ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z Review
Category : 990
Published by Marc B├╝chel on 05.02.13
With the Crosshair V Formula-Z, ASUS has expanded their profolio for high-end AMD motherboards by a new flagship model. This board features AMD's 990FX Chipset and AMD's SB950 southbridge. Using this board one should not only be able to squeeze the maximum out of an AMD CPU and thanks to the SB950 southbridge, there are no less then six SATA III ports.



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The Crosshair V Formula-Z is ASUS' most recent high end motherboard regarding AMDs 990FX chipset. Therefore we're very curious what this thing is capable of from a layout, design and performance perspective.

Page 1 - Introduction Page 8 - Futuremark
Page 2 - Specifications / Delivery Page 9 - SiSoft Sandra 1
Page 3 - Features Page 10 - SiSoft Sandra 2
Page 4 - Layout Page 11 - Super Pi / wPrime
Page 5 - Connectors and I/O Page 12 - Games
Page 6 - BIOS Page 13 - Overclocking
Page 7 - Test setup Page 14 - Conclusion



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Specifications / Delivery

CPU AMD AM3+ FX/Phenom II/Athlon II/Sempron 100 Series Processors
Chipset AMD 990FX/SB950
Memory Dual Channel DDR3, 4 x DIMM, Max. 32 GB DDR3 2400 (OC) / 2133 (OC) / 2000 (OC) / 1800 (OC) / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 MHz
Multi-GPU Supports NVIDIA 3-Way SLI Technology
Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX Technology
Slots 3 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (dual x16 or x16, x8, x8)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x1
1 x PCI
Audio SupremeFX X-Fi2 8 Channel
Storage AMD SB950 Controller
6 x SATA 6Gb/s port (RAID 0, 1, 5, 10)

ASMedia ASM1061 Controller
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port
2 x eSATA 6Gb/s port
I/O internal / Connectors 1 x USB 3.0 connectors support additional 2 USB 3.0 ports
2 x USB 2.0 connectors support additional 4 USB 2.0 ports
1 x TPM connector
8 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
2 x CPU Fan connectors
3 x Chassis Fan connectors
3 x Optional Fan connectors
1 x S/PDIF out header
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector
1 x Front panel audio connector (AAFP)
1 x System panel
1 x DirectKey Button
1 x DRCT header
8 x ProbeIt Measurement Points
3 x Thermal sensor connectors
1 x EZ Plug connector(s) (4-pin Molex power connector)
1 x Power-on button
1 x Reset button
1 x Go Button
I/O external 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port
2 x eSATA 6 Gbps
1 x LAN (RJ45) port
4 x USB 3.0
8 x USB 2.0 (one port can be switched to ROG Connect)
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
6 x Audio jack(s)
1 x Clear CMOS button
1 x ROG Connect On/Off switch
Formfactor ATX (30.5 cm x 24.4 cm)
BIOS 64Mb Flash ROM, EFI AMI BIOS GUI
Warranty 3 years






Regarding the delivery you really find everything you need. Next to the manual there is a SLI bridge, a triple SLI bridge, a CrossFire Bridge, six SATA cables, a Q-connector, an I/O shield, the USB ROG Connect cable as well as other goodie can be found in the box.


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Page 2 - Specifications / Delivery Page 9 - SiSoft Sandra 1
Page 3 - Features Page 10 - SiSoft Sandra 2
Page 4 - Layout Page 11 - Super Pi / wPrime
Page 5 - Connectors and I/O Page 12 - Games
Page 6 - BIOS Page 13 - Overclocking
Page 7 - Test setup Page 14 - Conclusion



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Features

ASUS Update Allows you to check and update the latest available BIOS directly from ASUS website.
 
ASUS FAN Xpert FAN Xpert allows you to adjust both the CPU and chassis fan speeds according to different ambient temperatures and your PC's system loading. The various fan profiles affer flexible controls of fan speed to achieve a quiet and cool system environment.
 
ASUS MyLogo Allow you to change the POST Logo at system startup with any pic you want.
 
ASUS TurboV EVO Allows you to overclock the bus frequency, CPU voltage, IMC voltage and DRAM Bus voltage in Windows and takes effect in realtime without exiting and rebooting the OS.  
 
