Review: ASUS Sabertooth 990FX

Published by Marc Büchel on 23.09.11
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Specifications / Delivery

CPU AMD AM3+ FX/Phenom II/Athlon II/Sempron 100 Series Processors
Chipset AMD 990FX/SB950
Memory Dual Channel DDR3, 4 x DIMM, Max. 32 GB DDR3 1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz
Multi-GPU Supports NVIDIA Quad-GPU SLI Technology
Supports AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX Technology
Slots 3 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (dual x16 or x16, x8, x
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode, black)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x1
1 x PCI
Audio Realtek ALC892, 7.1 Channel
Storage 6 x SATA 6Gb/s port (RAID 0, 1, 5, 10)
2 x SATA 3Gb/s port
1 x eSATA 3Gb/s port
1 x eSATA 3Gb/s port
I/O internal / Connectors 1 x USB 3.0
2 x USB 2.0
1 x COM port
6 x SATA 6Gb/s
2 x SATA 3Gb/s
1 x IEEE 1394a
1 x CPU Fan connector
4 x Chassis Fan connector
1 x Optional Fan connector
1 x S/PDIF out header
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
1 x Front panel audio connector
1 x System panel
1 x MemOK! button
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
I/O external 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)
1 x eSATA 3Gb/s
1 x Power eSATA 3Gb/s
1 x IEEE 1394a
1 x LAN (RJ45) port
2 x USB 3.0
10 x USB 2.0
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
6 x Audio jack
Formfactor ATX (30.5 cm x 24.4 cm)
BIOS 64Mb Flash ROM, EFI AMI BIOS GUI
Warranty 3 years



Regarding the delivery you find everything you need. Next numerous manuals there is a SLI bridge, SATA cables, a Q-connector as well as an I/O shield. The one thing we mess is the CrossFire bridge.


Features

TUF Thermal Armor The TUF Thermal Armor is a thermal design for the entire motherboard, not just for selected critical areas. It safeguards the system against hot air generated by connected cards and components, keeping temperatures low. With its integrated shunt design, the Thermal Armor improves air circulation, directing it towards important components. It effectively conducts hot air away and out of the case through special airflow channels, contributing to enhanced system stability and extending component lifespan.
   
TUF Thermal Radar The TUF Thermal Radar monitors temps in critical parts of the motherboard in real time, automatically adjusting fan speeds to make sure the system maintains high stability without overheating. It consists of multiple sensors for various components on the motherboard, giving users the ability to monitor each one individually. The Thermal Radar automatically calculates ideal fan speeds based on different parameters selected by users for each component, keeping everything cooler and longer lasting.
   
Digi+ VRM Meanwhile ASUS also provides its boards with digital power designs. Using the the right software, in this case ASUS DIGI+ VRM Utility it is not only possible to adjust voltages whilst being in Windows on can now also control impedances.
   
ASUS Update Allows us to check and update the latest available BIOS directly from ASUS website.
   
ASUS FAN Xpert FAN Xpert allows you to adjust both the CPU and chassis fan speeds according to different ambient temperatures and your PC's system loading. The various fan profiles affer flexible controls of fan speed to achieve a quiet and cool system environment.
   
ASUS MyLogo Allow you to change the POST Logo at system startup with any pic you want.
   
ASUS TurboV EVO Allows you to overclock the bus frequency, CPU voltage, IMC voltage and DRAM Bus voltage in Windows and takes effect in realtime without exiting and rebooting the OS.
   
ASUS DIGI+ VRM Meanwhile ASUS also provides its boards with digital power designs. Using the the right software, in this case ASUS DIGI+ VRM Utility it is not only possible to adjust voltages whilst being in Windows on can now also control impedances.
   
ASUS TPU As soon as one activates the TPU this chips monitors all possible voltages and clock speeds using the according software. The difference to the EPU is that TPU will provide as much performance as possible. Therefore it can increase clock speeds and voltages.


Page 1 - Introduction Page 8 - SiSoft Sandra 1
Page 2 - Specifications / Delivery Page 9 - SiSoft Sandra 2
Page 3 - Layout Page 10 - Super Pi / wPrime
Page 4 - Connectors and I/O Page 11 - Games
Page 5 - BIOS Page 12 - Overclocking
Page 6 - Test setup Page 13 - Conclusion
Page 7 - Futuremark  



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