD in this department.

CPUAMD AM3+ FX™/Phenom™ II/Athlon™ II/Sempron™ 100 Series Processors
Supports AM3+ 32 nm CPU
Supports CPU up to 8 cores
Supports CPU up to 140 W
AMD Cool 'n' Quiet™ Technology
ChipsetAMD 990FX/SB950
Memory4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1800(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 Hz ECC, Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel Memory Architecture
Multi-GPU SupportSupports NVIDIA® 3-Way SLI™ Technology
Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX™ Technology
Expansion Slots3 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (dual x16 or x16, x8, x8)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x1
1 x PCI
StorageAMD SB950 controller :
6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), red
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
ASMedia® ASM1061 controller :
1 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), red
1 x eSATA 6Gb/s port(s), red
LANIntel®, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller
AudioSupremeFX X-Fi 2 built-in 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
Audio Feature :
- X-Fi® Xtreme Fidelity™ 
- EAX® Advanced™ HD 5.0 
- THX® TruStudio PRO™
- Creative ALchemy 
- Blu-ray audio layer Content Protection 
- Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
USB PortsASMedia® USB 3.0 controller :
6 x USB 3.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
AMD SB950 controller :
12 x USB 2.0 port(s) (8 at back panel, black+white, 4 at mid-board)
Overclocking FeaturesROG Connect :
- RC Diagram
- RC Remote
- RC Poster
- GPU TweakIt
Extreme Engine Digi+ :
- 8 + 2 phase power design
UEFI BIOS features :
- ROG BIOS Print
- GPU.DIMM Post
GameFirst
iROG
Extreme Tweaker
Overclocking Protection :
- COP EX (Component Overheat Protection - EX)
- Voltiminder LED
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
Special FeaturesASUS TPU :
- CPU Level UP
Core Unlocker
ASUS Exclusive Features :
- MemOK!
- AI Charger+
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution :
- ASUS Fan Xpert
ASUS EZ DIY :
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS O.C. Profile
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
- ASUS MyLogo 3
ASUS Q-Design :
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
- ASUS Q-Connector
Back I/O Ports1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)
1 x eSATA 6Gb/s
1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
4 x USB 3.0
8 x USB 2.0 (white port can be switched to ROG Connect)
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
6 x Audio jack(s)
1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
Internal I/O Ports1 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 port(s)
2 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 2.0 port(s)
7 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
2 x CPU Fan connector(s)
3 x Chassis Fan connector(s)
3 x Optional Fan connector(s)
1 x S/PDIF out header(s)
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
1 x System panel(s)
8 x ProbeIt Measurement Points
3 x Thermal sensor connector(s)
1 x En/Dis-able Clr CMOS header(s)
1 x EZ Plug connector(s) (4-pin Molex power connector)
1 x Power-on button(s)
1 x Reset button(s)
1 x CPU Level Up button(s)
1 x ROG Connect switch(es)
1 x Go Button(s)
AccessoriesUser's manual
I/O Shield
6 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
1 x 3-Way SLI bridge(s)
1 x SLI bridge(s)
1 x CrossFire cable(s)
1 x Q-connector(s) (2 in 1)
1 x ROG Connect cable(s)
1 x Cable ties pack(s)
1 x ROG theme label(s)
1 x 12 in 1 ROG Cable Label(s)
BIOS32Mb Flash ROM, UEFI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI2.0a, Multi-Language BIOS
ManageabilityWOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE
Support DiscDrivers
Sound Blaster® X-Fi 2 Utility
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
DAEMON Tools Pro Standard
ROG CPU-Z
ASUS Utilities
Form FactorATX Form Factor
12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )

 

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Most Recent Comments

31-05-2011, 16:53:43

Fodr Kreatr
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

Today we take a look at the latest AMD AM3 motherboard based upon the 990FX Chipset, the ASUS Crosshair V Formula.



Continue Reading
Nice to see Asus incorperating a new heatsink design - reminds me of the Gigabyte UD seriesQuote

31-05-2011, 16:55:10

Morbious Stone
Marvelous !! Thanks TomQuote

31-05-2011, 17:23:56

Sapsh
Thanks for review, but I still don't think I'd go for AMD....Quote

01-06-2011, 05:09:59

silenthill
very nice M/B I just hope that the FX series is going to be capable of competing with Intel's new Sandy Bridge and the upcoming X79 series but I really doubt it because AMD have been playing catch-up with no real competition with Intel for some time now. Quote

01-06-2011, 05:54:53

AraS
hard to make review without the new cpus , but looks good my new boardQuote
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