ASUS Crosshair III Formula

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1 Legit Reviews
The ASUS Crosshair III Formula isn't a new kid on the block but that hardly means it's old news. This third version of ASUS' top AMD motherboard is a vast departure from the previous versions in that it no longer uses an Nvidia chipset to provide SLI. ASUS has jumped on the Dragon platform train by using AMD's 790FX chipset and providing two PCIe 2.0 x16 slots with CrossFire functionality.
2 Award Fabrik
In der letzten Zeit gab es in der R.O.G. Serie von ASUS stetig neue Mainboards für Intels Socket 775 und den Core i7. Verschiedene Versionen in der Maximus und Rampage Serie kamen auf den Markt, auch das Striker wurde neu aufgelegt. Für AMD Prozessoren gab es aus der R.O.G. Serie letztes Jahr das Crosshair II, aufbauend auf Nvidias 780a SLI. Mehr als ein Jahr später erscheint nun der Nachfolger, dass Crosshair III Formula. Es setzt auf AMDs 790FX und ist das neue Flaggschiff der AM3 Board Serie von ASUS.
3 OC3D
AM3 motherboards are a break away from the AM2/+ range of motherboards and will require a new AM3 compatible CPU. These CPU's carry 938pins where current AM2+ processors have 940.This drop in pin count is not the only change though.
4 Hartware
Allerdings ist auch der Preis nicht gerade günstig. Vor allem im Vergleich zu der Konkurrenz mit 790GX Chipsatz sind schnell 40 Euro Unterschied erreicht. Dieser hat jedoch vor allem beim Einsatz von zwei Grafikkarten einen Nachteil, wodurch ein direkter Vergleich beim Preis etwas unfair ist. Doch mit einer Grafikkarte kann sich der 790GX Chipsatz gut gegen den 790FX Chipsatz behaupten.
5 Planet 3D Now!
Auf der einen Seite steht ECS' A790GXM-AD3, welches zur Black Edition-Serie des Herstellers gehört. Das Mainboard haben wir bereits im April vorgestellt, konnten aber mangels Referenzhardware (CPU und RAM) keinen ausführlichen Test präsentieren - was sich heute ändert. Auf der anderen Seite stellen wir das ASUS Crosshair III Formula vor. Dabei handelt es sich für heutige Verhältnisse um ein relativ ungewöhnliches Mainboard, was sich kompromisslos an den Enthusiasten richtet.
6 TBreak
As far as performance is concerned the motherboard performed very well when compared to its competitors. We also managed to overclock the board’s FSB to 260 using automatic settings and, going the manual route, we think it has got tons of overclocking potential.
7 Overclockers Club
The ASUS Crosshair III Formula comes packaged in a pleasantly looking box, with the logo on the front showing it's a Republic of Gamers product. On the back are pictures of the board and audio card, as well as the specifications for the Crosshair III. What is unique about this packaging is there is a front flap that opens up on the box, revealing the inside with a view of the motherboard in all its glory.
8 TechSpot
Roughly a year ago we reviewed the Asus Crosshair II Formula, based on the Nvidia nForce 780a SLI chipset. This board provided those who were brave enough to pick up a Phenom processor with a stable platform that sported a number of impressive features such as Triple-SLI. At the time we said the Crosshair II Formula was a well designed motherboard that was let down by a power hungry chipset and sub-par processors.
9 Trusted Reviews
If you trawl through the extensive Asus product range you will come across the M4N82 Deluxe which supports Socket AM3 with Tri-SLI at a cost of £133 and you may leap to the conclusion that it could be a competitor to the Crosshair III. A closer reading shows that the M4N82 Deluxe uses the nForce 980a SLI chipset, which looks spangly and new but is actually the same 780a SLI seen on Crosshair II just with a different label.
Buying a new motherboard has many advantages for the hardware enthusiast including updating the chipset, higher overclocks and a new warranty and support for new technologies. ASUS has traditionally targeted the hardcore enthusiast with their high-end motherboards. They have a whole lineup of motherboards targeted towards the gamer: The Republic of Gamers line.
11 HardOCP
"The ASUS Crosshair III is based on AMD's 790FX chipset. In this case the board is also equipped with the SB750. The board supports all current socket AM3 CPUs. It also supports DDR3 1600MHz memory and AMD's Crossfire and CrossfireX multi-GPU technologies. It also features 8+2 phase power for stability, ferrite chokes and all solid state capacitors. The Crosshair III Formula isn't quite as packed with features as I expected."