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Wednesday, 25 May 2011 13:12

Asus Crosshair V Formula detailed

Written by Slobodan Simic

Asus ROG AMD 990FX motherboard
It was only a matter of time before the Asus ROG Crosshair V Formula motherboard appeared online and it looks like at least some AMD Bulldozer CPUs will be quite happy to run on this motherboard. Featuring the quite recognizable black/red color scheme, the new Crosshair V Formula comes with all the ROG goodies that you would expect to see on an enthusiast line motherboard.

The motherboard is based on AMD's upcoming 990FX chipset paired up with the SB950 southbridge and a full support for AMD AM3+ CPUs. It features a 10-phase VRM, four DDR3 memory slots, a total of seven SATA 6Gbps and one eSATA port, four PCI-Express x16 slots with support for both Nvidia's SLI and AMD CrossfireX, Gigabit Ethernet, onboard 7.1-channel audio, six USB 3.0 ports (two via header) and a bunch of USB 2.0 ports.

It is interesting to note that the new Crosshair V Formula motherboard will be available in two versions, with or without the so called Thunderbolt add-on card that brings Xonar audio and Bigfoot Networks Killer NIC to the play. Of course, as a member of Asus' Republic of Gamers series it will pack on board Power, Reset and Clear CMOS buttons, ROG Connect, voltage measure points and all the other ROG goodies.


Last modified on Wednesday, 25 May 2011 15:00
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+11 #1 yourma2000 2011-05-25 15:26
very straight, clean looking board
+1 #2 FlOw 2011-05-25 16:08
I prefer the sabertooth, even though I'm not a fan of the green they used on it.
+18 #3 Cartman 2011-05-25 18:45
looking gr8 as any ROG series from Asus too bad they cost 3 times they worth...
+10 #4 Tasty Taste 2011-05-25 19:11
yea i'd like to know the price
+2 #5 techman95 2011-05-25 22:05
hopefully these will be around the same as th cross-hair fours. but since theyre ganna have sli and all these bells and whistles compared to the fours theyll jack the price to around the price of a high end p67 board
+2 #6 yourma2000 2011-05-25 22:28
it's 990FX but it only does quadfire with single slot cards, the x90FX series were all about quadfire at the top of the scale!
+2 #7 Super XP 2011-05-25 22:45
Nice to see a board that will do both CrossfireX and SLI. Nice package ASUS, now how much?
+2 #8 wishmasterwww 2011-05-26 06:46
Board looks great, and yet, there are a few things not so great: the board has only 6 expansion slots - that is not a big issue, but where are you going to put the Thunderbolt expansion card if you have 3xCF or 3XSLI? And that molex connector for extra power - it's position is not great - I have a modular PSU and not using molex cables at all - with this I would have to use one and put it across the board. Also, did you notice that there are one 8 pin connector and one 4 pin connector for CPU power? Haven't seen that before.
+1 #9 chart2006 2011-05-26 16:43
So my biggest question now, besides price, is with the ability to run 3 way SLI or CF will we now see more simultaneous use of all 16 lanes in each slot? I'd be happy if the board supported x16x16x8 but I'd be even more ecstatic if we got x16x16x16 support. Needless to say I'd pass on this board if it only supported x16x8x8 or worse for the price point it will most likely have.

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