ASUS Crosshair V Formula Motherboard Review

The Crosshair V brings official Socket AM3+ support to the range, along with the 990FX chipset, and even sports SLI support.

The ASUS Crosshair V Formula 990FX is a feature-packed motherboard that lives up to the Republic of Gamers name, giving plenty of options for users to push system performance conveniently and safely when overclocking, while having distinct gamer features that have practical uses in day-to-day activities.

As you would expect from a RoG motherboard, there are on-board power, reset and overclocking switches, along with a clear-CMOS switch located on the I/O panel.

It uses an “8+2” configuration. It comes with four DDR3 DIMM slots supporting DDR3 allowing to be clocked to 2133 MHz (overclocked).

You’ll spot six slots of which are four PCI-Express 2.0 x16 supporting NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFire(X) and then there’s a single legacy PCi and one x1 PCIe slot.

This board actulally supports 3-way SLI. In 2-way SLI eaach card will get x16 lanes assigned and in 3-way SLI it will configure as x16,x8,x8.
Storage is eight SATA 6 Gb/s ports, six from the SB850 Southbridge, and two from a third-party (ASMEDIA – proprietary to ASUS) controller feeding one additional SATA3 and one eSATA port.
So overall the Crosshair V Formula is an excellent piece of machinery geared more towards overclockers than gamers but and with Crossfire and SLI support things just got more interesting, as the motherboard gains value, features and could be real fast once AMD’s Bulldozer processors are launched.
ASUS Crosshair V Formula Price & Availability

At just under $240 USD this really is a kick-ass motherboard, all we really need is AMDs upcoming Bulldozer FX processors, But the Phenom II processors will hold up fine for now.

ASUS Crosshair V Formula Features

  • Extreme Engine DIGI+
  • MemOK!
  • ASUS AI Suite II Software
  • Extra SATA and eSATA 6 Gb/s ports
  • 6 x USB 3.0 via Asmedia ASM1042
  • ROG Connect
  • ProbeIt Measurement Points
  • Q-LED
  • Component Overheat Protection
  • On-board switches
  • GameFirst
  • On-board Supreme FX X-Fi 2
  • Clear CMOS button
  • GPU DIMM Post
  • Tri-SLI support