Asus announces world’s first consumer desktop motherboard compatible with all NVM Express storage options
Asus today announced TUF Sabertooth X99, the world’s first consumer desktop motherboard to support all NVM Express storage devices, including PCI Express (PCIe), M.2 PCI Express and the latest 2.5-inch solid-state drives (SSDs) with SFF-8639 via the mini SAS HD connector on the Hyper Kit1 expansion card. TUF Sabertooth X99 is based on the latest Intel X99 Express chipset for high performance and compatibility with the latest LGA 2011-v3 socket Intel Core i7 processors. It is also the first consumer desktop motherboard to offer full compatibility with all NVM Express storage options.
With the addition of the Hyper Kit expansion card, TUF Sabertooth X99 gives users the freedom to fit next-generation 2.5-inch SSDs with mini-SAS HD. This exclusive technology exploits the maximum PCI Express 3.0 x4 bandwidth of 32Gbit/s for SSD transfer speeds that are up to 3.5X faster than traditional SSDs. With dual USB 3.1 Type-A ports built in, users enjoy the very fastest USB data-transfer speeds of up to 10Gbit/s — or twice (2X) as fast USB 3.0.
Asus TUF Sabertooth X99 is the first TUF motherboard to include TUF Detective, a free companion app that puts detailed system information at users’ fingertips. With the intuitive app installed on a smartphone or tablet, users are able to monitor key parameters, detect and diagnose errors and control the PC’s power status with touchscreen ease. The PC doesn’t even need to be switched on for the app to be useful.TUF Sabertooth X99 is equipped for ultimate cooling with exclusive TUF Thermal Armor, TUF Thermal Radar 2 and TUF ICe technologies.
Exceptional durability and tested reliability is assured, with TUF Fortifier and TUF Components, including 10K capacitors, TUF chokes and a military-grade MOSFET. TUF Sabertooth X99 also has an onboard TUF ICe microchip, a total cooling commander that delivers incredibly precise temperature monitoring and fan control.
TUF Sabertooth X99 includes upgraded TUF ESD Guards 2 which is two times (2X) stronger than before to defend numerous ports against sudden electrostatic discharge, including all USB sockets and audio connectors — and exclusive pin-level testing on specific rear input-output (I/O) connectors2 is 30% higher than the previous TUF standard. Asus TUF Sabertooth X99 also benefits from the latest SuperSpeed+ USB 3.1 connectivity.
Exclusive TUF Fortifier technology is a reinforced backplate with a thermal pad that both strengthens the motherboard and efficiently directs heat away from the back of the 8+2-phase Digi+ voltage-regulator module (VRM) and other critical components — an innovation that reduces operating temperatures by up to 6°C. TUF Components ensure that TUF Sabertooth X99 is tough enough for the most demanding situations. Japanese-made 10K black metallic capacitors offer 20%-better temperature endurance for a lifespan that’s up to five times (5X) longer, and TUF’s chokes are manufactured using high-grade anti-oxidization materials to provide better heat dissipation and unbeatable durability.