ASUS Sabertooth X58 ReviewRHKCommander959 - October 17, 2010
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The Sabertooth X58 provided stable stock and high speed operation without fault. The design of the motherboard is well laid out and the quality of the components used is high. The CPU socket area is very open and free of clutter which should entice some extreme overclockers into trying the motherboard out and its array of more resilient electronics. The color scheme looks good and is uncommon among the PC community. That can be both good and bad as being unique is always special but it also means that to have perfectly matching components to the motherboard, it may require DIY modding and some intensive searching. But, it can be said that not too many people care about how the insides of a computer look as long as the components are of good quality.
A single LAN port does not detract from the allure of this motherboard as most will never use a second LAN port since most LAN-parties these days use routers/switches rather than daisy-chaining towers together. The USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/s hardware included is definitely a nice touch for future proofing a system as these technologies are just now emerging into the consumer world. Although, time will tell how well the NEC and Marvell chips handle the throughput as the technologies continue to develop. The E.Z. OC Profile and BIOS updating programs are extremely convenient. If the BIOS is reloaded, your settings aren't necessarily lost for good as they can now be stored on the CMOS or a storage device! The days of using a floppy or rigging a flash drive to update the BIOS are no longer necessary for this motherboard. Thanks to the EZ Flash 2 program, you can now install the updated copy off of various storage mediums.
The only two real cons that are readily apparent are the hard to match out-of-the box color scheme. Well, maybe this green look isn't really a con as much as a note since the motherboard looks great. Secondly, the lack of a tri-SLI bridge or long CrossFireX cable limits setup possibilities. Otherwise everything came together and worked perfectly.
A good looking motherboard with a five-year warranty and high quality, rigorously tested components that is capable of high overclocks and coming in at a fair price, what else could you want?!
- Very easy 200 BCLK overclock
- Solid BIOS settings
- Good operating temperatures even when overclocked
- Unique color scheme
- Solid motherboard layout
- 32nm CPU, USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s RAID support
- No 3-way SLI or CrossFireX Bridge