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ASUS Crosshair V Formula 990FX Motherboard Review

ajmatson    -   May 30, 2011
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Conclusion:

I went into this review with open arms and high expectations and was satisfied on every account. First, let me start off with the features of the board. This thing has everything under the sun, from a number of USB 3.0 ports and headers to all SATA 6Gbps interfaces. There was not one time I said, "man, I wish there was a port for that." The one thing that I do wish was included was the Bluetooth connectivity that we have seen on some of the other ROG boards for Intel chips. I was quite surprised, with a board designed for overclocking and featuring a rather full feature set, that this was not included. Hopefully we will see this included on a future Crosshair board, possibly a Crosshair Extreme board. One other thing of note about the feature set is that the Crosshair V comes in two flavors. The one we reviewed today was the base Crosshair V Formula and the other, which will be launching sometime in the near future, will include the ASUS Thunderbolt add-on card.

Overclocking the Crosshair V Formula was a joy with the new UEFI BIOS and the improved TurboV utility. Even without the ROG Connect, you can simply and easily push your system to the best performance possible. On air, I was able to achieve 4.213GHz with little effort. The ROG Connect feature takes the overclocking to a new level, allowing you to boot, tweak and even reset a failed overclock from another notebook, leaving you from having to move from the seat. ASUS includes an Auto Tuning feature in the TurboV utility that does a real good job at overclocking the system with no effort. The fast auto tune settings pushed out an amazing 3.82GHz in mere seconds. The Extreme setting was able to tweak the system a little more, topping out at almost 4GHz, all on its own — talk about a smart system.

Overall, the ASUS Crosshair V Formula is one motherboard that deserves to be held on the pedestal it created. Throughout the whole review, it did not falter and not once did I have a problem with the usability. NVIDIA users will definitely be pleased with the inclusion of SLI support and the ability to use the ROG Xpander, giving users the freedom to finally choose their path. I am looking forward to seeing the future AMD AM3+ boards from ASUS and its Thunderbolt add-on for the combo set. With the new features I encountered on the ASUS Crosshair V Formula, I don't think I can ever go back to the older boards I was using. Call me spoiled, but this motherboard just set my expectations high for the new chipset and delivered in a awesome way.

 

Pros:

  • Very stable platform for the new 990FX chipset.
  • Republic of Gamer features, such as ROG Connect and more.
  • Support for both CrossFire and SLI.
  • USB 3.0 support via ports and headers
  • Full SATA 6.0Gbps for all onboard ports.
  • Stable design while running both stock and overclocked.
  • ASUS branded features such as Digi+ VRM, UEFI BIOS, AI Suite II, and more.
  • Impressive feature set for fellow AMD followers.

 

Cons:

  • No Bluetooth for the ROG Connect feature.


 

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