ASUS DIGI+ II VRM ASUS is well known for their digital power designs. These day the manufacturer equips their motherboards with the Digi+ II VRM, which is able to handel extremely high loads. Using the the right software, in this case ASUS DIGI+ VRM Utility it is not only possible to adjust voltages whilst being in Windows on can now also control impedances.



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Page 2 - Specifications / Delivery Page 9 - SiSoft Sandra 1
Page 3 - Features Page 10 - SiSoft Sandra 2
Page 4 - Layout Page 11 - Super Pi / wPrime
Page 5 - Connectors and I/O Page 12 - Games
Page 6 - BIOS Page 13 - Overclocking
Page 7 - Test setup Page 14 - Conclusion



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Layout

The Crosshair V Formula-Z comes with the typical ROG color scheme which is based on black and red. In this case the PCB comes with a black coating and also the northbridge, southbridge and current converter cooling blocks are black. Red are the PCI-Express x16 slots, two DIMM slots as well as all the SATA ports. It seems like everything that symbolizes speed has been kept in red. Everything together ends up in a very nice and homogenous design which you might have been expecting already from an ROG-series motherboard.


ASUS provided their latest Crosshair V Formula-Z motherboard with a digital power design, whereas the CPU gets eight phases and the memory gets two phases. Looking at the capacitors themselves you'll find high quality caps around the CPU socket. These multilayer polymer capacitors offer advantages over other caps. Therefore super ML caps remain stable under regular as well as AC voltage, doesn't have an aging mechanism and are resilient under thermal shock.


Totally you'll find four DIMM-slots on the ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z. Officially supported are DDR3 2400 (OC) / 2133 (OC) / 2000 (OC) / 1800 (OC) / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 MHz with up to 32 GByte capacity. There is plenty of space to install even big aircoolers and they shouldn't interfere with memory.


The current converters are being held at adequate temperatures via a passive heatpipe cooling solution. The southbridge got a passive cooling block which has not been integrated into the heatpipe loop of northbridge and VRM. The fact that the cooling blocks around the CPU socket aren't too big makes it comfortable to install a big aircooler. We also noticed the very high manufacturing quality of the cooling blocks and their weight which is quite immense.

 



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Page 2 - Specifications / Delivery Page 9 - SiSoft Sandra 1
Page 3 - Features Page 10 - SiSoft Sandra 2
Page 4 - Layout Page 11 - Super Pi / wPrime
Page 5 - Connectors and I/O Page 12 - Games
Page 6 - BIOS Page 13 - Overclocking
Page 7 - Test setup Page 14 - Conclusion



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Connectors and I/O

Totally ASUS equipped the Crosshair V Formula-Z with eight angled SATA-III connectors which should be enough for any office PC or gaming system. You also find practical onboard power- and reset-buttons as well as a debug display which is very useful if you should ever have issues with one of the components in your system. A closer look at the last expansion slot reveals that it is a physical PCI-Express x16 slot that is electrically a 8x but only working at x4 speed. Although one could install a dual slot graphics card in this slot we would recommend to not do so and only install single slot expansion cards.

 

Totally you'll find eight fan headers on the ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z which is more than enough, to provide a well equipped midrange or even a high-end-system with fresh air. The fanheaders are located around the CPU and their also spread over the whole board which makes them easily accessible from any position in an enclosure.

  

Looking at the externl connectors directly at the back-panel ASUS equipped the Crosshair V Formula-Z with four USB 3.0/2.0 ports, eight USB 2.0 ports, two eSATA 6 Gbps ports, one gigabit ethernet port, an analogue audio panel as well as an optical out and a Clear CMOS buton.




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Page 3 - Features Page 10 - SiSoft Sandra 2
Page 4 - Layout Page 11 - Super Pi / wPrime
Page 5 - Connectors and I/O Page 12 - Games
Page 6 - BIOS Page 13 - Overclocking
Page 7 - Test setup Page 14 - Conclusion



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BIOS

What you're meanwhile getting with every single board that can be use for overclocking is the feature to save and afterwards reload different BIOS profiles. Once again ASUS succeeded in creating another very well structured BIOS. Furthermore all the new ASUS boards come with a graphical UEFI-BIOS which allows a navigation via mouse. These day one can undoubtedly say that ASUS is setting the standard when it comes to BIOSes which can be configured easily. Other manufacturers can only try to catch up at the moment.

