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Opinion: Sabertooth vs. ASRock 890 FX

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June 13, 2011 1:34:36 AM

Stumped. I am putting together my first build and I am strongly considering the AM3+ motherboards. I am looking for a board that will still be relevant a few years from now and have good potential for expansion. My budget is limited, but I am willing to invest in a long lasting motherboard.

Right now I am considering the ASUS Sabertooth and the ASRock 890FX currently selling for $199.99 and $179.99, respectively:

Saber:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Which would you go with? Or, would you stick with a better, cheaper AM3 board?

Thanks fella's for all your help, in advance.

Projected Build (It keeps changing)

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 $114.99

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready $209.99

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $84.99

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 $119.99

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready
CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified $89.99

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" $44.99


June 13, 2011 1:45:50 AM

I just bought the Sabertooth , 5 year warranty versus 1 sold me . x6 1090 AMD and 8 gb musckin ram . Also have Gigabyte 890 fxa ud5 with 1100-t and 8 gb g-skill . Think sabertooth has the edge in a few places
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June 13, 2011 4:03:05 AM

The Asus board has a few advantages especially when it comes to a Bulldozer upgrade the 990FX chipset allows it to support the new Power capabilities of the new CPU along with higher speed memory. Of course being ASUS it also has a longer warranty so that helps its case also. I would likely go with the Asus board if it were me.
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June 13, 2011 4:11:39 AM

Thanks Jerry6 and Caqde. I just moved it into my cart on newegg. The extra dough should prove worth it.
a b V Motherboard
June 14, 2011 5:28:23 AM

The biggest advantage of the sabertooth is that it has the 990FX chipset which is certified to support both NVIDIA SLI and AMD Crossfire. The 890FX chipset is not certified for use with SLI.
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