ASUS X99 Sabertooth Review

Published by Marc Büchel on 15.12.15
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Conclusion

Allgemein   + -
As expected the ASUS X99 Sabertooth is a well-built motherobard that comes with a plethora of features. Like with all Sabertooth motherboards the X99 model also received the TUF armor, which consists of a front cover and a reinforcement plate on the back. Other than that there is a very decent power design next to other high quality components. These days the X99 Sabertooth sells at 333 Euro, which definitely not cheap. ASUS does ask quite something from you if you want the X99 Sabertooth in all its glory. Good to have are the two USB 3.1 ports and apart from that there is also an M.2 slot.   - Design
- Layout

 

       
Layout   + -

The ASUS X99 Sabertooth's layout has been well thought. Once more practical are the angled SATA connectors. There is no debug display and there aren't power and reset buttons. Luckily, if you want to read out post codes and a lot of other information, you can attach you smartphone to the board via USB and use the TUF Detective App for advanced diagnostics. A closer look at the placement of the PCI-Express x16 slots shows that there is a total of three of them. Should you want to do that, you can go ahead and build a powerful dual-GPU system using this board as a basis.

  - Angled SATA connectors
- Space around the CPU socket
 
       
Performance   + -
Having a closer look at overall 2D as well as 3D performance shows this board comes in 6th in 2D and 3rd in 3D. Overall performance is therefore good but unfortunately there are a few glitches. On another note we had a look at power consumption and it turns out that this board burns quite a lot of power especially under idle, where it only ranks second from to the bottom. Under load the Sabertooth X99 scores 9th place out of 13.   - 3DMark 11
- PCMark 08
- wPrime 1024M
- Cinebench R15
- Tomb Raider
- Audio
- SiSoft Sandra Arithmetics
- UC Bench
       
Overclocking / BIOS   + -
The BIOS of the Sabertooth X99 is identical from what you get with other recent ASUS motherboards these days the only difference is the backgound color. This means the basic structure and also the design has not been changed. Overall the structure is easy to understand and even if you're not a very experienced user you will find the things you'd like to change. Also overclocking is easy with this board and it was easily possible to push our review CPU to 4.6 GHz stably.   - Clear arrangement - Sheer amount of options  
       
Recommendation   + -
The Sabertooth X99 is listed at Geizhals at 333 Euro. At this price you get well-performing motherboard which is an allrounder regarding the X99 platform. If you're looking for an overall good X99 motherboard then the Sabertooth X99 is a solid choice.   - Enthusiast
- Gaming
- Modding
 
       
Rating
The Sabertooth X99 recieves good 4 out of 5 stars.





Page 1 - Introduction Page 15 - UC Bench
Page 2 - Specs and Delivery Page 16 - Super Pi 1M / 32M
Page 3 - Features Page 17 - wPrime 1024M Multi Core
Page 4 - Layout Page 18 - Cinebench
Page 5 - Connectors and I/O Page 19 - Tomb Raider
Page 6 - BIOS Page 20 - Metro Last Light
Page 7 - Test setup Page 21 - Thief
Page 8 - Preview / Gallery Page 22 - Right Mark Audio Analyzer
Page 9 - 3DMark Page 23 - BCLK Overclocking
Page 10 - 3DMark 11 Page 24 - Power Consumption
Page 11 - 3DMark Vantage Page 25 - Performance Rating
Page 12 - PC Mark 8 Page 26 - Price Comparison
Page 13 - SiSoft Sandra 1 Page 27 - Conclusion
Page 14 - SiSoft Sandra 2  





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