Is it a case of incremental updates all along the line, or has MSI done enough to put this X79-based board in another class?
Gigabyte's task is to deliver quality and performance where it matters while not going overboard on the corner cutting.
This morning Intel launched its latest range of Sandy Bridge E processors and brand-spanking new X79 motherboard chipset. It's not messing around; these are the fastest desktop CPUs that have ever passed across our test benches.
Asus's RoG boards are all very well if money's no object. Back in the real world, the Sabertooth series offers a much more realistic compromise between performance, features and price. The chipset cooling and overclocking support look very solid. We certainly squeezed some great numbers out of the new Core i7-3960X.
With the XDNA Platinum sat on your desktop, purring away quietly as it does, with its cold-cathode tubes illuminating the clean lines of the immaculate interior, even £2,500 worth of buyer's remorse will have a hard job up against such an impressive machine.
Asus will be throwing its full weight behind the forthcoming Intel X79 chipset for performance desktop PCs.