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ASUS Sabertooth X79 (Intel X79) Motherboard Preview

By: Shawn Baker | Socket LGA 2011 in Motherboards | Posted: Nov 7, 2011 1:00 am
Manufacturer: ASUS

ASUS Sabertooth - The Board


With the box out of the way, it's time to get into the board and you can see we've got that Army Green color going on alongside the black which makes for a pretty good looking board. To be completely honest, the Sabertooth series of boards for me falls in with the G1 series from GIGABYTE. I wasn't a fan of the color scheme at all, especially since I'm just personally not a fan of the color green. The pictures just don't do the board justice, though. Once in hand, the Sabertooth color scheme looks really nice and unique that helps it stand out.






Moving in closer to the board, we can see the expansion slot setup with a single legacy PCI slot present, two PCIe 1x and three PCI x16 slots. We can't go into detail on the speed of the slots, but it's not too hard to figure out the speeds and which ones are going to be your main PCIe x16 slots.




Moving across the bottom of the board, we've got our front panel audio header, COM 1, four USB 2.0 headers, fan header and our front panel header on the far right.




Turning the corner, you can see we've got a total of eight SATA ports here. On the far left we have two SATA III ports that run off the Marvell controller, next to that we've got four black SATA II ports which run off the Intel X79 chipset, while right at the back we have two more SATA III ports which in this case run off the Intel chipset. As always, the SATA III Intel ports should be your priority.

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