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Best Motherboard I used to date
on 25 March 2012
5 star board, should be 10 stars!
I have recently built 2 systems for my home office, one based on Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 rev. 1.2 and the other on ASUS Sabretooth - both have similar builds (AMD FX 6-core CPU, 8GB RAM) so can give an unbiased comparison.
ASUS system was much easier to set up and runs more stable now and much faster. I did not need to upgrade BIOS to use Bulldozer CPUs, and Corsair Vengeance Memory (2x4gb) 1866mhz is working at full speed (1866 without overclocking) on ASUS - but only at 1333mhz on Gigabyte without overclocking, and "overclocking" it just to 1600 would crash the system every time.
I totally liked ASUS UEFI BIOS which is not just easier to work with, but gives much better control over all settings. Overclocking is a breeze too - in fact I overclocked my system without even knowing I did! I just pressed "performance" settings on the first screen, and FX6200 went from 3800 to 4400Ghz without a squeak. Temperatures still are well under 30C with CPU fan @ 700-900RPM! I even get warnings every now and then that it "fails" as it goes under 600RPM! Why it should go for more when CPU is at 27C?
As I set my system with Samsung SSD drive and USB3 external storage, data transfer rates were very important for me, and ASUS Sabretooth tops the charts here, which I can confirm.
I honestly can not think of anything I would like to improve here.
I am neither Gigabyte nor ASUS fan as I used both makes in the past, with mixed results, but judging on my recent experience I would recommend Sabretooth for anyone as it is 1) faster 2) easier to set up/tune/overclock and 3) more stable.