Asus ROG Crosshair IV Formula
Asus ROG Connect
Asus ROG serves as an (arguably) useful remote diagnosis and overclocking tool. By using the included USB cable to connect your Crosshair IV Formula to another desktop or laptop/netbook and installing the relevant software, it is possible to gain real time information about your system and even overclock on the fly. There are four main segments within the tool. TweakIt, Poster, Diagram and Remote.
RC TweakIt includes a number of vital overclocking parameters however it's not BIOS or AMD Overdrive replacement. It's largest limitation is the lack of Memory Frequency, CPU Multiplier and Northbridge or HTT Multiplier parameters. The options available do function well and at no point did the machine BSoD or Force Restart.
RC Diagram offers real time Frequency and Voltage information, displayed on multiple graphs. This is a particularly nice touch as it aids system monitoring while you're elsewhere. The Frequency and Voltage statistics were in keeping with the readings offered by other applications.
RC Poster is a particularly useful diagnosis tool. In the event that the system failed to boot, the current status of system initialisation is shown within the application. This can either be a String (as above) or a diagnosis code. If for example your memory was causing a failed system boot, the RC Poster should indicate the state the system is currently held at and in turn, allow you to diagnose the problem.
Feeling a little too lazy to switch your computer on? Simply use the RC Remote to toggle your system's power, restart and even clear CMOS.