ASUS Crosshair V Formula 990FX
In order to show the new features of the Crosshair V, we thought it might be useful to more specifically show how it differs and improves upon its predecessor, the Crosshair IV. Below is a chart that highlights the differences in red. As you can see, there are plenty of new features (sorry for the extreme length of the image):
Of these features, a few will be explore here in greater detail, but a few that also deserve mentioning are the Extreme Engine Digi+ power design that improve power efficiency and extends the board’s lifespan, the upgraded audio that features X-Fi and EAX capabilities, upgraded Intel LAN port, AI Suite II control panel software, additional USB 3.0 ports, remote GPU control, and of course SLI. All of these are likely an integral part of an enthusiast’s dream setup.
Of special note is the fact that SLI is now fully supported on AMD motherboards. Considering AMD and Nvidia are opponents on the GPU battlefield, this is very interesting. Perhaps the SLI licensing and subsequent GPU sales that may result are enough for Nvidia to have an uneasy detente. In any event, if you are looking forward to AMD’s Bulldozer CPUs and are an Nvidia fanboy at heart, you’ll now be happy.
Each of these bring something unique to the user experience, so let’s move onto the accessories and then to the board itself.