Wednesday, May 25th 2011

ASUS ROG Crosshair V Formula Press Shots Leaked

Here are some of the first proper pictures of ASUS ROG Crosshair V Formula motherboard, a set of press-shots leaked to the Czech press, which has since been retracted. The ROG Crosshair V Formula comes in two packages, with and without ASUS Thunderbolt card (an addon card by ASUS that provides Bigfoot Killer NIC and Sound Blaster X-Fi hardware-accelerated audio). The Crosshair V made its first appearance with a box-shot disclosure by NVIDIA announcing SLI on AMD chipset motherboards; later a table listing out specifications of some of ASUS' fist socket AM3+ motherboard was published.

The Crosshair V Formula is a socket AM3+ motherboard based on AMD 990FX + SB950 chipset, supporting AMD's upcoming FX-series processors based on the Bulldozer architecture. It combines the best features ASUS has to offer, targeting both gamers and overclockers. The AM3+ socket is powered by a strong 10-phase Digi+ Extreme Engine VRM, it supports dual-channel DDR3 memory with speeds of over DDR3-2133 MHz. Expansion slots include four PCI-Express 2.0 x16, which configure as x16/x16/NC or x16/x8/x8, with the fourth slot being electrical x4, wired to the southbridge. NVIDIA 3-way SLI and AMD CrossFireX are supported.

Storage connectivity includes 7 internal SATA 6 Gb/s ports, and 1 power-eSATA. In case you opted for the non-Thunderbolt card variant or don't have room left to install it, there's onboard 8-channel SupremeFX X-Fi MB audio. There's one gigabit Ethernet port, controlled by Intel-made GbE controller. There are six USB 3.0 ports in all, of which two are by header. A plethora of ASUS ROG-exclusive features like ROG UEFI, ROG Connect with GPU Tweakit, CPU ExtremeTweaker, CPU LevelUp, MemOK, GameFirst, TurboV EVO, and component overheat protection can be found.Source: PCTuning.Tyden.CZ via TechConnect Magazine
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37 Comments on ASUS ROG Crosshair V Formula Press Shots Leaked

#1
Mike0409
Awesome, so they dropped the Lucid and kept the Intel gigabit... lets hope this is not a repeat Like the Crosshair IV Extreme issues and the crappy intel drivers causing bluescreens.


Looks mighty mighty tasty..
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#2
link2009
It sure looks nice but why are there only 4 USB ports on the back? That's disappointing...very similar to my current Gigabyte board. I don't have room for all my peripherals and external drives...grr!
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#3
HossHuge
by: link2009
It sure looks nice but why are there only 4 USB ports on the back? That's disappointing...very similar to my current Gigabyte board. I don't have room for all my peripherals and external drives...grr!
I count 12.
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#4
puma99dk|
by: HossHuge
I count 12.
or maybe it's only four USB3.0 ports link2009 is thinking about ^^;
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#5
Initialised
12 USB of which 4 (at least) are USB 3.

Triple SLi on AMD, now that's the headline grabber.
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#6
RejZoR
How do those 3 gfx cards cool considering 2 of them have fan intake almost completelly blocked by the other card?
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#7
legends84
the first pic, on the box saying that Asus Crosshair V Formula/Thunderbolt. so is there any other type of Asus Crosshair V or just the same mobo with different function?
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#8
Strider
I currently run the ASUS Crosshair IV Formula board, and I love it. Never had any of the problems other people complained about. No improperly seated NB heatsink due to an over-sized mount, and definitely no driver issues. Of course, 9 times out of 10 I think "driver issues" are more user than hardware.

I have been seriously debating on what my next motherboard will be, looks like ASUS just answered my question for me. I love the Crosshair series and ASUS is my brand of choice, has been for a very long time.

Granted, the Crosshair IV is fully compatible with the FX Zambezi processors coming out next month, and there is no need to upgrade since the IV is not even close to being out dated yet. It will give me the future proofing I look for, and I use that term very lightly, since we all know it's rare in this industry. With AMD however, it's far less of a rare truth. It will also allow me to stick with my preferred brand and feature set I am already accustomed to.

I could care less about 3-way SLI since I am not an Nvidia fan and running dual 6970's is far more power than any game will need for a very long time to come, even at HD+ Eyefinity resolutions.

