Summary: In my last post I gave a hardware list for my current system running a Xen hypervisor with Linux Mint 13 Mate as dom0 and Windows 7 Pro as domU with VGA passthrough. It was quite a challenge to get everything working, but now it works fine. However, while it works for me, I do NOT want to endorse the Asus motherboard, for the following reasons: Someone on the Asus forum reported that the newer BIOS releases break VT-d, which is essential for VGA passthrough under Xen.
Summary: I pulled all the components from another working system to use for testing the install and setup of this board. For the month that I kept the board there was random restarts and shutdowns. I spent a lot of time on the internet looking for possible solutions. I had no luck. All of the components such as memory, power supply, disk drives, etc were pulled from and Intel i7 machine that runs stable with them.
Summary: I will never buy another product from Asus. This is my 4th 990fx from Asus. I just installed the latest one from them with no video out. Now I will wait another 10 to 14 days to get another. I have been building computers since 1992. I know what I am doing. Each motherboard has had a different problem, from no audio, doa, no video out on this one. If you can speak another language the tech support might help you. To say the least it is well below par.
Summary: Wrong board after having my order cancelled once already. If they think I'm taking another $10 promotional credit that I can only use on items they sell new they are crazy. Soon as my prime subscription is up I'm done with Amazon! Customer service handles the returns well enough but I'd rather have the correct board and not have to spend entirely to much time on hold with them three times during the course of trying to order this board.
Summary: Sound failed after about four months of ownership Tried everything including reformatting, bios update, sound driver update/rollback, installation of a sound card, etc., and from what I've seen in the forums, I'm one of many who've experienced this problem. This is the second ASUS motherboard I've had issues with, and the way my warranty experience is shaping up, after I've spent a great deal of time and money shipping my motherboard and the replacement, I might as well...
Summary: I thought that I ordered the ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX/GEN3 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX it was clearly advertised and I pay the required sum and done .One week later my package arrived but fooooo. It clearly the wrong model... I'm like AAAAARRGG why would you slap a label on this as if would magically re-create the board to the desired specs.
Summary: The description clearly says Asus Sabertooth 990FX/GEN3 R2.0 board and the picture shows a GEN3 board, but I payed $50 more for a GEN3 sticker and a regular Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 board. I'm not happy at all; I should've saved the $50 and bought the regular board from Newegg. At least Newegg shows that they're out of stock on the GEN3 boards, instead of advertising GEN3 and shipping something else with a GEN3 sticker. Didn't think Amazon would promote such blatant fraud.
Wrong MB received. Got an R2 instead of Gen3 / R2 board!
Christopher J. Mohrman, Amazon
7 September 2013
Summary: They did the exact same to me as anther customer!! Got the board on Friday 9/6/2013. Noticed right away it was the Saber Tooth 990FX R2.0 board and NOT the Saber Tooth 990FX Gen 3 /R2 Board. They just slapped a sticker on the box! Otherwise it is a R2 box and board. The picture there showing on Amazon is the correct one of the Gen 3 / R2. The pictures of the boards are different.
Summary: I went through three of these motherboards - on the recommendation of Asus' customer service after lots of time on the phone with them - and all of them had compatibility problems with the video cards I was using (I also tried three different cards, all made by different manufacturers, and all of which were listed by ASUS as compatible with this board).