Asus Sabertooth 55i TUF P55 Motherboard

Test Setup & Overclocking

Test Setup
 
To ensure that all reviews on Overclock3D are fair, consistent and unbiased, a standard set of hardware and software is used whenever possible during the comparative testing of two or more products. The configuration used in this review can be seen below: 
 
Processor: Intel Core i7 870 (2.93Ghz)
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth I55
Memory: 4GB GSkill Trident DDR3 F3-16000CL9D
Graphics Card: Asus NVidia GTX275
Power Supply: Gigabyte Odin 1200W
CPU Cooling: Coolermaster Hyper TX3
Hard Disk: Hitachi Deskstar 7K160 7200rpm 160GB
Graphics Drivers: Geforce 190.62
Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate x64 SP1
 
During the testing of the setup above, special care was taken to ensure that the BIOS settings used matched whenever possible. A fresh install of Windows Vista was also used before the benchmarking began, with a full defrag of the hard drive once all the drivers and software were installed, preventing any possible performance issues due to leftover drivers from the previous motherboard installations. For the 3DMark and gaming tests a single card configuration was used.
 
During the setup of the motherboard, no issues were found with everything fitting easily into the right place. As always, fitting a large CPU cooler may restrict the use of one or more memory slots depending on its orientation.
 
To guarantee a broad range of results to best evaluate the motherboards performance, the following benchmark utilities were used:
 
Synthetic CPU Test
• Sisoft Sandra Pro 2009 SP3c
• PassMark CPU test
• SuperPI 1m, 8m, 32m

Memory Test
• Sisoft Sandra Pro 2009 SP3c
• Everest Ultimate Edition Version 5.00.1650

File Compression & Encoding
• Sisoft Sandra Pro 2009 SP3c
• 7-Zip File Compression ver 4.65

Disk I/O Performance
• HDTach 3.0.4.0
• Sisoft Sandra Pro 2009 SP3c

3D / Rendering Benchmarks
• Cinebench 10 (64-bit)
• POV-Ray 3.7
• 3DMark 06
• 3DMark Vantage

3D Games

• Crysis
• Far Cry 2
• Call of Duty 4

Overall System Performance
• PCMark Vantage
 
 
Power Consumption

Power consumption is an aspect often forgotten when it comes to enthusiast motherboards but in today's climate, with rising utility bills special consideration needs to be taken when choosing you components as over a period of time, one components can prove to be much more expensive than another over its lifetime. Power consumption was measured at the socket using a plug-in mains power and energy monitor. Idle readings were taken after 5 minutes in Windows. Load readings were taken during a run of 3DMark Vantage.
 
 
The Sabertooth performed on a par with our other test boards, the mATX P7P55-M and MSI GD80 on both idle and load test. I would however expect this value to come down somewhat should the ASUS EPU engine be utilised which for this testing it was not.
 
Overclocking
 
Here's what we get with the CPU running at 1.4 set in the BIOS with loadline calibration enabled.
 
 motherboard overclock
 
Overclocking the Sabertooth was a relatively simple affair thanks to the well laid out BIOS. The board booted straight into 4GHz, as have all our other motherboards and it first I struggled to get anymore out of the mainboard without encountering bouts of instability. For whatever reason, the Sabertooth did not like the 24x multiplier on our test CPU and refused to post. Dropping the multiplier down to 22 though yielded much better results with a maximum 4.4GHz attained.  
 
After dropping the multiplier down to a a more modest 4GHz we saw how the Sabertooth from Asus got on in our range of benchmark testing...
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Most Recent Comments

18-11-2009, 17:09:45

Mr. Smith
This would suit a cool military buildQuote

12-02-2010, 08:24:27

Skiddywinks
Getting one of these as a prize off Asus. Looking top pick up an i5-750 and see what I can do!Quote

12-02-2010, 08:32:01

cl0ck_ed
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Skiddywinks'
Getting one of these as a prize off Asus. Looking top pick up an i5-750 and see what I can do!
Sounds gd mate. Get your results up on this forum, I'd like to see how well you do. Quote

02-03-2010, 14:28:29

miloud06
It's not the motherboard which limits the coefficient to 22x but the CPU :

core i5 750 is blocked to 20x

core i7 860 is blocked to 21x

core i7 870 is blocked to 22xQuote

02-03-2010, 20:03:09

mayhem
That is not a nice looking MBQuote
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