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ASUS Sabertooth X58 Review



Testing the ASUS Sabertooth X58 motherboard is done using the traditional Overclockers Club methodology consisting of tests that include real gaming scenarios and scientific/benchmark testing. The games consist of Far Cry 2, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 and Batman Arkham Asylum. The synthetic gaming benchmarks include 3DMark 06 and 3DMark Vantage, while programs like PCMark Vantage test various components to see how well they perform for things like data processing. A complete list of benchmarks is at the bottom of the page. All tests are conducted first with the i7 920 processor clocked at 150 x 20, and then tested again with a high overclock to display the capabilities of the motherboard. The results are then compared to similar motherboards on each following page up to the conclusion.


Testing Setup:


Comparison Boards:




The ASUS Sabertooth X58 overclocked very easily to the 150 x 20 settings, and was also easy to get stable running at 200 x 20. If the CPU temperatures weren't so high, the processor speed could have likely gone up further. Although, some minor tweaking was needed to get reliable stability. All threads would run stable but an occasional blue screen of death would sneak its way in until I raised the voltage and adjusted some settings. Getting to those speeds was extremely easy. Nearly amounting to just setting the BCLK/CPU multiplier and system voltages for 4 GHz. To ensure that everything was stable, I made sure to use more than enough voltage to get the system 4 GHz stable. I think with more time to fine tune it, more headroom could have been achieved. The motherboard/chipset temperatures were outstanding with low 40°C to mid 50°C for both during testing. Not bad at all for passive cooling.


Maximum Clock Speeds:

Each CPU has been tested for its maximum stable clock speeds using Prime95. To gauge the maximum stability level, each processor had to be able to perform at least a one hour torture test without any errors.




  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. Geekbench
  4. Office 2007 Excel Number Crunch
  5. POV Ray 3.7
  6. Sandra XII
  7. PCMark Vantage
  8. ScienceMark 2.02
  9. Cinebench 10 & 11.5
  10. HD Tune 3.50
  • Video:
  1. Far Cry 2
  2. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  3. Batman Arkham Asylum
  4. 3DMark 06
  5. 3DMark Vantage

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: Bundled Accessories
  3. Closer Look: The Motherboard
  4. Closer Look: Drivers & Programs
  5. Closer Look: The BIOS
  6. Closer Look: The BIOS (Continued)
  7. Specifications & Features
  8. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  9. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar, Geekbench
  10. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray, PCMark Vantage
  11. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2010
  12. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench, HDTune
  13. Testing: Far Cry 2
  14. Testing: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  15. Testing: Batman: Arkham Asylum
  16. Testing: 3DMark 06
  17. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  18. Conclusion
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