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ASUS Launches New AMD 9 Series Motherboards

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PRESS RELEASE

New AM3+ based motherboards with digital power design and UEFI BIOS features never before offered on the AMD platform

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 CrossFireXTM and NVIDIA® SLITM.

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.

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.

Visit ASUS at Computex 2011

ASUS will be showcasing these complete AM3+ solutions, as well as the ROG Crosshair V Formula, the new Intel® Z68 Series boards, and more at the ASUS Computex 2011 Booth at the Nangang Exhibition Hall. Please stop by to see the latest innovations ASUS has in store or visit our Computex 2011 website for more information: http://press.asus.com/computex2011

For more details about the products mentioned in this press release, go to www.techinstyle.tv

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 PhenomTM II /AthlonTM II /SempronTM 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)

 

Model

SABERTOOTH 990FX

CPU

AMD Socket AM3+ for AMD FX Series CPU up to 8-core, Compatible with AMD Socket AM3 for AMD PhenomTM II /AthlonTM II /SempronTM 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

About ASUS

ASUS, the world's top 3 consumer notebook vendor and the maker of the world's best-selling and most award winning motherboards, is a leading enterprise in the new digital era. ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today's digital home, office and person, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktops, Eee Box and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, tablet devices, servers, multimedia and wireless solutions, networking devices, and mobile phones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 3,398 awards in 2010, and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with the Eee PCTM. With a global staff of more than 10,000 and a world-class R&D team of 3,000 engineers, the company's revenue for 2010 was around US$10.1 billion.

About ASUS Motherboards 

Driven by homegrown innovation and steadfast dedication to absolute quality, ASUS has become the standard for motherboard excellence across diverse product ranges, leading the industry in global sales and positive customer feedback. Acknowledged by numerous accolades, ASUS motherboards propel computing forward with pioneering inventions. These include DIGI+ VRM digital power conversion, Dual Intelligent Processors for combined performance boosts and energy savings, and the unique whole-motherboard heat protection offered by the company's Thermal Armor and Thermal Radar architectures. Additional exclusives such as Core Unlocker, Disk Unlocker and Protect 3.0 further demonstrate the ASUS commitment to harmonizing technical ingenuity and environmental responsibility with care for the people who actually put technology to use in everyday life.