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Poll Results: whats your choice for 990fx

Poll expired: Jul 11, 2011  
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    Asus M5A97evo
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    Asus M5A99Xevo
  • 49% (58)
    Asus Sabertooth 990fx
  • 31% (37)
    Asus Crosshair V Formula / Thunderbolt
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    Biostar TA-990FXE
  • 12% (15)
    Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7
  • 4% (5)
    MSI 990FXA-GD80
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post #9431 of 10135
Well, your GPU will probably have an UGLY LED as well. biggrin.gif

Things we have to live with in RGB-GEN.doh.gif
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not the gpus...but unfortunately the bridge does...well at least until i disconnect it
    
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post #9433 of 10135
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only fits a 40x40x10.

i tried a 15mm thick fan at first...no bueno

What a pitty. Just wanted to fit a delta so bad onto it, seemed like the only 990fx board that could take it and still look serious. Do you have any results from using the R3.0?

And also, no need for PWM, just use full speed on it. They're small, they're on the back of the case and if its under 5k RPM you probably won't notice it.
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Originally Posted by miklkit View Post

AFAIK the Sabertooth is the only motherboard you can buy that comes with VRM temperature sensors, and it has 2 of them. One in the center and one next to the 8 prong plug at the top of the board. That one runs maybe 10C cooler than the center one. When the center hits 82Con my rig it destabilizes, but it never comes close to that in everyday use.

Are you sure R3.0 has those sensors too? From what I've seen, AI Suite that comes with it shows no info about VRM temps :/ That's from what I've seen on videos and screenshots.

EDIT: We badly need a good review of the board.
Edited by tashcz - 9/26/16 at 10:55pm
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post #9434 of 10135
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Will you use the added features of the Sabertooth? Do you prefer red? Really it is up to you.
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I'd go with either. Granting, you can live with those out of place colored DIMM slots on the kitty! You cannot find a harder board to keep the color coordination in place!

All I need is some temp sensors on parts of it, at least 4 independant 4pin PWM fan connections and a good VRM that can bring my 8320 to 4.7GHz or more. I've achieved that with the ST2.0 that died on me months ago. Was thinking of going intel but what the heck, it's 200EUR vs 700EUR for skylake parts. I'm going to give AMD another try. So mostly what I'm asking is OC performance. I can keep the CPU cool with my 240 AIO, I got a sub-stable setup on a DS3P right now, but using 1.56V and 4.5GHz, on the Sabertooth it took 1.47V to get 4.5GHz. My temps don't go above 50C when stress testing (good airflow in the case overall does it).
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Kitty it is then. thumb.gif
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Kitty it is then. thumb.gif

So VRM design on the CHVZ isn't any better?
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only fits a 40x40x10.

i tried a 15mm thick fan at first...no bueno

I that's a bummer.. i wanted to try the Noiseblocker Black silent PM-1.. now i have to choose between the Noiseblocker black silent XM-2 or the Noctua NF A4x10 FLX.

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only fits a 40x40x10.

i tried a 15mm thick fan at first...no bueno

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Originally Posted by BinaryBummer View Post

The VRM fan slot, seems to me having it blowing out would be better? I agree that cool air in would be best but being the Wraith Cooler sits so close to it the CPU fan would probable cancel the airflow from the 40x40 fan?

What do you all think?


In my personal opinion it would be better to set the fan as an exhaust, blowing hot vrm air towards the cooler isn't very smart IMO but i could be wrong. I did some testing with an 120mm fan on the back side of the socket and i noticed an big improvement in sucking the hot air away from the component than blowing on it since the air cannot go anywhere and while you have it in an exhaust mode the hot air is moving away from the component just like you want.
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only fits a 40x40x10.

i tried a 15mm thick fan at first...no bueno

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I want this new 990FX R3.0 board. I like the looks of this board. thumb.gif

Trust me, its gorgeous! It also performs as a champ, haven't tried high overclocks yet as i am happy with my setup for now, but i am sure it clocks similar to the R2.0 version of the Sabertooth and maybe more because it has an even better BIOS.
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only fits a 40x40x10.

i tried a 15mm thick fan at first...no bueno

Quote:
Originally Posted by tashcz View Post

What a pitty. Just wanted to fit a delta so bad onto it, seemed like the only 990fx board that could take it and still look serious. Do you have any results from using the R3.0?

And also, no need for PWM, just use full speed on it. They're small, they're on the back of the case and if its under 5k RPM you probably won't notice it.
Are you sure R3.0 has those sensors too? From what I've seen, AI Suite that comes with it shows no info about VRM temps :/ That's from what I've seen on videos and screenshots.

EDIT: We badly need a good review of the board.

Yes it does have vrm temp sensors and they can be monitored in AL suite3.
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only fits a 40x40x10.

i tried a 15mm thick fan at first...no bueno

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Originally Posted by tashcz View Post

So VRM design on the CHVZ isn't any better?

Nope, and IMO the CHVZ is way overpriced. The Sabertooth R3.0 is cheaper and offers more features.

I will do an sort of overview of this board later this day with pictures and some explanations.
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Cheers man, would love to see that! Will you try overclocking it today too? wink.gif
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Cheers man, would love to see that! Will you try overclocking it today too? wink.gif

Maybe, i am busy gathering information i have about these 2 boards and if i have it complete i will post it.
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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.
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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.
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Here i have it installed and i personally really like the RGB lighting on the PCI-e slots.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

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.
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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. thumbsupsmiley.png
Edited by hurricane28 - 9/27/16 at 11:33pm
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