ASUS Crosshair V Formula ‘Bulldozer’ Motherboard Review

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ASUS ROG Crosshair V Formula UEFI BIOS

ASUS Crosshair V Formula System UEFI BIOS

When we first fire up the ASUS Crosshair V Formula, we are prompted to head into the BIOS since it is a newly installed CPU. Once within the ASUS BIOS we are presented with a ROG themed version of the UEFI BIOS that we have come to know and love. When we fire up a non-ROG ASUS motherboard we are brought directly into the ASUS EZ-Mode version of the UEFI BIOS. Since the ASUS Crosshair V Formula is a ROG board we skip right past that and are immediately presented with the advanced mode. To see what this board can throw at a CPU we set all of the options to the maximum and found that the highest CPU Ratio is 39.5 and the maximum CPU Bus is 600.

ASUS Crosshair V Formula System UEFI BIOS

The voltage options in the ASUS Crosshair V Formula UEFI BIOS should be more than enough to break a few records as we got to see during our trip to the AMD campus in Texas where they broke the world record with 8.4GHz!

ASUS Crosshair V Formula System UEFI BIOS

The second page of the ASUS Crosshair V Formula UEFI BIOS is the ‘Main’ page. It will give us some basic information about the system such as total memory and speed, system date and time, and basic processor information.

ASUS Crosshair V Formula System UEFI BIOS

The Advanced page of the ASUS Crosshair V Formula UEFI BIOS gives us access to several sup-pages for CPU Configuration, North and South Bridge configurations as well as the onboard devices.

ASUS Crosshair V Formula System UEFI BIOS

Heading into the CPU Configuration page we can see the options for Cool ‘n’ Quiet and various other features.

ASUS Crosshair V Formula System UEFI BIOS

The North Bridge configuration page give us access to the IOMMU Mode as well as a memory configuration page.

ASUS Crosshair V Formula System UEFI BIOS

The SATA Configuration page shows us what devices are plugged into which of the SATA ports, as well as giving us access to the SB SATA Configuration page.

ASUS Crosshair V Formula System UEFI BIOS

The SB SATA Configuration page lets us set our devices to RAID, AHCI, or IDE modes.

ASUS Crosshair V Formula System UEFI BIOS

USB Configuration gives us a couple of options for the onboard USB.

ASUS Crosshair V Formula System UEFI BIOS

The ASUS Crosshair V Formula has the ability to unlock “extra” cores available on certain processors. We could also disable the 3rd through 8th core on the FX-8150 if we wanted to.

ASUS Crosshair V Formula System UEFI BIOS

The onboard devices page will allow us to disable or enable the various onboard devices.

ASUS Crosshair V Formula System UEFI BIOS

The LED Control lets us control the onboard LED’s.

ASUS Crosshair V Formula System UEFI BIOS

ASUS has broken down the hardware monitor into four pages.

ASUS Crosshair V Formula System UEFI BIOS

The first of the four pages is the voltage page. On this page we can check the various system voltages.

ASUS Crosshair V Formula System UEFI BIOS

The second of the four pages is the temperature monitor. This page is typically the first page I will head to when I first assemble a new system. We can check the CPU temperature, motherboard temperature and the the optional temperature censors if you have them installed.

ASUS Crosshair V Formula System UEFI BIOS

The third page of the ASUS Crosshair V Formula monitor pages is the fan speed monitor. On this page we can verify that all of our fans are in working order without having to climb under the desk the check the inside of the system.

ASUS Crosshair V Formula System UEFI BIOS

The fourth and final page is the Fan Speed Control.

ASUS Crosshair V Formula System UEFI BIOS

here we can see the boot options available on the ASUS Crosshair V Formula.

ASUS Crosshair V Formula System UEFI BIOS

Under the Advanced mode Tools page we will find access to the ASUS EZ Flash 2 Utility, ASUS SPD Information, ASUS OC Profile, and the GO Button file.

ASUS Crosshair V Formula System UEFI BIOS

The ASUS EZ Flash 2 is an incredibly easy utility to flash the BIOS.

ASUS Crosshair V Formula System UEFI BIOS

If you didn’t happen to pay attention to the memory timings of the memory that you are installing into the ASUS Crosshair V Formula, you can easily check them with the ASUS SPD Information. Above you can see that our Corsair Vengeance memory has an XMP (Extreme Memory Profile) profile that is rated for 1600MHz with timings of 9,9,9,24,2T and a JEDEC of 1333MHz.

ASUS Crosshair V Formula System UEFI BIOS

ASUS has included eight profile slots on the ASUS Crosshair V Formula to save your BIOS profiles.

ASUS Crosshair V Formula System UEFI BIOS

The Go Button File is the file that is activated when you enable the OC button we was on the layout page of the ASUS Crosshair V Formula.

ASUS Crosshair V Formula System UEFI BIOS

Last but by no means least is the Exit page. We have a number of options here including, Loading Optimized Defaults, Save and Exit, Discard and Exit, or head into the ASUS EZ Mode

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