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Asus Crosshair III Formula Review

ajmatson    -   July 5, 2009
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The ASUS Crosshair III Formula was a pleasure to work with. The ease of setting it up and getting it running was almost child-like. There were no hiccups or issues that I needed to address and installing any type of memory with the MemOK button was a breeze. There are so many options available with this board that you have endless control over your system and there are plenty of accessories included that are designed to make your life so much easier and simple when working with the ASUS Crosshair III Formula Motherboard. I am really impressed with the SupremeFX audio card, which put out sounds that matched or sounded better than my Creative ExtremeMusic card. The layout of the board utilizes the space it has and there are no problems with covered ports or buttons. In addition, the CPU area is suitable for installing large heatsinks or water blocks with no problem. I was even able to include a memory fan with no issues of crowding with a CoolIT Domino A.L.C. cooler attached.

When it came to the performance of the Crosshair III Formula, it was excellent. The majority of the time the Crosshair III Formula either matched the competition or exceeded it. Very rarely did if falter behind and when it did it was within a margin of error that would keep it on par with the rest of the 790FX based boards that it was compared too. Overclocking was very easy with both the BIOS and with the addition of AMD Overdrive included on the driver CD. The ability to overclock via the "CPU Level Up" feature will make users new to this type of addicting computing have an easier time squeezing the juice from their hardware. For the experts, you have so many options to change, that system stability is almost a no brainer with some fine tuning. With extreme cooling methods such as Dry Ice or Liquid Nitrogen, this would make a great platform for extreme speeds and breaking records. I really liked the voltage LEDs on the board, which helped me judge if I was pushing an overclock way too hard or not.

With so much to offer and at a price under $200 for all of this, I have to put this motherboard at the top of what I have tested. While a little bit more than the ASUS M4A79T and the Gigabyte 790FX, the Crosshair III Formula has plenty more to offer and this makes up for the premium price. Considering this is one of the top boards available for the AMD platform and it is still priced fairly low, the extra cash would be well spent. I highly recommend the Crosshair III to anyone wanting to take their love of pushing their systems to the next level.

 

 Pros:

  • "CPU Level Up" feature
  • Accessories suited to simplify your experience
  • Excellent overclocking ability
  • Any memory is ok with the MemOK feature
  • Inexpensive for such a top-end board
  • Clear CMOS button on back panel for easy reset
  • SupremeFX audio card
  • ROG features

 

Cons:

  • Higher priced than other boards
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