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Asus Unleashes High-End TUF Sabertooth 990FX Gen3 R2.0

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Asus has announced a new Sabertooth motherboard, this time a 990FX board, GEN3 Revision 2.0 and is the first AMD board to sport PCI-Express 3.0.

No one could reasonably accuse Asus' new Sabertooth 990FX/GEN3 R2.0 motherboard of lacking features since the distinction of being the first AMD board to include PCI-Express 3.0 is just one of its selling points.

This TUF (The Ultimate Force) series motherboard includes a number of massive heatsinks and the TUF Thermal Radar which is simply a number of temperature sensors scattered over the motherboard that alongside the bundled software are able to adjust the fan speeds accordingly for maximum cooling efficiency.

As the name implies, it uses an AM3/AM3+ socket paired with a 990FX chipset and supports 32 GB of 2400 MHz DDR3 memory split over its 4 DIMMs. Also included are six SATA3 ports. two SATA 2 ports and two eSATA ports, support for 3-way SLI or Crossfire through the PCIe X16 slots, a handful of USB ports among which four USB 3.0 ports on the rear I/O and two USB 3.0 ports through the front panel header, 7.1 audio with optical TOSLINK support, Gbit Lan. Surprisingly, the Sabertooth 990FX does not have any PCIe x1 or x4 ports but instead includes a legacy PCI port.

The Sabertooth 990FX/GEN3 R2.0 is backed by a staggering 5 year manufacturer warranty and Asus also claims that "Like all TUF Series motherboards, it undergoes military and server-grade testing to ensure absolute stability, reliability, and longevity."

Availability is expected to be mid-March with no word on pricing yet.

 

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    blazorthon , February 20, 2013 10:27 AM
    ohimThat`s marketing, just to justify squeezing more cash out of your pockets, and wow .. legacy PCI and no PCIe 1x .... guess if i was to buy this i would have to throw my Creative XFI PCIe x1 sound card away...


    You can use a PCIe x1 card in a larger PCIe slot. It simply won't run at the full speed supported by the larger slots.
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    ohim , February 20, 2013 10:21 AM
    lostmyclanplease... high grade army material... In army the the mostly high grade u have is knife and shovel...

    That`s marketing, just to justify squeezing more cash out of your pockets, and wow .. legacy PCI and no PCIe 1x .... guess if i was to buy this i would have to throw my Creative XFI PCIe x1 sound card away...
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    blazorthon , February 20, 2013 10:27 AM
    ohimThat`s marketing, just to justify squeezing more cash out of your pockets, and wow .. legacy PCI and no PCIe 1x .... guess if i was to buy this i would have to throw my Creative XFI PCIe x1 sound card away...


    You can use a PCIe x1 card in a larger PCIe slot. It simply won't run at the full speed supported by the larger slots.
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    blazorthon , February 20, 2013 10:31 AM
    AMD's PCIe controllers are part of the chipset in the AM socket platforms. How can Asus get PCIe 3.0 on a 990FX board if the 990FX chipset is PCIe 2.0? Did they make a custom chipset like Nvidia did in the past or use some chip like a PLX chip?
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    master_chen , February 20, 2013 10:35 AM
    Probably second.
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    blazorthon , February 20, 2013 10:53 AM
    Quote:
    Probably second.


    If so, that might be a new chip. It'd be going PCIe 2.0 to and from the CPU, but PCIe 3.0 between the graphics cards.
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    master_chen , February 20, 2013 11:22 AM
    Quote:

    a) AMD CPU

    b) High-end


    Pick one.


    I'll go my way:

    c) APU.
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    tomfreak , February 20, 2013 11:25 AM
    would be nice if they give us a TUF graphic card/audio card. Not just mobo alone
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    Anonymous , February 20, 2013 11:31 AM
    its funny all the haters that hate the military grade.

    the military grade is what gives it a 5 year warranty, which shows the companies confidence in having a great balanced product in terms of stability and quality.

    while i read military grade i dont care that it was tested by military, i just see a board that has alot of confidence from its creators in terms of quality.

    and the sabertooth series is never so much more expensive, especially if you consider having it for more then 3 years.

    but i will admit the amd part is laughable.
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    blazorthon , February 20, 2013 11:31 AM
    killerclickLol "military grade", what a bunch of tossers.Also:a) AMD CPUb) High-endpick one. AMD doesn't have high-end CPUs anymore, so no matter how well a mobo is engineered (military grade ho ho ho), it's still mid-range at best.


