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ASUS Crosshair II Formula Review



With motherboards being the backbone of a computer system, you want it to be the strongest component you can get. That means in performance and reliability. So how does the Crosshair II stand up? That is what we are here to find out. I am going to put the ASUS Crosshair II through its paces in a series of system and video benchmarks to see how well it scores. To measure this performance, I will be comparing it against several top end motherboards, one with the same chipset and one with a different chipset. This will give us an idea of where it stands with the rest.


Testing Setup:

  • Processor: AMD Phenom 9600 "Black Box" (200x11.5)
  • Motherboard: ASUS Crosshair II Formula
  • Memory: Mushkin Redline XP2 8000 2 x 2 GB 5-5-5-12
  • Video Card #1: Integrated NVIDIA 780a IGP graphics w/ Forceware 175.16
  • Video Card #2: ASUS 8800 GT w/ Forceware 175.16
  • Video Card #3: ASUS 9800GTX w/ Forceware 175.14 (with and without HybridPower enabled)
  • Video Card #4: Dual ASUS 9800GTX's w/ Forceware 175.14 (with and without HybridPower enabled)
  • Power Supply: Mushkin 800watt Modular Power supply
  • Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 7200.11 750GB SATA w/32MB Cache
  • Opticals: Lite-On 8x DVD+/-RW
  • O/S: Windows Vista Ultimate Edition


Comparison Motherboard:

  • Comparison Motherboard 1: ASUS M3N-HT
  • Comparison Motherboard 2: ASUS M3832-MVP





Overclocked settings:

As I mentioned earlier, I like to push my hardware to its breaking points to see how well it performs under pressure and overclocked. To overclock the ASUS Crosshair II, I will be using the features in the BIOS since they give you a lot of control over your hardware. After several hours of trial and error, I was only able to get 2.7GHz on the overclock by bumping the voltage to 1.4v and the multiplier to 13.5, so this is what the overclocked benchmarks will be run at.



  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. SpecviewPerf 10
  4. PCMark Vantage Professional
  5. Sandra XII
  6. ScienceMark 2.02 Final
  7. Cinebench 10
  8. HD Tune 2.54
  • Video:
  1. Crysis
  2. Knights of the Sea
  3. Bioshock
  4. Call of Duty 4
  5. World in Conflict
  6. Call of Juarez
  7. 3DMark 06 Professional

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look ( Bundled Accessories )
  3. Closer Look ( The Motherboard )
  4. Closer Look ( Drivers & Programs )
  5. Closer Look ( The Bios )
  6. Closer Look ( The Bios Continued )
  7. Specifications & Features
  8. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  9. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar
  10. Testing: Specview 10, PcMark Vantage
  11. Testing: Sandra XII Professional
  12. Testing: Sciencemark, CineBench 10, HD Tune
  13. Testing: Crysis
  14. Testing: Knights of the Sea
  15. Testing: BioShock
  16. Testing: Call of Duty 4
  17. Testing: World in Conflict
  18. Testing: Call of Juarez
  19. Testing: Company of Heroes Opposing Fronts
  20. Testing: 3DMark06
  21. Conclusion
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