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

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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  • master_chen
    Ugh...looks like a TUfRD alright. :\
    Pretty much the epitome of article: "Asnus Unleashes High-End TUfRD."
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  • ohim
    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
    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
    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
    Probably second.
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  • blazorthon
    10438339 said:
    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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  • killerclick
    Lol "military grade", what a bunch of tossers.

    Also:

    a) AMD CPU

    b) High-end


    pick 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.
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  • master_chen
    10438353 said:
    a) AMD CPU

    b) High-end


    Pick one.

    I'll go my way:

    c) APU.
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  • tomfreak
    would be nice if they give us a TUF graphic card/audio card. Not just mobo alone
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  • 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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