   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   



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Page 2 - Specifications / Delivery Page 9 - SiSoft Sandra 1
Page 3 - Features Page 10 - SiSoft Sandra 2
Page 4 - Layout Page 11 - Super Pi / wPrime
Page 5 - Connectors and I/O Page 12 - Games
Page 6 - BIOS Page 13 - Overclocking
Page 7 - Test setup Page 14 - Conclusion



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Test Setup

Hardware

Motherboards
  • ASUS Crosshair V Formula
  • ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z
  • ASUS Sabertooth 990FX
  • ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0
  • ASUS M5A99X Evo
  • ASUS Crosshait IV Extreme
  • ECS A890GXM-A2
  • ASUS M4A78-HTPC (DDR2-800-CL4)
  • DFI LanParty DK 790FXB-M3H5
  • ASUS M4A78T-E
  • ASRock M3A790GXH/128M
  • Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P
Processor Cooling System
Thermal compound
AMD Phenom II 1090T BE
Noctua NH-D14
Artic Silver Ceramique
Memory 4 GB Mushkin Redline PC3-12800 6-8-6-24
1600 MHz 8-8-8-24 (Default)
Graphic card nVidia GTX 285
Hard Disk Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500 Gigabyte
Power supply Corsair HX850 (850 Watt)


Benchmarks:


Crysis (Benchmark CPU and GPU)

Quality Low
Resolution 800x600
Demo Loop 3
Time of Delay 9
DX9 Enable

Street Fighter IV

Display FPS Disable
AntiAliasing Without
Resolution 800x600
Refresh Rate 60 Hz
V-Sync Disable
Frame Rate Variable
Aspect Correction Auto
Brightness 50
Parallel Rendering Enable
Texture Filter Disable
Model Quality Low
Background Quality Low
Soft Shadows Disable
Self Shadows Disable
Motion Blur Disable
Particles Low
Extra Touch Disable

Resident Evil 5

Resolution 800 x 600
Display Mode Full Screen
Refresh Rate 60 Hz
V-Sync Disable
Frame Rate Variable
AntiAliasing Without
Motion Blur Disable
Shadow Detail Low
Texture Detail Low
Overall Quality Low


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Page 2 - Specifications / Delivery Page 9 - SiSoft Sandra 1
Page 3 - Features Page 10 - SiSoft Sandra 2
Page 4 - Layout Page 11 - Super Pi / wPrime
Page 5 - Connectors and I/O Page 12 - Games
Page 6 - BIOS Page 13 - Overclocking
Page 7 - Test setup Page 14 - Conclusion



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Futuremark

3DMark06

3DMark 06 is getting older these days. Therefore if you are using really powerful graphic cards you will hit CPU limitation which means that the graphic card isn't the bottleneck in the system. This is also the reason why in recent high-end desktop systems 3DMark 06 scales nicely with the CPU and the graphic card has much less influence on the scores.

Total

3DMark 06 Total Marks Percent
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 17'542 102.25 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z 17'490 101.95 %
ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme 17'471 101.83 %
ASUS M5A99X Evo 17'421 101.54 %
Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P 17'267 100.65 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula 17'262 100.62 %
ASUS M4A78T-E 17'256 100.58 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX 17'164 100.05 %
ASUS M4A78-HTPC (DDR2-800-CL4) 17'156 100.00 %
ASRock M3A790GXH/128M 17'053 99.40 %
ECS A890GXM-A2 17'054 99.40 %
DFI LanParty DK 790FXB-M3H5 16'866 98.31 %
  Higher is better


CPU

3DMark 06 CPU Marks Percent
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 5'839 103.11 %
ASUS M5A99X Evo 5'835 103.04 %
ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme 5'803 102.47 %
Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P 5'802 102.45 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula 5'792 102.28 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z 5'781 102.08 %
ASUS M4A78T-E 5'746 101.46 %
DFI LanParty DK 790FXB-M3H5 5'693 100.81 %
ASRock M3A790GXH/128M 5'663 100.00 %
ASUS M4A78-HTPC (DDR2-800-CL4) 5'663 100.00 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX 5'657 99.89 %
ECS A890GXM-A2 5'647 99.71 %
  Higher is better

 

3DMark Vantage

3DMark Vantage is able to squeeze nearly everything out of a recent system. Therefore the feature liste is also pretty long: DirectX10, FP16-HDR, motion blur, parallax occlusion mapping, GPU-physics simulation and different shader effects are being used to even make recent high-end systems struggle.

Total

3DMark Vantage Total Marks Percent
ASUS M5A99X Evo 13'009 100.69 %
ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme 12'960 100.31 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z 12'979 100.46 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 12'969 100.38 %
Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P 12'945 100.19 %
ASUS M4A78T-E 12'924 100.03 %
ASUS M4A78-HTPC (DDR2-800-CL4) 12'920 100.00 %
ECS A890GXM-A2 12'884 99.72 %
ASRock M3A790GXH/128M 12'862 99.55 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula 12'857 99.51 %
DFI LanParty DK 790FXB-M3H5 12'792 99.01 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX 12'760 98.76 %
  Higher is better


CPU

3DMark Vantage CPU Marks Percent
ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme 16'747 103.21 %
Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P 16'724 103.07 %
ASUS M5A99X Evo 16'657 102.66 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 16'550 102.00 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z 16'643 102.57 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula 16'592 102.26 %
ASUS M4A78T-E 16'543 101.95 %
ASRock M3A790GXH/128M 16'527 101.86 %
DFI LanParty DK 790FXB-M3H5 16'390 101.01 %
ECS A890GXM-A2 16'286 100.37 %
ASUS M4A78-HTPC (DDR2-800-CL4) 16'226 100.00 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX 16'194 99.80 %
  Higher is better



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Page 2 - Specifications / Delivery Page 9 - SiSoft Sandra 1
Page 3 - Features Page 10 - SiSoft Sandra 2
Page 4 - Layout Page 11 - Super Pi / wPrime
Page 5 - Connectors and I/O Page 12 - Games
Page 6 - BIOS Page 13 - Overclocking
Page 7 - Test setup Page 14 - Conclusion



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SiSoft Sandra 1

SiSoft Sandra is a theoretical multi purpose benchmark suite which is able to show differences in CPU architectures. We split the tests with SiSoft Sandra into two parts. Therefore on this page you'll find Arithmetic-, Multimedia- and Cryptography-benchmarks.

Arithmetic Benchmark

Dhrystone GIPS Percent
ASUS M4A78-HTPC (DDR2-800-CL4) 76.17 100.00 %
ASUS M5A99X Evo 75.15 98.56 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z 75.00 98.46 %
ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme 74.56 97.88 %
ECS A890GXM-A2 74.49 97.79 %
ASRock M3A790GXH/128M 74.08 97.25 %
ASUS M4A78T-E 72.47 95.14 %
DFI LanParty DK 790FXB-M3H5 70.58 92.66 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 68.99 90.57 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula 65.33 85.77 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX 65.30 85.73 %
Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P 63.00 82.71 %
  Higher is better


Whetstone GFLOPS Percent
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 56.63 101.51 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z 56.59 101.43 %
ASUS M5A99X Evo 56.00 100.38 %
Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P 56.00 100.38 %
ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme 55.86 100.12 %
ASUS M4A78-HTPC (DDR2-800-CL4) 55.79 100.00 %
ASUS M4A78T-E 55.76 99.94 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula 55.74 99.91 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX 55.62 99.70 %
ECS A890GXM-A2 55.56 99.59 %
ASRock M3A790GXH/128M 55.50 99.48 %
DFI LanParty DK 790FXB-M3H5 55.35 99.57 %
  Higher is better


Multimedia

Integer MPixels/sec Percent
ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme 83.39 100.23 %
ASUS M5A99X Evo 83.36 100.19 %
Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P 83.33 100.15 %
ASUS M4A78T-E 83.30 100.12 %
DFI LanParty DK 790FXB-M3H5 83.20 100.00 %
ASUS M4A78-HTPC (DDR2-800-CL4) 83.20 100.00 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 83.19 99.99 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z 83.14 99.93 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX 83.10 99.88 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula 83.00 99.76 %
ASRock M3A790GXH/128M 83.00 99.76 %
ECS A890GXM-A2 82.86 99.59 %
  Higher is better


floating point MPixels/sec Percent
ASUS Crosshair V Formula 137.24 101.24 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX 137.19 101.20 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z 136.19 100.46 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 136.16 100.44 %
ASUS M5A99X Evo 136.00 100.32 %
ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme 135.86 100.22 %
Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P 135.80 100.18 %
ASUS M4A78T-E 135.70 100.10 %
ASUS M4A78-HTPC (DDR2-800-CL4) 135.56 100.00 %
ECS A890GXM-A2 135.38 99.87 %
ASRock M3A790GXH/128M 135.35 99.84 %
DFI LanParty DK 790FXB-M3H5 135.34 99.84 %
  Higher is better


Crytography

AES 256 MByte/s Percent
ASUS M5A99X Evo 980 101.03 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX 979 100.93 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z 978 100.82 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula 977 100.72 %
ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme 977 100.72 %
Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P 976 100.62 %
ASUS M4A78T-E 976 100.62 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 974 100.41 %
DFI LanParty DK 790FXB-M3H5 974 100.41 %
ASRock M3A790GXH/128M 971 100.10 %
ECS A890GXM-A2 971 100.10 %
ASUS M4A78-HTPC (DDR2-800-CL4) 970 100.00 %
  Higher is better


SHA 256 MByte/s Percent
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 899 103.21 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z 890 102.18 %
ASUS M5A99X Evo 883 101.38 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula 882 101.26 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX 882 101.26 %
ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme 881 101.15 %
Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P 880 101.03 %
DFI LanParty DK 790FXB-M3H5 879 100.92 %
ASUS M4A78T-E 878 100.80 %
ASRock M3A790GXH/128M 878 100.80 %
ECS A890GXM-A2 878 100.80 %
ASUS M4A78-HTPC (DDR2-800-CL4) 871 100.00 %
  Higher is better


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Page 2 - Specifications / Delivery Page 9 - SiSoft Sandra 1
Page 3 - Features Page 10 - SiSoft Sandra 2
Page 4 - Layout Page 11 - Super Pi / wPrime
Page 5 - Connectors and I/O Page 12 - Games
Page 6 - BIOS Page 13 - Overclocking
Page 7 - Test setup Page 14 - Conclusion



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SiSoft Sandra 2

At this point we deliver the values regarding Memory Bandwidth, Memory Latency as well as Memory and Cache Access.

Memory bandwidth

Integer GByte/s Percent
ASUS Crosshair V Formula 14.30 145.33 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 14.30 145.33 %
ASUS M5A99X Evo 14.29 145.22 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z 14.27 145.02 %
ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme 14.24 144.71 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX 13.10 133.13 %
Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P 13.00 132.11 %
ECS A890GXM-A2 13.00 132.11 %
ASUS M4A78T-E 13.00 132.11 %
ASRock M3A790GXH/128M 13.00 132.11 %
DFI LanParty DK 790FXB-M3H5 12.70 129.06 %
ASUS M4A78-HTPC (DDR2-800-CL4) 9.84 100.00 %
  Higher is better


floating point GByte/s Percent
ASUS Crosshair V Formula 14.30 145.33 %
ASUS M5A99X Evo 14.30 145.33 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 14.30 145.33 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z 14.26 144.92 %
ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme 14.24 144.71 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX 13.00 132.11 %
Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P 13.00 132.11 %
ECS A890GXM-A2 13.00 132.11 %
ASUS M4A78T-E 13.00 132.11 %
ASRock M3A790GXH/128M 13.00 132.11 %
DFI LanParty DK 790FXB-M3H5 12.75 129.57 %
ASUS M4A78-HTPC (DDR2-800-CL4) 9.84 100.00 %
  Higher is better


