Official ASUS AMD 900 Series Overview

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Mason@ASUS Posted: Fri, Jun 3 2011 8:46 PM

For those of you who have been anxiously awaiting  the new AMD 900 series chipsets and motherboards, this post will give you an idea of some of the performance numbers as well as list some of the features of ASUS’ new 900 series AMD motherboards.  As well as features and functionality of the chipset, I’ll also go over the ASUS specific additions on our new AMD 900 series motherboards.  These chipsets and motherboards are optimized for current generation CPUs, e.g. hexa-core Thubans, as well as AMD’s upcoming Zambezi “Bulldozer” octa-core CPUs.  The socket will be AM3+ but will be backwards compatible with socket AM3 CPUs. 

The 900 series chipset is the replacement to AMD’s 800 series so our new boards will be replacing boards like the Crosshair IV Formula, Crosshair IV Extreme, and M4A89GTD PRO to name a few.  Three of our main 900 series boards are the M5A99X EVO, Sabertooth 990FX, and Crosshair V Formula.  Both the Sabertooth 990FX and the Crosshair V Formula will be available at launch and the M5A99X EVO and Thunderbolt version of Crosshair V Formula will be available later.

Some of the advantages of 900 series over the 800 series as well as some ASUS specific features on our new AMD 900 series boards are USB 3.0 on the new and speedy ASMedia USB3 controller, SLI, UEFI BIOS, our DIGI+ VRM, native SATA 6G with RAID support, AI Suite II with EPU and TPU switches, Auto Tuning, optimized layout with dual slot spacing of PCI-e slots, advanced fan controls with all have at least two 4-pin fan headers that allow for fan control

These new boards are the first AMD board to have UEFI BIOS and fully support 2.2+ TB hard drives and they are the first AMD boards to feature our DIGI+ VRM for enhanced stability and overclockability.  Also, these will be the first AMD chipset boards to support SLI. 

The Sabertooth 990FX and the Crosshair V Formula both support 3-way SLI.  The Crosshair V Formula also supports 4-way SLI using ASUS’ ROG Xpander.
To give you an idea of the performance on our  990FX boards, here are some results of various benchmarks comparisons between the Sabertooth 990FX and our 890FX ROG board, Crosshair IV Formula.  The tests on both motherboards were done using an X6 1055T Thuban, 4GB of 1600MHz CAS 9 memory, and an ASUS GTX570.  These tests were done with no overclocking.



The following hard drive performance tests were done using SATA III SSDs connected to SATA III ports.

Sabertooth 990FX HD Performance with C300 128GB


Crosshair IV Formula HD Performance with C300 128GB


Sabertooth 990FX HD Performance with Vertex 3


MaxxMem^2 1.95 Single – Sabertooth 990FX


MaxxMem^2 1.95 Multiple – Sabertooth 990FX1.8


MaxxMem^2 1.95 Single – Crosshair IV Formula


MaxxMem^2 1.95 Multiple – Crosshair IV Formula


USB3 Performance Vertex3 ASMedia Adapter – Sabertooth 990FX


If you would like detailed information on these boards, features, and performance, check out these next 4 videos containing unboxings, overviews, Q&A, etc.  The first video features a Q&A session regarding our new AMD 900 series motherboards.



The video below features an unboxing of our Sabertooth 990FX.


The next video contains an overview of the Sabertooth 990FX.

 

And lastly, check out the Crosshair V Formula unboxing below.

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LBowen replied on Sat, Jun 4 2011 1:53 AM

Good lord ASUS is kicking it up a notch with AMD.  I'm going to have to give this a more in depth read through but the numbers are looking very solid.  Thanks for sharing this info and the videos, and welcome to HotHardware. :)

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AKwyn replied on Sun, Jun 5 2011 4:10 AM

Sweet. An official ASUS rep is joining our community; welcome aboard Mason!

Now if only they he can resolve my issues with my motherboard... Then ASUS would be the best!

 

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LBowen replied on Mon, Jun 6 2011 10:55 PM

Finally got a chance to watch all three videos and just like I expected ASUS is leading the pack.  All three motherboards are feature packed but I was especially digging the Crosshair V.  I'm glad that NVIDIA opened up SLI support for AMD platforms giving consumers the choice in what graphics card they use.

The expander for 4 way SLI is just sick, I bet benchmarks are high with that kind of setup.  Definitely a good idea for those looking to snag Bulldozer when it debuts.  Thanks again for the videos.

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Hey Taylor,

Thanks for the welcome.  What's the issue that you're having with your board?

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Thanks all for the warm welcome!  Let me know if there's any setup or anything in particular you'd like to see if our upcoming videos.

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AKwyn replied on Tue, Jun 14 2011 3:17 AM

Mason@ASUS:

Hey Taylor,

Thanks for the welcome.  What's the issue that you're having with your board?

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Mason@ASUS replied on Tue, Jun 14 2011 12:30 PM

I see.  I sent you a PM email

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