ASUS Sabertooth X58
The X58 chipset is a bit long in the tooth, if you’ll pardon the pun here, but the ASUS Sabertooth X58 proves there is certainly enough gas left in the tank to bring something very worthwhile to market, even with the LGA1155 P67 around the corner. It would appear that LGA1366 is Intel’s flagship for the foreseeable future, and while the platform isn’t inexpensive, this Sabertooth board is priced very attractively at about $200 USD.
The Sabertooth X58 is an interesting board. The aesthetics are unlike any other we’ve seen of any socket out there, the ceramic coating is entirely original, and the price is surprisingly affordable. It has a great layout, is packed with critical features such as SATA 6G, USB 3.0, and even powered eSATA. The build quality is superb, the overclocking prowess is very impressive, and the BIOS is excellent. So what’s the catch? Why is this board priced so low when compared to other "budget" X58 boards? We’re not sure there is a catch, to be honest. Even without the attractive price tag, this is one of the best all-around X58 boards we’ve used; factor in the price and the Sabertooth is probably near the very top of our "Best Of" list.
There are a few bells and whistles not found on the Sabertooth, but that’s certainly a worthwhile tradeoff for the price. And when viewed against several other X58 budget boards we’ve tested, the Sabertooth behaves more like a premium product, not a budget one. Really the only downside here is the PCI-based network controller rather than PCI-E; while the transfer speeds are reduced, this will only affect a very small group of people in specific circumstances.
But in terms of usability and stability, the Sabertooth X58 is rock solid. If you’re a novice and hesitant to tweak much in the BIOS, then just dial in a higher BCLK, set your RAM speed, and let the Auto settings take care of the rest; you’ll be pleased with the quick and easy results.
In terms of value, the Sabertooth X58 is priced around $200 USD, sitting in the lower end of this market segment. From what we’ve seen, this ASUS board offers better features, quality, and overall performance than most of the competitors, and especially at this price range. In fact, we think the Sabertooth probably supplants another ASUS board, the P6X58D-E, as the best overall budget X58 board out there.
Don’t let the price fool you, the ASUS Sabertooth X58 is no slouch. It is an impressive all-around board that is more than capable of satisfying most consumers that need something stable and feature-rich, and it won’t break the bank in the process.
ASUS Sabertooth X58