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ASUS Sabertooth X99 Review


Asus Sabertooth X99 Closer Look:

AI Suite III alone contains some of the proprietary software package, but there is more to be seen outside of it. ASUS includes a full version of Norton's highly rated Internet Security software with a 60-day subscription. Daemon Tools disk virtualization software is also included to help save your game discs and make/burn disk images. But that's not all you get...







ASUS has its own skinned CPU-Z utility that sets up a point of difference from the standard version. The Boot Setting tool is used to enable FastBoot and utilize the DirectKey function from within the OS environment, rather than opening the chassis up or mounting an additional switch somewhere on the chassis. You will need this tool to get into the BIOS when FastBoot is enabled, since keyboard support is disabled during the FastBoot process.



Turbo LAN is ASUS' own traffic-shaping tool to improve ping time and reduce latency by managing the network traffic flow. You have four profiles that can be selected based on the type of traffic that will be hitting the network: VOIP; Games; Media Streaming; and File Sharing. These four radio buttons allow you to manage the application list, monitor the network traffic by application, monitor real-time usage and total usage results, run a bandwidth test that goes to an external link for a popular speed test, and look at the basic information on your network connection.




ASUS WebStorage is an application that allows the end user to store data on ASUS cloud storage solution with access from your mobile device or smart phone by downloading the application for your device. The bottom line is making your content available whenever or wherever you have connectivity. ASUS Home cloud aggregates several applications into one comprehensive tool allowing you to access and play media remotely.



Packaged as a companion application, TUF Detective is an application for you mobile device that allows you some measure of control of the operation of the Sabertooth X99. I downloaded the application from the Google Play store to my LG tablet and was able to tool around through the application and each of its screens after connecting to the assigned USB 3.0 port on the I/O panel. With this application you can diagnose post issues since the board is missing an onboard Q-LED. You can power the Sabertooth X99 on or off; clear CMOS; and monitor fan speeds, temperatures, and voltages. A pretty cool tool that adds additional funtionality. Now if it was only wireless!  






The software package and user experience is one area ASUS does not drop the ball.

  1. ASUS Sabertooth X99: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. ASUS Sabertooth X99 Closer Look: The Board
  3. ASUS Sabertooth X99 Closer Look: Programs & Utilities
  4. ASUS Sabertooth X99 Closer Look: Programs & Tools Continued
  5. ASUS Sabertooth X99 Closer Look: The BIOS
  6. ASUS Sabertooth X99: Specifications & Features
  7. ASUS Sabertooth X99 Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  8. ASUS Sabertooth X99 Testing: PCMark 8, SiSoft Sandra
  9. ASUS Sabertooth X99 Testing: Cinebench R15, X.264, AIDA 64
  10. ASUS Sabertooth X99 Testing: Crystal Diskmark, Atto 2.47
  11. ASUS Sabertooth X99 Testing: iPerf, RMAA
  12. ASUS Sabertooth X99 Testing: Gaming
  13. ASUS Sabertooth X99 Testing: Conclusion
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