World’s first consumer desktop motherboard – ASUS TUF Sabertooth X99 – Apr 10, 2015– Taipei, Taiwan (Techreleased) – ASUS today announced the TUF Sabertooth X99, the world’s first consumer desktop motherboard to support all NVM Express™ storage devices, including the latest mini-SAS HD (SFF-8639) 2.5-inch solid-state drives (SSDs), PCI Express® (PCIe®) and M.2 PCI Express® drives. With built-in USB 3.1, the Sabertooth X99 provides cutting-edge connectivity and maximizes consumer choice for ultra-high-speed transfer devices

ASUS TUF Sabertooth X99
ASUS TUF Sabertooth X99

Maximum storage speed, fast connectivity, total flexibility

The 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 also offers full compatibility with all NVM Express storage options.
With the addition of the Hyper Kit expansion card, the TUF Sabertooth X99 gives users the freedom to fit next-generation 2.5-inch SSDs with mini-SAS HD (SFF-8639). 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.

The motherboard 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

The TUF Sabertooth X99 is also 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 Thermal Armor technology is an exclusive cover with a fan to boost airflow across the system for maximum heat dissipation. Thanks to the TUF ICe microchip, the latest edition of TUF’s easy-to-use Thermal Radar 2 software allows precise control of up to 11 fan connectors, as well as management of 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.

Server-grade reliability and durable design

TUF motherboards are built to last, offering enthusiast-class performance with server grade stability. The Sabertooth X99, features numerous TUF enhancements over previous generation motherboards:

TUF ESD Guards 2: To defend IO ports against sudden electrostatic discharge, including all USB sockets and audio connectors — and exclusive pin-level testing on specific rear input-output (I/O) connectors1. The ports are tested to withstand up to 8KV of discharge.

Exclusive TUF Fortifier technology: 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.

Military certified TUF Components: Ensure that the 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 longer, and TUF’s chokes are manufactured using high-grade anti-oxidizing materials to provide better heat dissipation and durability.

Extensive Validation and Warranty: All TUF motherboards undergo server-level burn-in tests, including over 7,000 hours of compatibility checks with over 1,000 devices — and every board is covered by TUF’s five-year warranty2.


ASUS TUF Sabertooth X99 will be available from ASUS Authorized resellers soon with an MSRP of $350.