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Asus Sabertooth Vs. Crosshair V Formula

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As a avid AMD enthusiast, I am wanting to get a new motherboard for the new 990X line-up! Now I love Asus, But I do have 2 questions. I am planning on hopefully overclocking the FX-8120 to 4.8 Ghz, I have been doing my research and know the benefits of each of them. My second question is a different question entirely: Are there any Motherboards from other manufactures that (for the same cost of the Crosshair mobo or less) have better overclocking, and maybe a few better extras. Now I am a cheapskate so money saved is money spent on a water-cooling rig. Also, as a side-note should I wait for PCI 3.0 versions for future video card upgrades? I decided to post this because I need a second opinion on this.
post #2 of 39
My opinion is to wait for pci 3.0 version since rumors talks about Gtx600 will support it, just wait 2-3 months... for this spring it will be out and only after pick a choice.
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Truth be told I am most likely to stay in the 500 series if anything, once the 580 hits under 300, I will buy for 3 of them. And I am hoping to get a 1000 Watt PSU so that should not hinder my GPU but 3.0 is not necessarily needed....I just most likely need to know what one of the 2 is the best Motherboard. I mean AMD is really not making many high power enthusiast chips, so I won't be putting 3 7970's in there, and one last question I forgot: Isn't 3.0 backwards compatible with 2.0, I believe it is. and 3 months is far too long. I bought a cheap skate rig that cost less than a 580 (cheapest one might I add), and seriously need to get out of that AM2 socket, ASAP!
post #4 of 39
I wouldnt worry too much about waiting for PCIe 3.0 as the cards we've got now arent fully saturating PCIe 2.0.

As for which to get, I prefer the Sabertooth. It doesnt have all the cool nifty features of the Crosshair cause its build primarily for overclocking and taking abuse. Honestly, the Crosshair is just as tough as the Sabertooth but youre paying for a lot of features that you might not use, at least I never would. If you think you would, then it might be worth the $50 price premium.

As for a different board from a different brand, Gigabyte makes a very nice 990FX board with its UD7 board and it overclocks as well as the Sabertooth and Crosshair. It also costs more than both. If youre looking for value, the Sabertooth is the best AMD motherboard on the market in my opinion. Its as tough and durable as any $300 motherboard but costs about half because youre not paying for all the stuff like being able to remote start your car from the BIOS that you would have to with something more expensive.
post #5 of 39
I have a Sabertooth 990fx and i am loving it go for it its a good MB
post #6 of 39
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I am planning to, if all goes well. to put in the FX-8120, and do a high overclock on a corsair H100 set-up to 4.8-4.9 Ghz. Maybe 5.0 if everything is under 50C..So what board will take that stress better?
post #7 of 39
I'd go with the Sabertooth. A friend of mine has the CHV, and has had to RMA it 4 times for seperate issues (Dead Ram Slot x2, Dead PS/2 Slot, Dead PCIe Slot).
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I really like the sabertooth..It has no problem whatsoever running whatever chip you jam in it..very solid..
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post #9 of 39
Go with the Sabertooth, it's cheaper and has less gamer gimmicks to it.

Still has a lot of gimmicks to it, however there's temperature sensors spread over the board so you can see if something is overheating.

And it looks better.
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post #10 of 39
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First off, the crossfire V formula (CVF) looks better in my opinion. Also, can it overclock to 5.0 Ghz? And I am a gamer so the ROG CVF's "gimmicks" are still pretty cool to me. And I am certain the CVF can overclock to 5.0 Ghz. I like the saber-tooth but the color scheme of my case+ effectiveness still makes the CVF a good buy. I posted this thread so you guys could talk me out of it.......
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