ASUS Launches New AMD 9 Series Motherboards

Subject: Motherboards | May 31, 2011 - 12:19 PM |
Tagged: motherboard, cpus, computex, asus, amd

Taipei, Taiwan (May 31th, 2011) ASUS has announced a new lineup of AMD based motherboards that support the 990FX/990X/970 chipsets and AM3+ CPUs, the first company in the market to provide fully compatible AM3+ motherboards. The models available are the M5A99/97 Series, the TUF SABERTOOTH 990FX and the ROG Crosshair V Formula. The M5A99/97 Series feature ASUS exclusive Dual Intelligent Processors (DIP), comprised of the TurboV Processor Unit (TPU) and Energy Processor Unit (EPU), which has been stated to be the “best power management technology” by worldwide media. Premium models also feature UEFI BIOS and the second generation of DIP that contains DIGI+ VRM (Digital power design), a first for AMD based boards. The new motherboards will be the first on the AMD chipset based platform to support both multi-GPU technologies AMD CrossFireX™ and NVIDIA® SLI™.


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Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with DIGI+ VRM

The ASUS M5A99/97 Series motherboards offer unsurpassed compatibility with new AMD AM3+ socket CPUs, while also being backwards compatible with the previous generation AM3 CPU. The M5A99/97 core series is equipped with DIP2, which features DIGI+ VRM technology in addition to the TPU and EPU. DIGI+ VRM power delivery allows a user to precisely adjust and control power settings digitally for precise power control and flexible tuning of their system, perfectly serving the AM3+ CPU specification’s power demand. Digital control differs from analog controls by eliminating digital-to-analog conversion lag, which helps to improve overclocking capabilities. This means precise power flow adjustment and management as well as easy and flexible tuning, including extra DRAM power control for the AMD platform. It’s the most precise power delivery available, providing the best-in-class in power efficiency, performance and stability while also helping to maximize the overall overclocking potential. Also included on the M5A99/97 Series motherboards is the intuitive UEFI BIOS menu interface. UEFI BIOS allows a user to control and adjust their BIOS settings through the use of a mouse-enabled interface for more user-friendly navigation. The built-in EZ Mode option also provides a drag-and-drop boot priority option, for easier management of boot devices.

 

Specs:

 

Taipei, Taiwan (May 31th, 2011) ASUS has announced a new lineup of AMD based motherboards that support the 990FX/990X/970 chipsets and AM3+ CPUs, the first company in the market to provide fully compatible AM3+ motherboards. The models available are the M5A99/97 Series, the TUF SABERTOOTH 990FX and the ROG Crosshair V Formula. The M5A99/97 Series feature ASUS exclusive Dual Intelligent Processors (DIP), comprised of the TurboV Processor Unit (TPU) and Energy Processor Unit (EPU), which has been stated to be the “best power management technology” by worldwide media. Premium models also feature UEFI BIOS and the second generation of DIP that contains DIGI+ VRM (Digital power design), a first for AMD based boards. The new motherboards will be the first on the AMD chipset based platform to support both multi-GPU technologies AMD CrossFireX™ and NVIDIA® SLI™.


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Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with DIGI+ VRM

The ASUS M5A99/97 Series motherboards offer unsurpassed compatibility with new AMD AM3+ socket CPUs, while also being backwards compatible with the previous generation AM3 CPU. The M5A99/97 core series is equipped with DIP2, which features DIGI+ VRM technology in addition to the TPU and EPU. DIGI+ VRM power delivery allows a user to precisely adjust and control power settings digitally for precise power control and flexible tuning of their system, perfectly serving the AM3+ CPU specification’s power demand. Digital control differs from analog controls by eliminating digital-to-analog conversion lag, which helps to improve overclocking capabilities. This means precise power flow adjustment and management as well as easy and flexible tuning, including extra DRAM power control for the AMD platform. It’s the most precise power delivery available, providing the best-in-class in power efficiency, performance and stability while also helping to maximize the overall overclocking potential. Also included on the M5A99/97 Series motherboards is the intuitive UEFI BIOS menu interface. UEFI BIOS allows a user to control and adjust their BIOS settings through the use of a mouse-enabled interface for more user-friendly navigation. The built-in EZ Mode option also provides a drag-and-drop boot priority option, for easier management of boot devices.

 

Specs:

 

Model

M5A99X EVO

M5A97 EVO

M5A97 PRO

M5A97

CPU Socket

AMD Socket AM3+ for AMD FX Series CPU up to 8-core, Compatible with AMD Socket AM3 for AMD Phenom™ II /Athlon™ II /Sempron™ 100 Series Processors

 

Chipset

AMD 990X/SB950

AMD 970/SB950

 

Memory

DDR3 2133(O.C.) / 1866 / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 MHz Support

 

Power Phase Design

DIGI+ VRM 6+2

4+2

 

PCIe x16 Slots

3

2

 

Multi-GPU

CrossFireX / SLI

CrossFireX

 

LAN

Realtek® Gigabit LAN

 

Audio

8 - Channel HD, DTS

8 - Channel HD

 

