Besides ordinary mainboards, ASUS is known to produce a special Republic of Gamers series which features enhanced functionality. What is less known, the company launched another special series of mainboards in the last year. It goes under the name of The Ultimate Force or TUF. Besides a characteristic exterior design with military camouflage colors, this series features a special cooling system and high-quality components that make the warranty period as long as 5 years. The TUF series began with the Sabertooth 55i model based on the Intel P55 Express chipset but now it’s got an addition. As its name suggests, the new Sabertooth X58 is based on the Intel X58 Express chipset and supports LGA1366 processors. Let’s check out if it differs from its predecessor in terms of PCB design, BIOS settings, and performance in our tests.
Packaging and Accessories
The box with the ASUS Sabertooth X58 is colored in such a way that it seems to be metallic although it is actually plain cardboard.
Besides the mainboard, there are also the following accessories:
- Four SATA cables with metal connector locks, two with L-shaped locks and two with straight ones. One pair is specifically designed for SATA 6 Gbps devices (has white segments on connectors);
- Flexible bridge for 2-way SLI graphics configurations;
- I/O Shield for the back panel;
- “Asus Q-Connector” including adapters for easy connection of the system case front panel buttons and indicators and a USB port;
- User manual;
- 5-year warranty slip in multiple languages;
- DVD disk with drivers and software;
- “Powered by Asus” sticker for the system case.