Memory latency

Memory latency ns Percent
ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme 70.40 92.39 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 71.00 93.17 %
ASUS M4A78T-E 72.50 95.14 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z 75.40 98.95 %
ASRock M3A790GXH/128M 75.60 99.21 %
Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P 75.50 99.08 %
ASUS M4A78-HTPC (DDR2-800-CL4) 76.20 100.00 %
ASUS M5A99X Evo 76.30 100.13 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula 78.20 102.62 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX 80.20 105.25 %
ECS A890GXM-A2 81.00 106.30 %
DFI LanParty DK 790FXB-M3H5 85.90 112.73 %
  Lower is better


Memory and cache access

Memory and cache access GByte/s Percent
ASUS M5A99X Evo 85.84 105.84 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z 85.19 105.04 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula 85.00 104.81 %
ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme 84.48 104.17 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 84.40 104.07 %
DFI LanParty DK 790FXB-M3H5 83.87 103.41 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX 83.00 102.34 %
Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P 81.70 100.74 %
ASUS M4A78T-E 81.30 100.24 %
ASUS M4A78-HTPC (DDR2-800-CL4) 81.10 100.00 %
ECS A890GXM-A2 81.14 100.05 %
ASRock M3A790GXH/128M 80.70 99.50 %
  Higher is better


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Page 2 - Specifications / Delivery Page 9 - SiSoft Sandra 1
Page 3 - Features Page 10 - SiSoft Sandra 2
Page 4 - Layout Page 11 - Super Pi / wPrime
Page 5 - Connectors and I/O Page 12 - Games
Page 6 - BIOS Page 13 - Overclocking
Page 7 - Test setup Page 14 - Conclusion



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Super Pi 1M / 32M, wPrime

Meanwhile Super Pi even in its latest version has become pretty old. Never the less it is able to show scaling to the clock speed nicely. Following we will also run Super Pi with different memory frequencies as well as different latencies. This shows the influence of the memory subsystem.

Super Pi 1M

SuperPi Mod 1.5 XS 1M sec Percent
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 21.319 99.00 %
Asus Crosshair IV Extreme 21.341 98.77 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z 21.344 98.79 %
ASUS M5A99X Evo 21.357 98.85 %
Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P 21.403 99.06 %
ASUS M4A78T-E 21.481 99.42 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula 21.531 99.65 %
ASRock M3A790GXH/128M 21.563 99.80 %
DFI LanParty DK 790FXB-M3H5 21.590 99.93 %
ASUS M4A78-HTPC (DDR2) 21.606 100.00 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX 21.642 100.17 %
ECS A890GXM-A2 21.653 100.22 %
  Lower is better


wPrime 32M

wPrime is based on a multithreaded algorithm to calculate the square root to up to 32 billion digits. Therefore it is possible to put 100 percent load on every core or thread and to see differences between architectures.

WPrime v1.55 32M sec Percent
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 8.126 98.65 %
ECS A890GXM-A2 8.143 98.86 %
ASUS M4A78-HTPC (DDR2) 8.237 100.00 %
ASUS M5A99X Evo 8.269 100.39 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z 8.341 101.26 %
Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P 8.344 101.30 %
Asus Crosshair IV Extreme 8.345 101.31 %
ASUS M4A78T-E 8.502 103.22 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula 8.515 103.38 %
ASRock M3A790GXH/128M 8.531 103.57 %
DFI LanParty DK 790FXB-M3H5 8.656 105.09 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX 8.734 106.03 %
  Lower is better



Page 1 - Introduction Page 8 - Futuremark
Page 2 - Specifications / Delivery Page 9 - SiSoft Sandra 1
Page 3 - Features Page 10 - SiSoft Sandra 2
Page 4 - Layout Page 11 - Super Pi / wPrime
Page 5 - Connectors and I/O Page 12 - Games
Page 6 - BIOS Page 13 - Overclocking
Page 7 - Test setup Page 14 - Conclusion



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Games

Crysis DX9 800 x 600, low details

Crysis is still one of the games which has very high system requirements. Therefore developer Crytek implemented Direct3D-10-API, High-Dynamic-Range-Rendering, Parallax Occlusion Mapping, Soft Shadows, Motion Blur, Depth of Field as well as Soft Particles. We test Crysis by using DirectX9 to show CPU-sacaling especially which low resolutions. If we look at the high resolutions we are able to spot that the CPUs influence compared to the graphic card becomes much less important.

