Wednesday, November 2nd 2016

ASUS Announces the TUF Sabertooth 990FX R3.0 Motherboard

ASUS signs off the AMD socket AM3+ platform with a motherboard that's built to last, the TUF Sabertooth 990FX R3.0, its third TUF series motherboard based on the AMD 990FX chipset. The board could be the ideal upgrade for AMD FX processor users wanting to hold on to their builds a few years longer, as it features cutting-edge connectivity, such as four 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 ports (including a type-C port), eight additional 5 Gb/s USB 3.0 ports (of which four are via headers), a 20 Gb/s M.2 slot with NVMe support, and the very latest VRM innovations ASUS made for the TUF series.

The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors, and uses a 10-phase VRM to condition it for the CPU. The board supports 220W TDP AMD FX-9000 series CPUs. The CPU socket is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots, and the AMD 990FX northbridge. Expansion slots include four PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots, of which three are wired to the 990FX chip, and run at x16/NC/x16 or x16/x8/x8 depending on the way they're populated; while the fourth slot is wired to the SB950 southbridge, and runs at gen 2.0 x4. Storage connectivity includes five SATA 6 Gb/s ports besides the M.2 slot. 8-channel HD audio and gigabit Ethernet (Intel i211V controller) make for the rest of it. The board is driven by UEFI BIOS, and features Windows 10 certification. The company didn't reveal pricing.
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31 Comments on ASUS Announces the TUF Sabertooth 990FX R3.0 Motherboard

#1
megamanxtreme
Despite having the latest bells and whistles, it still an AM3+ motherboard. I hope it has merit.
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#2
IceScreamer
If anything I dig the looks. And thank god for no LEDs.
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#3
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
IceScreamer said:
If anything I dig the looks. And thank god for no LEDs.
It still has that bright green 5vsb LED.
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#4
VulkanBros
I think I will stay with my R2.0 until ZEN FX arrives

Pro´s:

There is M.2 support
USB 3.1
Intel i211V ethernet controller (R2.0 has a crappy Realtek 8111F)

Con´s:

PCI-Express 2.0
DDR3
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#5
axis007
That is one sexy looking board cudos to asus on the design
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#6
Melvis
VulkanBros said:
I think I will stay with my R2.0 until ZEN FX arrives

Pro´s:

There is M.2 support
USB 3.1
Intel i211V ethernet controller (R2.0 has a crappy Realtek 8111F)

Con´s:

PCI-Express 2.0
DDR3
I dont see DDR3 is a con and PCI-E 2.0 is a sorta I guess.

Nice board but I think its to late to the table sadly
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#7
john_
I guess this means

"Forget AM4 motherboards before Zen and 2017".
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#8
_JP_
Hasn't revealed pricing, but this board has been available here for a few months now at ~210€ (w/23% VAT), to give an idea.

I say it's an awesome board, even with the shortcomings the platform presents :)
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#9
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
VulkanBros said:
I think I will stay with my R2.0 until ZEN FX arrives

Pro´s:

There is M.2 support
USB 3.1
Intel i211V ethernet controller (R2.0 has a crappy Realtek 8111F)

Con´s:

PCI-Express 2.0
DDR3
The realtek 8111f does fine on my end lol
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#10
IceScreamer
btarunr said:
It still has that bright green 5vsb LED.
I could live with that, just no RGB lightning.
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#11
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
IceScreamer said:
I could live with that, just no RGB lightning.
It has it but it can be turned off.
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#12
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
eidairaman1 said:
It has it but it can be turned off.
Teach me master.
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#13
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
btarunr said:
Teach me master.
I read it on Asus site lol
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#14
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
VulkanBros said:
Con´s:
PCI-Express 2.0
DDR3
Nothing Asus can do to change that. 990FX is PCI-e 2.0, not that anything can saturate the pair of 16x 2.0 slots and DDR3 is on the CPU's. This is just a basic update that add a feature set that isn't available on other boards.
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#15
peche
Thermaltake fanboy
TUF Sabertooth board with no thermal armor? WTF Asus, thats the main feature of TUF boards and you take it out this board?


Regards,
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#16
Ubersonic
They may as well try their luck and charge $1000 for this board, because anybody stupid enough to invest in an FX Piledriver CPU this close to Zen will probably pay it if they have it.
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#17
RejZoR
peche said:
TUF Sabertooth board with no thermal armor? WTF Asus, thats the main feature of TUF boards and you take it out this board?


Regards,
I think they were doing it on a budget side. I mean, AM3+ is on its way out, there is no real point in going too expensive as no one would buy it otherwise. But they want to milk the Sabertooth branding a bit.
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#18
peche
Thermaltake fanboy
RejZoR said:
I think they were doing it on a budget side. I mean, AM3+ is on its way out, there is no real point in going too expensive as no one would buy it otherwise. But they want to milk the Sabertooth branding a bit.
so much people use the older FX and AM3+ platform as a cheap alternative on heavy tasks or dumb computers, so i guess still on the budget for several people, if asus were in the point for budget boards i guess they should use another sub Family or model for a board, for example Deluxe family or "A" boards, TUF its one of their expensive boards sub family

Regards,
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#19
RejZoR
I don't think I've ever seen major revisions of boards, Sabertooth seems to be the only one which often gets 2-3 major revisions.
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#20
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
RejZoR said:
I don't think I've ever seen major revisions of boards, Sabertooth seems to be the only one which often gets 2-3 major revisions.
All the top end asus boards do. Deluxe, Rampage, Crosshair, Sabertooth etc.
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#21
RejZoR
Are you sure? I mean, I know they change Rev 1.0 to 1.1 or 2.0, but if you look at the boards they look pretty much identical. Where Sabertooth was dramatically different between revisions, mostly all the shielding, extra VRM cooling fans etc...
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#22
natr0n
They got rid of the pci slot. :(

This has been on newegg for a while now.
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#23
xkm1948
Yeah! New Sabertooth MoBo!

That means, Lazy ASUS finally updated its Sabertooth AiSuite! Finally!
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#25
xkm1948
And here, new Sabertooth themed CPU-Z
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