    AMD's FX-6200, FX-6300, FX-8120, FX-8150, FX-8320, and FX-8350 are high end CPUs. They are often not good for gaming and some lightly threaded CPUs, but that does not disqualify them from being high end CPUs. If gaming and other lightly threaded workloads were what mattered for that, then I can name plenty of Xeons and Opterons that aren't high-end according to your apparent logic.
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    killerclick , February 20, 2013 11:40 AM
    blazorthonAMD's FX-6200, FX-6300, FX-8120, FX-8150, FX-8320, and FX-8350 are high end CPUs.


    Here's a comparison where FX-8350 is trading blows with a mid-range i5-3570K
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/697?vs=701

    Here's a comparison where FX-8350 is being completely dominated by an i7-3770K
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/697?vs=551


    And the i7-3770K isn't even Intel's highest-performing CPU. You can cherry pick usage scenarios to call FX-8350 higher mid-range, but come on, give it up already, we all love AMD but they've been screwing up for years and with the desktop market steadily evaporating, they're never going to make a high-end CPU comeback.
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    blazorthon , February 20, 2013 11:58 AM
    killerclickHere's a comparison where FX-8350 is trading blows with a mid-range i5-3570K http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/697?vs=701Here's a comparison where FX-8350 is being completely dominated by an i7-3770Khttp://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/697?vs=551And the i7-3770K isn't even Intel's highest-performing CPU. You can cherry pick usage scenarios to call FX-8350 higher mid-range, but come on, give it up already, we all love AMD but they've been screwing up for years and with the desktop market steadily evaporating, they're never going to make a high-end CPU comeback.


    Anand never updates those tests. Many of them have improved in multi-threading in more recent updates/versions and regardless, the FX-8350 was not dominated by the i7-3770K (which, whether or not it is Intel's best, is still a high-end CPU). It lost overall, but it did not lose badly except in a few benchmarks that don't scale well across eight threads.
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    alidan , February 20, 2013 12:29 PM
    i really wish i had a better motherboard.
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    killerclick , February 20, 2013 12:38 PM
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    its funny all the haters that hate the military grade.


    Because it's marketing bullshit aimed at 13 year old boys, and you should be embarrassed for falling for it.

    In general, "military-grade" computer technology wouldn't be able to compete at Best Buy, because the needs of the military have very little to do with the needs of the consumer market.

    But that's all somewhat esoteric, because there is no such thing as military-grade motherboards, unless it's motherboards that go into targeting computers for missile batteries (and those are probably on 8-bit ISA or something even older).
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    jupiter optimus maximus , February 20, 2013 12:59 PM
    I want an AM3+ Crosshair VI GENE, ASUS! Or at least high end micro-atx AM3+ in the TUF series name. Everything else in the market sucks (the best one was msi 890gx)
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    blazorthon , February 20, 2013 1:29 PM
    killerclickWow, that's some hardcore fanboy-blindness. It got crushed in 32 out of 37 tests, and of the 5 tests the FX did win, three wins were by less than 5%. Meanwhile, i7-3770K won 32 out of 37 tests by as much as 30% and 40%, including all other heavily threaded tests.How is that not domination? (I accept your apology)


    I suggest that you go back and check again because most losses were not that big except in some single threaded stuff (especially synthetics) and like I said before, Anand does not update those tests (same is true for the graphics tests shown with that tool). Adobe CS4 being in there should be clear proof of that. Even I know that CS6 is far more effectively well-threaded as are many other tests in that comparison these days and I don't even use Adobe CS software.

    If you want a decent example article, then I suggest using Tom's latest articles about the FX-8350. They are much more up to date and show a more accurate comparisons for modern software as a result.

    I do agree with what you said about the claims of military grade hardware. Those are just BS.
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    master_chen , February 20, 2013 1:39 PM
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    Would be nice if they give us a TUfRD graphic card/audio card. Not just motherboard alone.


    So you like for your build to be made entirely of feces?
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    blazorthon , February 20, 2013 1:58 PM
    master_chenSo you like for your build to be made entirely of feces?


    I think that the color scheme is decent and at least somewhat unique for a motherboard. Why does having brown mean that it must be mentally linked to feces?
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