For those as tired of reading P55 announcements as we are of writing them, here is something to get really excited about. Asus is introducing a whole new lineup of motherboard (or at least one new board for now) that is geared straight for the extreme enthusiast.
Asus already has their Republic of Gamer boards for the enthusiast market, and the new TUF Series: Sabertooth board appears to be a rival to their own line, but promises a new innovative design.
Feature-wise the board appears carries much of the same seen on the Maximus III Formula (Asus’ Enthusiast P55 Board), such as dual PCIe x16 with Crossfire and SLI, similar connections and a design built for overclocking, however, the Sabertooth takes it a step beyond.
The board boasts a 12+2 “Xtreme” phase power design for the CPU with the addition of a 2-phase VRM solely dedicated to the memory, and includes extra unique tidbits such as additional Drive Xpert SATA ports, a T.Probe chip for stats monitoring and a CoolMem! frame for installation of a small memory cooling fan.
Where the Sabertooth really takes off is with its upgraded cooling, dubbed CeraM!X, for the chipset and MOSFET’s. The ceramic coating applied to the heatsinks are credited for a 50% improvement in surface area contact, resulting in far better heat dissipation. This of course translates into better clock-ability for the motherboard…theoretically. The board also includes “TUF” branded MOSFET’s and capacitor’s which seems to imply higher quality for better reliability and longevity.
No news on expected release date or price is available, but with the ROG series expected to clear the $200 mark, you can bet that the Sabertooth won’t be any cheaper.
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