Monday, February 18th 2013

ASUS Launches TUF Sabertooth 990FX GEN3 R2.0

ASUS today announced the TUF Series SABERTOOTH 990FX/GEN3 R2.0, the world's first AMD-based motherboard to feature PCI Express 3.0 for use with next generation high performance graphics cards. Up to three DirectX 11 graphics cards with 28nm GPU technology can be used via NVIDIA SLI or AMD CrossFireX to create desktop PCs with formidable graphics performance.

SABERTOOTH 990FX/GEN3 R2.0 also features renowned ASUS TUF Series thermal design for superior heat removal. Like all TUF Series motherboards, it undergoes military and server-grade testing to ensure absolute stability, reliability, and longevity. SABERTOOTH 990FX/GEN3 R2.0 is backed by a five-year warranty.

Military-grade components for superior reliability
SABERTOOTH 990FX/GEN3 R2.0 meets strict TUF Series quality assurance standards, which consist of multiple-stage military and server-grade tests. TUF-certified alloy chokes, together with solid state capacitors and MOSFETs, ensure complete reliability even when the motherboard is subjected to intense use for prolonged periods. Four DIMM slots support up to 32GB DDR3 memory at frequencies up to 2400 MHz, aided by an eight-layered PCB that promotes faster memory performance while ensuring stability and compatibility with improved cross-component signal quality.

Sophisticated thermal management copes with extreme heat
TUF Series motherboards are designed to provide absolute stability and reliability under harsh operating conditions, and feature sophisticated thermal management to handle extreme heat. Both the Northbridge and Southbridge use dual-heatpipe heatsinks with CeraM!X micro-ridged coating that increases the effective heat dissipation surface area by around 50%.

SABERTOOTH 990FX/GEN3 R2.0 also features TUF Thermal Radar, which uses multiple heat sensors across the motherboard for real time temperature monitoring. Independent and automatic fan speed control then allows components to be cooled individually for maximum efficiency and operating stability.

The ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX/GEN3 R2.0 motherboard will be generally available in the middle of March.
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41 Comments on ASUS Launches TUF Sabertooth 990FX GEN3 R2.0

#1
NeoXF
This looks a lot like my future AM3+ & Piledriver summer refresh build... if Intel fails to deliver with Haswell (and it will).
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#2
progste
by: Am*
Can someone explain to me why the hell this and loads of other AMD motherboards have 32GB RAM (4x DIMMs) support, when the platform's flagship FX 8350 cannot even fully use 16GB?
because your informations are wrong and the 8350 can actually use 32 GB under certain circumstances

of course it is debatable if you actualy need that much ram ATM but why should they take away the possibility to do so?
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#3
Reefer86
maybe just me being stupid but whats actually diffrent, what makes this a rev 2 over the first one?
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#4
MightyMission
I Loved my PCI soundcard(audigy 2zs platinum pro) an affordable super low latency (5ms) that had everything I needed including MIDI I/O,i would buy another board with PCI on it for that reason alone
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#5
Edgarstrong
Don't they release new versions of this AM3+ Sabertooth a bit too often?
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#6
KissSh0t
Nice motherboard is nice.
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#7
cadaveca
My name is Dave
Hmm, interesting. PCIe 3.0 on 990FX!?!
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#8
Norton
WCG-TPU Team Captain
by: cadaveca
Hmm, interesting. PCIe 3.0 on 990FX!?!
ASUS is real good at hiding the bridge chip. (tucked in quietly between the 2 upper PCIEx 16 slots) :rolleyes:

Can't locate any info on which chip they used....
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#9
Jorge
Asus pulls another con job on the technically clueless with PCIe 3 which is of no value at all currently - other than to dupe the technically challenged into spending their money. Asus has really been doing some questionable marketing in recent years IMO, and that of other enthusiasts.
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#10
theoneandonlymrk
by: Jorge
Asus pulls another con job on the technically clueless with PCIe 3 which is of no value at all currently - other than to dupe the technically challenged into spending their money. Asus has really been doing some questionable marketing in recent years IMO, and that of other enthusiasts.
Highly neg there dude.
I agree its not for a 990fx owner as its pointless but if I was buying now nothing else is out thats am3+ and pciex3 (though muted likely) so id at least have a look
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#12
ThunderStorm
by: [H]@RD5TUFF
Meh
Have to agree with you, this board is indeed aesthetic but it is no way near the same counterpart from Intel. ( I mean of look/meat of it ).
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#13
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
The X79 Sabertooth lacks thermal armor, too.

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#14
progste
by: Norton
ASUS is real good at hiding the bridge chip. (tucked in quietly between the 2 upper PCIEx 16 slots) :rolleyes:

Can't locate any info on which chip they used....
lol didn't even notice that!
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#15
Am*
by: blibba
Would you rather it only had two RAM slots? This way you can buy 2*4GB or 2*8GB today, and if you want more in a few years, you don't have to replace all your sticks.

Besides, if you were using an FX8 to run a great many virtual machines (a task that it is very well suited for), you might well need 32GB of RAM.
Yes, I'd rather prefer for it to have 2 slots so it would save clearance for the gigantic coolers this thing needs to run at its best.

by: progste
because your informations are wrong and the 8350 can actually use 32 GB under certain circumstances

of course it is debatable if you actualy need that much ram ATM but why should they take away the possibility to do so?
Umm I'm pretty sure that it's your information that is wrong. The memory controller on the 8350 performs at around 13GB-14GB read & 11GB-12GB write speeds. With 32GBs you're going to have 2 DIMMs idling while the other 2 do all the work, and once you start using more capacity than what the memory controller can handle (over 16GBs RAM), things will get extremely slow, as one application will have to be suspended/paused while the other one uses the bandwidth. The one rule anyone should go by when buying RAM is what is the maximum amount of bandwidth that the controller can handle -- because anything above that will be wasted. 1155 SB chips can use up to 22GB at stock, 25GB when overclocked (so 1155 can more or less make the most of 32GBs of RAM), while the SB-E chips can handle around 28GB-30GB. Just because some 2011 motherboards allow for 64GB of RAM doesn't mean it's not an enormous waste of money and motherboard space.
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#16
Rei86
So does anyone know what it runs?

Is it PCi-E Gen 3 x 16 with one and than PCi-E Gen 3 x8x8 for dual?
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