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The Sabertooth 990FX seems to be another solid AMD board from ASUS, with a few exceptions that I will discuss later. The board design and layout are both pleasing to the eye and functionally impressive, with the board having an almost militaristic feel to it with the colors and layout scheme used. While the performance numbers were not much different from the previous generation AMD boards, there is something to be said with keeping performance as is. And I have a feeling that we will see some nice performance boosts once the next-gen AMD FX processors are released.

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Meh, overpriced. There are dual PCIE x16/x16 990 boards way cheaper than this, and this is x16/x8/x8.

Fail...
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Here we are again though. "New" board with no new processor. Well, is this even a "new" board? The 990FX chipset seems to bring no advantages except the fact that it will let us use new AMD FX / Zambezi / Bulldozer processors that we can't purchase. The 990FX is nothing but a rebadged 880FX when you look at the big picture and exclude SLI support.
Okay, then why would you bother with this review? I understand taking some pics of the board and discussing the features with a "coming soon, whenever bulldozer releases" tag for performance. Everyone knows phenom II is a joke, we don't need another repeat review with the same conclusion.
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Meh, overpriced. There are dual PCIE x16/x16 990 boards way cheaper than this, and this is x16/x8/x8.

Fail...
It has good quality all around as far as I've read (and looking at the TUF series track record in general). Also, anything under the 990fx series will run at x8/x8 if you are crossfiring/sli. That's x16/x8/x8 for tri sli/crossfire (same as anything else on the upper end mobos). For two video cards it's x16/x16 on the 990fx lineup.
Edited by Choopy! - 6/7/11 at 12:55pm
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It has good quality all around as far as I've read (and looking at the TUF series track record in general). Also, anything under the 990fx series will run at x8/x8 if you are crossfiring/sli. That's x16/x8/x8 for tri sli/crossfire (same as anything else on the upper end mobos). For two video cards it's x16/x16 on the 990fx lineup.
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SSD caching for 9x0 chipsets?
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It has good quality all around as far as I've read (and looking at the TUF series track record in general). Also, anything under the 990fx series will run at x8/x8 if you are crossfiring/sli. That's x16/x8/x8 for tri sli/crossfire (same as anything else on the upper end mobos). For two video cards it's x16/x16 on the 990fx lineup.
Track record doesn't mean jack until they at least have some AM3+ CPUs to test this board with and compare to another similar board. And judging by the specs, I don't see anything that justifies the price premium for this board over say MSI's 990FX board, which does dual x16 for almost half the price. The whole "Military Components" BS seems to be the standard for 990FX boards, even freakin' ECS has decent VRMs on theirs now. ASUS didn't even use decent sound/network chips in this fail board, same old Realtek budget crap...

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Track record doesn't mean jack until they at least have some AM3+ CPUs to test this board with and compare to another similar board. And judging by the specs, I don't see anything that justifies the price premium for this board over say MSI's 990FX board, which does dual x16 for almost half the price. They don't even use decent sound/network chips in this fail board, same old Realtek budget crap...



I meant track record of the TUF series in general, as in, the Intel Sabertooth boards. It's not really a "premium", ~$200 isn't a lot to spend on a quality motherboard. It's about the same as the 1155 version. Sabertooth has a nice warranty as well.
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I meant track record of the TUF series in general, as in, the Intel Sabertooth boards. It's not really a "premium", ~$200 isn't a lot to spend on a quality motherboard. It's about the same as the 1155 version. Sabertooth has a nice warranty as well.
Yeah but people going with AMD are going to be looking for bang for buck. They could've at least used a decent X-FI on-board or Xonar chip and not cheapened out so much. Also don't see the point in x16/x8/x8 on a supposedly "enthusiast" motherboard considering PCIE 3.0 is around the corner. They should've cut the price by like £40 and got rid of the extra PCI-E slot.
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Yeah but people going with AMD are going to be looking for bang for buck. They could've at least used a decent X-FI on-board or Xonar chip and not cheapened out so much.
Yeah it would have been nice. :\\
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