Asus ROG Crosshair IV Formula
It's been a busy week in the Overclock3D labs... While I'm sure many of you will have relished the warmth and sunshine of the weekend and perhaps a select few of you may have even participated in Sunday's London Marathon too, unfortunately the same cannot be said for our reviewing squad. They have been trapped indoors running a different sort of marathon; an extensive regime of component photography, tweaking and benchmarking. Yes, it's been a tiring week, but it has most certainly paid off as today we're proud to present a fully fledged review of the Asus ROG Crosshair IV Formula 890FX motherboard.
Following on from our previously published preview of the motherboard we can safely say that Asus, ROG and the board itself needs no introduction. For those who need a brief reminder of the Crosshair IV Formula's fundamental specifications they are as follows.
|Form Factor||ATX, 12" x 9.6" (30.5cm x 24.5cm)|
|Processor Support||AMD Socket AM3 Sempron 100/Athlon II X2/X3/X4 and Phenom II X2/X3/X4 Processors|
|Chipset||AMD 890FX / SB850 |
|Memory||4 x DIMM, Max. 16 GB 2000(OC)/1600/1333/1066 Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory|
Dual Channel memory architecture
|Expansion Slots||4 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (Operates in Dual 16x/16x, Triple 16x/8x/8x or Quad 8x/8x/8x/8x)|
2 x PCI
|Multi-GPU Support||ATi CrossfireX Supported|
AMD SB850 Southbridge
JMicron 363 SATA Controller.
|LAN||One Marvell 8059 PCI Express LAN 10/100/1000|
Creative SupremeFX X-Fi 7.1 Audio
|USB||AMD SB850 Southbridge|
- 12 x USB 2.0 ports (7 x Rear, 5 x Internal)
NEC USB 3.0 Controller
- 2 x rear USB 3.0 ports
|Firewire||2 x 1394a ports (1x Rear I/O, 1x Onboard)|
|Back Panel I/O||1 x PS/2 Keyboard|
1 x e-SATA
1 x LAN
6 x USB2.0/1.1 ports
1 x IEEE1394a port
1 x Clear CMOS switch
The Crosshair IV Formula looks brilliant on paper. However, it has much to achieve in order to surpass it's predecessor. On that note I believe it's time to cut the red tape and get testing!