Asus X58 Sabertooth Review
Intel Core i7 930 @ Stock and 4.2 GHz
ASUS X58 Sabertooth
6GB Corsair Dominator GT
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
Prolimatech Armageddon with Arctic MX-3
As the pricing is similar, and it is one of our favourite "value" motherboards, we'll be putting the Sabertooth up against its stablemate, the P6X58D-E.
With a board that places such an emphasis on longevity and quality we weren't too sure what to expect from our overclocking venture.
Partly because companies normally like to sing about their overclock capabilities, and partly because experience has taught us that high quality power components usually lead to excellent overclocks.
Starting as we always do with testing the maximum BCLK, we were somewhat disappointed to only manage 214.8 MHz. Knowing how much the stability of this drops off as you increase the CPU multiplier
Imagine our delight at finding that once the multiplier was increased back to normal, the Sabertooth barely took a hit on the BCLK, only dropping 8 MHz. The emphasis on build quality has had the happy side-effect of producing a serious overclocker.
As we wouldn't want to run with 1.4v on the CPU Core as a 24/7 overclock, we dropped things back a little and found a perfectly stable 200x21 for 4.2GHz with 2000MHz RAM. I think you'll agree this is a fantastic result for such a great value board.