My 6970 (about to have a crossfire mate) and FX-8130P I plan on purchasing will both be very happy in a familiar environment. heh
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#9
Yellow&Nerdy?
ROG-boards do look great. Let's just hope the price isn't sky high...
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#10
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
by: RejZoR
How do those 3 gfx cards cool considering 2 of them have fan intake almost completelly blocked by the other card?
Thats how almost all boards have been since the first 790's, my 790FX GD70 ran dual 5850's like that for a long time.
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#11
AsRock
TPU addict
by: Yellow&Nerdy?
ROG-boards do look great. Let's just hope the price isn't sky high...
You be dreaming if they were not sky high but i guess it all so depends on what sky high is to you.

But to me any thing over $250 is pretty dam high and thinking that this board be $300+.
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#12
Jstn7477
Too bad my Crosshair III Formula is already outdated after 1.5 years. Oh well, I guess I'll get a cheap X6 when Bulldozer arrives on the scene, or just upgrade it all. :D
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#13
bear jesus
Looks nice but the thunderbolt card is full on useless for people like myself who require multiple analog jacks for surround sound and use a wireless connection.

Can anyone explain why there is any audio components on the thunderbolt card at all when all the same outputs and more are on the motherboard attached to the on board SupremeFX X-Fi?

If it was the non thunderbolt version or a version of thunderbolt that actually improved upon what was on board already i would consider this.
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#14
Aleksander
The board looks great, what about price?
300$?
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#15
happita
by: AsRock
You be dreaming if they were not sky high but i guess it all so depends on what sky high is to you.

But to me any thing over $250 is pretty dam high and thinking that this board be $300+.
I doubt that since most top of the line ROG boards that are AMD debut at around $250.
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#16
fullinfusion
1.21 Gigawatts
Now that's what I'm talking about!!! Nice!! :pimp:
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#17
Chaitanya
I dont think anyone noticed this, this board has 2 CPU power connectors. 1*8 pin and 1*4 pin.
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#18
HossHuge
by: Chaitanya
I dont think anyone noticed this, this board has 2 CPU power connectors. 1*8 pin and 1*4 pin.
Ya, never seen that before.

Also, is that molex connector for more SLI/Crossfire power?
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#19
Chaitanya
by: HossHuge
Also, is that molex connector for more SLI/Crossfire power?
Yes, that molex connector is provided extra power when running SLI or Crossfire config.
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#20
Jstn7477
Maybe the extra P4 connector will help prevent frying the connectors with 4 cards folding on the board, unless it's used for something else like dedicated RAM VRMs or something.
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#21
TheMailMan78
Banstick Dummy
Date or price BTA? I assume its going to be about 20% then the current ROG?
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#22
HossHuge
by: Jstn7477
Maybe the extra P4 connector will help prevent frying the connectors with 4 cards folding on the board, unless it's used for something else like dedicated RAM VRMs or something.
My ASRock board has the same thing. If I run crossfire or tri-fire I need to have the molex put in. I hope in a board like this you shouldn't need it for crossfire.
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#23
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: TheMailMan78
Date or price BTA? I assume its going to be about 20% then the current ROG?
It should be out by June 15. I'm guesstimating the prices to be $250~$280 for the standard variant, and $360~$390 for the Thunderbolt variant.
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#24
TheMailMan78
Banstick Dummy
by: btarunr
It should be out by June 15. I'm guesstimating the prices to be $250~$280 for the standard variant, and $360~$390 for the Thunderbolt variant.
Like a boss you always deliver.
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#25
VulkanBros
by: Strider
I currently run the ASUS Crosshair IV Formula board, and I love it. Never had any of the problems other people complained about. No improperly seated NB heatsink due to an over-sized mount, and definitely no driver issues. Of course, 9 times out of 10 I think "driver issues" are more user than hardware.

I have been seriously debating on what my next motherboard will be, looks like ASUS just answered my question for me. I live the Crosshair series and ASUS is my brand of choice, has been for a very long time.

Granted, the Crosshair IV is fully compatible with the FX Zambezi processors coming out next month, and there is no need to upgrade since the IV is not even close to being out dated yet. It will give me the future proofing I look for, and I use that term very lightly, since we all know it's rare in this industry. With AMD however, it's far less of a rare truth. It will also allow me to stick with my preferred brand and feature set I am already accustomed to.

I could care less about 3-way SLI since I am not an Nvidia fan and running dual 6970's is far more power than any game will need for a very long time to come, even at HD+ Eyefinity resolutions.

My 6970 (about to have a crossfire mate) and FX-8130P I plan on purchasing will both be very happy in a familiar environment. heh
Fully agree .... best board I have had - and no driver issues - no issues at all - and overclocks the butts off.... :)
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