Asus Crosshair III Formula Reviewajmatson - July 5, 2009
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With the Crosshair III board, ASUS has included some unique accessories that a lot of motherboards on the market do not come with. These are designed to make your experience more rich and easier when overclocking, gaming or just enjoying your new setup. One accessory the Crosshair III is compatible with, but does not include, is the ASUS OC Station, which will take hardware overclocking to the next level, once ASUS releases it. Back to what is included, ASUS has made troubleshooting very easy with its LCD POSTER, which will read out the POST codes in numbers or easy to understand text to make you aware of any errors during boot. In addition to showing the POST codes, the LCD will also display the current system time, temperatures of the components and probes, and the fan speeds that are attached to the board's fan headers. The LCD POSTER plugs into a small port on the top left of the board behind the PS/2 port column, which uses a USB 2.0 lead.
One thing I really like to see included with motherboards is extra port brackets. With all the headers on the board, why not include the expansion for them? ASUS's included bracket fits in one of the expansion slots in the back of the case and adds a Firewire port and two additional USB 2.0 ports for further expansion.
In my opinion, one of the best features of this motherboard and the ROG series is the addition of an external audio card. The SupremeFX uses the black PCI Express X1 slot on the board to give you high quality audio without having to buy an additional audio card. The SupremeFX audio card has a 24-bit X-Fi crystallizer and supports EAX 4.0 Advanced HD. The SupremeFX also uses an 8-Channel High Definition Audio Codec and includes a Coaxial SPDIF and an Optical SPDIF connection, in addition to the standard audio ports.
I say we put this baby together and check out the programs that come with the Crosshair III Formula.