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ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

  • AMD 990FX
  • FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 1866/1600
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"Ultimate Cool!" Thermal Solution


CeraM!X - Heatsink Coating Technology

50% Larger area for heat dissipation with the revolutionary ceramics-coating technology. Innovative ceramics effectively conducts heat away from the system. It replaces traditional anti-oxidant to dissipate heat better with its microscopic irregular surface and enlarged area. Better cooling leads to overall improvement in system stability.


TUF 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 area, while increasing options for fan control housed inside the chassis. 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


New DIGI+ Power Control

Leading Digital Power Control Solution with the Best Quality
New DIGI+ Power Control includes multiple digital voltage controllers, allowing ultra-precise modulation and tuning for both the CPU and DRAM. This innovative and industry-leading ASUS technology provides extremely accurate voltage tuning for better efficiency, stability and performance.



Flexible and Easy BIOS Interface
ASUS UEFI BIOS offers a user-friendly interface that goes beyond traditional keyboard-only BIOS controls to enable more flexible and convenient mouse input. Users can easily navigate the UEFI BIOS with the smoothness of their operating system. Quick and simple overclocking and setup sharing is facilitated by the F12 hotkey BIOS snapshot feature. The exclusive EZ Mode displays frequently-accessed setup info, while the Advanced Mode is for experienced performance enthusiasts that demand far more intricate system control, including detailed DRAM information.

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

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 "Alloy Choke", is a made of a compound of various types of metal instead standard iron, enables the support of up to a massive 40A of rated current, 25% 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.


E.S.P. Efficient Switching Power Design

Optimal Power Efficiency for Key Components
Exclusively for this motherboard, the switching power design is provided not only for the CPU and memory, but also for other key components such as graphics cards, LAN and USB 3.0. E.S.P. dramatically improves system efficiency and reduces heat generation.


"Safe & Stable!" Guardian Angel


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!


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.

ASUS Exclusive Features


USB BIOS Flashback

Simple Plug & Press - Hardware-Based BIOS Flashback
A truly revolutionary hardware-based update solution. USB BIOS Flashback offers the most convenient way ever to update the BIOS! It allows users to update new UEFI BIOS versions even without hardware such as a CPU or DRAM installed into the motherboard. Just plug in a USB flash drive containing the BIOS file, and press the BIOS Flashback button for three seconds with the power supply connected. The UEFI BIOS will then automatically update without requiring further interaction. With its new, complementary Windows application, users can regularly check for UEFI BIOS updates and download the latest BIOS automatically. Hassle-free updating for the ultimate convenience!


AI Suite II

One-stop Access to Innovative ASUS Features
With its user-friendly interface, ASUS AI Suite II consolidates all exclusive ASUS features into one simple-to-use package. It allows users to supervise overclocking, energy management, fan speed, voltage and sensor readings. This all-in-one software offers diverse and easy to use functions, with no need to switch back and forth between different utilities.


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 technology, a USB device's transmission speed is significantly increased up to 170%, adding to an already impressive fast USB 3.0 transfer speed. ASUS software automatically accelerates data speeds for compatible USB 3.0 peripherals without the need for any user interaction.

World's 1st USB 3.0 UASP Support – 170% Faster instantly
Complete USB 3.0 Solution – Performance boost for most USB devices
Simple Plug & Boost – Auto detection design ensures best performance always


Remote GO!

One-stop PC Remote Control and Home Entertainment
Remote GO! links PCs, tablets, smartphones and TVs wirelessly together through an existing LAN cable and route setup. It provides a seamless environment for a futuristic connected lifestyle with three useful functions: DLNA Media Hub, Remote Desktop and File Transfer.

DLNA Media Hub: Enjoy HD video, music and photos stored in the PC, streaming to your DLNA devices via Wi-Fi connectivity. You can even control the PC to play multimedia on a TV with a tablet.
Remote Desktop: Operate and control your PC in real-time from a smartphone or tablet for complete comfort and convenience. File Transfer: Send and share files between your PC and smart devices* with only a right click on the mouse.

*iPad/iPhone can send, but not receive files from the PC.



A Dedicated Button to Access the BIOS Directly
Designed for users requiring frequent BIOS access, you can easily enter the BIOS automatically when the PC is on standby power with a press of a button. It saves you time during boot-up from having to repeatedly press the DEL key. Convenience and ease at its best!


Network iControl

Real-Time Network Bandwidth Control
With a single-click on/off button, the application currently in use has its data and network bandwidth prioritized over other programs. Moreover, you can prioritize your favorite software easily by configuring profiles through the intuitive user interface. Within the profile, programs can be pre-scheduled to run in a specific time period to avoid network congestion and long-waits on downloads. Auto PPPoE network connection provides a one-step setup for enhanced online convenience. Overall, it's an intuitive network bandwidth control center.

Latest Transfer Technology


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.


