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  • Asus Crosshair V Formula Motherboard Review
  • Asus Crosshair V Formula Motherboard Review


    Included Goodies

    We have come to expect more goodies from our high-end motherboards as it helps to justify the additional cost.  ASUS does not disappoint and includes everything you'll need to get up and running.

    In terms of documentation you will get an extremely detailed User Guide that talks about every feature found on this motherboard, a driver disk complete with system and overclocking utilities, cable identification stickers and window sticker.
    Included with the board you will find two SLI bridges and a special length crossfire cable.  A ROG branded I/O back plate, helps dress up the system.  You also get a small accessory pack that complements this motherboard including a set of Q-Connectors and a small pack of zip ties.

    The cable package includes six SATA cables and ROG Connect USB cable for PC to PC connections.
    ROG Connect
    One thing that many overclockers wish they could do is change clock frequency while a benching session is in progress.  For instance when you are running 3DMark06 overall CPU power helps get a good 3D score but may be too much for your cooling method when you reach the CPU benchmark.  In those instances you can fire up ROG Connect and remotely downclock the CPU for that part of the benchmark and clock it back up again later. 
    Ai Suite II and TurboV Evo
    Most motherboards come with some sort of tuning and monitoring package to help the hardware enthusiast get the most from their system.  The Asus Ai Suite II is more than just a single overclocking program but encompasses an entire suite of programs to control most everything on the motherboard such as overclocking and even power delivery.  As you can expect these are split across multiple software packages so you can choose which one you want to install.

    Keep in mind that everything you can control with the Ai Suite II is also available thru the system BIOS.  So, if you're like me and would rather do your tweaks before the OS loads you can do that.  Otherwise fire up the Ai Suite II and do all of your tuning in real time before committing the changes to CMOS.