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Item#: N82E16813131392

ASUS Crosshair III Formula AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard

  • AMD 790FX
  • Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 1600(O.C.) / 1333 / 1066
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Maxwell P.
  • 6/27/2010 9:59:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSo far? A bit of a hassle

Pros: Sleek, VERY WELL DESIGNED! I cannot stress how great the PCIe 2.0 x16 ports are designed, what with intuitive and helpful latch releases and ideal placement (For me at least). Cool/helpful lights, and fairly easy to OC with.

Cons: Took a long time to get running, the fan/heatsink area was quite a hassle (more than usual). Tech support has been sluggish at best (continued in other thoughts)

Other Thoughts: So I am not sure if it is all of these motherboards, or maybe just mine, but for me, the PCI slot does not work! I have been trying to get my wireless connection up and running, and all that's happened is I get a little "wireless card not plugged in" despite the fact that I have fit it and re-fit it over and over and over, and it still does not work. I can see it sitting snugly in the slot, everything is connected, and it still does not register. Tech support gave me a 6 hour window in which they will call me, which simply tethers me to the computer that does not function (because I need to get online to get drivers) until they do.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issue that you are having trying to get your PCI WiFi card. Have you already installed the drivers for your PCI WiFi card? When you check Device Manager, do you see any devices listed with a yellow or red exclamation point saying that drivers are not installed?

Please contact me at OC_Support@asus.com and reference case number NE0558 so that we may get more details about your system configuration including your Operating System and version.

Best Regards,

ASUS Support Team

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  • Sean B.
  • 6/25/2010 4:44:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood motherboard

Pros: 2 PCI-E x16 slots for crossfire, support for the new Phenom II x6 and other AM3 socket processors right out of the box is very helpful.

The BIOS features are such that you shouldn't have to mess with them at all once you set them, they do a lot of things automatically.

Cons: The rear panel is a bit lacking in features, no onboard sound or video, entirely reliant on sound and video cards, but the included sound card should be good enough. Also a shortage of USB plugs thats why they give you the USB PCI card in the box, for an extra 2 USB and 1 IEEE 1394 slot.

Other Thoughts: It would be nicer for me if the sound card and extra USB ports were on the motherboard instead of expansion slots, but for people who like to customize every possible aspect, this does give them more options.

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  • Michel G.
  • 6/21/2010 5:43:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcelent

Pros: it has everything that i need so thanks newegg for it.

Cons: Nothing...

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  • Taylor B.
  • 6/18/2010 4:14:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome MOBO!

Pros: I got this motherboard for two reasons, primarily cause I read that the two channel memory is more efficient than the three channel i7 memory, and cause the two PCIe slots both run @ x16 speed. It has been a solid motherboard so far, haven't done any overclocking, but when I do, I'm sure this board will come through for me... Great board...

Cons: None, it's a solid board really...

Other Thoughts: I was such an idiot one day I took one of those air cans to spray out the dust, and I didn't want to take my video card out cause I was just being lazy... I accidently sprayed liquid air on my integrated circuitry on my MOBO. I cursed myself out for being so stupid!!! lol The MOBO is still running, including my 5770, so I got lucky...

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  • Timothy K.
  • 6/18/2010 4:23:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAfter 1 Year+ Still Going Strong

Pros: Had this board for a little over a year and have not had any problems, no blue screens or errors of any kind, I would recommend this mobo to anyone, it doesn't have USB 3.0 which would make it even better, was thinking up upgrading to the Crosshair 4 but it has had to many bad reviews so I think I will stick with this one until they get the bugs worked out of their new boards.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Antec 1200 Case
Asus Crosshair III Formula Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Unlocked to Quad Core, OC'd to 3.8 GHz
ZALMAN 9500A-LED Heatsink & Fan
2-XFX 4870 Video Cards
8 gigs DDR3 PC 1600 Mushkin Blackline Memory
1-320 gig Western Digital Blue HD (Boot)
1-2 TB Western Digital Green HD (Storage)
1-320 gig Western Digital Blue HD (External)
Ultra LSP 750 Watt Power Supply
Plextor PX-B320SA Blu-Ray
Sony Optiarc DVD/CD Burner
Dynex 8 in 1 Media Reader
Acer H233H 23" Full High Def LCD Monitor
Boston Acoustics MM226 Speaker System
D-Link DWA-552 Xtreme-N Wireless Desktop Adapter
Logitech MX 5500 Revolution Keyboard/Mouse"
Windows 7 64 Bit OS

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  • Ryan W.
  • 6/16/2010 8:20:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWhat can i say its and ASUS

Pros: Overclocking hear room is awesome
the bios has alot more ability to overclock then crosshair 2
great sound card
tells you when your overclocking fails and has the little led screen

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: not a con becasue its my fault blew out a few censors on the mobo first day overclocked to 4.3 GHZ w/vcore at .5 and the led were all red saying crazy overclcokin and it warned me like 50 times but yea got a little hot and blew....
what that tells me is NEED MORE RADIATORS!

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/12/2010 10:59:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat for the money, One minor detail.

Pros: Works with my X6 processor (after bios update)

Recognized my X6 as a 4 Core CPU pre-update so I was able to do the bios update without borrowing a CPU.

Cons: Driver support for Windows 7 x64 is a joke (from what I've read, Asus driver support is a joke in general)
I've tried every driver on the Asus site / Creative site / Forums I could find and I still can't get sound to work through the Creative SupremeFX X-Fi "Sound Card" that is packaged with it under Win7-64.

Other Thoughts: It really is a good motherboard, I might have taken an egg for the whole day I lost to messing around with the sound card, trying to get it to work.

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  • Daniel M.
  • 6/8/2010 3:03:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSeveral months later [Up-Date]

Pros: I was impressed with this board the first day and still am, this has to be the best motherboard I have ever owned period. After my experience with this M/B I decided to go with a Asus graphics adapter to replace a defective one from another vendor, glad I did!

Cons: South-bridge placement, S/B heat-sink gets covered by large graphics adapters - gets hot.

Other Thoughts: Rigged up a 50MM fan for the S/B and problem fixed. Installing a hi-cfm fan on the N/B helped a lot too as the S/B and N/B are connected by a heat pipe.

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  • John F.
  • 6/7/2010 5:37:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt works, no OC yet

Pros: It does everything. It has great overclocking tools which I haven't used yet. Dual PCI x16 @ x16 is nice. The board just works and BIOS is easy.

Cons: SATAs are kinda tight depending on your case size and vid card but definitely do-able.

Other Thoughts: Mobo: Asus Crosshair 3 790FX
CPU: AMD Phen. 2 X2 555 Black
RAM: 2x2GB G.SKILL
...GPU: XFX 5770 Juniper
HDD: 2x WD 320GB RAID 1
PSU: Antec Blue 750W
Case: Cooler Master Centurion 5 Mid Tower
DVD: Asus DVD Burner

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/6/2010 12:19:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWow......

Pros: Picked this up for my first build, all went smooth the first boot up, and i attribute it to this board. Easy to use and setup, tons of features, runs cool, just a great board!!!

Cons: none so far

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