Here is my little overview of the board like promised, i am no professional and the images are not the best but it gives an idea how the board looks etc.
Here is a picture when i got the board. IMO an aesthetically pleasing box which means serious business and that there is an quality product inside. To me packaging and aesthetics are a BIG plus when i buy something because it feels like a good purchase.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
What come with the board is rather simple which includes, 4 SATA cables, 1 IO shield, SLI bridge. Pretty strait forward.
Here is a picture when i took it out of the box: I really like the new aesthetics of this board compared to the R2.0 which is IMO the ugliest board i ever saw... sadly it hasn't completely got rid of the ugly Noctua brown color on the DIMM slots and USB 3.0 connectors but its not disturbing me.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Here i have it installed and i personally really like the RGB lighting on the PCI-e slots.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Here you can see where my Samsung 950 Pro M.2 drive is installed, i really like the place of the M.2 connector compared to the Gigabyte Gaming G1 because i couldn't take it out or even see it, it was getting also more hot than on the Sabertooth because its more close to the GPU. Temps are now between 30-50c depending on the ambient temp and what i am doing obviously but mostly its around 30-35c.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Here is a picture of the VRM heat sink and the option to mount 40mm fan, i can't decide yet what fan i am going to buy. IMO its best to mount the fan as an exhaust because its pulling the hot air outside of the case and when you have it in a pushing mode it simply pushes the hot air through my radiator. I personally don't think it will interfere with the airflow that much because these little fans are not all that power full so the only thing they do is pulling air away from the VRM's outside of the case. Also, when you have it in push, there is no dust filter so you are pushing unfiltered air inside your case which cause lots of dust buildup pretty quick.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Here is a picture of the Corsair SP120L sucking air away from the socket which dramatically drops temps. I had it in push mode first but than after some thinking i turned the fan around and set it as an exhaust and temps were getting even lower because like i mentioned before, the hot air has nowhere to go so the best option is to suck the hot air away from the hot component in this case too.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Here are some BIOS screenshots. The BIOS of the R3.0 is very similar to the R2.0 only it looks much better and it has more options as you will see in a second.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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What i really like with this BIOS is that when you change something and you hit save and exit, there is an popup window that shows you what you have changed and that you are sure that you really want to change it. This can be very handy because there are so many settings and IMO its pretty need to see what you changed before save and exit.
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Here are some BIOS screens of the R2.0, sadly i didn't make pictures of the entire BIOS but this gives you an idea how it looks compared to the R3.0.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
This was my little tour on the Asus 990FX Sabertooth R3.0. I hope you liked it. I have little time so i kept it as short as possible. Take my personal recommendations with a grain of salt as it is personal preference and things can be different from your situation and build.
I do remember i forgot something to mention.
The audio codec is the ALC 1150 and it sounds amazing! I am no expert in audio but i do know a thing or 2 about it and one thing is that it sounds much much better than the Sabertooth R2.0 and the Gigabyte gaming G1. Especially when you turn the onboard audio amp on, it gets very loud an the sound is very crispy and clear. When i listen to music i mostly use my ATH-M50X noise cancelling headphone from Audio technica and it really sounds amazing!
I also discovered that Realtec releases new codecs pretty quick which can be found here: http://forums.laptopvideo2go.com/topic/24364-latest-realtek-audio-codecs/?page=10
I did not noticed huge differences but when i upgraded from the one that is on the Asus site to the newest release from the site i mentioned, i could hear that the notes are slightly higher and its even more clearer, i don't know exactly if its an placebo but i am very sensitive about this but to be sure i have to have both codecs next to each other to be sure. Its quite need that Realtec releases new codecs that fast because its a nice feeling that Realtec actually spend time and effort in their product and you get the latest codecs.
I do have a complaint about this Asus Realtec HD audio manager though. When ever i do a restart or just boot up my PC i can see that the amp setting is always at front panel for some reason. I have nothing connected tot he front panel so i have no idea as to why i have to manually set this to auto in order for the amp to work on the jack on the back side of the board. Maybe there is some setting? If anyone knows, feel free to tell me. Other than that, i am very pleased with the audio and IMO you don't need an external or internal audio card.
Next thing i want to mention is the RGB LED on the PCIe lanes. It looks amazing and there are many colors to choose from but i discovered that when i turned my PC off the lighting doesn't turn off and the room is filled with the color you previously set.. so you have to manually turn the LED's off with the AURA software which can be a hassle IMO. Maybe this little thing can be solved by an update or something because these little things can really annoy me because its not necessary.
Other than that, i really really love the board in every possible way. I might gunning for 5GHz some day but as for now i am pretty pleased with 4.8GHz and i don't think there will be such an huge difference except for voltage that will justify the higher TDP and the extra stress on the components but i will test that later.
That was all folks. Edited by hurricane28 - 9/27/16 at 11:33pm