Thursday, October 1st 2009

ASUS Unveils First TUF Series Motherboard, Sabertooth 55i

ASUS, the leader in innovative motherboard solutions, today unveiled the first motherboard in its newly-developed "TUF" (The Ultimate Force) Series, the SABERTOOTH 55i. The TUF Series is specially developed to meet the heavy computing demands of power users and perform well even under extreme conditions. Such computer enthusiasts often demand high-quality motherboard components and the most stable computing platforms. To achieve uncompromising stability, TUF Series motherboards have undergone a more stringent testing program than what most motherboard producers currently undertake. Solidly constructed and equipped with resilient components that have passed demanding military-style testing, the TUF Series triumphs over the harshest operating conditions to deliver robust performance. The debut SABERTOOTH 55i model, designed around a "Marine Cool" concept, incorporates the Intel P55 chipset and "tough" features to give users a supremely solid and stable computing platform.
Ultimate Heatsink Cooling with Unique CeraM!X Microfin Coating
The ASUS SABERTOOTH 55i motherboard, equipped with the new CeraM!X heatsink, delivers exceptional cooling to active components and uncompromising system stability even under intense operating conditions. With its advanced ceramics-based composition—commonly used in the aerospace industry for heat insulation—the heatsink dissipates heat rapidly to achieve ultimate cooling. Ceramics replace traditional anti-oxidant compounds to create a microfin surface texture for enhanced cooling. This rough surface offers an expanded area for heat induction into the surrounding air. As a result, more heat is rapidly conducted away from the active system—allowing users to enjoy previously unattainable levels of stability.

Direct Memory Cooling with Affordable CoolMem! Fan Frame
As optimal memory operation relies on good cooling, the SABERTOOTH 55i motherboard includes the CoolMem! Fan Frame that encloses most standard 40mm or 50mm computer fans and fits them directly over the memory module. Users thus gain an affordable cooling solution that significantly stabilizes memory operation.

Resilient Performance from Military-certified Capacitors and MOSFETs
To ensure users experience uncompromising performance, the SABERTOOTH 55i incorporates only high-grade, rigorously-tested components. These perform robustly even under the most demanding conditions. For example, all its capacitors have undergone thermal shock tests to ensure continuous, stable operations during rapid temperature changes in the 60°C range. In fact, all its capacitors and VRM MOSFETs have been certified for military-level use through stringent testing.

Optimized Power Use with E.S.P.
The SABERTOOTH 55i motherboard delivers E.S.P. (Efficient Switching Power) to all major components for superb system efficiency. Besides delivering efficient power to the CPU and memory, the power design also applies the same level of efficient power to the PCIe x16 expansion slots and IC. This improves overall power efficiency and reduces the amount of heat generated—resulting in cooler and more reliable operations. Additionally, the E.S.P. converts power at 90% efficiency compared to a conventional linear design that is only about 60% efficient. Built for robust performance, the SABERTOOTH 55i—and ASUS TUF Series motherboards as a whole—incorporates the latest breakthroughs in heatsink composition and high-grade, military-tested components to enable users to build their DIY systems around one of the most solid and stable motherboards ever created.
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13 Comments on ASUS Unveils First TUF Series Motherboard, Sabertooth 55i

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Many Thanks to ColdStorm for sending this in.
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Military certified huh? I guess they don't want to be without Crysis in the Middle East...
Its interesting, but I dare to ask: is it necessary?
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MRCL said:
Military certified huh? I guess they don't want to be without Crysis in the Middle East...
Its interesting, but I dare to ask: is it necessary?
hahaha is "it" ever? lol we still buy "it" tho (enthuzo) Atleast they did some cool things on it cant wait for review
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Looks good, hopefully the X58 or 790FX versions are coming soon. Don't think I'll ever adapt P55 as long as those two platforms exist.
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Looks like a good board, & if it comes with that transparent memory fan,, even better
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btarunr said:
harshest operating conditions
So now I can computer while in a African Safari being attacked by a pride of lions.

Seriously, this will be great for the people going after the OC crown in the near future.
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fochkoph said:
Looks good, hopefully the X58 or 790FX versions are coming soon. Don't think I'll ever adapt P55 as long as those two platforms exist.
You really should look into how P55 really performs.... you'd be surprised I'm sure. ;)
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Hah! I love the part about "military-style" testing. This is an absolute tour de force of marketing... Just look how gracefully they dance around the truth, how their array of colorful adjectives seems to draw paint from the canvas itself... Breathtaking.


Notice also... Even if this "military-style" testing held water, they only actually claim that the components were tested, not the board itself, so perhaps they consider the solid caps to be military-grade, but that doesn't mean this thing, fully assembled, can be run over by a tank or anything, despite the look of it.

That said, it really does look like a slick board. Are these intended to be cheaper than Rampage/Maximus boards? I would think so... Almost like Maximus-grade components without all the added crap. Well, without most of the added crap anyway...
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Brown and beige? Arrgh, It's 1979!!! I can't wait too see some real world temperatures on the thing. Perhaps a budget minded "Snaggletooth" board is in order?
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When it takes a bullet and still work's then its "Military Certified"..

This was the old "marine" board layout was it not?
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I saw this board in the 'flesh', my pictures are pretty blurry, can post them once I'm home if you like.
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