- AMD 990FX
- AMD FX/Phenom II/Athlon II/Sempron 100 Supports CPU up to 8 cores Supports CPU up to 140 W
- DDR3 1866/1600/1333/1066
ME GUSTA 05/17/2013
Ok so I've only had the board for a little more then a week but i want to write this while it's fresh.
1. Excellent build quality
2. Excellent overclocking
3. Lot's of monitoring
4. Plenty of expansion
5. Plenty of SATA
6. Excellent VRM + Chipset cooling
I am coming from a MSI 880GM-E43 Mobo. It's a cheap to mid range board. It was easily the weakest component in my system. I wanted a board that would be able to last several years and be top of the line. This was easily the best purchase I've made in a while. When you take this mobo out of the box, your heart will rejoice and you will have the same feeling I have. First thing I noticed is that it is very heavy (especially compared to my last board). The workmanship on this mobo is incredible. Asus put a lot of time and effort into making this thing durable, aesthetically pleasing, and convenient.
Plenty of SATA ports for all my hard drives. I have mostly SATA III drives, but my old board was only SATA II, I noticed a few seconds shaved off my boot time (SSD) and general access times to my media drives are a lot better. USB 3.0 is a big plus, I don't have any devices yet, but I wanted it because most newer devices come with it.
One of the features that I really like is the direct key. I have my reset button connected to this because I like to mess around in the BIOS (UEFI) because I do a lot of overclocking. Push the direct key and the computer shuts down and boots into BIOS without having to spam the delete key. (SEE CONS). Not sure if I like the option of using the mouse in the BIOS, but youre still able to use arrows so its no big deal.
Speaking of overclocking, I have an AMD Phenom II x6 1055t stock at 2.8mhz. My MSI board did a really good job overclocking and got it stable at 3.5Ghz and very good temps, never over 55C. The Sabertooth does an even better job overclocking and got it stable up to 3.751Ghz with the same temps. Probably has to do with the digital power delivery and the massive heatsinks on the MOSFETs. I was going for 4.0Ghz, but I haven't been able to get it stable there, possibly a RAM issue.
Plenty of fan headers to plug into and I really like the fact that you get 2 CPU headers. Also Chasis fan 4 plugs in near the GPU and can be set to a different control then fan 1-3, so as the GPU heats up fan 4 can increase proportionally.
They also put dust caps on the USB headers 2.0 and 3.0 (another big plus, having the usb 3.0 header)
140w AM3+ 8 Core capable <- biggest selling point
Nothing listed in this section was a big enough con to even make me consider taking an egg off.
When I first booted up the computer I had no visual output. I checked all my connections and ensured everything was plugged in correctly, reseated the GPU and RAM and tried to boot again. Still no Video and no POST (turns out their is no speaker built onto the mobo and they don't give you a speaker for the speaker header). Instead of reading the manual like i should have (who does that??). I called up Asus, I got a service rep almost right away and he asked me a few questions, made me take out all the RAM and load only one DIMM. He then made me reboot the machine and press and hold the "Mem Ok" button (located off to the side of the RAM). Then powered down, replaced the rest of the RAM and reboot. And boom, right into the splash screen. Had I read the manual I would have figured out that if there are any boot issues to try this step so the mistake is on my part. After that it was smoth sailing.
Another small con is the lack of accessories they give you. I got four SATA cables (very nice quality by the way) an SLI bridge (I have AMD cards), 2 easy plug and play front panel connectors, assorted manuals warranty info and certification and that's it. My last board came with standoffs screws Crossfire bridge and some fan conversion adapters in addition to everything previously listed. I don't really care, but after spending $200 on a mobo I would have liked to have seen some more stuff!
Like I said none of that really matters because I am incredibly happy with this board and will be keeping it for a very very long time.
AMD Phenom II x6 1055t 3.75Ghz
Antec Kuhler 620 water cooler
16Gb G.Skill 1600mhz RAM
Sapphie AMD Radeon HD 6850 1 GB GDDR5 256 bit interface
OCZ Petrol 256GB for Boot
OCZ Agility 4 80GB for games
Assorted HDD = 6TB
PCIe x1 USB 3.0 2 port card
PCIe x1 SATA III 4 Port card
Antec DF85 Case
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