Crysis DX9 800 x 600, low details   Percent
ASUS Crosshair V Formula 120.40 fps 102.86 %
ASUS M5A99X Evo 123.32 fps 105.36 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z 119.21 fps 101.85 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX 119.21 fps 101.85 %
Asus Crosshair IV Extreme 118.78 fps 101.48 %
ASRock M3A790GXH/128M 118.68 fps 101.39 %
Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P 118.61 fps 101.33 %
ASUS M4A78T-E 118.30 fps 101.07 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 117.62 fps 100.49 %
ASUS M4A78-HTPC (DDR2-800-CL4) 117.05 fps 100.00 %
ECS A890GXM-A2 111.22 fps 95.02 %
DFI LanParty DK 790FXB-M3H5 113.25 fps 96.75 %
  Higher is better

 

Resident Evil 800 x 600, low details

Resident Evil uses nearly every modern rendering technology: HDR, Hemisphere Lighting, Soft Shadows, Soft Particles, Field- und Motion-Blur oder auch Alpha to Coverage and static Ambient Occlusion. Furthermore Resident Evil 5 has been optimized for multicore architectures and already comes DirectX11 ready. By using the DirectX9 as well as the DirectX10 benchmark we can again show you CPU-scaling with low resolutions and the compared to the CPU overproportional influence of the graphics card at high resolutions.

Resident Evil DX9 800 x 600, low details   Percent
Asus Crosshair IV Extreme 134.0 fps 109.84 %
ASUS M5A99X Evo 133.2 fps 109.18 %
DFI LanParty DK 790FXB-M3H5 130.9 fps 107.29 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z 130.7 fps 107.13 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 127.4 fps 104.43 %
ASRock M3A790GXH/128M 130.1 fps 106.64 %
Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P 129.5 fps 106.15 %
ASUS M4A78T-E 127.9 fps 104.83 %
ECS A890GXM-A2 124.3 fps 101.88 %
ASUS M4A78-HTPC (DDR2-800-CL4) 122.0 fps 100.00 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula 121.5 fps 99.59 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX 120.4 fps 98.69 %
  Higher is better

 

Street Fighter 4 800 x 600, low details

Street Fighter 4 comes with an extra benchmark version which makes testing you system childrens play. At low resolutions the system requirements are pretty low and we can see CPU-scaling in the results. At high resolution the graphic card becomes more important and the CPUs clock speed has less influence on the fps.

Street Fighter 4 800 x 600, low details   Percent
ASUS M5A99X Evo 596.11 fps 109.41 %
Asus Crosshair IV Extreme 566.52 fps 103.98 %
ASUS M4A78-HTPC (DDR2-800-CL4) 544.85 fps 100.00 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z 530.72 fps 97.41 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 526.76 fps 96.68 %
ASRock M3A790GXH/128M 527.78 fps 96.87 %
Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P 518.49 fps 95.16 %
ASUS M4A78T-E 517.81 fps 95.04 %
ECS A890GXM-A2 516.37 fps 94.77 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula 515.90 fps 94.69 %
DFI LanParty DK 790FXB-M3H5 503.59 fps 92.47 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX 491.83 fps 90.27 %
  Higher is better



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Page 3 - Features Page 10 - SiSoft Sandra 2
Page 4 - Layout Page 11 - Super Pi / wPrime
Page 5 - Connectors and I/O Page 12 - Games
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Overclocking

