Asus RoG Crosshair V Formula review

Just waiting for the processor to ask it to dance...

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Asus rog crosshair v formula

What's nice about the Crosshair V is that despite being so well equipped it isn't intimidating.

Having said all that, the Crosshair V Formula isn't the most highly specced motherboard ASUS has ever made.

Some of the extras that you'll find in the Extreme range of motherboards like Bluetooth – which is useful for overclocking via a mobile phone – are noticeable by their absence.

But there is a host of ways the Asus RoG Crosshair V Formula makes things easy for the user.

The new UEFI graphical BIOS, for example is well laid out and simple to use. And while the ASUS software utilities are hateful if you ever try to uninstall them, so long as you leave them doing their own thing they're a straightforward gateway to controlling not just the CPU clock settings but also ASUS' Push-me-pull-you chips, TPU and EPU. These automatically undervolt or overclock other motherboard components depending on current system load.

It's the little things that make the biggest difference though.

Things like the inclusion of an X-Fi chip for sound (this isn't a full blown X-Fi, mind, but it is better than normal on board audio) and one touch overclocking buttons.

There's an extra couple of USB 3.0 ports over and above the norm too.

Sadly, though, as fun as the Crosshair V is, value for money does have to come into play at some point.

It's not terrible in this regard – ASUS own Sabertooth 990FX is almost identical but has a worse soundcard for £10 less – but it'd still be unwise to shell out for a top spec motherboard without knowing how good Bulldozer is going to be or how much it's going to cost.

And that last point is critical – because if AMD's next CPU can undercut its Intel rivals significantly, it's going to be worth buying a premium board to make the most of it.

And they don't come much more premium than this.

We liked

The Crosshair V has got just about everything you could wish for to build a high end system around.

It's fast, endlessly teakable and even has a decent on board sound chip.

The price isn't terrible either, unless you're a die hard bargain hunter that it.

We disliked

As we said this is a board with everything, except that is for a good CPU to go with it.

Phenom II is yesterday's news, and to make the Crosshair V worthwhile, Bulldozer has to be good. So like every other AMD 9-series motherboard at the moment it's just a warm up to the main event.

Final word

If Bulldozer is top notch performance at a bargain price, it'll be worth buying a high end motherboard like this to get the most out of it.


Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerAMD
Chipset Model990FX
Multi GPU SupportedCrossFireX, SLI
Onboard VideoNo
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots3
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket AM3+
Brand NameAsus
Form FactorATX
Processor SupportedAthlon II, Athlon II X2, Athlon II X3, Athlon II X4, Phenom II, Phenom II X2, Phenom II X3, Phenom II X4, Phenom II X6, Sempron
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory32 GB
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots4
Number of PCI Slots1
Audio Channels7.1
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of SATA Interfaces7
HyperTransport Speed2600 MHz
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Slots6
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports1
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Total Number of USB Ports12
Number of USB 3.0 Ports4
PS/2 PortYes
Number of PS/2 Ports1
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports6
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports4
PCI Express StandardPCI Express 2.0
Total Number of PCI Express Slots5
Memory Form FactorDIMM
Number of eSATA Ports1
Processor TechnologyTurbo CORE Technology, Cool'n'Quiet Technology, HyperTransport 3.0 Technology
Width304.8 mm
Depth243.8 mm
Product SeriesRepublic of Gamers
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelCrosshair V Formula
Product NameRepublic of Gamers Crosshair V Formula Desktop Motherboard
Controller TypeSerial ATA/600
Manufacturer Part NumberCROSSHAIR V FORMULA
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

This motherboard supports latest AMD Socket AM3+ multi-core processors with up to 8 native CPU cores and delivers better overclocking capabilities with less power consumption. It features AMD Turbo CORE Technology 2.0 and accelerates data transfer rate up to 5200MT/s via HyperTransport 3.0 based system bus. This motherboard also supports AMD CPUs in the new 32nm manufacturing process.