Legit Motherboard Reviews
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX Motherboard Review
|Product:||ASUS Sabertooth 990FX|
|Date:||Fri, Jun 24, 2011 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Dan Stoltz -|
NVIDIA SLI Scaling Performance
Now that the AMD 990FX chipset supports NVIDIA SLI, we decided to update the NVIDIA graphics cards for our SLI testing. In order to do this we contacted our friends over at MSI and they were kind enough to send over a pair of their NVIDIA GeForce N560GTX-Ti HAWX edition graphics cards.
The ASUS Sabertooth 990FX motherboard was able to edge out the MSI 990FXA-GD80 once we added the second MSI NVIDIA GTX 560Ti. At 1280x1024 the ASUS saw a performance gain of 90.9% while the MSI counterpart gained 88.9%. Cranking up the resolution to 1920x1080 the ASUS Sabertooth saw a gain of 92.1% while the MSI 990FXA-GD80 saw a gain of 90.8%.
In Total War: Shogun 2 the ASUS Sabertooth 990FX was once again able to edge out the performance of the MSI 990FXA-GD80. Looking closer at the numbers the ASUS Sabertooth 990FX started out at 70.46 frames per second with a single 560Ti and jumped to 90.24 frames per second with a second card in SLI. That's a gain of 28.1% at 1280x1024 while the MSI 990FXA-GD80 saw a gain of 27.1%. While the scaling performance at 1280x1024 isn't stellar, we do see much better gains at 1920x1080. At 1920x1080 the ASUS Sabertooth 990FX had a single card performance of 51.99 frames per second and jumped to 80.89 frames per second in SLI. That is a gain of 55.6% for the Sabertooth 990FX while the MSI 990FXA-GD80 saw a gain of 54.2%.
The single card performance of the ASUS Sabertooth 990FX was right on par with the MSI 990FXA-GD80. The ASUS Sabertooth 990FX was once again able to edge out the MSI motherboard. At 1280x1024 the Sabertooth 990FX saw a gain of 14.3% compared to the 12.4% gain of the MSI 990FXA-GD80. The gains we saw at 1920x1080 were significantly better. In single card configuration the ASUS Sabertooth 990FX averaged 82.6 frames per second across three runs. Across the same three runs the Sabertooth 990FX averaged 107.1 frames per second in SLI. That is a jump of 29.7% which is 2.5% more than the MSI 990FXA-GD80.
The performance we saw with the NVIDIA SLI scaling today wasn't what I had hoped to see. I would have liked to have seen a little better scaling than we did. I would most likely attribute this to drivers. These are the first drivers that support SLI on an AMD platform and will likely take a few driver revisions to work out a few kinks.
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Page 1 - ASUS Sabertooth 990FX Motherboard
Page 2 - ASUS Sabertooth 990FX Motherboard Retail Packaging and Bundle
Page 3 - ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX Motherboard Layout
Page 4 - ASUS Sabertooth 990FX UEFI BIOS
Page 5 - The Legit Reviews Test System
Page 6 - SiSoft Sandra 2011 sp2 Memory Bandwidth
Page 7 - NVIDIA SLI Scaling Performance
Page 8 - AMD CrossFireX Scaling Performance
Page 9 - Futuremark 3DMark 11 Synthetic Benchmark
Page 10 - Rightmark Audio Analyzer
Page 11 - Network Throughput Testing
Page 12 - SATA III 6Gbps Performance Testing
Page 13 - SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Performance Testing
Page 14 - ASUS Sabertooth 990FX System Power Consumption
Page 15 - Overclocking the ASUS Sabertooth 990FX
Page 16 - Final Thoughts and Conclusion