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ASUS Crosshair V Formula Z Motherboard Review

formerstaff    -   June 3, 2013
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Specifications:

 

CPU
AMD 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
Chipset
AMD 990FX/SB950
Memory
 
4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 2400(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1800(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 MHz ECC, Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel Memory Architecture
* Refer to www.asus.com or user manual for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).
* Due to OS limitation, when installing total memory of 4GB capacity or more, Windows® 32-bit operation system may only recognize less than 3GB. Install a 64-bit Windows® OS when you want to install 4GB or more memory on the motherboard.
System Bus
Up to 5.2 GT/s HyperTransport™ 3.0
Multi-GPU Support
Supports NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ Technology
Supports NVIDIA® 3-Way SLI™ Technology
Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX™ Technology
Expansion Slots
3 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (dual x16 or x16/x8/x8)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode)
2 x PCIe 2.0 x1
Storage
AMD SB950 controller :
6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), red
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
ASMedia® ASM1061 controller :
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), red
2 x eSATA 6Gb/s port(s), red
Audio
SupremeFX III built-in 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
Audio Feature :
- SupremeFX Shielding™ Technology
- 1500 uF Audio Power Capacitor
- Gold-plated jacks
- Blu-ray audio layer Content Protection
- DTS Ultra PC II
- DTS Connect
- Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
USB Ports
ASMedia® 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 Features
ROG Connect :
- RC Diagram
- RC Remote
- RC Poster
- GPU TweakIt
Extreme Engine Digi+ II :
- 8 + 2 phase power design
- 2 -phase Memory power design
UEFI BIOS features :
- ROG BIOS Print
- GPU.DIMM Post
iROG
Extreme Tweaker
Overclocking Protection :
- COP EX (Component Overheat Protection - EX)
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
Special Features
ASUS Power Design :
- ASUS EPU
TurboV
ASUS Exclusive Features :
- AI Suite II
- Ai Charger+
- USB 3.0 Boost
- Disk Unlocker
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution :
- ASUS Fan Xpert
ASUS EZ DIY :
- ASUS O.C. Profile
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
- ASUS MyLogo 3
ASUS Q-Design :
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS Q-Code
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
- ASUS Q-Slot
- ASUS Q-DIMM
- ASUS Q-Connector
Back I/O Ports
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)
2 x eSATA 6Gb/s
1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
4 x USB 3.0
8 x USB 2.0 (one port can be switched to ROG Connect)
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
6 x Audio jack(s)
1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
1 x ROG Connect On/ Off switch(es)
internal I/O Ports
1 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)
1 x TPM connector(s)
8 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)
1 x DirectKey Button(s)
1 x DRCT header(s)
8 x ProbeIt Measurement Points
3 x Thermal sensor connector(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 Go Button(s)
1 x FastBoot switch(es)
Accessories
User'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 12 in 1 ROG Cable Label(s)
BIOS
 
64Mb Flash ROM, UEFI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI2.0a, Multi-Language BIOS
Manageability
 
WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE
Support Disc
Drivers
GameFirst II
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
DAEMON Tools Pro Standard
ROG CPU-Z
ASUS WebStorage
ASUS Utilities (AI SUITE II/TurboV EVO/ASUS Update)
Form Factor
ATX Form Factor
12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )
 
 
 

 

 

Features:

