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Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX/GEN3 OR Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z

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May 11, 2013 12:58:42 PM

I know this question doesn't really have anything to do with CPU's but I made a post on the motherboard forum and I got one completely useless response, so I decided to check over here to see if you guys would have any input. What do you guys think on the two motherboards. Im going to be using a 8350 piledriver and then a steamroller when it comes out and then a NVIDIA GTX 770. I plan to have the build for a while too. Im leaning more towards the Sabertooth because of the warranty and that it supports PCI 3.0 but I dont know which one has more ports and what not. Anything is appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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May 11, 2013 2:41:25 PM

David Fiks said:
I know this question doesn't really have anything to do with CPU's but I made a post on the motherboard forum and I got one completely useless response, so I decided to check over here to see if you guys would have any input. What do you guys think on the two motherboards. Im going to be using a 8350 piledriver and then a steamroller when it comes out and then a NVIDIA GTX 770. I plan to have the build for a while too. Im leaning more towards the Sabertooth because of the warranty and that it supports PCI 3.0 but I dont know which one has more ports and what not. Anything is appreciated. Thanks in advance.


I just finished my first build using the Sabertooth GEN3 and I love it. It has plenty of upgradeablility and has tons of connection options. The only thing it doesn't have is a PCIe x1, but you can stick those cards (like a wireless adapter) into an x16 slot and it'll work just the same. I too planned my build with lots of future upgrades, I plan on getting a steamroller and then maybe the 9000 series when it is released as well and the Sabertooth is great for that also because of its warranty

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May 11, 2013 3:41:36 PM

I just want to clear something up first. There are no AMD motherboards that support pcie 3.0. Not the sabertooth and not the crosshair. This is because the current FX cpus do not support it. Pcie 3.0 is only on Ivy Bridge systems that have z77 or a Sandy Bridge e solution.

To choose between the boards, you need to think about what you want out of the board. If you want much better audio, go with the crosshair. If you want a long warranty, go with sabertooth, and also look at colour scheme. Do you want a black and red theme, or are you looking for a black/brown build. Or do you even care about colour? And if you are looking to overclock as high as possible, then go with the crosshair, as it had much better overclocking features.

Hope this helped clear it up a bit, im just trying to help you see your priorities, but they are both fantastic boards, and are actually very, very similar other than colour and the fact that the crosshair has a pci slot, which the sabertooth is lacking. They have the same rear panel connections though, so no need to worry about that.

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May 11, 2013 10:46:42 PM

AustinS said:
I just want to clear something up first. There are no AMD motherboards that support pcie 3.0. Not the sabertooth and not the crosshair. This is because the current FX cpus do not support it. Pcie 3.0 is only on Ivy Bridge systems that have z77 or a Sandy Bridge e solution.

To choose between the boards, you need to think about what you want out of the board. If you want much better audio, go with the crosshair. If you want a long warranty, go with sabertooth, and also look at colour scheme. Do you want a black and red theme, or are you looking for a black/brown build. Or do you even care about colour? And if you are looking to overclock as high as possible, then go with the crosshair, as it had much better overclocking features.

Hope this helped clear it up a bit, im just trying to help you see your priorities, but they are both fantastic boards, and are actually very, very similar other than colour and the fact that the crosshair has a pci slot, which the sabertooth is lacking. They have the same rear panel connections though, so no need to worry about that.

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Ive been told that the new Sabertooth motherboards do support PCI 3.0. You may be thinking of the previous version that does not.

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May 11, 2013 10:59:28 PM

Yes, you are right, I went and did a bit ore research and it is supported. That is my bad, the last I had heard, intel was the only one supporting it, and I was under the impression it was going to stay that way until next generation. What I said about the two boards above still stands though. And unless you plan on doing a tri-sli or triple crossfire situation down the line. Having pcie 3.0 will not make a difference. Even with a dual gpu solution, the bandwidth of pcie 2.0 is still not saturated.

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