Asus Sabertooth 990FX review

Does this AMD 990FX-based motherboard have the teeth to defeat Intel's Z68 chipset?

By  from PCFormat Issue 258
Product Type
Desktop Motherboard
Chipset Manufacturer
AMD
Chipset Model
990FX
Multi GPU Supported
CrossFireX, SLI
Onboard Video
No
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots
3
Memory Technology
DDR3 SDRAM
Processor Socket
Socket AM3+
Brand Name
Asus
Form Factor
ATX
Processor Supported
Athlon II, Athlon II X2, Athlon II X3, Athlon II X4, Phenom II, Phenom II X2, Phenom II X3, Phenom II X4, Phenom II X6, Sempron
Total Processor Supported
1
Maximum Memory
32 GB
Green Compliant
Yes
Green Compliance Certificate/Authority
REACH, WEEE
64-bit Processing
Yes
Number of Memory Slots
4
Number of PCI Slots
1
Audio Channels
7.1
Gigabit Ethernet
Yes
Number of SATA Interfaces
8
HyperTransport Speed
2600 MHz
RAID Supported
Yes
Number of Total Expansion Slots
6
eSATA
Yes
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports
1
Network (RJ-45)
Yes
Total Number of USB Ports
12
Number of USB 3.0 Ports
2
Total Number of FireWire/i.LINK Ports
1
PS/2 Port
Yes
Number of PS/2 Ports
1
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports
6
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports
4
Total Number of Onboard FireWire/i.LINK Ports
1
PCI Express Standard
PCI Express 2.0
Total Number of PCI Express Slots
5
Memory Form Factor
DIMM
Number of eSATA Ports
2
Processor Technology
Turbo CORE Technology, Cool'n'Quiet Technology, HyperTransport 3.0 Technology
Width
304.8 mm
Depth
243.8 mm
Manufacturer
ASUS Computer International
Product Model
SABERTOOTH 990FX
Product Name
SABERTOOTH 990FX Desktop Motherboard
Controller Type
Serial ATA/300, Serial ATA/600
Manufacturer Part Number
90-MIBFN0-G0AAY00Z
Manufacturer Website Address
http://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

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.

Package Contents
  • SABERTOOTH 990FX Desktop Motherboard
  • User's Manual
  • ASUS Q-Shield
  • 4 x SATA 6Gb/s Cables
  • 1 x SLI Bridge
  • 1 x Q-connector (2 in 1)
  • 1 x TUF Certification Card
  • 1 x TUF 5 Year Warranty Manual
Limited Warranty
5 Year
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