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Considering buying the Asus Sabertooth 990fx this weekend, but i dont know if i should get the CHV or the Gigabyte GA990FX-UD7, but I am worried that the sabertooth doesnt offer the overclockability of the two. I intend to get BD when it comes out, and eventually upgrading to another 6870 for crossfirex. Now that BD is "rumored" to be out sept. 18th, i will likely upgrade to a phenom II x4 955 until then. Is there any reason that I should get the other Mobo's? Ive read about them all and they all seem to have small issues, and the only thing the UD7 seems to offer is more pci-e lanes. Any input about problems, known issues, overclock results, etc would be appreciated.

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post #2 of 10
All 990FX boards will have small issues, most are BIOS related, its to be expected with new tech like this. . . .

Reasons to buy Sabertooth:
A) Offers alot of features for $190
B) Has Q-LEDs that will tell you if key components are having issues before your OS loads. *(Crosshair V has these too)*

Reasons to buy Crosshair:
A) Its just a awesome board, ROG does it again, Definately give you alot of bang for the buck you spend on it. Has all the Sabertooth has with a different color scheme, and ROG. Also, a very nice heatsink setup
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post #3 of 10
It really depends on your needs. Again, the difference between all those boards you mentioned are PCI Ex16 slots and the ability to crossfire or SLI more than 2-3 cards. Also factor in the budget if you have any.
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You'd end up with a much faster gaming rig if you bought a cheaper motherboard and spent the rest on a faster video card. Unless you're going for a world record or are a bencher, there's no reason to pay $150 for a possible 200mhz cpu increase.
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thanks for the insight, computer will mostly be used for wow, which from what ive been told, i am cpu bottlenecked right now with one 6870, which makes sense because i have wow at max settings and full res, and the only time i get any less than 60 fps is around alot of other players or in an area that has alot of water.

also, what does ROG have to offer, i thought it was just a push button OC?
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post #6 of 10
Asus Sabertooth all the way. The Sabertooth and CH5 are the same mobo expect the CH5 can do 4 way SLI and CF.

EDIT
I forgot one more thing. The Sabertooth as a 5 yrs warranty and the CH5 only have a 3 yrs warranty.
Edited by dixson01974 - 7/28/11 at 8:12pm
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post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by dixson01974 View Post
Asus Sabertooth all the way. The Sabertooth and CH5 are the same mobo expect the CH5 can do 4 way SLI and CF.

EDIT
I forgot one more thing. The Sabertooth as a 5 yrs warranty and the CH5 only have a 3 yrs warranty.
This is untrue, on a board chipset level yes, but Sabertooth doesn't have the ROG options, although I believe it has its own auto clocking abilities too, but they are not ROG powered.

Both offer a good user friendly BIOS, both have very adequate heat prevention methods. If Sabertooth was a different color I might have went with it, if my second C5F doesnt work I might have to try it just to avoid going back to Gigabytes UD5
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post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by 8-Bit View Post
This is untrue, on a board chipset level yes, but Sabertooth doesn't have the ROG options, although I believe it has its own auto clocking abilities too, but they are not ROG powered.

Both offer a good user friendly BIOS, both have very adequate heat prevention methods. If Sabertooth was a different color I might have went with it, if my second C5F doesnt work I might have to try it just to avoid going back to Gigabytes UD5
If it is not true then the bios would not be the same and would have the same basic option as the Sabertooth.

EDIT
The CH5 is not sent to a third party for testing to meet or beat the Asus standard for it.
Edited by dixson01974 - 7/29/11 at 12:21am
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sabertooth has weird slot spacing, something to consider
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post #10 of 10
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sabertooth has weird slot spacing, something to consider
True. The Sabertooth is really design for just for 2 video cards and 1 extra PCI-E devices.
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