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ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel X79
  • Core i7 (LGA2011)
  • DDR3 1866/1600
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TUF /tΛf/, Stands for The Ultimate Force.
The TUF series delivers a "tough" image. With a unique design & high quality components (military-standard), TUF series is born for pursuing the preeminent stability, all-round compatibility, and extreme durability

Windows 8 Exclusive Features

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Fast Boot

Instant OS Login

ASUS has released new hardware and software designs to shorten system boot-up time to two-seconds* for a smoother user experience that removes annoying delays under Windows 8, and even previous versions of Windows. Faster system boot and restart means Windows starts quicker and higher efficiency - no more waiting around.


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ASUS Boot Setting

Multi-Startup Options

Thanks to ASUS Windows 8 hardware optimization, ASUS Boot Setting provides better flexibility in customizing your PCs startup process. You can enter the BIOS directly with one click through a user-friendly interface, and quickly select your preferred system boot up method: either get to the OS in seconds or opt for regular boot up. Whatever your choice, settings are saved and persistent, with no need to choose every time you power on.

"Ultimate Cool!" Thermal Solution

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Thermal Armor

Total Airflow-Boosting Heat Dissipation

New generation TUF Thermal Armor kicks cooling up a notch with dual integrated Turbo Engine fans. This enhances the original TUF thermal design, helping direct heat away from MOS area components and out the case via the rear I/O section. Special heat pipes propel dissipation from critical components and make sure temps stay low across the board. The Thermal Armor also provides modders and LAN party goers an extra-cool dress up option to show off their creativity and dedication to performance.


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Thermal Radar

Real Time Temp Detection and Heat Removal

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.

"TUF Engine!" Power Design

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New DIGI+ Power Control

All-New Digital Power Control for Both CPU and DRAM

ASUS X79 motherboards include New DIGI+ Power Control with three digital voltage controllers, including all-new DRAM controllers that offers ultra-precise memory tuning in addition to ultra-precise CPU voltage control. This evolution of innovative, industry-leading ASUS technology provides the best in class control for better efficiency, stability and performance.


Best in Class Power Efficiency and Stability

Two critical components work perfectly together to match digital power signal (SVID) requests from the CPU, with ultra-fast sensing and response to efficiently deliver the right level of power on demand. Accurate power reduces wasteful voltage imprecision, and provides more a stable CPU and memory setup.

8-DIMM Design - X79 Done Right

Support for up to 64GB of system memory with an 8-DIMM design on ASUS X79 motherboards provides the capacity for users to make full use of modern 64-bit software, ideal for rendering detailed images or manipulating large files without the bottlenecks of conventional storage. It also allows users to set up big RAM disks and speed up frequently accessed programs, minimizing the impact of storage transfer delays while maximizing user benefit.
 


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UEFI BIOS

Flexible & Easy BIOS Interface

ASUS UEFI BIOS offers the first mouse-controlled graphical BIOS designed with selectable modes, providing a user-friendly interface that goes beyond traditional keyboard-only controls. It also natively supports fully-utilized hard drives larger than 2.2TB in 64-bit operating systems.

ASUS Exclusive Interface
EZ Mode displays frequently-accessed info. Users can choose system performance settings and drag and drop boot priorities. Advanced Mode for performance enthusiasts includes detailed DRAM settings via a dedicated memory info page for complete insight.


 

    New upgrade! Quick and easy info for enhanced system control
  • F12 BIOS snapshot hotkey for sharing UEFI setup info and troubleshooting
  • New F3 Shortcut for most accessed info
  • ASUS DRAM Serial Presence Detect (SPD) Information for accessing memory info, detecting faulty DIMMs and helping with difficult POST situations

 


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TUF Components (Choke, Cap. & MOSFET; Certified by Military-Standard)

Certified for Tough Duty

Get rugged performance even in the most challenging conditions with robust TUF chokes, solid capacitors, and MOSFETs - certified through third-party, military-grade testing. TUF Chokes, also known as the "Ferrite Choke," is a made of a compound of various types of metal instead standard iron, enables the support of up to a massive 50A of rated current, much higher than conventional component. Furthermore, the single piece packaging also eliminates the emission of vibration noise, delivering superb characteristics as well as durability under extreme conditions.

ASUS Exclusive Features

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ASUS SSD Caching

3X Faster Performance at a Click

SSD caching from ASUS is easier than ever. At 3X faster, this feature boosts system performance by using an installed SSD with no capacity limitations as a cache for frequently accessed data. Harness a combination of SSD-like performance and response and hard drive capacity with just one click, no rebooting needed and instant activation for complete ease of use.


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USB BIOS Flashback

Easy, Worry-Free USB BIOS Flashback

USB BIOS Flashback offers the most convenient way to flash the BIOS ever! It allows overclockers to try new BIOS versions easily, without even entering their existing BIOS or operating system. Just plug in USB storage and push the dedicated button for three seconds, and the BIOS is automatically flashed using standby power. Worry-free overclocking for the ultimate convenience!


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USB 3.0 Boost

Faster USB 3.0 Transmission with UASP

New ASUS USB 3.0 Boost technology supports UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol), the latest USB 3.0 standard. With USB 3.0 Boost, USB device transmission speed is significantly increased by up to 170%, adding to already impressively fast USB 3.0 transfer speeds. USB 3.0 Boost provides a user-friendly graphical interface, which instantly accelerates transfer speeds for USB 3.0 peripherals with exclusive ASUS device auto-detect settings.

"Safe & Stable!" Guardian Angel

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MemOK!

Any Memory is A-OK!

MemOK! quickly ensures memory boot compatibility. This remarkable memory rescue tool requires a mere push of a button to patch memory issues. MemOK! determines failsafe settings and dramatically improves your system boot success. Get your system up and running in no time!


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ESD Guards

Unique Protection of Motherboard Components from Unexpected Electrostatic Discharges (ESD)

Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can happen suddenly and its damaging effects is often underestimated. Exclusive ASUS anti-static chip, a protective circuit design, and the I/O shield provides four times better protection to extend component lifespan.

Latest Transfer Technology

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Power eSATA 6Gbps Ready

2X Faster with Fully Charged Power

Powered eSATA 6Gbps combines data and power connectivity. Users enjoy 2X faster transfer rates, and can use external SATA 6Gbps devices with no additional power adapters. ASUS provides extra port with enhanced scalability, faster data retrieval, and double the bandwidth of current bus systems for extra speed and accessibility


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Front Panel USB 3.0 Support

Convenient USB 3.0 Front Panel Compatibility

ASUS provides standardized USB 3.0 front panel support, compatible with any chassis. Enjoy faster throughput of USB 3.0 without relegating cables or devices to the hard-to-reach rear I/O.


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Complete USB 3.0 Solution

Double USB Access, Double Convenience

ASUS facilitates strategic USB 3.0 accessibility for both the front and rear panel - six USB 3.0 ports in total. Experience the latest plug & play connectivity at speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0. The SABERTOOTH X79 affords greater convenience to high speed connectivity.

CPU, Chipset and Graphics Features

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Second Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor Family for the LGA 2011 Socket

This motherboard supports the latest 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor family for the LGA 2011 Socket, with memory and PCI Express controllers integrated to quad-channel (8 DIMMs) DDR3 memory and 40 PCI Express 3.0 lanes. This provides great graphics performance. Second Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor family for the LGA 2011 Socket is one of the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world.


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Intel® X79 Express Chipset

The Intel® X79 Express Chipset is the latest single-chipset design that supports the 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor family for the LGA 2011 Socket. It improves performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing for increased bandwidth and stability. Additionally, the X79 comes with two SATA 6Gbps and four SATA 3Gbps ports for faster data retrieval, doubling the bandwidth of current bus systems.


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PCIe 3.0 Ready

The latest PCI Express bus standard delivers improved encoding for twice the performance of current PCIe 2.0. Total bandwidth for an x16 link reaches a maximum of 32Gbps, double the 16Gbps of PCIe 2.0 (in x16 mode). PCIe 3.0 provides users unprecedented data speeds, combined with the convenience and seamless transition offered by complete backward compatibility with PCIe 1.0 and PCIe 2.0 devices. It's a must-have feature for PC users aiming to improve and optimize graphics performance, as well as have the latest, most future-proof technology.


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Quad-GPU SLI and Quad-GPU CrossFireX Support!

Flexible Multi-GPU Solutions, Your Weapon of Choice!

SABERTOOTH X79 brings you the multi-GPU choice of either SLI™ or CrossFireX. The motherboard features the most powerful Intel® X79 platform to optimize PCIe allocation in multiple GPU configurations. Expect a brand-new gaming style you've never experienced before!

SABERTOOTH X79 Product Overview

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Guaranteed Service

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Five-Year Warranty

The ultimate reliability of the TUF Series is not only based on advanced thermal design, military-standard components and strict reliability tests, but also on the five-year warranty which is proudly provided.

What's in the Box

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years


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  • Joseph M.
  • 12/2/2014 6:33:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsKeep bios up to date

Pros: Have had the board for 3 years now. Board is extremely stable; however, you must keep the bios updated or it starts to hang on wakeup.. and so on... although they say "if it aint broke don't fix it", you will be surprised what a new ASUS bios can do, especially with the DDR3 ram. Holds memory well. Extremely powerful and stable on overclocking with 3.2gHz can go to 3.8 NP. Use a watercooler on CPU.

Cons: They come out with new bios every couple months and while you can miss a few, it should be kept up to date. I guess its best than to let the board rot with outdated bios. Updating BIOS can sometimes be tricky, so get a knack for it. ASUS does their best to help, but you have to do the work. Bottom line take your time.. read how to do it twice... then again before attempting.

Other Thoughts: I don't have the V3 2011, but prob don't need it. The 24 Gig DDR3 with 3.2 6-core runs fine, especially with the max RAM (W7 uses only 24gig)

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  • Philip H.
  • 12/2/2014 1:17:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAllmost 3 yrs of 24/7 running and still great :)

Pros: Purchased this board for a new build in early 2012 and despite running almost 24/7 since that day (off for power outages and dust cleaning), I've had no issues. Even the original fans are still quiet.

Everything stays at nice temps and voltages are solid, even when I'm hard on the system. And the built in ESD protection is great, as static electricity can be an issue around here sometimes (we killed a mouse from it getting shocked through the fingers if you forgot to touch the case first on the previous build, made the USB header act funky after a few times too, but haven't had an issue on this board from accidental ESD)

Cons: There were one or two BIOS versions that had bugs, but they have all been caught and corrected in a timely manner and the current BIOS version is smooth & stable.

The ASUS Update software for the BIOS has never been able to contact or find the update servers on it's own....not so much of a con as it is a convenience. But if I get the BIOS updates on my own from the Asus website, the ASUS Update Software has never failed to install it (provided it was named correctly, as they switched to a CAP format a while back and up until recently I've always had to rename the BIOS file for it to install). I've also tried a couple times once to update the BIOS with the BIOS Flashback feature a while back and could never get it to work (only was doing it to test it out)....but haven't tried it recently since they fixed their file names.

Other Thoughts: On my last Abit board I probably went though a half a dozen North Bridge chip cooling fans before I retired it, so i was a little skeptical about buying another board with fans....but like I said in the pros section, I haven't had a fan issue yet.

Another thing I liked about my previous Abit board was there was a place in the BIOS that recorded how much total time the system has been up and running, # of times it shut down due to power outage, # of times reset button has been pushed, ect... And I kind of wish they could put that info into this one. It was nice to be able to confidently say "Yes, I have over 58,000 running hours on the Seagate Baracuda drives with no issues" when someone would ask for a hardware recommendation. (p.s.: while those drives aren't my primary drives anymore, I still have them running Raid0 in this build for extra storage as well....still going strong)

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  • Seth B.
  • 11/23/2014 4:19:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsWon't touch this - thanks Mark

Pros: I WAS an ASUS fanboy and have thrown literally thousands of dollars there way both personally and professionally. (I've worked in tech in education for nearly 20 years.)

Cons: but I will not purchase a product with drm or that has decided what kind of media I can or can't use. This is like net neutrality for hardware.

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  • Jeff H.
  • 11/14/2014 1:54:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: This been an unbelievably great board for me and not sure how there are so many people having issues with this. My temps are reading at 23 Celsius idle and around 50 Celsius on an extremely heavy load. This board has been everything I needed it to be.

Cons: None as of yet, but by the sounds of things if something goes wrong Customer Service will not be fun. I will mention that there was a mail-in rebate when I originally purchased this, I sent in the all the info requested by ASUS for the rebate. Received letter back stating that I never included my original purchase receipt from Newegg ( I literally checked off every option on the sheet they make you send in). Giving them the benefit of the doubt I resent the original purchase receipt, on my own dime since they didn't include a prepaid envelope, then again received the same letter informing me that they were missing the receipt. If this is how they handle a small little mail-in rebate then I am going to absolutely HATE contacting them for any other issue.

Other Thoughts: My current setup:

Sabertooth X79
i7-4820K Ivy Bridge Quad-Core 3.7ghz CPU
Samsung 840 Pro Series SSD
HyperX 8GB RAM
WD Green 4TB HD
ASUS GeForce GTX650
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Fractal Design XL R2 case

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  • Sarah H.
  • 9/10/2014 7:04:12 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsBoard had problems. Only got worse

Pros: Neat BIOS interface.

Cons: Wouldn't see all 4 sticks of ram no matter how I mixed/configured them it would only see 3. Didn't matter which 3, all sticks worked, but the 4th one would sometimes show in BIOS, sometimes it wouldn't. RAID controller randomly forgot about 4th drive and then on reboot would see again triggering a rebuild. Despite all this I used it for almost 2 years until it stopped booting. I sent the board to Asus and they sent it back saying it was scratched and wanted wayyy more than retail for a replacement. I am very careful with my equipment, so basically they scratched it, blamed it on me, and then told me to get bent.

