Asus Sabertooth X79 review

The current X79 overclocking king. For now.

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Asus sabertooth x79

We pit this first X79 board against one of Asus's Republic of Gamers boards with a hex-core Gulftown chip at its heart.

The performance boost of the new chip is tangible at stock speeds but almost mind-blowing at the top overclocked settings of 4.8GHz.

Multi-threaded rendering performance

Asus sabertooth x79

Asus sabertooth x79

Single-threaded rendering performance

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Asus sabertooth x79

CPU encoding performance

Asus sabertooth x79

Memory bandwidth

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Overclocking performance

Asus sabertooth x79

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Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelX79 Express
Multi GPU SupportedSLI, CrossFireX
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots3
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket R LGA-2011
Brand NameAsus
Form FactorATX
Processor SupportedCore i7
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory64 GB
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots8
Number of PCI Slots1
Audio Channels7.1
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of SATA Interfaces8
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Slots6
eSATAYes
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports1
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Total Number of USB Ports10
Number of USB 3.0 Ports4
Total Number of FireWire/i.LINK Ports1
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports10
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports8
PCI Express StandardPCI Express 3.0, PCI Express 2.0
Total Number of PCI Express Slots5
Memory Form FactorDIMM
Number of eSATA Ports2
Processor TechnologyTurbo Boost Technology 2.0, Enhanced SpeedStep Technology, Virtualization Technology, Hyper-Threading Technology
Width304.8 mm
Depth243.8 mm
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelSABERTOOTH X79
Product NameSABERTOOTH X79 Desktop Motherboard
Controller TypeSerial ATA/600, Serial ATA/300
Manufacturer Part NumberSABERTOOTH X79
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

This motherboard supports the latest 2nd Generation Intel Core i7 Processor family for the LGA 2011 Socket, with memory and PCI Express controllers integrated to quad-channel (8 DIMMs) DDR3 memory and 40 PCI Express 3.0 lanes. This provides great graphics performance. 2nd Generation Intel Core i7 Processor family for the LGA 2011 Socket is one of the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world.