ASUS Crosshair V Formula 990FX Review


ASUS Crosshair V Formula Review


Today's review is a bit of a double-edged sword. On the one hand we can directly compare it against current AM3-based motherboards, but on the other we know that the primary reason for its existence, the Bulldozer CPUs, aren't yet upon us and so we're only scratching the surface of the potential available.

However we have always had a belief that we can't review things based upon potential, but rather we want to see how it performs right now so that if it was our money, would we be happy?

With the ASUS Crosshair V Formula we definitely would.

Even using a processor that isn't designed to maximise the board, the AMD 1095T, the Crosshair V Formula gave us results significantly better than we'd achieved on the Crosshair IV Formula.

The cornerstone of the AMD philosophy is that you can upgrade gradually without your current hardware being rendered obsolete the second your new motherboard is out of the packaging (are you listening Intel?). Rather you can retain your current AM3 based system, slot the Crosshair V Formula in and know that when we're all singing "Zambezi, Zambezi, Zambezi, Zam I'll find a way" you've already got a way, because your whole system is just a CPU swap away from awesomeness.

The ASUS Crosshair V Formula is bristling with features to take advantage of in the interim. So many design choices hit the sweet spot from the plethora of USB 3.0 ports to the choice of all SATA3 all the time, the CH5F is deserving of its ROG branding.

Whilst pricing isn't available at the time of going to press, knowing the Formula moniker ensures this wont be priced to the enthusiast sector is encouraging. There certainly isn't anything that springs to mind which would make the Extreme variant, if one such thing exists, worth holding out for.

The Formula is well built, looks the business, has the brilliant UEFI BIOS and will breathe new life into your current setup. Assuming it comes in under the £200 bracket we expect, there is no reason why it isn't worthy of anything other than Gold.

Now bring on the Bulldozers.


Thanks to ASUS for providing the Crosshair V Formula for review. Discuss in our forums.

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31-05-2011, 16:53:43

Fodr Kreatr
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.

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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

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

01-06-2011, 05:09:59

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

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

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