Bear in mind that socket LGA 2011 requires a new retention mechanism, meaning you either need to upgrade the CPU cooler brackets, purchase a compatible cooler or alternatively go with the liquid cooled SKU Intel releases opposed to a tray CPU. We spot one 8-pin CPU power header.
Components wise we only see quality stuff, solid capacitors, solid core chokes, quality components. There is 8 x DIMM support for 64 GB memory, and support for unbuffered DIMMs at 1.5 Volts, DDR3 1066/1333/1600/1866 DRAM. So it would support 1GB/ 2GB/ 4GB/ 8GB DRAM sizes. Obviously, depending on the number of DIMMS in use, you get support for Single, Dual-channel and Quad-channel (four DIMM) mode.
Let's move onwards to the left side where we stumble into a bunch of SATA connectors. The motherboard features four black right-angle SATA II (3Gb/s) ports which are supplied by the chipset and they support AHCI and RAID. 0/1/5/10.
ASUS TUF Sabertooth X79 review ASUS initially had a mild success with the Sabertooth series, they carefully launched just in the USA as a tryout, yet once the concept picked up, they noticed demand worldwide. Head on over to the next page where we'll discuss the X79 chipset, the respective ASUS models. Then we'll throw a decent photo-shoot and a benchmark suite at the products and get an indication what performance is like with the Intel Core i7-3960X (Sandy Bridge-E) and X79 Platform.
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