Asus TUF Sabertooth 55i pictured
The Asus TUF Sabertooth 55i is the first product of a new motherboard series. For the first TUF model Asus particularly promises high stability. The final version just arrived in our test lab.
The TUF Sabertooth 55i is based upon the concept motherboard Marine Cool (see Asus Marine Cool: Concept Motherboard with emergency battery, backup memory and huge cooling. Intel's P55 chip is mounted below a very robust but quite plane cooler which is partially made of ceramics. The same material is used with the coolers of the voltage transformers. So the cooling surface is enlarged which supposedly doubles heat dissipation.
Asus‘ The Ultimate Force motherboard offers the latest RAM slots that make removal of memory modules easy especially when using longer graphics cards. A special feature of the Sabertooth 55i are brackets for mounting an active RAM cooler. Unfortunately a suitable fan has not been delivered.
The TUF board comes with a certificate which attests the Sabertooth 55i to be especially robust. It can even cope with adverse environmental conditions. The voltage transformers are said to have passed a "vibration test” and the capacitors a special "salt spraying test”.
Furthermore the Asus TUF Sabertooth features five PCI-Express 2.0 slots, two x16 and three x1 slots. Two PCI ports can be used for aged cards. Six SATA 3.0 GByte/s ports enable RAID 0 and 1 as well as RAID 5 and 10. E-SATA is supported, too. Up to two aged PATA/IDE drives can be installed. There are 14 USB 2.0 ports ans two "Firewire” IEEE 1394a ports. Besides the onboard Gigabit LAN chip 8112L by Realtek there is an onboard sound processor VT2020 by VIA which can cope 10 channels.
The release date of the Asus TUF Sabertooth 55i has not been revealed yet. We will keep you up to date.
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