On June 7, AMD will introduce to the world its highly anticipated Bulldozer processors and Asus is getting ready to take advantage of this launch by releasing the Sabertooth 990FX motherboard that was just pictured today.
Sabertooth motherboards are destined to be used inside powerful workstations and feature a series of high-performance technologies such as military standard capacitors and MOSFETs, ceramic-coated heatsinks, and anti-surge protection.
The Sabertooth 990FX also gets a specially designed TUF thermal radar, which monitors six temperature sensors located all throughout the motherboard and adjusts the fan operation speeds accordingly.
Taking a short look at the Sabertooth motherboard, one can also see that Asus' solution features no less than four PCI Express x16 slots (one is limited at x4 speeds) which can support both 2 and 3-way CrossFireX and SLI configurations.
These are also accompanied by one PCI Express x1 and one regular PCI slot, while storage is provided by six SATA 6Gbps ports and a pair of SATA 3Gbps connectors. Two additional SATA ports are routed to the back of the motherboard to add eSATA connectivity.
Power is provided to the CPU via a Digi+ 8+2 phase VRM and the rest of the feature list includes four USB 3.0 ports (two available via an on-board header), 8.1-channel HD audio, Asus' own TPU and EPU engines and a Realtek driven Gigabit LAN port.
The motherboard uses AMD's AM3+ socket and is compatible with the upcoming Zambezi FX processors based on the Bulldozer architecture. These are expected to be officially unveiled at the E3 show in Las Vegas on June 7.
AMD's initial lineup will include four Zambezi FX CPUs, two featuring an eight-core design, while the other two will pack six and four processing cores respectively, and four other chips should arrive in the October-November timeframe.