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ASUS Crosshair IV Formula

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Posted May 7, 2010 by Jake in CPU & Motherboards

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The ASUS Crosshair IV Formula is certainly a premium AM3 motherboard, bringing the new AMD 890FX chipset to market in impressive fashion, and enthusiasts will look to a board like this. ASUS has really focused their Republic of Gamers products toward those consumers who want big features and top performance, and don’t mind the price tag that accompanies it. The Crosshair IV Formula brings an abundance of features, ease of use, stability, overclockability, innovation, and quality to market, proving this motherboard is for those who want the very best.

The C4F packs some amazing features, and in terms of usability and stability, the board is rock solid. It ran like a champ through all type of stress tests, and the auto tuning results were quite impressive for a Windows-based utility. Manual overclocking resulted in the highest numbers we’ve achieved to date with an AMD chip on air cooling, and on a hex-core chip to boot. And if you’re a bit hesitant to tweak much in the BIOS, then just dial in a higher Bus, set your RAM speed and CPU ratio, and let the Auto settings take care of the rest; you’ll be pleased with the quick and easy results. A failed overclock recovers nicely here as well, and the ROG Connect features is very handy for the more experienced users who tend to push things to the limit.

As for the extreme nature of this board, hitting 320 Bus speed on an early-release BIOS is awfully impressive. Further, dropping a Phenom II X6 1090T in with some extreme cooling is enough to make you drool. There’s something about seeing amazing results that brings a smile to your face (not to mention bragging rights).

In terms of price, this is really the only detraction on the C4F. Premium boards come with premium prices, and at $230 USD, the Crosshair IV Formula sits at the very top of the AM3 pricing heap. There are other boards that cost less, and if you don’t plan on pushing things much then we think there may be a couple better options for you. However, if you are in the market for a motherboard like this, then cost is not your primary concern. Frankly, if you want to extract the most out of your Phenom II system, then the ASUS Crosshair IV Formula is the motherboard for you.

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