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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
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: n/a

Cons: Q-connector. Poor design and construction. While a convenient option in mind, I would be great if the connector pins didn't come out so easily, still cant use it.

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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
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs I thought this board would be better than my last... 06/02/2014

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

Pros: Ample Sata and USB 2/3 ports all around. Nice heatsink designs. Too bad ASUS doesn't make this in different color schemes(not a con). Got this on sale for about 10 bucks off.

Cons: Geeze, where do I start. It was a total nightmare from the get-go.

-3pin fan headders would have been nice. Chassis fan 3 and 4 are too close to the first PCIE slot. You'll need to remove the video card to reach them.

-Getting my ram to work properly. Auto wouldn't adjust the voltage properly, turned out that I had to up the voltage to 1.51v to stop it from freezing during Win7x64 installation.
*Using 4 Dimms for a total of 16GB

-Crossfire will not work for me AT ALL. I've tested all PCI-E slots, using one card at a time, and all slots work properly. I've done the proper steps for installation; the usual method of install GPU 1, Vid drivers, reboot, install 2nd card with the xfire bridge. Here's where it gets weird. With crossfire enabled through Catalyst Control Center, according to Furmark benchmark:
Detected GPU's (AMD CrossFire enabled, 2 GPU's)
-GPU 1: ATI Radeon HD 5870
-GPU 2: not avaliable

Now, with CF disabled it says:
Detected GPU's
-GPU 1:ATI Radeon HD 5870
-GPU 2:ATI Radeon HD 5870

Even with GPU shark it lists both cards with CF disabled, and with it enabled, it lists only one.

My previous board never had this problem.


-Onboard audio stopped working, and it's not even a week yet! Rear and Front out connections produce NO sound whatsoever. The realtek config utility comes on when plugging something in, but still no audio. For now until I can buy a sound card, I am forced to use my Earforce DSS optical device.

-Now lastly, thermal radar is a clustered mess. No options to change from Celsius to Ferinheight. No options to change to voltage control when using 3 pin fans. Looks like i'm back using my fan controller

Other Thoughts: NEVER getting another ASUS board again. Almost a $200 headache, and half a week of troubleshooting. The last ASUS board I had was for my P4 Northwood, and it's still working strong. Gave it to my brother, and he's still using it for one of this rigs.

Not sure if I received a dud, or a half D.O.A board in the mail.

I take it as quality has gone downhill...smh.

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GIGABYTE GV-R5876P-2GD-B Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Eyefinity 6 Edition Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Great card. I now have a crossfire setup with this card as the primary, and my old Sapphire 5870 as gpu 2. I also noticed an increase in performance when I benchmarked this card by itself. It actually comes with a Crossfire bridge.

Cons: Anyway, no problems with the card yet. Ran furmark in crossfire mode for an hr or 2, and no problems.

Other Thoughts: I wish there were other shipping options, like USPS. It costs $20+ just to ship to my location by using Fedex or ups.

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Display Name: Carleton R.

Date Joined: 09/08/06

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 03/26/11
  • Last Review: 06/02/14
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