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Asus Crosshair IV Formula - Performance Review
Asus Crosshair IV Formula - Performance Review
Date: 26-04-10
Topic: Reviews & Previews
Author: mav2000

Index
Over Clocking 
Benchmarks & Performance

Benchmarks & Performance

3D Mark 06

Lets kick things off with 3D Mark 06. 3D Mark 06 is a PC benchmark suite designed to test the DirectX9 performance of your graphics card.

A 3DMark score is an overall measure of your systemís 3D gaming capabilities, based on comprehensive real-time 3D graphics and processor tests. By comparing your score with those submitted by millions of other gamers you can see how your gaming rig performs, making it easier to choose the most effective upgrades or finding other ways to optimize your system.

Lets first take a look at the benchmark at stock settings and then move to the over clocked settings.





As we can see from the chart above, both the boards are pretty much similar in performance and none of them beats the other by a large margin in any of the 3 tests. Lets now take a look at the over clock settings.





With the overclocks in place, the Asus Crosshair IV beats the MSI by around 4% in the final score, taking a huge advantage in the graphics tests.

Lets now move on to the next set of tests.

3DMark Vantage

3DMark Vantage is a PC benchmark suite designed to test the DirectX10 performance of your graphics card.

A 3DMark score is an overall measure of your systemís 3D gaming capabilities, based on comprehensive real-time 3D graphics and processor tests. By comparing your score with those submitted by millions of other gamers you can see how your gaming rig performs, making it easier to choose the most effective upgrades or finding other ways to optimize your system.

3DMark is widely used by the PC industry, press and media as well as individual users and gamers, for comparing performance levels between whole systems or even specific components.

Lets start of with the stock settings.





The difference between the two boards is again negligible. This is to be expected as the CPU and GPU are a constant in these tests and we are only trying to see if the implementation is better in any one of these boards. Moving on to the over clocked settings, we can see that the Asus again has the upper hand, but by a margin of around 2%.





Lets now move on to the third of our tests, PC Mark Vantage.

PCMark Vantage

PCMark Vantage is a PC benchmark suite designed for Windows offering one-click simplicity for casual users and detailed, professional grade testing for industry, press and enthusiasts. A PCMark score is a measure of your computerís performance across a variety of common tasks such as viewing and editing photos, video, music and other media, gaming, communications, productivity and security.

From desktops and laptops to workstations and gaming rigs, by comparing your PCMark Vantage score with other similar systems you can find the hardware and software bottlenecks that stop you getting more from your PC.

For the tests going ahead, we took only the stock settings into account, as we did not find much of a difference between the two boards with over clocked settings.





Again the Asus is just a small step ahead of the MSI and the difference can actually be put down as changes in the setup environment. There is practically no difference in scores between the two boards. The Asus takes the lead in the gaming, music and productivity suits, while the MSI manages to win on the other four.

Moving on we come to our second last test for the day, Everest memory benchmark.

Lavalys Everest Ultimate Edition

Lavalys Everest Ultimate Edition is a complete PC diagnostics software utility that assists you while installing, optimizing or troubleshooting your computer by providing all the information you can think of about your system Ė from hardware devices and installed drivers to operating system security and stability metrics.

More than just system information, EVEREST also offers comprehensive benchmarking and hardware monitoring capabilities with real-time reporting.

Lets take a quick look at the results.





Again, the difference between the two boards is at a bare minimum. The Asus takes the read and copy rounds, while the MSI makes up by getting slightly better scores in the latency and write tests.

So for the first time, I am at the last test of the day, with absolutely no clear winner in sight.

CrystalMark 2004 R3

CrystalMark is a benchmarking suite that tests each and every component of the system. The benchmark works to give a comprehensive view of the system performance on each and every front. Lets take a quick look at the scores here.



The Asus Crosshair IV manages to narrowly beat the GD 70, but the difference again is around 2.4%.

