ASUS 990FX R3.0 AM3+ Sabertooth Preview

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It's tempting to say that the age of the AMD chipset is showing, and there is a slight retro vibe to the Sabertooth. However, ASUS have really done their best to bring it as up to date as possible without having to resort to design their own PCB and the crippling costs that would incur.

ASUS 990FX R3.0 Sabertooth Preview     ASUS 990FX R3.0 Sabertooth Preview  

The Sabertooth has nice touches everywhere you look. The PCI Express slots have ASUS Safeslot freeing you from the worries of heavy cards in your PCI slot. The latches are lit with AURA LEDs. We like the clear POST indicators too. Anyone who has spent ages poring through the back of a motherboard manual trying to discover what error 4C is will appreciate clearly labelled LEDs.

Although it's nice to have plenty of fan headers, and indeed USB headers, we're not wholly convinced that the Sabertooth wouldn't look better with all black plastics rather than the combination of black an desert sand. We understand why ASUS have done it, as anyone who owned their first P67 Sabertooth would recognise the colour scheme, just maybe it's a tiny bit old fashioned these days to have multi-hued plastics.

ASUS 990FX R3.0 Sabertooth Preview     ASUS 990FX R3.0 Sabertooth Preview 

ASUS 990FX R3.0 Sabertooth Preview     ASUS 990FX R3.0 Sabertooth Preview  

As befits a motherboard with the TUF branding the 990FX Sabertooth has high quality power components across the board, and perhaps best of all behind the IO ports it is equipped with Electrostatic Discharge protection so that you don't fear frying something just by injudicious plugging in. 

Speaking of IO ports there are plenty to choose from on the 990FX Sabertooth, from old but compatible USB 2.0, through 3.0, 3.1 all the way up to the Gigabit Intel LAN.

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14-10-2016, 15:04:55

It would be great if you could do some OCs with the 8320e

Some of those CPUs behave better than an 8350 when clocked higher (they require less volts)Quote

14-10-2016, 15:16:12


I would love you to get the FX-9590 8-Core beasts at 4.7 GHz stock. 10 power phases for 220w beast - Go man!


14-10-2016, 17:32:32

Good looking mainboard, but it's hard to get worked up about a 990FX chipset board when AMD's new stuff is just around the corner. Maybe it's a little late to the party?

I was using an FX-9590 CPU and Gigabyte 990FX Gaming G1 board recently. It was an extremely solid choice as I'm sure that this ASUS board is. It was very stable.
I gave the system to my son to use, and he loves it.Quote

14-10-2016, 22:12:15

looool fail i don't understand why there is still damn brown on the motherboard when the rest of it is black looool

Jerry words #AMDPoorPeople lolQuote

15-10-2016, 02:17:36

Friend of mine would love this board as his older gen AMD Sabertooth board seems to have developed some very weird bugs.Quote

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