ASUS has a motherboard specifically for high-end workstations. The motherboard series called The Ultimate Force or commonly abbreviated as TUF. Not long ago they released a new motherboard variant of Intel's latest X79 chipset for Sandy Bridge-E in the form of the ASUS Sabertooth X79. This motherboard has come to the table of our testing! Intrigued by this board's performance? Check out our review below.
Sabertooth is a lion similar animals that lived in prehistoric times. Sabertooth name taken from the teeth shape that resembles a sword (saber). This animal is famous for "pugnacity" and her toughness in attacking prey. This theme is carried by ASUS when using this name for the variant TUF motheboard in his class. The motherboard in this class are known to look "fierce" and has a formidable performance. Currently, it has been present a new variant of the Sabertooth. Variants are already using X79. Whether the performance is promising ferocity and toughness in accordance with the reputation of the name it bears? Let us prove through testing in the lab.
SpecificationCPU Intel ® Socket 2011 for 2nd Generation Core ™ i7 ProcessorsSupports Intel ® Turbo Boost Technology 2* Refer to www.asus.com for the CPU support listIntel ® X79 chipsetMemory 8 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR3 1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered MemoryQuad Channel Memory ArchitectureSupports Intel ® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)* Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs.* Refer to www.asus.com or user manual for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).Multi-GPU Support Supports NVIDIA ® Quad-GPU SLI ™ TechnologySupports AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX ™ TechnologyExpansion Slots 2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (dual x16) * 13.0/2.0 1 x PCIe x16 (x8 mode) * 12 x PCIe 2.0 x11 x PCIStorage Intel ® X79 chipset:2 x SATA 6Gb / s port (s), brown4 x SATA 3Gb / s port (s), blackSupport Raid 0, 1, 5, 10Marvell ® 9128 PCIe controller:2 x SATA 6Gb / s port (s), grayASMedia ® ASM1061 controller:1 x Power eSATA 6Gb / s port (s), green1 x eSATA 6Gb / s port (s), redIntel ® 82579V LAN, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller (s)Audio Realtek ® ALC892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC- Supports Jack-Detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retaskingAudio Feature:- Absolute Pitch 192kHz / 24-bit True BD Lossless Sound- Blu-ray audio layer Content Protection- Optical S / PDIF out port (s) at the back panelIEEE 1394 VIA ® 6315N controller1 x IEEE 1394a port (s)(1 at back panel)ASMedia ® USB Ports USB 3.0 controller:6 x USB 3.0 port (s) (4 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)Intel ® X79 chipset:14 x USB 2.0 port (s) (6 at back panel, black, 8 at mid-board)Special Features TUF ENGINE! Power Design:- 8 +2 +2 +2 Phase Power Design Digital- TUF Components (Choke, Cap. & MOSFET; certified by military-standard)- ASUS DIGI + Power Control UtilityUltimate COOL! Thermal Solution:- TUF Thermal Armor- TUF Thermal RadarASUS Exclusive Features:- MemOK!- AI Suite II- Anti-Surge- ESD Guards- UEFI BIOS ASUS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface- ASUS SSD Caching- USB 3.0 BoostASUS EZ DIY:- USB BIOS Flashback- ASUS Q-Shield- ASUS O.C. Profile- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3- ASUS EZ Flash 2- ASUS MyLogo 2- Multi-language BIOSASUS Q-Design:- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)- ASUS Q-Slot- ASUS Q-DIMM- ASUS Q-ConnectorBack I / O Ports 1 x PS / 2 keyboard / mouse combo port (s)1 x eSATA 6Gb / s1 x Power eSATA 6Gb / s1 x IEEE 1394a1 x LAN (RJ45) port (s)4 x USB 3.06 x USB 2.01 x Optical S / PDIF out6 x audio jacks (s)1 x USB BIOS Flashback Button (s)Internal I / O Ports 1 x USB 3.0 connector (s) support (s) additional 2 USB 3.0 port (s) (19-pin, moss green)4 x USB 2.0 connector (s) support (s) additional 8 USB 2.0 port (s)1 x COM port (s) connector (s)4 x SATA 6Gb / s connector (s)4 x SATA 3Gb / s connector (s)1 x CPU Fan connector (s) (4-pin)4 x Chassis Fan connector (s) (4-pin)1 x Optional Fan connector (s) (4-pin)Fan connector 1 x Assistant (s) (4-pin)1 x S / PDIF out header (s)1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector (s)1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector (s)1 x Front panel audio connector (s) (AAFP)1 x System panel (s) (Q-Connector)1 x MemOK! button (s)1 x Clear CMOS jumper (s)Accessories User's manualASUS Q-Shield2 x SATA 3Gb / s cable (s)4 x SATA 6Gb / s cable (s)1 x SLI bridge (s)1 x Q-connector (s) (2 in 1)1 x I / O Cover Fan (s)1 x TUF Certification card (s)1 x TUF 5 Year Warranty manual (s) (by region)64 Mb Flash ROM BIOS, UEFI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.6, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3Manageability WFM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXESupport Disc DriversAnti-virus software (OEM version)ASUS UpdateASUS UtilitiesForm Factor ATX Form Factor12 inch x 9.6 inch (30.5 cm x 24.4 cm)Note * 1: ASUS Sabertooth X79 is ready to support PCIe 3.0 SPEC. Functions Will be available Pls using PCIe 3.0-compliant devices. Please refer to www.asus.com for updated details.