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ASUS Crosshair V Formula 990FX Motherboard Review

ajmatson    -   May 30, 2011
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Specifications:

CPU
CPU Socket Type
AM3+
DRAM
DRAM Spec Supported
4 x DIMM, MAX 32GB,
DDR3-2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/
1800(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 ECC/Non-ECC,
Unbuffered Memory
*when using AM3 CPU
Chipset
Chipsets Used
AMD 990FX / SB950
BIOS
BIOS Update
EZFlash2
BIOS Structure
UEFI with EZ Mode
BIOS Feature
Multi-Language BIOS
GPT Installation via USB
Yes
Power Solution
CPU Power / iGPU
8 + 2 Phase Extreme Engine DIGI+
DRAM Power
2 Phase
Override CPU Load-Line
5 Steps Load-Line Calibration
Realtime adjustment of power behavior
Yes
Power Protection
Anti-Surge Protection
ESD Protection
ESD Guard
Power Saving
DIP2 (EPU)
Power Components
Inductor
Alloy Choke
MOSFET
Low RDS(on) MOSFET
Capacitor
FPCAP 5K Graded Premium Cap
Power Driver
Dual Driver
Debug Tools
Debug POST
QLED(CPU, DRAM, VGA, HDD)
Debug DRAM
MemOK!
Debug Power
Voltiminder LED
Networking
LAN Controller
Intel 82583V
Network Optimizer
GameFirst
Audio
Audio Solution
SupremeFX X-FI 2 built-in
Audio Features
EAX Advanced HD 5.0
THX TruStudio PRO
X-FI Xtreme Fidelity
Creative Alchemy
Bundled Applications
Realtime Monitor
AI Suite II
Realtime OC
Expansion Slots
PCIex16 (Red@x16)
2
PCIex16 (Red@x8)
1
PCIex16 (Red@x4)
1
PCIex1
1
PCI
1
VGA
Multi GPU
Quad-GPU
SLI™/CrossFireX™
Technology with two
cards
3 way SLI™ / CrossFireX™
*4 Way SLI™ Technology
with Xpander
Mass Storage
SATA 6GB/s Ports
7
SATA 3GB/s Ports
0
eSATA
1x eSATA6G
RAID Support
RAID 0,1,5,10
GPT Boot Support
Yes
2TB+ Support on non-GPT OS
Disk Unlocker
USB 3.0
6 (2 front, 4 rear) via
triple Asmedia USB 3.0
controller
USB 2.0
12 (4 ports at midboard;
7 ports at back panel, 1
white port shared with
ROG Connect)
1394
0
System Optimization
Power Optimization
DIP (EPU)
Performance Optimization
iROG
Unleashed msked out cores
Core Unlocker
Thermal Design
Headers
8 x Fan connectors: 2 x
CPU / 3 x Chassis / 3 x
Optional
Fan Control
Q-Fan with customizable
CPU and chassis fan
Curve
FanXpert with
customizable CPU and
chassis fan curve
Heatsink
Heatpipe solution
Heatsink
Other Features
User Customization
MyLogo3
Easy DIY
ASUS Q-Connector
ASUS Q-Slot
ASUS Q-Shield
ASUS Q-DIMM
ROG BIOS Print
Quick Charge Mobile Devices
Ai Charger+
Automatic Overclocking
Auto Tuning
CPU Level Up Button
CPU Level Up
Overclocking Tools
RICH OC Options
Extreme Tweaker
BIOS Profile
O.C. Profile
Overheat Protection
C.O.P EX
OC Recovery
C.P.R.
Quick load of OC Profile
Go! Button
Remote OC
ROG Connect
Remote GPU OC
GPU TweakIt

 

Features:

  • Network management via GameFirst together with Intel® LAN solution to deliver the best ping rate for the ultimate network gaming experience.
  • Full digitally controlled EXTREME ENGINE DIGI+ for the most precise control of power delivery, together with the support of VRM Spread Spectrum, reducing the instaneous EMI emission to minimal.
  • The support of UEFI BIOS allowing full support of GPT Boot, Faster Boot, as well as the support of protection mode and UEFI module loader to overcome the insufficient shadow memory to load option ROM limitation with legacy BIOS.
  • The total of 6 ports of USB 3.0 with front USB 3.0 support for the most convenient application together with utilizing the Asmedia ASM1042 USB 3.0 controller to deliver the ultimate USB 3.0 performance without compensating PCI Express expansion capability.
  • The support of up to 6 ports of 6G all supporting RAID functionality for the optimal overall SATA performance.
  • Featuring Asus Disk Unlocker to allow booting with 2.2TB+ HDD across both 32bit and 64bit version of Windows XP / VISTA / 7.
  • Ai Charger + to allow not only quick charge of Apple devices from any USB ports instead of any dedicated ones, the USB3.0 ports also offer quick charge capability of all BC1.1 devices.
  • The support of Quad-GPU SLI™, Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ and 3 Way CrossFireX™ and 3 Way SLI™ allowing the best possible display experience.
  • The support of *ROG Xpander, allowing 4 way SLI / CrossFireX possible on this platform.
  • The support of ROG BIOS Print feature, allowing instant capture of BIOS screen dumps.
  • Anti-Surge Protection support to prevent hardware damage due to unstable input of power.
  • Comes with the Asus exclusive DIP2 (Dual Intelligence Processor 2) consists of the second generation digitalized EPU and TPU for the delivery of ultimate performance power efficiency with ease.

All information courtsey of ASUS.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look:
  2. Closer Look: The Motherboard
  3. Closer Look: Drivers & Programs
  4. Closer Look: BIOS
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  7. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar, Geekbench 2.1, Bibble 5
  8. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray, PCMark 7
  9. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2011
  10. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench, HD Tune
  11. Testing: Aliens vs. Predator
  12. Testing: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  13. Testing: Batman: Arkham Asylum
  14. Testing: 3DMark 11
  15. Conclusion
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