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ASUS Crosshair IV Formula
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ASUS Crosshair IV Formula


Overall rating 9/10

Belong to ASUS' Republic of Gamers series of motherboards, the ASUS Crosshair IV Formula is based on AMD's 890FX chipset with Southbridge 850 supporting AMD Socket AM3 processors. It offers a number of unique, enthusiast oriented features, like ROG Connect and Probelt.


Performance:
9
Features:
9
Value:
8
THE GOOD
Excellent layout
Comprehensive overclocking and tweaking options
THE BAD
Expect to pay a premium price

Product Specification

Processor Support and Chipset Type
  • AMD Socket AM3 Processors (Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron)
  • AMD 890FX and SB850
Memory
  • Supports 4 unbuffered DIMM of DDR3-2000/1866 (O.C)/1333/1066 SDRAM
  • Supports up to 16GB memory size
Storage
  • Southbridge
  • 6 x SATA 6Gbit/s ports
  • Support AHCI controller with SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10 configurations
  • JMicron JMB363 controller
  • 1 x SATA 3.0Gbps (black) port
  • 1 x eSATA 3.0Gbps port
Audio SupremeFX X-Fi HD audio CODEC (VIA VT2020)
Networking Marvell 8059 Gigabit Ethernet controller
FireWire (IEEE 1394)
  • VIA VT6315N chip
  • Up to 2 IEEE 1394a ports (1 rear, 1 header)
Rear I/O
  • 6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  • 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (blue)
  • 1 x RJ45 LAN port
  • 6 x audio jacks
  • 1 x Optical S/PDIF output
  • 1 x eSATA port
  • 1 x IEEE 1394a port
  • 1 x PS/2 keyboard port
  • ROG Connect button and USB port
  • Clear CMOS button
Internal Connectors
  • 3 x USB 2.0 connectors
  • 6 x SATA 6Gbit/s connectors (red)
  • 1 x SATA 3.0Gbps connector (black)
  • 8 x fan connectors
  • 5 x Probelt measurement points
  • 3 x thermal sensor connectors
  • 1 x IEEE 1394a connector
  • 1 x S/PDIF output connector
  • 1 x 24-pin ATX power connector
  • 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 1 x Power button
  • 1 x Reset button
  • 1 x OC Station header
  • 1 x Go button
Expansion Slots
  • 3 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slots (x16/x16 or x16/x8/x8)
  • 1 x PCIe 2.0 x4 slot
  • 2 x PCI slots
Other Features
  • MemOK!
  • iROG
  • ROG Connect
  • Turbo Key II
  • Core Unlocker
  • ASUS EZ Flash 2
  • ASUS TurboV EVO
Form Factor ATX form factor, 30.5 x 24.5cm