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ASUS Sabertooth 990FX
"The new AMD 9-series chipsets brings with it the long awaited octa-core CPU support. These new AM3+ motherboards will support any AMD processor all the way till the good old Athlon processors of yore. With the 9-series chipsets, AMD brings support for SATA III (6gbps), PCI 2.0 2×16 lanes or 4×8 lanes, and up to 14 USB 2.0 connections. You will notice that USB 3.0 is sorely missing native support, but then that issue is moot because most motherboard manufacturers will just use a Marvell chip to control that."
"Sporting a tough military theme and construction that’s designed to withstand some serious overclocking, the ASUS Sabertooth 990FX comes with great features and an attractive price tag. So we put it on dry ice to see just how high it can go."
"990FX opens up improved DDR3 memory support, the ability to have a UEFI GUI based BIOS, and support for SLI. AMD have hogged the limelight for quite some time forcing users to buy AMD all the way with the motherboard and GPU combination if wanting multiple graphics cards. The 990FX chipset sees an improvement in this area, now allowing for Quad SLI on some boards."
"In some ways, the Sabertooth 990FX and 990FXA-GD80 are very similar boards. But there are also stark differences between them, making it easy to pick a favorite. If you've been paying attention over the preceding pages, you probably have a pretty good idea of which board we prefer. Here's a hint: it's not the GD80."
"For now, it is nice to see that AMD has finally released the official chipsets and boards that will support Bulldozer. Asus took a big lead here with their SABERTOOTH product, but historically speaking MSI is not all that far behind. A few BIOS fixes and perhaps a revision, and we have a competitive part from MSI that actually costs $10 less than the rather lean and sparse TUF product."
"The ASUS 990FX Sabertooth uses the AM3+ socket, which fits a large number of AMD processors. AMD has a good history of offering backwards compatibility, making it a favorite of more mainstream users who don't necessarily need the extreme performance offered by Intel CPUs, and also don't want to spend money on a new motherboard every time they upgrade their processor."
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