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well i was going to buy a 990fxa so i will be able to upgrade to the bulldozer board .

but i was told that their be better boards when the bulldozer releases

between the board is


Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3
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post #2 of 18
the ASUS Sabertooth 990fx is one of the best available right now
i will be upgrading to this as well for Bulldozer
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I recently got an ASUS M5A88-V EVO. I wanted a motherboard that would be compatible with BD and that had some IDE ports since I still use some IDE devices. As a bonus, it even has an integrated GPU which I won't use but it's good to have as a backup in case my main GPU melts.

In hindsight, I probably should have gone with a newer 990FX chipset but oh well. Hopefully the performance difference won't be that big of a deal.

Ultimately once BD hits the second revision, their will be newer/better chipsets available.
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the ASUS Sabertooth 990fx is one of the best available right now
i will be upgrading to this as well for Bulldozer
What about the ASUS Crosshair V Formula? I thought that was ASUS top board?
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There is basicaly no difference between those 2 mobo. Sabertooth has the name of being the toughest mobo ever made.
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post #6 of 18
Crosshair v has better pci-e spacing than sabertooth. They're both great boards. Pretty much comes down to colour.
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post #7 of 18
Yea they are basically the same board.
BUT, sabertooth boards have a coating on their heatsinks that gives (apparently) a crap ton more surface area which equals better thermal dissipation.

(@huh) and i have also heard that the crosshair V has more PCI spacing as well, but since i will be watercooling everything it won't matter for me.
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Then really all you need to think about is what colour would go best with your build.
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post #9 of 18
yea, there are a few minor things though; compare the specs to see which one you want.

Sabertooth
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD...specifications

Crosshair V
http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD...specifications

The Crosshair V also has a "Thunderbolt" version which comes with a Sound/LAN card:
http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD...specifications

although i don't see this as worth it, but if you don't have a PCI sound or LAN card it could be a decent upgrade from the integrated stuff
post #10 of 18
sabertooth = marketing gimick.
crosshair v = much better mobo
ud5, ud3 ,ud7 = the best 990fx mobos around in my opinion
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