ASUS Crosshair V Formula In The Box

For a top of the range Republic of Gamers’ motherboard, we all want goodies in the box.  With the Crosshair V Formula, we get plenty of SATA cables and SLI connectors to fit the bill.

IO Shield
Driver CD
User Guide
Six SATA cables (locking, right angled)
Tri-SLI bridge
SLI bridge
Crossfire Cable

Image courtesy of Newegg

Board Features

ASUS Crosshair V Formula (990FX)
Price Link to Newegg
Size ATX
CPU Interface AM3+
CPU Support AMD FX/Phenom II/Athlon II/Sempron 100
Chipset AMD 990FX
Base Clock Frequency 200.7 MHz
Core Voltage Auto, 0.675 V to 2.300 V
CPU Clock Multiplier Auto, 4.0x to 39.5x
DRAM Voltage Auto, 1.20 V to 2.90 V
DRAM Command Rate Auto, 1T or 2T
Memory Slots Four DDR3 DIMM slots supporting up to 32 GB
Up to Dual Channel
Support for DDR3, 1066-2133 MHz, ECC or Non-ECC
Expansion Slots 3 x PCIe Gen2 x16 (x16/x16 or x16/x8/x8)
1 x PCIe Gen2 x4
1 x PCIe Gen2 x1
1 x PCI
Onboard SATA/RAID 6 x SATA 6 Gbps, Support for RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
1 x SATA 6 Gbps (ASMedia ASM1061)
Onboard 7 x SATA 6 Gbps (6 Chipset, 1 Controller)
8 x Fan Headers
2 x USB 2.0 Headers
1 x USB 3.0 Headers
1 x S/PDIF Output Header
1 x Front Panel Header
8 x Measure Points
1 x Clear CMOS Header
1 x 4-pin Molex Connector
Power/Reset Buttons
OC / ROG Level Up Button
1 x Go Button
Onboard LAN Intel 82583V
Onboard Audio SupremeFX X-Fi 2
Power Connectors 1 x 24-pin ATX connector
1 x 8-pin 12V connector
1 x 4-pin 12V connector
1 x 4-pin Molex connector
Fan Headers 2 x CPU Fan Headers (4-pin)
3 x CHA Fan Headers (4-pin)
3 x OPT Fan Headers (4-pin)
IO Panel 1 x Keyboard/Mouse PS2 Port
1 x Clear CMOS Button
1 x Optical SPDIF Output
8 x USB 2.0
4 x USB 3.0
1 x eSATA 3 Gbps
1 x Gigabit Ethernet
Audio Outputs
BIOS Version 1003
Warranty Period 3 Years

The ROG board is the only 990FX we are testing today to have an Intel network controller, a non-Realtek audio solution, and one of only two to support ECC memory according to the specifications. 


The bulk of ASUS’ software is always to be found in AI Suite, and in the land of ROG motherboards, we get a ROG specific skin.  Also to hand is a ROG themed CPU-Z, in order to detect accurately the clock speed of the processor.

AI Suite II: As this software is now a few generations into the ASUS blood line, the effort from ASUS to have seamless integration and complete functionality is paramount.  Needless to say, on the whole we are not disappointed.  We have full control over the fans in the case through the Fan Xpert utility:

Overclocking through this utility is also part of the package.  For users wanting a quick, permanent overclock, the Auto Tuning offers two modes labeled Fast and Extreme (see the overclocking section on the previous page to see the results of this on both Thuban and Bulldozer).  For in operating system overclocking, users can proceed to the TurboV Evo section to select voltages, CPU ratios and base frequencies on the fly.  These unfortunately are not permanent; however they do help overclockers find the limits of the system inside the OS so that when it comes to setting something stable in the BIOS, it is very easy to just plug in the correct values.  I would like to see some options in TurboV Evo for ‘automatic’ voltages when applying overclocks (for those not wanting to touch voltage), and this idea has been planted into the ASUS hive mind as an option.

