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ASUS Sabertooth X58

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Posted November 30, 2010 by Jake in CPU & Motherboards

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Features

Rather than list every single feature the Sabertooth X58 has to offer, we’ll just focus on the major ones, and we’ll also discuss a few in greater detail later in the review.

LGA1366 Intel? Core? i7 Ready
This motherboard supports the latest Intel? Core? i7 processors in LGA1366 package with integrated memory controller to support 3-channel (6 DIMMs) DDR3 memory. Supports Intel? QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) with a system bus of up to 6.4 GT/s and a max bandwidth of up to 25.6 GB/s. Intel? Core? i7 processor is one of the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world.

Quad-GPU SLI and Quad-GPU CrossFireX Support
SABERTOOTH X58 brings you the multi-GPU choice of either SLI? or CrossFireX. The motherboard features the most powerful Intel X58 platform to optimize PCIe allocation in multiple GPU configurations. Expect a brand-new gaming style you?ve never experienced before!

CeraM!X – Heatsink Coating Tech.
Innovative ceramics effectively conducts heat away from the system. It replaces traditional anti-oxidant to dissipate heat better with its microscopic irregular surface and enlarged area. Better cooling leads to overall improvement in system stability.

Fan Xpert
Fan Xpert intelligently allows users to adjust both the CPU and chassis fan speed according to different ambient temperature , which is caused by different climate conditions in different geographic regions and system loading.Built-in variety of useful profiles offer flexible controls of fan speed to achieve a quiet and cool environment.

E.S.P. – Efficient Switching Power Design
Exclusively for this motherboard, the switching power design is provided not only for the CPU, but also for other key components such as graphics card, PCI slots, and chipsets. E.S.P. dramatically improves system efficiency and reduces heat generation.

TUF Components (Alloy Choke, Cap. & MOSFET; certified by military-standard)
Get rugged performance even in the most challenging conditions with robust chokes, capacitors, and MOSFETs–certified through third-party, military-grade testing. TUF Chokes, also known as the ?Alloy Choke?, is a made of a compound of various types of metal instead standard iron, enables the support of up to a massive 40A of rated current, 25% higher than conventional component. Furthermore, the single piece packaging also eliminates the emission of vibration noise, delivering superb characteristics as well as durability under extreme conditions.

MemOK!
MemOK! quickly ensures memory boot compatibility. This remarkable memory rescue tool requires a mere push of a button to patch memory issues. MemOK! determines failsafe settings and dramatically improves your system boot success. Get your system up and running in no time!

True USB 3.0 Support
Experience ultra-fast data transfers at 4.8Gbps with USB 3.0?the latest connectivity standard. Built to connect easily with next generation components and peripherals, USB 3.0 transfers data 10X faster and is also backward compatible with USB 2.0 components.

True SATA 6Gb/s RAID Support
Supporting next-generation Serial ATA (SATA) storage interface, this motherboard delivers up to 6.0Gb/s data transfer rates. Additionally, get enhanced scalability, faster data retrieval, double the bandwidth of current bus systems.

Of this long list, a few critical ones will be explore here in greater detail, but a few others that deserve mentioning are the CeraM!X – Heatsink Coating, TUF military-grade components, and the switching power design; clearly this board is built like a tank. There’s also the MemOK! button allows an automatic adjustment of speeds, timings, and voltages after an unsuccessful memory overclock, for example, to avoid cold boots and annoyances.

Let’s move onto the specifications and then to the board itself.

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