ASUS Crosshair IV Formula Motherboard Review

Editor: James Clewer  Date: 26-04-10   20 Comment(s) - Join the discussion here
Introduction


Product on review: Crosshair IV Formula AM3 motherboard
Manufacturer: ASUS
Price: Around £165


The Crosshair range from ASUS has a very distinguished history. During its arrival itís been one of THE premium boards for AMD AM2 and now AM3 users offering all the features and overclocking credentials demanded by enthusiasts. The previous Crosshair III model was held in particular high regard so the IV has a great deal to live up to...

Luckily ASUS have worked hard to make sure this board is at the cutting edge.

Yes, the USB3 and SATA 6.0Gb/s support is a very good start but the positives donít end there. Looking closer we find onboard X-Fi SupremeFX audio, x16/x8/x8 PCI-E 2.0 slots for triple GPU installations, an 8+2 phase CPU power design, Turbo Key II overclocking, the very useful Core Unlocker feature and last but not least the ROG Connect overclock and monitoring control suite.

Extra overclocking specific features like the ProBelt voltage monitoring points and the thermal sensor headers for zone specific PWM controlled cooling are also incredibly valuable additions.

ASUS it seems have literally left nothing to chance Ė indeed the only thing they might have forgotten is the kitchen sink!




Asus are an incredibly well known and highly regarded company and are one of the major manufacturers in everything from motherboards and soundcards all the way to laptops and GPU's.

Here's a little more info about the company:

ASUS, a technology-oriented company blessed with one of the world's top R& ;D teams, is well known for high-quality and innovative technology. As a leading provider of 3C (computers, communications and consumer electronics) total solutions, ASUS offers a complete product portfolio to compete in the new millennium.

To succeed in this ultra-competitive industry, great products need to be complimented by speed-to-market, cost and service. That's why all 100,000 over employees of ASUS strive for the "ASUS Way of Total Quality Management" to offer the best quality without compromising cost and time-to-market while providing maximum value to all customers through world-class services.




As I've said before focus these days seems to be on i5 and i7 based hardware. However, with AMD's recently released hex-core Phenom II processors boards like these will find themselves back on the map.



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