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TSlengchai86
post Oct 16 2012, 02:25 AM, updated 9y ago

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Introduction
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Thanks to ASUS Malaysia for giving me such opportunity to try out 1 of their board ASUS Sabertooth 99FX R2.0
My sincere apologies for the delay (1 month since before ASUS Power User in Penang) apart from changing OS (from windows 7 to windows 8) changing chip from FX8150 to FX8120 and changing ram (mushkin 24004GbX2, crucial tactical 1866 4GbX2 , gskill ripjawsX 1600 2GbX2) to make it run 2500Mhz notworthy.gif .

Before that the specification of the board can be found HERE


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Front view
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Specification and features at the back of the box
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Some features again....
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Bundled stuff
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General view
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Closeup on AM3+ socket
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post Oct 16 2012, 02:26 AM

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DIMMs slot
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4X PCI-E arrangement
Supports NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ Technology
Supports AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology
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Sata port
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I/O ports
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The rollover key
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MemOK! switch with LED
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Direct Key switch to go straight into the UEFI BIOS without pressing the 'Delete' key
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The heatsink for the mosfets
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8+2 Digital power phase
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post Oct 16 2012, 02:26 AM

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Testbed used :
CPU : AMD FX8120 3.1Ghz
Cooler : CM Hyper 212+
MB : ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 (bios 0803)
Memory :
- Crucial Tactical 1866 4GBX2
- Mushkin Redline 2400 4GBX2
- GSkill RipjawsX 1600 2GBX2

GPU : Sapphire 4850
PSU : Seasonix X660
OS : Windows 8 Pro
SSD : Mushkin Enhanced Callisto 40GB



CPU LLC test
Bios setting
Vcore :1.15V
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From the result, 'Auto' and 'Extreme' setting has almost same value. I'd recommend user to use 'Auto' for more stable OC


Temperature test
Tools : Infrared Thermometer HT-866
Bios setting -
- CPU LLC : ultra high
- Vcore 1.20V, CPU Clock : 3.0Ghz
Ambient temp : 28.7’C
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CPU Temp : this is not accurate. I will prefer to monitor the CPU temp using CPUID HWMonitor software
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Mosfet Temp
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NB Temp
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SB Temp
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Result :
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post Oct 16 2012, 02:27 AM

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Vcore 1.25V, CPU Clock : 3.0Ghz
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Vcore 1.30V, CPU Clock : 3.0Ghz
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Vcore 1.35V, CPU Clock : 3.0Ghz
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Vcore 1.35V, CPU Clock : 4.2Ghz
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We can see that higher speed CPU generates more heats even at same VCore with lower clock CPU



Overclocking Test : Memory OverClocking
ROG : Memory Perfomance Gain
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The new Crosshair V Formula-Z and Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 are the 2012 upgrades to ROG and TUF’s premium AMD boards.
With subtle improvements for AMD’s existing FX ‘Bulldozer’ and future ‘Piledriver’ architecture, there are feature revisions that both
can and can’t be seen. One of these is an improved memory performance through higher attainable frequencies – even when using
4-DIMM – thanks to the same T-Topology that ASUS Z77 and ROG Maximus V boards already use, and DIGI+ VRM controlling the
power regulation to the memory channels


Initial 2,400MHz DDR3 QVL list according to ROG website
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1. Crucial Ballistix Tactical 2X4GB 1866 @ 2300 9-11-9 1.65Vdimm benchable [aida64 memory bench]
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I failed to make it run 2400Mhz 10-12-12 even with 1.7Vdimm



2. GSkill RipjawsX 2X2GB 1600 @ 2400 9-11-10 1.65Vdimm
Hyperpi 8M
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GSkill RipjawsX 1600 2X2GB @ 2500 10-12-12 1.68Vdimm
Hyperpi 1M failed sad.gif
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only benchable at Aida64 Memory Benchmark
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post Oct 16 2012, 02:27 AM

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3. Mushkin Redline 2X4GB 2400 10-12-12 1.65Vdimm
Actually this is the first memory i tested with FX 8150 CPU (loan from shah93. thanks bro) before change to FX 8120.
stock 2400 10-12-12 1.65Vdimm - Hyperpi8M
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2500 10-12-11 done by my sifu Dato' Kuntawakaw but sadly not benchable. I want to try again with looser timing next time
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Overclocking Test : HTT OverClock
First attempt with simply increase the HTT, lower the CPU multiplier and ram divider at bios
Result : 350 HTT
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The system cannot boot if i push the HTT to over 350. Again my sifu guide me to achieve higher than 350HTT,
this time using AI Suite II software. This software was very easy to use and the result is 384 HTT was achieve!
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Final Words
I'd like to thanks to ASUS Malaysia for lending me this board and again sorry for the delay sweat.gif
And thanks to my sifu Dato' Kuntawakaw for giving some tips and teaching some tweaking regarding to memory OverClock
and thanks to shah93 for lending me your FX 8150 notworthy.gif
and many thanks to Mushkin Malaysia for lending me the memory (Redline 2400 2X4GB) to tested in this review
i need to learn more on how to do review and i believe this board can offer more mileage in OC

Last but not least, thanks for viewing my mini review notworthy.gif

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post Oct 16 2012, 02:28 AM

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post Oct 16 2012, 04:05 AM

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post Oct 16 2012, 08:26 PM

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great job bro
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post Oct 16 2012, 10:12 PM

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Nice review! Bila laa aq dapat buat review.. kempunan la pulak XD
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post Oct 17 2012, 07:07 AM

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QUOTE(safdagreat @ Oct 16 2012, 08:26 PM)
great job bro
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need to learn more, still new in this review thingy

QUOTE(shah93 @ Oct 16 2012, 10:12 PM)
Nice review! Bila laa aq dapat buat review.. kempunan la pulak XD
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try ask ASUS MY. hehe
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post Oct 18 2012, 11:32 AM

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nice write-up!

smile.gif btw this article is more like MEMORY SHOOTOUT. tongue.gif
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post Oct 18 2012, 02:05 PM

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QUOTE(goldfries @ Oct 18 2012, 11:32 AM)
nice write-up!

smile.gif btw this article is more like MEMORY SHOOTOUT. tongue.gif
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thanks. btw one of the main target was the memory OC since previous revision 1
cannot go up to 2400Mhz tongue.gif
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post Oct 19 2012, 01:31 AM

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Sabertoothhhh. Kerja dulu.
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post Oct 19 2012, 12:05 PM

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great job... keep up d good works bro... smile.gif

*agreed with goldy that d review is too memory intensive... would be better if more aspects can be included... wink.gif
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post Oct 20 2012, 10:46 PM

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QUOTE(ah_khoo @ Oct 19 2012, 12:05 PM)
great job... keep up d good works bro...  smile.gif

*agreed with goldy that d review is too memory intensive... would be better if more aspects can be included... wink.gif
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need to learn more from you sir. suggest me what else i need to do since i'm newbie in reviewing hardware notworthy.gif
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post Oct 20 2012, 10:54 PM


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Really good work wub.gif
wo ai ni baobei lengchai wub.gif
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post Oct 24 2012, 02:16 AM

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good review. keep up bro!! thumbup.gif
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post Oct 26 2012, 08:18 PM

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Good job. Keep it up bro!

 

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