Extra SATA 6Gbps Supports

Extra Ports, Extra Speed and Accessibility
The AMD SB950 chipset natively supports the next-generation Serial ATA (SATA) interface, delivering up to 6Gbps data transfers. ASUS provides extra SATA 6Gbps ports with enhanced scalability, faster data retrieval and double the bandwidth of current bus systems.

CPU, Chipset and Graphics Features


AMD® Socket AM3+ for AMD® FX Series CPU up to 8-core

This motherboard supports latest AMD® Socket AM3+ multi-core processors with up to 8-core native CPU cores and delivers better overclocking capabilities with less power consumption. It features AMD Turbo CORE Technology 2.0 and accelerates data transfer rate up to 5200MT/s via HyperTransport™ 3.0 based system bus. This motherboard also supports AMD® CPUs in the new 32nm manufacturing process.


AMD® 990FX Chipset

AMD 990FX Chipset is designed to support up to 5.2GTps HyperTransport™ 3.0 (HT 3.0) interface speed and dual PCI Express™ 2.0 x16 graphics. It is optimized with AMD latest AM3+ and multi-core CPUs to provide excellent system performance and overclocking capabilities.


Quad-GPU SLI and Quad-GPU CrossFireX Support!

Flexible Multi-GPU Solutions, Your Weapon of Choice!
SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 brings multi-GPU configurations through both SLI™ and CrossFireX. This motherboard features the powerful AMD® 990FX / SB950 platform, optimizing PCIe allocation in multiple GPU configurations. Expect a brand new gaming style like you've never experienced before!

Windows 8 Ready


Windows 8 Ready

With hardware driver compatibility tested and assured, ASUS provides a complete solution for Windows 8 support. Starting now, users can experience the next generation operating system on ASUS hardware, and can rest assured that they can easily upgrade once the final driver versions are released without any compatibility issues!

Rich Software Bundled



Whole New Design of CPU-Z
ASUS CPU-Z is a customized TUF version authorized by CPUID. It has the same functionality and credibility as the original version, with a unique design. Use the whole new look of TUF CPU-Z to truly report your CPU related information and your uniqueness.

*The color of icon will be changed by setting.

Guaranteed Service


Five-Year Warranty

The ultimate reliability of 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.

*This service will follow the local standard and service policy.
**This service only covers failures or malfunctions that occur during the warranty period and under normal use conditions, as well as any material or workmanship defects.


ErP Ready

The motherboard is European Union's Energy-related Products (ErP) ready, and ErP requires products to meet certain energy efficiency requirements in regards to energy consumptions. This is in line with ASUS vision of creating environment-friendly and energy-efficient products through product design and innovation to reduce carbon footprint of the product and thus mitigate environmental impacts.

What's in the Box


Learn more about the ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0

Quick Info


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

Customer Reviews of the ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0

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  • Rick H.
  • 1/28/2015 6:00:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNO SSD RAID

Pros: Great Board, Great Price, Stable.
Reliable Mil-spec Capacitors!
ASUS - what more can I say.

Cons: Would NOT allow SSD's in RAID mode even with upgraded Bios. (2501)

If you are running ssd Raid with this mobo, expect to buy a separate RAID controller.
Spent 4 hours Saturday trying out all configurations to try to get it to work only to find out that ssds do not work in raid on this board...It recognizes it in the Bios but then will NOT see it on Win7 Install...even with provided disk drivers OR Current Raid Drivers from ASUS....(AMD RAID Driver V3.3.1540.35) regular drives can raid but not SSDs... Weird.... then plopped down 83$ for a raid card. :/

Other Thoughts: NO SSD RAID.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for making time posting this review. we appreciate that you still gave a positive review even though you have issue with the raid not working on the unit. It's good to have a positive feedback from our customer. If in case you're going to have problem with the unit and you need assistance with it please email me at and put case # N1501101434 in the subject line for your reference.

ASUS Customer Loyalty are dedicated in helping you and all other ASUS customers.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Rachel C.
  • 1/27/2015 10:09:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDead after 1 year

Pros: Easy installation

Cons: This mobo is no longer functioning. I have been having issues with my computer for a few months now and finally determined the cause was the motherboard. I had high hopes because of the reviews, but I guess it just couldn't hold up. :(

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Pandara,

We appreciate you time posting this review in the website. I understand that you have issue with the unit.It's unfortunate if you think the "Product" is a huge disappointment. On the contrary, there are lots of very satisfied customers that are having positive experience using the product. I want to you fix the issue. If you can please provide me further details on the issue and email it to me at and put case # N1501101505 in the subect line for your reference.

ASUS Customer Loyalty are dedicated in helping you and all other ASUS customers.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Stephen H.
  • 1/23/2015 1:47:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery good, not quite perfect

Pros: Has more card slots than I could ever need.
Lots of USB 3.0 ports.
Plenty of case fan connections.
Very nice aesthetic design.

Cons: The USB 3.0 connector is very close to the first PCIEX 16 slot, if you have a long graphics card you might have trouble.
Some of the SATA connections don't work. *See below*
The PCI slot is right underneath the first PCIEX 16 slot. It will probably be blocked by your graphics card.
The front panel switches and front panel USB connectors require an included adapter that falls off very easily.

Other Thoughts: I had to RMA my first one, I was sent the wrong product. But that's not getting the score marked down.
The USB 3.0 connector is very close to the first PCIEX 16 slot which means if you have a big graphics card like I do, you have to be pretty creative in installation.
On my board, at least 3 of my SATA connections did not work. Slots, 2 (brown), 2 & 4 (white) do not function. I plugged in various hard drives and devices and they could not read. I still have enough ports that I can use everything, but losing 3 hurt my options.

Thermaltake Overseer RX-I
850W Corsair Gold cert. Power supply
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2
AMD FX-8350
Corsair H60
16 (4x8GB) GB DDR3 1600
Gigabyte G1 GTX 970
WD Caviar Black 2TB HDD x1
WD Caviar Blue 1 TB HDD x1
WD Caviar Green 2 TB HDD x1

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  • LUAN Z.
  • 1/23/2015 1:40:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsno audio on day 2

Pros: good price, somehow fast

Cons: somehow i can't hear anything on day 2
tryed many things, no help

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  • Russell C.
  • 1/22/2015 10:43:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsvery nice board til the sound

Pros: very good overall

Cons: had this for les than a year and the sound wet out on it

Other Thoughts: asus was veryr fast i know have an rma fro thme

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  • Jay D.
  • 1/20/2015 1:02:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat "TUF" (tough) Mobo

Pros: Super Easy Bios!
Great OC capapbility, FX 6300 @4.5ghz on aftermarket air cooling!
Awesome Design and stays below 30C, the mobo itself!
Strong and sturdy Design!
Best in its class besides the ASUS ROG boards!

Cons: NONE yet! we'll see!

Other Thoughts: None other than you should get it if you are looking to overclock then this is your best bet! Also works really well with pushing your RAM to its best performance! GET IT BRO!

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  • Eric G.
  • 1/20/2015 9:41:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSabertooth 990FX

Pros: Awesome Mobo!! Simple Bios feature which is great. Packaging was excellent, has everything you need. Looks beautiful, hats off to ASUS. No complaints here

Cons: nada

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  • lower h.
  • 1/17/2015 11:11:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs1st board is DOA

Pros: Touted and rated as a great board with high customer satisfaction. Arrived quickly.

Cons: Arrived and hooked everything up and the board randomly shut down between initial boot and OS load. Moved card around, explored memory, PSU, and CPU, all to no avail. Motherboard was bad. Sent back with RMA, awaiting replacement.

Other Thoughts: After looking over reviews and seeing a 20% poor rating, I briefly thought of doing a full return and picking a different board. I've enjoyed ASUS boards in the past, but like everyone else, its all about that bottom dollar. half the ports are Foxconn ports, so you know they don't place human rights above profit margins. My old ASUS board boots up with a logo stating "persistent perfection" which has definitely disappeared from their guiding vision. I'm hoping the next board works so I can see if the performance quality is still their or if I should give up on this brand and move on.

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  • Matthew M.
  • 1/16/2015 9:52:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs11/10 Would Buy Again

Pros: What can I say? The thing is built like a tank.

Cons: Not an actual tank.

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  • Darral B.
  • 1/15/2015 4:50:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVersitility and quality

Pros: Easy install for all levels of builders.
Room for expanding your rig down the road
Great price point to performance quality
Sturdy construction

Cons: See other thoughts

Other Thoughts: The board comes packaged in close cell foam, inserted into a static free bag. When unpacking the board it is obvious that it is made using heavy duty parts do to the stiffness and weight of the board. The mounting holes on the board are set up to make installing it into your case easy and eliminates the fear of over tightening the screws. The ceramix coating allows for better heat dissapation from the large heat -sinks.

Placement of the SATA ports and 24 pin connector along the edge of the board makes connecting to the board while being able to maintain proper cable management for airflow. The included SATA cables are more than enough for the average user to get started connecting hard drives or optical drives. The audio and USB 2.0 connections are also along a side of the board which allows for easy connection however the placement of the USB 3.0 connector is near the first PCIe 2.0 16x slot making it a tight fit with larger cards.

The board supports 32gb of memory utilizing dual channels which allows for easy expansion at a later date. The board is capable of quad sli or quad crossfire for users requiring that much power. One downside to the set up of the expansion slots is while using a double slot graphics card, the PCIe 1.0 slot is covered by the card making it useless. The rest of the slots can be utilized for upgrading sound, installing more USB ports, or installing a SSD.

Overall, I would recommend this motherboard to anyone looking for a board that will perform without breaking the bank. This board will support your AM3+ CPU without a problem allowing you to spend that extra money on your GPU or PSU.

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