Storage

6 x SATA 6Gb/s
2 x SATA 3Gb/s
1 x Power eSATA
1 x eSATA

6 x SATA 6Gb/s
2 x eSATA

6 x SATA 6Gb/s

 

USB

4 x USB 3.0 (2 ports at back panel, 2 ports at front panel), 14 x USB 2.0

2 x USB 3.0 (back), 14 x USB 2.0

2 x USB 3.0 (back), 12 x USB 2.0

 

Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with DIGI+ VRM

V

V

V

 

UEFI BIOS

V

V

V

V

TPU (with onboard switch)

V

V

V (without onboard switch)

V (without onboard switch)

EPU (with onboard switch)

V

V

V (without onboard switch)

V (without onboard switch)

 


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SABERTOOTH 990FX packed with CeraM!X, exclusive aerospace-grade cooling tech

The newest addition to the TUF Series motherboards is the SABERTOOTH 990FX, which also has the distinction of being the first AMD-based system in the TUF Series of motherboards. Known for their unrivaled quality and reliability in extreme conditions, the SABERTOOTH 990FX features the use of CeraM!X, an exclusive aerospace-grade cooling material with a 50% larger cooling area that effectively conducts heat away from vital system components. Also onboard is ASUS’ Thermal Radar technology, which consists of ten sensors located on various vital components, giving users the ability to monitor each one individually and automatically adjusts fan speeds to ensure the system maintains a level of high stability without overheating. TUF motherboards are also made from TUF components, which are comprised of military-certified alloy chokes, solid state capacitors and MOSFETs built to withstand the most extreme usage conditions possible for greater system stability and longevity. A TUF motherboard built with high-end components ensures quality and tested server-grade reliability and are certified TUF only after a series of extreme stress tests including maximum temperature and humidity tolerance, so users get nothing but the best and most reliable motherboard on the market."

 

Specs:

 

Model

SABERTOOTH 990FX

CPU

AMD Socket AM3+ for AMD FX Series CPU up to 8-core, Compatible with AMD Socket AM3 for AMD Phenom™ II /Athlon™ II /Sempron™ 100 Series Processors

Chipset

AMD 990FX/SB950

Memory

DDR3 1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz Support

Power Phase Design

DIGI+ VRM 8+2 phase

PCIe x16 Slots

3 (Single@x16 speed; Dual@x16/x16 speed; Triple@x16/x8/x8 speed)

1 (Black@x4 speed)

 

Multi-GPU support

CrossFireX / SLI

Storage

6 x SATA 6Gb/s

2 x SATA 3Gb/s

1 x Power eSATA

1 x eSATA

LAN

Realtek® Gigabit LAN

Audio

8-ch HD

IEEE 1394

2 (1 at mid-board; 1 at back panel)

USB

 4 x USB 3.0 (2 at mid-board  at front panel, 2 at back)

14 x USB 2.0 (4 at mid-board, 10 at back)

Exclusive Features

"Ultimate COOL!" Thermal Solution

- TUF CeraM!X Heatsink Coating Tech.

- TUF Thermal Radar

"TUF ENGINE!" Power Design

- 8+2 Digital Phase Power Design

- TUF Components (Alloy choke, Cap. & MOSFET; certified by military-standard)

- ASUS DIGI+ VRM Utility

- E.S.P. : Efficient Switching Power Design

"Safe & Stable!" Guardian Angel

- ESD Guards

- MemOK!

- Anti Surge

Other Special Features

- ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface

- Front Panel USB 3.0 Support

- AI Suite II

5 Year Warranty

 

 

ROG Crosshair V Formula redefines AMD Performance
The Crosshair V Formula with AMD 990FX chipset-based is not only the first ROG motherboard with AM3+ CPU support, but it is also the first AMD motherboard to support both 3-Way NVDIA® SLI™ and AMD CrossFireX™ as well as offering an advanced UEFI BIOS and DIGI+ VRM design not available on competing solutions. A wide array of advanced ROG overclocking tools are on hand too, while onboard SupremeFX X-Fi 2 delivers the most intense and immersive gaming audio experience. Better still, high-performance Intel® Ethernet with GameFirst technology creates a LAN connection that is fast enough to keep up with the pace of modern multiplayer gaming over an internet connection that is also used being used for other online tasks.

 

 

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To really make it the ultimate gaming motherboard, the Crosshair V Formula/ThunderBolt also comes with the ThunderBolt audio/LAN combo expansion card. The class-leading XONAR™ audio technology provides dramatically better sound quality than any standard audio card, while its built-in headphone amplifier with adjustable impedance settings makes it perfect for competitive gaming or enjoying the latest media titles. The Crosshair V Formula/Thunderbolt* also incorporates the award-winning Bigfoot Networks™ Killer™ E2100 networking platform with exclusive Advanced Stream Detect™ technology that automatically classifies and prioritizes traffic for online games, HD video and audio streams for optimum performance,  even when performing these tasks simultaneously. ASUS’ innovative design and performance trend continues as the Crosshair V Formula features advanced support for 4-way NVIDIA SLI via the use of the exclusive ROG XPANDER add-on board.

 

 

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