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wihc one is better for a friend he dont know how to overclocks and if overclock i will do it so what you think i think he is good with the sabertooth
    
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Both are very good, the CH IV support BD with beta BIOS only while the sabertooth does without problems. Can I ask what CPU?
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Both are very good, the CH IV support BD with beta BIOS only while the sabertooth does without problems. Can I ask what CPU?

As a user that has enjoyed the pleasure of using both motherboards I can say without hesitation that both boards are phenomenal, however I will point out the advantages of both.

Crosshair IV Formula:

*Built in Creative SupremeFX X-Fi 8-Ch audio with EAX Advanced HD 4.0 support sound card
*Support for 16GB DDR3 2000Mhz
*3-Way CrossfireX Support (With Windows hack can support 3-Way SLI)
*Easy Access Clear CMOS button on the back I/O panel
*Three Thermal sensor connectors onboard
*AM3+ Support with Beta Bios v3017

Asus Sabertooth 990FX

*3-Way Native CrossfireX and SLI support
*32GB DDR3 1866 Support
*Native AM3+ (No Bios Update for support)
*Ceramic coating on motherboard heatsinks
*Onboard USB 3.0 Header
*5-Year Warranty
*External Power Esata 3GB/s

My support for both boards is equal although I must mention that I switched from my sabertooth to the Crosshair IV Formula because of the color scheme and the odd reluctance to unlock cores on two previously confirmed X4 and X6 unlockable AMD cpus (PH II X555, PH II X4 960T)
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As a user that has enjoyed the pleasure of using both motherboards I can say without hesitation that both boards are phenomenal, however I will point out the advantages of both.
Crosshair IV Formula:
*Built in Creative SupremeFX X-Fi 8-Ch audio with EAX Advanced HD 4.0 support sound card
*Support for 16GB DDR3 2000Mhz
*3-Way CrossfireX Support (With Windows hack can support 3-Way SLI)
*Easy Access Clear CMOS button on the back I/O panel
*Three Thermal sensor connectors onboard
*AM3+ Support with Beta Bios v3017
Asus Sabertooth 990FX
*3-Way Native CrossfireX and SLI support
*32GB DDR3 1866 Support
*Native AM3+ (No Bios Update for support)
*Ceramic coating on motherboard heatsinks
*Onboard USB 3.0 Header
*5-Year Warranty
*External Power Esata 3GB/s
My support for both boards is equal although I must mention that I switched from my sabertooth to the Crosshair IV Formula because of the color scheme and the odd reluctance to unlock cores on two previously confirmed X4 and X6 unlockable AMD cpus (PH II X555, PH II X4 960T)

pretty nice and helpfull the cpu could be a 955 or a 960t but sure is 955

on the other hand the memory speed really dont care 1600 and up is the same so dont care that point
i find the sabertooth better for what my friend need but is so stetic that he dont even know wth have this motherboards so i need advise what is better all he do with is computer is play and download nothing more
    
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pretty nice and helpfull the cpu could be a 955 or a 960t but sure is 955
on the other hand the memory speed really dont care 1600 and up is the same so dont care that point
i find the sabertooth better for what my friend need but is so stetic that he dont even know wth have this motherboards so i need advise what is better all he do with is computer is play and download nothing more

When it comes to choosing a motherboard you need to first Identify the needs of the end user, in his case all he does is game and use the internet. Most people with that same criteria don't really bother with all the extra fancy options that the enthusiast motherboard have to offer however the life of the motherboard in question is a powerful option to weigh in. Both the crosshair IV Formula and the Sabertooth are just about equal in terms of quality but for the average user the 5 year warranty that come with the Sabertooth would be appealing. Both motherboards will supply the demand that your friend needs but I would suggest getting the Sabertooth for it's warranty since he is an average user and won't be overclocking much.

When it comes to the processor I suggest getting the 960T anyday as is has a better memory controller built in than the 955 which only "fully" utilizes DDR3 1333Mhz whereas the 960T fully utilizes 1600Mhz plus the 960T has a rough 65~70% chance of unlocking two extra cores to become an X6 for low price. (Do not get your hopes up though because not all 960Ts are unlockable!)
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I agree on 960T, can be unlocked and performs very well compared with other CPUs.
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I agree on the Sabertooth. I've used my Crosshair IV Formula with my Bulldozer, (Bios Update included) and it wasn't very impressive.
I have since switched to an AM3+ Board. Works so much better

If your friend would like to switch to piledriver (or something similar) someday, the AM3+ functionality would be very nice to have.
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I agree on the Sabertooth. I've used my Crosshair IV Formula with my Bulldozer, (Bios Update included) and it wasn't very impressive.
I have since switched to an AM3+ Board. Works so much better
If your friend would like to switch to piledriver (or something similar) someday, the AM3+ functionality would be very nice to have.

What wasn't impressive about it?
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My biggest concern while running the Bulldozer on my Crosshair IV Formula was random freezes and shuttering between loading programs. (constantly)
It was also very unresponsive. My Phenom II X4 965 BE ran very well in it. I'm pretty sure it wasn't a BIOS issue because I loaded the Crosshair IV Formula 2002 BIOS.
Which is the Bulldozer Bios. There is a beta bios available, but I didn't even worry to try it.

I bought my Gigabyte 990fx UD3, slapped in the FX 8150 and watched it spring to life.

(Make sure if you are unhappy with Bulldozer performance in you AM3 board, that you change it back to a normal AM3 BIOS before you put your AM3 chip back in, or it most likely wont post)
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