Originally Posted by PaddieMayne
Anybody any ideas on how the Asus Crosshair V Formula Z performs with the FX 8350 ?
I think it's probably the best motherboard I've EVER owned. I've been tweaking HW for 30 years now and I can't think of any that I've liked as well as it.
It has lot's of power connections, 24 pin, 8 pin, 4 pin, and 4 pin "EZ port" molex. The only physical thing that I don't like with the board is the 4-pin molex connector -- those connectors are just so tight that I don't like pushing that hard against my MB -- and there has to be a better way of adding more PCI power. OTOH, I don't know that I really needed to connect it,
A couple of things I've noticed with Ram: any of the LLC settings for CPU/NB tend to be rather aggressive, and I haven't been able to actually get 2400 MHz Ram working at quite that speed (about 2350 is the best I've gotten stable). The Ram I had, though, wasn't binned for AMD, so others may be able to do better. Overall, the board seems to be as good as ASUS claims -- which makes it pretty darn good.
I haven't gotten my 8350 quite as fast as some others, but cooling is at least part of my problems. I don't think the MB can be blamed for any of it because I managed to OC a BD with it by more than 1GHz. I haven't noticed any of the FSB "dead zones" that others have mentioned -- it seems to OC just as well using either the FSB or multipliers (though some benchmarks give better results with the FSB).
I had some bios problems earlier, but version 0806 of the bios was pulled off their site and the newest versions seem pretty solid.
I'm using 7 of the 8 SATA ports and the two extra ones seem fine -- only problem is that when I upgrade bios it defaults to turning the two extra ones off.