Asus Sabertooth 55i TUF P55 Motherboard

Introduction

Introduction
 
Asus have long been known as a premier manufacturer of motherboards and are perhaps one of the first enthusiasts look to when demanding both performance and quality. So it was no surprise to me that Asus have answered this call by releasing a new range of mainboards under the banner of TUF (The Ultimate Force). This new range does not replace the ROG (Republic of Gamers) branding, instead it offers an even more robust range aimed directly at those looking to seek maximum performance out of their components, substituting razz-ma-tazz for quality.
 
The 55i Sabertooth is the first board from this range and is based on Intels latest P55 chipset supporting both new i5 and i7 skt 1156 processors. While the Sabretooth name does not muster images of an ultimate force (it is after all an extinct mammal), it does depict strength, power and speed, three description that are foremost in the Asus technicians minds when creating this monster. This is reinforced by Asus' claim that the components used are all of military grade specification.
 
 
  Asus Sabertooth i55
CPU
LGA1156 Socket for Intel Lynnfield Processors
Supports Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Chipset Intel P55 Express Chipset
Memory
4xDIMM, max. 16GB, DDR3 2000(OC), 2000(OC), 133/1066MHz DRAM, non-ECC,unbuffered memory
Dual Channel memory architecture 
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
 
Expansion Slots
 
2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (single at x16 or dual at x8/x8 mode)
3 x PCIe 2.0 x1 (2.5GT/s)
2 x PCI
 
GPU Support Supports NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ Technology
Supports ATI® Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology
Storage Intel® P55 Express Chipset built-in
6 xSATA 3.0 Gb/s ports (black)
Intel Matrix Storage Technology Support RAID 0,1,5,10
JMicron® JMB363 PATA and SATA controller
1 xUltraDMA 133/100/66 for up to 2 PATA devices
1 xExternal SATA (SATA On-the-Go)
JMicron® JMB322 (DriveXpert Technology) :
- 2 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports (orange and white )
- Supports EZ Backup and SuperSpeed functions
*Drive Xpert function is available only when the hard disk drives are set as data drives
 
LAN Realtek® 8112L Gigabit LAN controller featuring AI NET 2
Audio VIA® VT2020 10-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Absolute Pitch BD192/24 featuring ENVY HD
- DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC
- Supports Jack-Detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-Retasking
- Optical S/PDIF out port at back I/O
- ASUS Noise Filter
 
IEEE 1394
VIA® 6308P controller supports 2 x 1394a ports (one at mid-board; one at back panel)
USB 14 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 8 ports at back panel)
I/O Backplate
1 x PS/2 Keyboard (Purple)
1 x PS/2 mouse port (Green)
1 x Optical S/PDIF Output
1 x IEEE1394a
1 x LAN (RJ45) port
1 x External SATA port
8 x USB 2.0/1.1
10-channel Audio I/O
 
Internal I/O Connectors 3 x USB connectors support additional 6 USB ports
1 x IDE connector
6 x SATA connectors
1 x IEEE 1394a connector
1 x CPU Fan connector
1 x Power Fan connector
2 x Drive Xpert SATA connectors (orange and white)
2 x Chassis Fan connector (1x4-pin, 1x3-pin)
1 x Mem Fan connector
1 x COM port
Front panel audio connector
1 x S/PDIF Out Header
CD audio in
24-pin ATX Power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
System Panel(Q-Connector)
1 x MemOK! button
1 x Power on switch
1 x Reset switch
BIOS 16 Mb Flash ROM , AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI 2.0
Form Factor
ATX Form Factor
12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )
 
 The Sabertooth is clearly a feature packed mainboard that should cater for even the most demanding enthusiast. Plenty of USB ports, Crossfire and SLI compatibility, e-SATA and even 10 channel audio - it's all there.
 
Enough of the small talk though, let's move on to the motherboards packaging and appearance...
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Most Recent Comments

18-11-2009, 07:36:47

tinytomlogan
W3bbo takes a look at the new Asus Sabertooth 55i TUF P55 Motherboard

Continue Reading

18-11-2009, 17:09:45

Mr. Smith
This would suit a cool military build

12-02-2010, 08:24:27

Skiddywinks
Getting one of these as a prize off Asus. Looking top pick up an i5-750 and see what I can do!

12-02-2010, 08:32:01

cl0ck_ed
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Skiddywinks'
Getting one of these as a prize off Asus. Looking top pick up an i5-750 and see what I can do!
Sounds gd mate. Get your results up on this forum, I'd like to see how well you do.

02-03-2010, 14:28:29

miloud06
It's not the motherboard which limits the coefficient to 22x but the CPU :

core i5 750 is blocked to 20x

core i7 860 is blocked to 21x

core i7 870 is blocked to 22x

02-03-2010, 20:03:09

mayhem
That is not a nice looking MB

03-03-2010, 03:45:13

tinytomlogan
If you saw it in the flesh you would deffo change your mind dude.

04-03-2010, 00:12:48

mayhem
I would need to see it in a system. mind you saying that im not realy looking for a system just yet.

04-03-2010, 05:32:48

tinytomlogan
Look at Aries then

04-03-2010, 15:02:02

Ducky Spud
Haha, nice come back Tom

I was quite impressed with this mobo when I first saw it. Not your usual red/blue/black colour scheme but I think it just kinda works. Plus its supposed to be a pretty damn good mobo to boot
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