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.