Other Thoughts: I used to be really loyal to Asus, but this board and the support team completely turned me off.

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  • Jeffrey D.
  • 9/1/2014 8:34:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHad many choices, I don't regret this one

Pros: Ive had this in my rig about a month and was not let down, this was my first full bore build and I am immensely happy with it, I searched around for awhile and almost got a rampage black addition but didn't due to the fact I was already over budget and this one was "cooler" temperature wise. I've got my 4820 K Overclocked at a steady 4.5 ghz and I run BF4 at 80-140 fps on ultra with my dual GTX 770's. I am very happy with this board and will most likely stick with Asus from now on.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I will most likely upgrade to a rampage black edition sometime in the future so I can run quad Sli when I get the money to drop 4 780 ti's in it.

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  • Michael W.
  • 7/31/2014 10:48:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsRear Audio broken - only green jack registers

Pros: Board looks nice in my case. lol
Well after plugging every possible speaker jack into the rear audio ports and after two versions of Realtek audio ver 3.74 and 3.76 drivers I have had no luck getting audio. I've been building PC since the mid 90's this stuff is for 5th graders. Realtek's software only detects when green or front LR is plugged in. when plugging in orange (cent/sub) and Black (REAR L/R) the program see that something was plugged in but I am unable to assign it and no sound plays from those ports. I tested this with separate speakers. I also tested it with a xonar 7.1 sound card which plays perfectly. I guess my xonar card is going back in as ASUS's RMA process seems to be less than what I would expect from the price of this board.

Cons: Overpriced plastic.
Rear I/O Sound issues
RMA Process is to slow
$329.99 must be for value boards, then the next day price drops $25

Other Thoughts: Is it possible that ASrock is building better boards than
it's parent company? - not good ASUS, you were once the best.

Time to see what EVGA has to offer

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  • Victor G.
  • 7/30/2014 3:01:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsdont waste your money

Pros: It works barely

Cons: I would go into the issues but that would be a waste of time like the board itself" harddrive/ controller/ video/ network I sent this back to asus to have them check it out when it came back the network controller was not working I had to install a network card and now I have to monitor boot because the video wont come half the time it does the same with 6 deferent video boards. 5 year warranty I would RMA it again but then it may not boot up at all

Other Thoughts: asus when you send a product back from RMA it should work as intended not worse 5 years worth of trouble not my idea of something I want any more of.

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  • MICHAEL O.
  • 7/29/2014 7:54:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUpdated Review of 19Jul2013

Pros: Been reading all the reviews since my initial review on 19 July 2013. I can understand a few problems with some boards, but a lot of the poor ones I just don't get. I've updated components (i7-3930K to i7-4930K), now at 64 GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHZ 1.5v ram, Rosewill Ultra case, and an ASUS DCUII GTX 780. Running Sony Vegas Pro 12 on it with no issues. Was also able to insert the USB 3.0 Front Panel cable from the case into the "GREEN Right-angled" USB 3.0 header on the motherboard, just like the manual said I could. Really people, no front USB 3.0? I'm hoping ASUS has another great Sabertooth for us in the LGA 2011-3 socket with Haswell-E processor and X99 chipset! So along with this current Sabertooth, I am also running a Z87 Sabertooth with an i7-4770K, and passed along my Z77 Sabertooth with i7-3770 to my Brother, which is doing fine. Come on Intel and just release the new chips and chipset!!!!! I need to keep JJ busy doing videos by buying another ASUS Sabertooth board! Plus, it will be fun to see JJ on the interview rounds with both Paul and Linus. Heck, maybe even Logan.
So, in short, I've been able to update from Sandy Bridge-E to Ivy Bridge-E, upgrade my RAM, upgrade my Video Card, run Windows 8 Pro 64-Bit to include the update to 8.1 with update 1, including recently adding the Samsung UD590D 4K Monitor to the fold, and the board is running fantastic!

Cons: Besides the issue using the EZ Flash BIOS as mentioned in my previous review, none.

Other Thoughts: As you can see, I do not list my self as a "Somewhat High" or "High" Tech Knowledge, as a true IT person is ALWAYS learning. I worked with IT for my last 12 years in the Navy, and retired from a School District after working in IT last year, but still don't consider myself as having that "All-knowing" tech knowledge that I see constantly displayed in reviews of not only Newegg's site, but other sites as well. You may think you are like Anand, but there is only one!

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  • Jerry K.
  • 7/10/2014 8:45:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board

Pros: Excellent CPU overclocking support, 8 DIMMS sockets, plenty of fan headers. Also has a good on board variable fan speed controller.

Cons: None as of yet..

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