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Asus Crosshair III Formula Review

ajmatson    -   July 5, 2009
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Testing:

Now we get to the part we have all been waiting for. I am ready to put this board through the paces to see what she can do. I will be running a series of video and scientific benchmarks designed to push the limits of the ASUS Crosshair III Formula motherboard. Then it will be compared against other motherboards built around the same chipset to show how it stands among the competition and if the ROG features help push it above the rest. All the hardware, unless otherwise noted, will be run at its stock speeds, voltages and timings to keep any variables from interfering with the scores.

 

Testing Setup:

  • Processor(s): AMD Phenom II X4 955
  • Motherboard: ASUS Crosshair III Formula
  • Memory: OCZ Spec Ops Urban Elite DDR3 2 x 2GB 1600MHz @ 1333MHz 7-7-7-20
  • Video Card : NVIDIA GTX 260 (216)
  • Power Supply: Mushkin 800w Modular Power Supply
  • Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 7200.11 750GB SATA w/ 32MB Cache
  • Optical Drive: Lite-On 8x DVD+/-RW
  • OS: Windows Vista Ultimate Edition

 

Comparison Motherboard:

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked settings:

  • Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.854GHz (241x16) 1.50v
  • System Memory: OCZ Spec Ops Urban Elite DDR3 @ 1608MHz (7-7-7-20-1T)

When it came to overclocking on the ASUS Crosshair III Formula, I found it easier and more effective to push the BUS speed versus raising the multiplier. When raising the multiplier, I was only able to push it to 18x for a total speed of 3.6GHz before I lost stability. However, by putting the voltage to the maximum of 1.5v, I was able to push the BUS speed all the way to 241MHz for a total overclocked speed of 3.854GHz, which is over 200MHz more than the previous attempt. With this stable speed, the overclocked settings will be run at 241x16 for 3.85GHz.

 

 

 

Benchmarks:

  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. SpecviewPerf 10
  4. PCMark Vantage Professional
  5. Sandra XII
  6. ScienceMark 2.02
  7. Cinebench 10
  8. HD Tune 2.55
  • Video:
  1. Far Cry 2
  2. Crysis Warhead
  3. BioShock
  4. Call of Duty: World at War
  5. Dead Space 
  6. Fallout 3 
  7. Left 4 Dead
  8. 3DMark 06 Professional
  9. 3DMark Vantage



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