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ASUS Crosshair V Formula (AMD 990FX) Motherboard Review (Page 3)

By: Shawn Baker from May 31, 2011 @ 0:57 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: ASUS

The Motherboard Continued

Moving to the top half of the board, we have our four DDR3 RAM slots which via overclocking can support speeds of up to 2133MHz DDR and 32GB of total memory in Dual Channel mode. Just below our RAM slots you can see we've got a red USB 3.0 header.


The other main item up in this corner is of course our main 24-Pin ATX Power Connector. Next to that we've got a fan header, while moving over to the right hand side we can see another three fan headers running up the board. The most interesting part around this area, though, would be our little red "GO Button". Pressing this before POST will enable MemOK! Or pressing it quickly will load the preset profile for temporary overclocking within Windows.

Continuing around this section, we also have the ROG Probelt feature. Using a multi-meter, you're able to test the voltage with true accuracy on a number of different areas. Located all in one place you're able to quickly and easily find the voltage you need. Most people will probably find themselves not using this feature, but it's of course on offer for people who really want to do some high level overclocking.



Moving to our CPU area, you can see the black AM3+ socket which will offer support for the Bulldozer lines of CPUs when available. You can see power to the board can be done via an 8-Pin connector or older 4-Pin and you can also see the new mounting system that is slightly redesigned. We can see a really nice heatsink setup that is designed to keep some of our warmer components cooled, including the 990FX chip itself just above the first PCI-E 16x slot.


Finishing up with the I/O side of things, you can see we've got a pretty strong lineup of connectors. We've got a single PS/2 Keyboard / Mouse Combo Port, four USB 3.0 ports via ASMedia controller, eight USB 2.0 ports with one reserved for ROG connect (White) via the AMD SB950 chipset, optical and analogue audio ports via the Supreme X-Fi 2 Codec, eSATA via the ASMedia controller, Intel Gigabit networking and a clear CMOS switch for when you overclock just a little too much.

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