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Asus Sabertooth X79 review

The current X79 overclocking king. For now.

Our Verdict

As X79 boards go, the Sabertooth is competitively priced, has all the crucial features and looks built to last.

For

  • Excellent cooling
  • Upgraded power stability
  • Simplified SSD caching tech

Against

  • No power and reset switches

Intel's latest world beating beast, the Core i7-3960X, has arrived and so has its X79 chipset.

And that means a raft of fancy new motherboards based on the equally box-fresh X79 chipset. Intel's own DX79SI aside, our first taste of an X79 mobo comes in the form of the Asus Sabertooth X79.

Like previous Sabertooth branded boards, the emphasis is on bang for buck.

Well, relatively speaking.

All boards based on Intel's new X79 chipset are high end by definition. But compared to Asus's silly money RoG boards, the Sabertooth X79 is positively parsimonious.

Earlier Sabertooth boards like the P67 model model were distinct thanks to the so-called "Thermal Armour" feature which enclosed the vast majority of the PCB in a fan-cooled jacket, the better to manage airflow across critical components.

As we'll see, that's not a feature Asus has carried over for the X79 flavour.

But the Sabertooth still has plenty to offer.

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.