MOTHERBOARD MAKER Asus has released the first AMD AM3+ motherboard that supports the PCI Express 3 bus.
While Intel's various chipsets have supported PCI Express 3 for many months, AMD's chipsets still support the older PCI Express 2 bus, even though the firm's graphics cards support PCI Express 3. Now Asus has stepped up and launched the Sabertooth 990FX/Gen3 R2 motherboard that has 32 PCI Express 3 lanes.
Asus's Sabertooth 990FX/Gen3 R2 motherboard supports the present crop of AMD Socket AMD3+ processors including the Piledriver chips that finally managed to overtake the Phenom II in benchmarks. The firm has stuck with the standard four DDR3 sockets supporting up to 1,833MHz DDR3 modules, however the headline feature is the three PCI Express 3 slots that can support dual 16 lane or 16/8/8 lane configurations.
Asus loaded the motherboard with eight SATA 3 ports and two eSATA 3 ports, with external ports being six USB 3.0 sockets and 12 USB 2.0 sockets. The firm claims that the Sabertooth motherboard features its Tuf "military grade" components that include dual heatpipes.
Those gamers with a PCI Express 3 graphics card, which is any high-end card bought in the last year, might be better off sticking with their existing setup, however those building a new AMD CPU system might want to take a look at the first AMD based PCI Express 3 motherboard. µ