Bus frequency overclocking


CPU Overclocking CPU Freq Percent
ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z 4'368 MHz 107.85 %
ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme 4'362 MHz 107.70 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula 4'350 MHz 107.41 %
DFI LanParty DK 790FXB-M3H5 4'350 MHz 107.41 %
ASUS M5A99X Evo 4'306 MHz 106.32 %
ECS A890GXM-A2 4'275 MHz 105.55 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 4'210 MHz 103.95 %
ASRock M3A790GXH/128M 4'100 MHz 101.23 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX 4'090 MHz 100.99 %
ASUS M4A78T-E 4'050 MHz 100.00 %
ASUS M4A78-HTPC (DDR2) 4'050 MHz 100.00 %
  Higher is better


Motherboard SuperPi 1M Average %
ASUS M5A99X Evo OC 16.209 sec 93.77 %
DFI LanParty DK 790FXB-M3H5 16.224 sec 93.86 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z 16.228 sec 93.88 %
ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme 16.256 sec 94.05 %
ASUS Crosshair V Formula 16.284 sec 94.21 %
ECS A890GXM-A2 16.380 sec 94.76 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 16.442 sec 95.12 %
ASRock M3A790GXH/128M 17.203 sec 99.53 %
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX 17.273 sec 99.93 %
ASUS M4A78-HTPC (DDR2-800-CL4) 17.285 sec 100.00 %
  more is better



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Page 2 - Specifications / Delivery Page 9 - SiSoft Sandra 1
Page 3 - Features Page 10 - SiSoft Sandra 2
Page 4 - Layout Page 11 - Super Pi / wPrime
Page 5 - Connectors and I/O Page 12 - Games
Page 6 - BIOS Page 13 - Overclocking
Page 7 - Test setup Page 14 - Conclusion



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Conclusion

Allgemein   + -
ASUS' Crosshair V Formula-Z is an overall very interesting board and at a first glance also a very good board. The ROG color scheme belongs to the nicest the industry offers and therefore there are not many other motherboards that play in a similar league. Furthermore the positioning of the different parts has been well done too. We also like that ASUS equipped this board with a SupremeFX Audio-Chip. In this case you get nice an clear sound from the back panel audio plugs.   - Design
- Supreme FX Audio-Chip
 
       
Layout   + -
Generally the ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Zs layout is well thought. Once more very practical are the angled SATA connectors of which you'll find no less then eight 6 Gbps ones. There also are practical power/reset buttons onboard as well as a debug display. The last expansion slots is a PCI-Express x4 slot which which comes in full length. If you should choose to install a dual slot graphics card at this place you're going to cover the connectors at the bottom edge of the board. Nevertheless it would be perfect to place a PCI Express SSD.   - Angled SATA connectors - Onboard Power/Reset Button  
       
Performance   + -
A closer look at the performance values shows that on average the Crosshair V Formula-Z ranges in the top span. Most of the time the board ends up in the top-3 without being the fastest. It's a bit disappointing out of the most high-end/expensive AMD motherboard.   - Performance  
       
BIOS / Overclocking   + -
Overclocking the Crosshair V Formula-Z is piece of cake but we didn't expect anything different from an ASUS ROG board. Meanwhile all the ROG boards have a very good reputation for overclocking. Therefore it is no surprise that we reached 4'368 MHz with our test CPU which is highest value in our comparison charts. Furthermore the ASUS UEFI-BIOS is very well structured and very pleasant to look at. You'll quickly find the settings needed and even the tool tips provide useful, additional information.   - Well structured BIOS - UEFI-BIOS
- Overclocking
- Unlimited BIOS options
 
       
Recommendation   + -
If you should be looking for a good and solid gaming PC or an overclocking rig, then the Crosshair V Formula definitely is worth considering. You can get this motherboard for about CHF 240.- (est. EUR 200.-).   - Gaming PC
- Overclocking
- Office PC
       
Rating
We give the Crosshair V Formula good four out of five stars.





Page 1 - Introduction Page 8 - Futuremark
Page 2 - Specifications / Delivery Page 9 - SiSoft Sandra 1
Page 3 - Features Page 10 - SiSoft Sandra 2
Page 4 - Layout Page 11 - Super Pi / wPrime
Page 5 - Connectors and I/O Page 12 - Games
Page 6 - BIOS Page 13 - Overclocking
Page 7 - Test setup Page 14 - Conclusion


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Author: m.buechel@ocaholic.ch : l.rocchi@ocaholic.ch