In our previous review we praised Asus Crosshair V Formula mainboard, because it was beyond comparison with the participating competitors. Of course, the question we ask today is: is Asus Sabertooth 990FX better or worse? The correct answer will be: this board is different, but it is just as good. Let’s compare the two. The boards support the same processors and memory, have the same number of graphics card slots with the same operational configuration. The boards differ by the number and variety of onboard controllers. Asus Crosshair V Formula has three USB 3.0 controllers, while Asus Sabertooth 990FX - only two, which is still more than enough. Asus Crosshair V Formula supports SATA and eSATA 6 Gbps, while Asus Sabertooth 990FX support 3 Gbps, but has more ports and also has IEEE1394 (FireWire) support. Just like other “ROG” (Republic of Gamers) mainboards, Asus Crosshair V Formula may be manipulated from a different computer due to “ROG Connect” technology, while Asus Sabertooth 990FX supports “Thermal Radar” technology just like other “TUF” (The Ultimate Force) mainboards. Asus Crosshair V Formula is priced at about $240, while Asus Sabertooth 990FX will cost significantly less – around $190. However, the biggest advantage of the Asus Sabertooth 990FX is its five-year warranty. And don’t be scared by the title of our today’s review: “five years with Bulldozer processor” doesn’t at all mean that you have to stay with their current not particularly successful Zambezi modification. Later on new Bulldozer models will come out, which will obviously be better than the current ones, but Asus Sabertooth 990FX mainboard will still be ready for them. Moreover, five years is just the warranty period, and in reality this board may last six years or even more. So, it is not quite correct to ask, which Asus mainboard is better. They are both good, each in its own way.
In conclusion we would like to award Asus Sabertooth 990FX with our Recommended Buy title: