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Asus Crosshair II Formula motherboard review

Early this year we reviewed the Asus M3A32-MVP Deluxe, a high-end Phenom supporting motherboard that featured the AMD 790FX chipset. But while gamers wanting to use Crossfire technology will no doubt be quite happy with that product, those wanting to use multiple Nvidia-based graphics cards are going to have to look elsewhere.

Unfortunately SLI support does come at a price and choice premium for AMD users. The Asus Crosshair II Formula that we will be testing today features the Nvidia nForce 780a SLI chipset, which is currently the most advanced SLI capable chipset available to AMD users. This new Asus motherboard is a member of the elite "Republic of Gamers" series, meaning that it is geared towards gaming.

View: Asus Crosshair II Formula motherboard review @ TechSpot

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how sad poor amd, are you guys actually serious that amd is outta the game? i'm still on a p4, but seriously, should we just stick with the intel skulltrail?

Nobody really needs skulltrail, but hey if you've got a couple grand extra to blow, you might as well go for it.
Two GTX 280s and a Q9550 is more than anybody needs for gaming. Heck, most games will run just fine with a pair of 8800 GTXs and a Q6600, even with all settings on their highest (even Crysis.)

I wish I could justify going for a Phenom, because honestly, I find it a more *interesting* product-- notably, the incredibly affordable multiplier unlocked versions, and the fact that the AM2 mounting mechanism was only concieved by Satan's interns, as opposed to the 775 one.

However, I threw too much money into an E6750 and a P35 board, and if I were to swap it for a Phenom, it would be at best a lateral move, and probably worse, at a cost of 200.- or more.