Asus X58 Sabertooth Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Asus X58 Sabretooth Review


Motherboards are the heart of any machine. As we so often prove here at OC3D Towers, the benefit of a great motherboard to your system, or indeed the problems caused by a poor one, cannot be overstated.

Because of the rather fiddly nature of switching them around, when compared to processors, graphics cards and the like, most people tend to upgrade only if they are changing chipset or socket, rather than when a better model arrives.

This makes it doubly important to not only buy a good motherboard in the first place, because it will be with you for such a long time, but also to buy one that will last the journey.

Finding one "built to last" isn't as easy as it sounds. Most manufacturers will happily tell you about the overclocking prowess of their latest creation, very few will mention the longevity.

This neatly brings us to the Asus X58 Sabertooth. This has been designed, and is marketed, almost solely for its long-lasting properties, over and above any overclocking abilities or trumpeting about the latest technologies.

That isn't to say it's not bursting with them anyway, as we'll find out soon enough. Firstly, let's see what we have our hands on.

Technical Specifications

For those of you who enjoy reading through specification tables as much as we do, you'll see that the Sabertooth doesn't really want for anything.

We have SATA 6Gbps, USB 3.0 and a couple of full speed PCIe x16 lanes.

CPUIntel® Socket 1366 Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition/Core™ i7 Processor
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
ChipsetIntel® X58 /ICH10R
System BusUp to 6400 MT/s ; Intel® QuickPath Interconnect
Memory6 x DIMM, Max. 24 GB, DDR3 1866/1800/1600/1333/1066 Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
Triple channel memory architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
*Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs. Some hyper DIMMs only support one DIMM per channel. Refer to Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists) for details.
Expansion Slots2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (dual at x16/x16 mode)
1 x PCIe x16 (at x4 mode)
2 x PCIe x1
1 x PCI
Multi-GPU SupportSupports NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ Technology
Supports ATI® Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology
StorageIntel ICH10R controller
6 xSATA 3.0 Gb/s ports (black)
Intel Matrix Storage Technology Support RAID 0,1,5,10
Marvell® 9128 PCIe SATA6Gb/s controller
2 xSATA 6Gb/s ports (gray)
Supports EZ Backup and SuperSpeed functions
JMicron® JMB362 SATA controller:
1 xPower eSATA 3Gb/s port (SATA On-the-Go)
1 xeSATA 3Gb/s port (SATA On-the-Go)
LANRealtek® 8110SC Gigabit LAN controller featuring AI NET2
AudioRealtek® ALC892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
ASUS Noise Filter
Supports 192khz/24bit BD Lossless Sound
Supports Jack-Detection, Multi-Streaming, Front Panel Jack-Retasking
Optical S/PDIF Out port at back I/O
IEEE 1394VIA® VT6308P controller supports 2 x 1394a port(s) (one at midboard; one at back panel)
USBNEC® USB 3.0 controller
- 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (blue, at back panel)
Intel® ICH10R Southbridge
- 12 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (6 ports at midboard, 6 ports at back panel)
ASUS Unique Features"TUF ENGINE!" Power Design
- 8-phase CPU Power
- 2-phase Memory Power
- 2-phase VTT_CPU Power
- E.S.P. : Efficient Switching Power Design
- TUF Components (Alloy Choke, Cap. & MOSFET; certified by military-standard)
"Ultimate COOL!" Thermal Solutions
- CeraM!X Heatsink Coating Tech.
- ASUS Fan Xpert
"Safe & Stable!" Guardian Angel
- MemOK!
Special FeaturesMulti-language BIOS
ASUS MyLogo 2
ASUS EZ Flash 2
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
ASUS Q-Connector
ASUS O.C. Profile
ASUS Q-Shield
True USB 3.0 support
True SATA 6Gb/s RAID support
Back Panel I/O Ports1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Combo port
1 x S/PDIF Out (Optical)
1 x IEEE 1394a
1 x LAN(RJ45) port
6 x USB 2.0/1.1
8 -Channel Audio I/O
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (blue)
1 x Power eSATA 3Gb/s port (green)
1 x eSATA 3Gb/s port (red)
Internal I/O Connectors3 x USB connectors support additional 6 USB 2.0/1.1 ports
1 x IEEE 1394a connector
1 x Power Fan connector
1 x S/PDIF Out connector
Front panel audio connector
COM connector
System Panel (Q-Connector)
2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (gray)
6 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (black)
1 x CPU Fan connector (4-pin)
1 x NB Fan connector
3 x Chassis Fan connectors (1 x 4-pin, 2 x 3-pin)
24-pin ATX Power connector
8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
1 x MemOK! button
BIOS16 Mb Flash ROM , AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI 2.0a,
AccessoriesUser's manual
SLI bridge
2 in 1 Q-connector
2 x SATA 6Gb/s cables
2 x SATA 3Gb/s cables
ASUS Q-Shield
Form FactorATX Form Factor
12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )


So all in all on paper it looks to be everything you could desire. Time to see it in the flesh.

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Most Recent Comments

10-10-2010, 19:53:38

Asus have finally released the Sabertooth in Europe. How 'TUF' is it?

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11-10-2010, 06:00:16

I like it. A lot.

You could do a wicked cammo computer using that. I was thinking about it the other week as it goes. There's this company in the USA that dips things in this weird cammo stuff and it coats it. They used it on American Chopper once to do a military chopper.Quote

11-10-2010, 06:23:16

i bet this could kill a manQuote

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