One of the characteristics of ASUS' Sabertooth motherboards is that they operate at a very high stability, thanks to its military-grade components. The line of motherboards offers great value for money, which earned the Sabertooth 990FX a Hardware.Info Silver Award when it launched. Because that board is almost a year old now, ASUS figured it was time for a new revision.
The Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 motherboard is compatible with Socket AM3+ processors and features the AMD 990FX chipset with matching SB950 south bridge. Three PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots are present, which have a total of 32 available lanes. Another PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slot has four lanes. ASUS has also placed a PCI-Express 2.0 x1 and a traditional PCI-slot on the board. The SB950 south bridge provides six SATA 6 Gbit/s connectors, with an additional ASMedia chip offering two more SATA 6 Gbit/s ports, as well as 2x eSATA 6 Gbit/s.
The Realtek networking chip has been substituted by the 8111F and provides in Gigabit LAN. While the first Sabertooth 990FX had FireWire, it has been dropped on the new model. Returning however, is the Realtek ALC 892 chip for 7.1 audio. The new motherboard has six USB 3.0 connectors and 12x USB 2.0.
ASUS' Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 will cost around £137.