Mar 16, 2015 Written by: MarshallR

ASUS Announce TUF Sabertooth X99 at CeBIT

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Leave it to the TUF team to come up with the most bad-ass looking X99 motherboard. The Sabertooth X99 adds all the usual TUF-tech - Fortifier, Thermal Radar (now 2nd Gen), Thermal Armor etc - and adds a whole lot of new kit too! 



Integrated USB 3.1 with two type-A ports



Since USB 3.1 is backward compatible with all USB version, using two type-A port means the ports can be used with all existing devices without adapters (as would be the case with Type-C). The new USB 3.1 ports are identifiable as they have a slightly lighter blue color than USB 3.0 ports, although you might need to pop-off the Dust Defenders to see which ones!

TUF Detective

An exclusive, all-new technology displays live system information on your smartphones and tablets, without even switching on the PC. Plug in your Android smartphone via the dedicated USB port on the rear IO. It can remotely turn on, restart, clear CMOS, view voltages and live system clock speeds.



TUF ESD Guards 2

This second generation ESD Guards is two times (2X) stronger than before, defending the numerous rear IO ports against sudden electrostatic discharge when things are plugged in; including all USB sockets and audio connectors. This time the TUF team do exclusive pin-level testing and have made the resistance 30% higher than the previous TUF standard.



TUF ICe & Thermal Radar 2

TUF ICe is a hardware IC that controls the 11 fan speeds and monitors 12 sensor across the board, providing 100% coverage. Because it's hardware driven it has a 1 second response regardless of system load and status, so even in the middle of a game or any other intensive task you can always adjust the controls. TUF ICe works with Thermal Radar 2 function, and fans can all be DC or PWM and with its fan-learning function they can even be tuned to completely turn off when you think the system is cool enough. As a bonus, even ASUS, Strix and ROG graphics card fans can be controlled!



TUF Fortifier & Military Grade CPU VRMs

The Fortifier is thermally attached to the rear of the CPU VRMs, acting as a large heatsink to reduce their temps up to 6ºC. While on the front side the CPU is powered by new Alloy Chokes with greater surface area, low RDSon MOSFETs and TUF 10K Ti-Caps.



5 Year Warranty

Every board gets a five year warranty, giving total build confidence, especially for long-term platforms such as X99.

TUF-5-year-warrantyFor more details and the full specs, hit the press release button below.

Press Release

ASUS Announce TUF Sabertooth X99 at CeBIT

World’s first consumer motherboard compatible with all NVM Express storage options, plus built-in USB 3.1 and all-new TUF Detective technology



  • Ultra-high-speed transfers over USB 3.1 and all NVM Express options supported, including new 2.5-inch SSDs
  • Exclusive all-new TUF Detective technology displays live system information on smartphones and tablets without switching on your PC
  • Powerful TUF X99 motherboard with built-in USB 3.1, exclusive Thermal Armor and Thermal Radar 2, and tested reliability and durability


Taipei, Taiwan (16th March, 2015) — 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 Kit[1] expansion card. With built-in USB 3.1, TUF Sabertooth X99 maximizes choice for ultra-high-speed transfer options speeds, handing users total flexibility.

TUF’s newest motherboard additionally introduces all-new and exclusive TUF Detective technology that displays live system information on smartphones and tablets, right at users’ fingertips.

TUF Sabertooth X99 is also 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.


Maximum storage speed, fast connectivity, total flexibility

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.

TUF Sabertooth X99 also benefits from the latest SuperSpeed+ USB 3.1 connectivity. 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.


All-new TUF Detective

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.


Exclusive TUF technologies for ultimate cooling

TUF Sabertooth X99 is engineered to stay cool. TUF Thermal Armor technology is an exclusive cover with a fan to boost airflow across the system for maximum heat dissipation. The latest edition of TUF’s easy-to-use Thermal Radar 2 software enables users to control up to 11 fan connectors, as well as manage fans attached to ASUS graphic cards. This makes quick work of fan tuning for complete system cooling, enabling users to enjoy the perfect balance between quietness, cooling and performance.

TUF Sabertooth X99 also has an onboard TUF ICe microchip, a total cooling commander that delivers incredibly precise temperature monitoring and fan control.


Server-grade stability with tested reliability and durable design

TUF Sabertooth X99 offers superior strength, with server-grade stability and reliability and design that’s durable throughout.

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) connectors[2] is 30% higher than the previous TUF standard.

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.

All TUF motherboards, including TUF Sabertooth X99, are built with components certified for military use and undergo serious server-level burn-in tests, including over 7,000 hours of compatibility checks with over 1,000 devices — and ever board is covered by TUF’s five-year warranty[3].


Sabertooth X99 Specifications[4]

TUF Sabertooth X99

Processor/CPU socket

New Intel® Core i7 processors on LGA 2011-v3 socket


Intel® X99 Express


8 x DIMMs, up to a maximum of 64GB, DDR4 2400/2133 MHz

Quad-channel memory architecture

Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) supported

Expansion slots

40-lane processor:

3 x PCI Express® 3.0/2.0 x16 slots (single at x16, dual at x16/x16, triple at x16/x16/x8)

1 x PCI Express® 2.0 x4 slot (maximum x2 mode, compatible with PCIe® x1 and x2 devices)

1 x PCI Express® 2.0 x1 slot

28-lane processor:

3 x PCI Express® 3.0/2.0 x16 slots (single at x16, dual at x16/x8, triple at x16/x8/x4)

1 x PCI Express® 2.0 x4 slot (maximum x2 mode, compatible with PCIe® x1 and x2 devices)

1 x PCI Express® 2.0 x1 slot

Multi-GPU support

Supports 3-way NVIDIA® SLI and AMD® CrossFireX


1 x M.2 x4 Socket 3 with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices supported (PCIe SSD only)

1 x SATA Express port (compatible with 2 x SATA 6.0Gbit/s ports)

8 x SATA 6.0Gbit/s ports


Intel I218-V Gigabit LAN controller

Realtek® 8111GR Gigabit LAN controller


Realtek® ALC1150 8-channel high-definition audio codec


2 x USB 3.1/3.0 ports (on back panel)

4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (on back panel)

4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (at mid-board)

8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 at mid-board, 4 on back panel)

Key features

TUF-branded exclusives: Thermal Armor, Thermal Radar 2, ICe, Fortifier, Components, Detective, ESD Guards 2, Dust Defenders.

Dimensions / form factor

12-inch x 9.6-inch (30.5cm x 24.4cm), ATX



About ASUS

ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets, smartphones and wearables. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,326 awards in 2014 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 13,600 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 4,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2014 was approximately US$14.5 billion.

[1] Hyper Kit is a NVM Express M.2 adapter, included with TUF Sabertooth X99 and initially available in North America only.

[2] Testing specification relates to USB, LAN, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort.

[3] TUF’s five-year warranty is valid in all regions, apart from Japan and South America.

[4] Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors.

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