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The ASUS Sabertooth 990FX, I bought this motherboard for my new personal home build and if I'm honest I was half captivated by the name. Something about sabertooth just struck me. So first of all let's take a look at the specifications of the board itself.
* Supports AM3+ CPU up to 8 cores.
* 4 DDR3 DIMM's which can hold up to 32GB of RAM.
* Supports both quad SLI and quad crossfireX.
* 3 PCIe x16 slots, 1 PCIe x4, 1 PCIe x1 and 1 PCI.
* 6 SATA 6Gb/s and 2 3Gb/s.
* 1 power eSATA and 1 eSATA.
* 1 Gigabit LAN controller.
* 4 USB 3.0 ports and 14 USB 2.0 ports.
I kept that list pretty simple to just the things worth looking at as I will talk about the features in a minute. Looking at the specifications you can be nothing but impressed, the quad SLI and crossfireX means you can place up to 4 graphics cards in here running simultaneously. I've not tested this out yet as I have dual SLI in there and this is more than enough to run any games.
There is plenty of space here for all your needs and as you can see it provides more than enough USB ports, it even has 4 USB 3.0 ports which is slowly coming into newer devices and runs at speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 (although you will only reach speeds at around 3 times faster). Other than that you can see you have the Gigabit LAN controller for your Ethernet needs and it will support any speed your network has to offer.
As with most ASUS products they have packed in plenty of special features for your every need, now there are around 21 features on this board and I wouldn't want to bore you all with every single one. So what I intend to do is tell you about the most important ones, you can find a full list on the ASUS website.
TUF thermal radar - This impressed me no end; there are multiple sensors on the board that monitor the temperature of critical parts on the motherboard. Not only that but this also calculates ideal fan speeds based on parameters selected by the user. For me this was amazing it really helped me to work out what the temperature should be and how to go about maintaining that, it can be used by anyone as it is no user friendly and easy to use.
UEFI BIOS - This is for the more advanced user but the BIOS on this board is fully graphical and allows you to use your mouse on it. What's more is using this BIOS you can overclock anything and everything in your computer as easy as 123. As I said this is for more advanced users but it's also good for beginners as it explains everything you need to know.
MemOK! Button - This is a button that will ensure the memory compatibility with the board, I've not had to use this then but I do believe that it can also help you to find out boot issues and quickly find out where a problem may lie. As I said I've not used this yet because I've not had any problems with the board but it's a good piece of mind knowing it's there.
TUF Components - Everything on the board is made with the TUF name, you get a nice certificate of authenticity with the board to tell you that it has been military grade tested. I don't really know what to make of this but I guess it's always nice to know the board is a sturdy build.
After all of this I have owned this board for a few months and I can't fault it, I have a nice 8 core processor in there and SLI 560Ti graphics cards. I've really pushed this motherboard to its limits and without overclocking it way past its capability and possibly breaking it, I'm more than happy with this purchase. At £125 on amazon this isn't the cheapest motherboard on the market but for anyone looking to build a new computer which isn't going to be out dated anytime soon this is the motherboard for you.
I run a few high end games on this motherboard such as battlefield 3 and modern warfare 3 as well as several MMO's, this board along with my other components really have no problem in this department and using the thermal monitors I know when its heating up and what to do to get rid of this heat. This is a great motherboard and it doesn't look to bad either, I would highly recommend this product to anyone.
The TUF series delivers a "tough" image. With the unique design & high quality components (military-standard), TUF series is born for pursuing the preeminent stability, all-round compatibility, and extreme durability.
|Product Description:||ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX - motherboard - ATX - Socket AM3+ - AMD 990FX|
|Product Type:||Motherboard - ATX|
|Chipset Type:||AMD 990FX / AMD SB950|
|Processor Socket:||1 x Socket AM3+|
|Compatible Processors:||Sempron, Phenom II X3, Athlon II X2, Phenom II X2, Athlon II X4, Athlon II X3, Phenom II X4, Phenom II X6|
|Data Bus Transfer Rate:||5.2 GT/s|
|Max Supported Memory:||32 GB|
|RAM Supported:||4 DIMM slots - DDR3 SDRAM , non-ECC, ECC , unbuffered|
|Storage Ports:||6 x SATA-600 (RAID), 2 x SATA-300, 1 x eSATA-300, 1 x powered eSATA-300|
|USB / FireWire Ports:||2 x SuperSpeed USB + 1 x FireWire + 10 x Hi-Speed USB + (2 x SuperSpeed USB + 1 x FireWire + 4 x Hi-Speed USB via headers)|
|Audio:||HD Audio (8-channel)|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||5 years warranty|