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ASUS P9X79 PRO vs. Sabertooth X79. Which should I go with?

post #1 of 9
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500
P9X79 PRO

VS.

500
Sabertooth X79

I need opinions, preferably experienced based opinions. Both boards are the same price and aesthetics aren't a concern (the case has no window). I have narrowed the field down to these two models but I am open to other manufacturers as well. So if you recommend something from Gigabyte, ASRock or others make your case in comparison to the two afore mentioned boards thumb.gif
post #2 of 9
I'll be honest, I had to make the same decision.
The sabertooth parts are higher quality (as evident by the warranty and parts being higher rated) will run cooler due to the fan on the IO which DECREASES VRM TEMPS FOR ME BY 4 DEGREES and has more temperature sensors for EPEEN rolleyes.gif.

However, I would have LOVED some of the "newbie"/Bench features of the x79 pro board such as the on button and bluetooth.

If you do rip your rig apart often like a madman (me) to test the newest gpu every 6-8 months (also me) or need bluetooth/use it a lot then go for the x79 pro.

If you live in a hotter climate (I'm in the middle east) and what that peace of mind (doubt the higher rated parts actually make a difference physically but psychologically they do) of running your motherboards vrms at 70 degrees (its 64 atm with 4.8ghz so god knows what happens when the ambient go from 34 to 48)...then go for the sabertooth.

I was also slightly biased as I personally prefer black/brown over blue/white.

Oh also note that the x79 pro is BETTER for 2 way gpus due to MUCH BETTER 16x (blue) slot spacing, while the sabertooth is slightly better for 3 gpus (the top and middle one will have 1 slot of space but the middle one will have barely any) opposed to NONE AT ALL for the x79 pro.

I would actually recommend the rampage 4 formula which is cheaper, has AMAZING dual gpu spacing and has better onboard sound so you wont need to get a soundcard (the realtek stuff is the BANE of my existence).

In hindsight I would have gone with the formula board.
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Originally Posted by JassimH View Post

I'll be honest, I had to make the same decision.
The sabertooth parts are higher quality (as evident by the warranty and parts being higher rated) will run cooler due to the fan on the IO which DECREASES VRM TEMPS FOR ME BY 4 DEGREES and has more temperature sensors for EPEEN rolleyes.gif.
However, I would have LOVED some of the "newbie"/Bench features of the x79 pro board such as the on button and bluetooth.
If you do rip your rig apart often like a madman (me) to test the newest gpu every 6-8 months (also me) or need bluetooth/use it a lot then go for the x79 pro.
If you live in a hotter climate (I'm in the middle east) and what that peace of mind (doubt the higher rated parts actually make a difference physically but psychologically they do) of running your motherboards vrms at 70 degrees (its 64 atm with 4.8ghz so god knows what happens when the ambient go from 34 to 48)...then go for the sabertooth.
I was also slightly biased as I personally prefer black/brown over blue/white.

Exactly the type of input I needed. +rep to you, sir.
The warranty was swaying my opinion as well although I've never had an issue with with an ASUS board before requiring an RMA.
post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by bavarianblessed View Post

Exactly the type of input I needed. +rep to you, sir.
The warranty was swaying my opinion as well although I've never had an issue with with an ASUS board before requiring an RMA.

This is my first board, and the warranty was never a question for me either tbh! Good luck and have fun building your PC, I know I did (BESIDES THAT PESKY POWER CONNECTOR WHICH WOULDNT FIT DUE TO MY H100 mad.gif).

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I'd vote for the pro...Seems to me the pro boards are always good clockers.
How many have i had? :thinking.gif: 5 so far

I read the p67 Sabertooth wasn't as good of a clocker as the p8p67 pro a while back..

and my m4a89gtd-pro has more features than a Sabertooth 990x
 
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post #6 of 9
I suggest you go with Sabertooth X79. Sabertooth X79 is a little more expensive than the P9X79 Pro but you really get what you pay for with Sabertooth. Not only it has better components but you could also water cool the chipset and vrm for this motherboard just in case you want to go water cooling in the future. thumb.gif

And I don't prefer the color of P9X79 Pro biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by Schmuckley View Post

I read the p67 Sabertooth wasn't as good of a clocker as the p8p67 pro a while back..
Hmmm, I heard the opposite.
(E.G Tiny Tom from TTL abused this board and admits several times that it is a good board.
Last time he said that was in his Z77 preview of the sabertooth which can be found on YT)


I chose my sabertooth because I like the style and 5 years warranty= high quality parts.
This board can be abused. And it booted VERY SETTINGS I TRIED.
CPU didn`t make it to Windows but it made it always to the BIOS.
(Except when using offset voltage for the CPU - but that is another story)
The termal radar saved the mobo:
I was running stability tests after installing my WC stuff.
Temps looked nice. Until I got the warning that the CPUVCORE (VRMs)
are 80°C. The I realized that I have no cooling for them.
Installed a fan and inspected the VRM temps with the thermal radar = Win thumbsupsmiley.png
(Once in a week it buggs out and warns me e.g. that my vcore is 0.015V or similar. But that is once in a week biggrin.gif )

No idea what "pro" stuff this "pro" board adds to make it pro.
Besides, look in the "Sandy Bridge-E == Overclock Leaderboard".
There is only one "PRO" board - but several Sabertooth`s.

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I'd go with the sabertooth.
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