  • Extreme Engine Digi+ II: Powerful combination of analog and digital design elements The Extreme Engine Digi+ II has been upgraded, while the digital VRM design allows you to achieve ultimate performance with adjustable CPU and memory power management frequencies. Precise adjustments create greater efficiency, stability, and performance for total system control.
  • GameFirst II :The speed you need to pwn Low Internet latency allows you to frag more, and get fragged less. That's why ROG has introduced GameFirst, a feature that manages the flow of traffic according to your needs so that you can still listen to online music, download and upload files, and engage in Internet chats without sacrificing the low ping times you need to pwn your opponents.
  • GPU.DIMM Post: Easily check the status of your graphics cards and memory in the BIOS! Notice potential problems even before you enter the OS! Overclockers can save valuable minutes in detecting component failure under extreme conditions. With GPU.DIMM Post, quickly and easily check your graphics cards and memory DIMMs status in the BIOS, potentially keeping that record-breaking overclock!
  • ROG CPU-Z : Whole new design of CPU-Z ROG CPU-Z is a customized ROG version authorized by CPUID. It has the same functionality and credibility as the original version, with a unique design. Use the whole new look of ROG CPU-Z to truly report your CPU related information and your uniqueness
  • DAEMON Tools Pro Standard:The real tool for optical and virtual discs DAEMON Tools Pro offers essential functionality to backup CD, DVD and Blu-ray discs. It converts optical media into virtual discs and emulates devices to work with the virtual copies. DAEMON Tools Pro organizes data, music, video and photo collections on a PC, notebook or netbook.
  • Intel Gigabit LAN : Experience the fast network connectivity! The LAN solution from Intel has been long known to have a better throughput, lower CPU utilization as well as better stability. With the Intel Gigabit LAN solution onboard, the ultimate network experience can therefore be delivered to its users like never before
  • SLI™/CrossFireX™ On-Demand: Why choose when you can have both? SLI™ or CrossFireX™? Fret no longer because with the Crosshair V Formula-Z you’ll be able to run both multi-GPU setups. The board features SLI™/CrossFire™ on Demand technology, supporting up to four graphics cards in a Quad-GPU SLI or 3-Way SLI™ / CrossFireX™ configuration. Whichever path you take, you can be assured of jaw-dropping graphics at a level previously unseen.
  • DDR3 2400(O.C.) Support :This motherboard supports DDR3 2400(O.C.) that provides faster data transfer rate and more bandwith to increase memory computing efficiency, enhancing system performance in 3D graphics and other memory demanding applications.
  • ROG Connect: Plug and Overclock - Tweak it the hardcore way! Monitor the status of your desktop PC and tweak its parameters in real-time via a notebook—just like a race car engineer—with ROG Connect. ROG Connect links your main system to a notebook through a USB cable, allowing you to view real-time POST code and hardware status readouts on your notebook, as well as make on-the-fly parameter adjustments at a purely hardware level.
  • CPU Level Up: A simple click for instant upgrade! Ever wish that you could have a more expansive CPU? Upgrade your CPU at no additional cost with ROG's CPU Level Up! Simply pick the processor you wanted to OC to, and the motherboard will do the rest! See the new CPU speed and enjoy that performance instantly. Overclocking is never as easy as this.
  • BIOS Print : One click, easily share your BIOS settings ROG offers a whole new EFI BIOS feature to handle the demands of an overclocking experience. Crosshair V Formula-Z features ROG BIOS Print which allows users to easily share their BIOS settings to others with the press of a button. The days of using a camera to take BIOS screenshot are over.

 

Additional Exclusive Features:

  • ROG Connect :
  •  RC Diagram
  • RC Remote
  •  RC Poster
  •  GPU TweakIt
  • Extreme Engine Digi+ II :
  •  8 + 2 phase power design
  •  2 -phase Memory power design
  • UEFI BIOS features :
  • ROG BIOS Print
  •  GPU.DIMM Post
  • iROG
  • Extreme Tweaker
  • Overclocking Protection :
  • COP EX (Component Overheat Protection - EX)
  •  ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
  • Special Features
  • ASUS Power Design :
  •  ASUS EPU 
  • TurboV
  • ASUS Exclusive Features :
  •  AI Suite II
  •  Ai Charger+
  •  USB 3.0 Boost
  •  Disk Unlocker
  • ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution :
  •  ASUS Fan Xpert 
  • ASUS EZ DIY :
  • ASUS O.C. Profile
  • ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 - ASUS EZ Flash 2 
  •  ASUS MyLogo 3 
  • ASUS Q-Design :
  •  ASUS Q-Shield
  •  ASUS Q-Code
  •  ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
  •  ASUS Q-Slot
  •  ASUS Q-DIMM 
  •  ASUS Q-Connector

 

All Information provided by ASUS USA:http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/CROSSHAIR_V_FORMULAZ/#specifications




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