ASUS introduces the Sabertooth 990FX/GEN3 R2.0, a new motherboard it claims is world's first AMD-based motherboard with PCI Express 3.0 support. The board is available in the US and EU beginning today. ASUS today announced the TUF Series SABERTOOTH 990FX/GEN3 R2.0, the world’s first AMD-based motherboard to feature PCI Express 3.0 An interesting release as I'm not even sure of AMD's processors are PCI Express 3.0 compatible, which is a requirement.
For use with next generation high performance graphics cards. Up to three DirectX 11 graphics cards with 28nm GPU technology can be used via NVIDIA SLI or AMD CrossFireX to create desktop PCs with formidable graphics performance.
SABERTOOTH 990FX/GEN3 R2.0 also features renowned ASUS TUF Series thermal design for superior heat removal. Like all TUF Series motherboards, it undergoes military and server-grade testing to ensure absolute stability, reliability, and longevity. SABERTOOTH 990FX/GEN3 R2.0 is backed by a five-year warranty.
Military-grade components for superior reliability SABERTOOTH 990FX/GEN3 R2.0 meets strict TUF Series quality assurance standards, which consist of multiple-stage military and server-grade tests. TUF-certified alloy chokes, together with solid state capacitors and MOSFETs, ensure complete reliability even when the motherboard is subjected to intense use for prolonged periods. Four DIMM slots support up to 32GB DDR3 memory at frequencies up to 2400MHz, aided by an eight-layered PCB that promotes faster memory performance while ensuring stability and compatibility with improved cross-component signal quality.
Sophisticated thermal management copes with extreme heat TUF Series motherboards are designed to provide absolute stability and reliability under harsh operating conditions, and feature sophisticated thermal management to handle extreme heat. Both the Northbridge and Southbridge use dual-heatpipe heatsinks with CeraM!X micro-ridged coating that increases the effective heat dissipation surface area by around 50%.
SABERTOOTH 990FX/GEN3 R2.0 also features TUF Thermal Radar, which uses multiple heat sensors across the motherboard for real time temperature monitoring. Independent and automatic fan speed control then allows components to be cooled individually for maximum efficiency and operating stability.
Specifications: Supported processors: AMD Socket AM3+ FX series (up to 8-core) / AMD Socket AM3 for Phenom™ II/Athlon™ II/Sempron™ 100 Chipset: AMD 990FX/SB950 Memory slots: 4 x 1866MHz/1600MHz/1333MHz/1066MHz DDR3 DIMM (32GB max), ECC and non-ECC unbuffered Expansion slots: 3 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (dual x16/x16, triple x16/x8/x8) Graphics card support: Up to quad-GPU NVIDIA® SLI™ and AMD CrossFireX™ LAN: Realtek® Gigabit Ethernet controller USB ports: 6 x USB 3.0, 12 x USB 2.0 SATA ports: 8 x SATA 6Gbit/s, 2 x eSATA 6Gbit/s Form factor: ATX, 30.5cm x 24.4cm