Taking into account all the testing we have done at various levels, the stock or over clocked performance do not differ between the two boards. Now this was to be expected, taking into account that other than the board, the rest of the core components remained the same. Over a period of time, better Bios's may help to improve the overall performance of the chipsets, but as of now, the difference is negligible.




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  #1  
By ManISinJpr ♦ 30-04-10
Re: Asus Crosshair IV Formula - Performance Review

I guess this review sums it up for the new board, a very professional review written by you.
I must say I am pretty impressed with the OC capability of this. and I forgot or didnt read properly, was the venom used for cooling ? I know it must have, otherwise the temps would have hit the roof, but just confirming, what was the max temp on this running IBT on multiplier oc settings.
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By mav2000 30-04-10
Re: Asus Crosshair IV Formula - Performance Review

Max temp at 4.0 Ghz running IBT was around 56, ambient being 30.
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By ManISinJpr ♦ 30-04-10
Re: Asus Crosshair IV Formula - Performance Review

^^ That is hot man, and also keeping to the point, what is the max that the 965 BE can be subjected to ? without it being fried in blue smoke.
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By mav2000 30-04-10
Re: Asus Crosshair IV Formula - Performance Review

62 degrees on the core temps. Dont worry it will throttle down much before you blow it.

And yes, the higher the ambient, the higher the max temps. So keep that in mind. If you are in an AC room, things will be much mroe under control. Now you see why I didn't push that board too far.
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By syedthedevil 30-04-10
Re: Asus Crosshair IV Formula - Performance Review

great mobo... i like the photo shot...
great review
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By ManISinJpr ♦ 30-04-10
Re: Asus Crosshair IV Formula - Performance Review

I am not the least worried mate, not at all, just wanted to ask you the max limit before the thermal shutdown occurs, I was experimenting today and the cp reached 50 at boot into bios, when I somehow managed to raise the multi to reach 4.0 Ghz, but the video was giving me hell so couldnt reach windows. but the interesting part is, there was no ac in the room and the temp in the room was around 39 degrees, I was sweating like hell LOLz..
but now, I think I will be needing a new board, have had enough of this msi board.

Originally Posted by mav2000 View Post
62 degrees on the core temps. Dont worry it will throttle down much before you blow it.

And yes, the higher the ambient, the higher the max temps. So keep that in mind. If you are in an AC room, things will be much mroe under control. Now you see why I didn't push that board too far.


---------- Post added at 10:22 PM ---------- Previous post was at 10:20 PM ----------

Hey just remembered, are you getting the 890FX board by any chance ?
I maybe in line for your board if it can run 8 Gigs of RAM and as you are already using it, there will be no problem with me buying it.can you also arrange to help me in selling my ram if that is the case ?
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By Free Radical 30-04-10
Re: Asus Crosshair IV Formula - Performance Review

Hey mav. Can you post pics of the bios for the Crosshair?
Also, 2d bar graphs on Page 2 please
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  #8  
By mav2000 01-05-10
Re: Asus Crosshair IV Formula - Performance Review

I have not put that particular graph as its not possible, the differences between scores of various criteria are tooo large..
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  #9  
By Aumkar 01-05-10
Re: Asus Crosshair IV Formula - Performance Review

Great review sir!! Going to wait for the results with the hexacore though.
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  #10  
By Cyn1c 01-05-10
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Great stuff as always mav. Loved the review!
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  #11  
By iknowledge 01-05-10
Re: Asus Crosshair IV Formula - Performance Review

Excellent Mobo..... How good will the pricing go./..
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  #12  
By mav2000 01-05-10
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Well ...around 19k.
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  #13  
By blufox 05-05-10
Re: Asus Crosshair IV Formula - Performance Review

How did I miss this? :-/
Awesome job Ashish.
Pics and graphs are top notch.

Keep them coming .

Thanks,
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By omi 6933 07-05-10
Re: Asus Crosshair IV Formula - Performance Review

awesome mobo like this review ...good job dude
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