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ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 work with 8350?

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July 28, 2013 3:08:58 PM

Hi guys/girls

I am planning to purchase a new Mobo and CPU.
I was looking at the Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 990FX Socket AM3+ 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard originally but have read issues with the VRM throttling the FX 8350 down to 3.4ghz (I don't plan to OC) and also read online that the gigabyte mobo would require a new Bios on installation.

So I went for a pricier option and have read numerous posts on the Sabertooth and need clarification:

Does the R.2.0 need a bios update before I can even run a 8350?

Will I simply be able to screw the Mobo to my case, install the 8350 into the socket, add the heatsink fan etc etc and then download/install the latest drivers?

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July 28, 2013 3:12:10 PM

SproutyPC said:
Hi guys/girls

I am planning to purchase a new Mobo and CPU.
I was looking at the Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 990FX Socket AM3+ 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard originally but have read issues with the VRM throttling the FX 8350 down to 3.4ghz (I don't plan to OC) and also read online that the gigabyte mobo would require a new Bios on installation.

So I went for a pricier option and have read numerous posts on the Sabertooth and need clarification:

Does the R.2.0 need a bios update before I can even run a 8350?

Will I simply be able to screw the Mobo to my case, install the 8350 into the socket, add the heatsink fan etc etc and then download/install the latest drivers?


The Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 (R2.0 designation is for Sabertooth 990FXs supporting Piledriver out of the box IIRC) will work with the 8350 out of the box and overclocks well too. Also, get a Hyper 212 EVO heatsink (Stock one is LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUD). Even if it needs a BIOS update, it will be pre-installed by now.
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July 28, 2013 3:22:02 PM

The Q6660 Inside said:
SproutyPC said:
Hi guys/girls

I am planning to purchase a new Mobo and CPU.
I was looking at the Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 990FX Socket AM3+ 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard originally but have read issues with the VRM throttling the FX 8350 down to 3.4ghz (I don't plan to OC) and also read online that the gigabyte mobo would require a new Bios on installation.

So I went for a pricier option and have read numerous posts on the Sabertooth and need clarification:

Does the R.2.0 need a bios update before I can even run a 8350?

Will I simply be able to screw the Mobo to my case, install the 8350 into the socket, add the heatsink fan etc etc and then download/install the latest drivers?


The Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 (R2.0 designation is for Sabertooth 990FXs supporting Piledriver out of the box IIRC) will work with the 8350 out of the box and overclocks well too. Also, get a Hyper 212 EVO heatsink (Stock one is LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUD). Even if it needs a BIOS update, it will be pre-installed by now.


Thank you very much, I have spent the last two evenings comparing Mobos and I have heard all different users state that the mobo would need New Bios/Flashback Bios on a USB, and others that state it will be FX 8350 ready lol.

I will get a Liquid cooler in the coming months as I will want to have a hand at OC'n

Help very much appreciated :) 
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July 28, 2013 3:27:24 PM

SproutyPC said:
The Q6660 Inside said:
SproutyPC said:
Hi guys/girls

I am planning to purchase a new Mobo and CPU.
I was looking at the Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 990FX Socket AM3+ 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard originally but have read issues with the VRM throttling the FX 8350 down to 3.4ghz (I don't plan to OC) and also read online that the gigabyte mobo would require a new Bios on installation.

So I went for a pricier option and have read numerous posts on the Sabertooth and need clarification:

Does the R.2.0 need a bios update before I can even run a 8350?

Will I simply be able to screw the Mobo to my case, install the 8350 into the socket, add the heatsink fan etc etc and then download/install the latest drivers?


The Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 (R2.0 designation is for Sabertooth 990FXs supporting Piledriver out of the box IIRC) will work with the 8350 out of the box and overclocks well too. Also, get a Hyper 212 EVO heatsink (Stock one is LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUD). Even if it needs a BIOS update, it will be pre-installed by now.


Thank you very much, I have spent the last two evenings comparing Mobos and I have heard all different users state that the mobo would need New Bios/Flashback Bios on a USB, and others that state it will be FX 8350 ready lol.

I will get a Liquid cooler in the coming months as I will want to have a hand at OC'n

Help very much appreciated :) 


No problem ;) 
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December 13, 2013 6:48:11 PM

so do you need to update the bios or not? and can you tell me how to update your bios for this board? just bought it and scared to death cause alot of people said the board is not compatible with my 8350 :(  this is the 3rd board i bough for my pc the first one is msi(dead cause i fail updating the bios) then gigabyte ud3(dead just dead from 1 month usage while i was watching youtube) and now is this so hoping i can solve those problem that many people had with this board
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December 13, 2013 7:29:36 PM

Beepbupbob said:
so do you need to update the bios or not? and can you tell me how to update your bios for this board? just bought it and scared to death cause alot of people said the board is not compatible with my 8350 :(  this is the 3rd board i bough for my pc the first one is msi(dead cause i fail updating the bios) then gigabyte ud3(dead just dead from 1 month usage while i was watching youtube) and now is this so hoping i can solve those problem that many people had with this board

This is fully compatible, do not worry.
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December 13, 2013 7:34:44 PM

thanks q6660 :)  but i did update the bios to the 2104 just cause i found that the usb flashback is super easy and cannot break your mother board(i think) now ill waait to get home and put this tooth in the case :D 
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