Hexus reports ASUS has released the Crosshair V Formula Z, a refreshed version of its Crosshair V Formula. The new edition of this AMD motherboard features a Memory T-Topology design that promises up to 15 percent more memory bandwidth as well as certification for DDR3 of up to 2400MHz, up from 2133MHz on the original.
Other changes are also included:
Increased memory stability is backed by increased overclocking stability through an upgrade of the Digi+ engine to the Digi+II which, amongst superior fine-tuning, features higher-quality capacitors to increase stability.
The previously integrated SupremeFX II soundcard has been upgraded to a SupremeFX III, which features a capacitor-bank for smooth and powerful analogue delivery, mixed with ASUS Redline and PCB shielding technology to provide EM shielding from the rest of the motherboard.
New support for Windows 8 fast-boot has been supplied, which ASUS claims allows for consistent boot times of 2-3 seconds with a Solid State Drive, enabled by UEFI bios hand-off optimisations.
Minor changes are an upgrade from Intel's GameFirst LAN controller to GameFirst II, more SATA 6Gb ports and more USB 3.0 ports.