ASUS Sabertooth X58
Once in awhile we see something unique arrive at the door. And today is just such a day. Motherboards are nothing new, but the one we have on the test bench today is, well, unique. Sure, it’s got a socket, slots, and heatsinks, but there’s something more than what’s seen at first glance. The name of this novel motherboard? The ASUS Sabertooth X58.
Now, X58 boards are not new; there are a wide range on the market to suit many preferences and needs. But the Sabertooth is part of the ASUS TUF, or The Ultimate Force, series. A play on words, it is indeed "tough", both in styling and fabrication. It looks like military camouflage, with a very unique colour scheme, its components are coated in ceramics, and it’s built to military standards. As far as motherboards go, it looks awfully rugged and reminds us of a tank.
Toss in USB 3.0 and SATA 6G, along with a very impressive 5-year warranty, and we’ve got another premium motherboard from ASUS, right? Wrong. The Sabertooth X58 only costs $200. In the world of LGA1366 and X58 chipset boards, that is dirt cheap. Quite simply, the Sabertooth is a "budget" board. Seriously.
Ah, but what about performance? Most budget boards are cheap for a reason, right? Well, we said today brings something unique. The ASUS Sabertooth X58 might just be the best all-around LGA1366 board we’ve seen in terms of features, quality, performance, and price.
"ASUS, a technology-oriented company blessed with one of the world’s top R&D teams, is well known for high-quality and innovative technology. As a leading company in the new digital era, ASUS offers a complete product portfolio to compete in the new millennium. The philosophy of ASUS product development is to do the fundamentals well first before moving forward. Started with computer components such as motherboards, graphic cards, and optical storage devices, ASUS now has now over 16 product lines, including desktop barebone systems, servers, notebooks, handhelds, network devices, broadband communications, LCD monitors, TVs, wireless applications, and CPT (chassis, power supply and thermal) products."