Stalwarts of the AI Suite are still available, such as DIGI+ VRM (primarily to give overclockers more headroom), EPU (energy saving), AI Charger+ (quick charging of Apple devices from specific USB ports), and ASUS update, which should make BIOS updating easier and simpler for a lot of users.

ROG CPU-Z: As mentioned, ASUS has collaborated with the makers of CPU-Z to get a ROG themed version, which allows users to verify their overclocks online, or check that the CPU or the memory is running as stated.

ASUS Crosshair V Formula – BIOS and Overclocking ASUS Sabertooth 990FX – Overview and Visual Inspection
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  • phys1cs - Thursday, April 5, 2012 - link

    Spamming affiliate links, I see.
  • R3MF - Friday, April 6, 2012 - link

    "The third generation FX processor, codename Steamroller, is still reported (not confirmed) to use AM3+, meaning that there are still quite a few years left in this platform when taking the AMD route."

    If this is true then i simply cannot believe that AMD will continue on socket AM3+ without a chipset that supports PCIe 3.0!

    Where, when, and what will the 1090FX chipset arrive?
  • SilthDraeth - Thursday, April 5, 2012 - link

    This seems to be an ok roundup of AMD boards.

    However, how do the latest Windows 7 tweaks increase the performance of the Bulldozer? Can we get a before and after benchmark based on Win 7 and or Win 8 (beta) optimizations?

    I was hoping we would get that information. Also, how does it compare to similarly priced Intel offerings?
  • IanCutress - Thursday, April 5, 2012 - link

    Thank you for your comment. I didn't perform comparisons as Anand did a comprehensive look at the scheduling updates here:

    (Also reviewing five boards and writing 20,000 words about them takes longer than you think!)

    If there are any motherboards you would like to see in the future (or particular tests), drop me an email (ian AT and I will have a look. Obviously I can't take care of every little niche test that everyone wants, otherwise we'd only get one board a month out for review, but I'll do what I can!

  • SilthDraeth - Thursday, April 5, 2012 - link

    Thank you for the link. That is what I wanted.
  • StevoLincolnite - Thursday, April 5, 2012 - link

    I noticed your Thuban was hitting 60'C+
    So I was just wondering if you took the Thubans thermal bug into account on those readings? On my old 1090T and 1045T I had to have a 13'c offset to get a correct thermal reading.
  • sumitlian - Saturday, August 4, 2012 - link

    Temperature related problem have long been rectified in C3 stepping of Denab CPUs and in Thuban as well. There is no fault in temperature sensor anymore in our CPUs.

    Only C2 rev. or earlier rev. AMD CPUs suffered from this issue.

    Download and Read:
    "Revision Guide for Family 10h CPU"
  • ExarKun333 - Thursday, April 5, 2012 - link

    More to life than gaming on your PC. If you read the article, you could see how terrible the non-gaming benchmarks are for 'only' a Intel 4 and 6-core vs the 8-core AMD. Fanboi much?
  • blazeoptimus - Thursday, April 5, 2012 - link

    I bought an MSI 990FX-GD80 board a couple of months ago and was looking for a review like this one at the time. I would have loved the info you brought up here and I hope it will help others looking into the available 990FX boards.

    I went with the MSI board since it seemed to hit a sweet spot on features, price (newegg was offering $20 off which put it to $169) and performance. I also went with a Zosma processor since it seemed to hit the price elbow and had the most unlocking potential. I've been very happy with the experience thus far. I've been able to unlock the 2 additional processors and have pushed the clock to 3600mhz (stock is 3k). My next push will be to see if I can hit the aggressive clocks listed in this article.

    Thanks again for the write up. I'm a long time reader and frequently use the information in these reviews to make hardware decisions.
  • Taft12 - Thursday, April 5, 2012 - link

    Very comprehensive, thank you Ian!

    Of course now that you've exhausted so much energy on this review, the 1090FX chipset is right around the corner alongside the 2nd gen FX CPUs.

    Such is life for a desktop hardware reviewer!

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