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Overall rating 9/10

ASUS' new series of motherboards, 'The Ultimate Force' or TUF, gets its first member with the SABERTOOTH 55i. Featuring military grade components and an unique ceramic-based heatsink coating, this is a rugged premium board using the Intel P55 Express chipset.

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Product Specification

Processor Support and Chipset Type
  • Processor: Intel Lynnfield Core i7/i5 using LGA1156 package, Chipset: Intel P55 Express Chipset
Memory Supports 4 DIMM DDR3 SDRAM, Supports up to 16GB memory size (max 4GB per DIMM), 2000/1800/1600/1333/1066MHz dual channel DDR3 memory architecture, Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
  • Intel P55 Express: 6 x SATA 3.0Gbps ports (black), Intel Matrix Storage Technology, Support AHCI controller with SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10
  • JMicron JMB363 PCIe to PATA controller: 1 x IDE connector supporting up to two ATA-133 IDE devices, 1 x eSATA port (back panel)
  • JMicron JMB322 (Drive Xpert Technology): 2 x SATA 3.0Gbps ports (orange and white), Supports EZ Backup and SuperSpeed
Audio VIA VT2020: 10-channel HD Audio CODEC, Supports Jack-Detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-Retasking, 1 x Optical S/PDIF (at rear)
Networking Realtek 8112L PCIe Gigabit LAN controller with AI NET2
FireWire (IEEE 1394) VIA 6308P controller, 2 x IEEE 1394a ports (1 rear, 1 header)
Rear I/O 8 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x eSATA port, 1 x RJ45 LAN port, 1 x optical S/PDIF output connector, 1 x IEEE1394a port, 1 x PS/2 keyboard port, 1 x PS/2 mouse port, Audio jacks
Internal Connectors 1 x Ultra ATA IDE connector, 6 x SATA connectors, 2 x Drive Xpert SATA connectors (orange and white), 3 x USB 2.0 headers (Up to 6 USB 2.0 ports), 1 x IEEE1394a connector, 1 x S/PDIF output header, 1 x COM port, 1 x 24-pin ATX power connector, 1 x 8-pin 12V power connector, 5 x fan connectors, Power and reset switches, 1 x MemOK! switch
Expansion Slots 2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slots (1 x16 or 2 x8), 3 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots, 2 x PCI slots
Other Features
  • CeraM!X Heatsink Coating Technology, CoolMem!, T.Probe, ASUS Fan Xpert, MemOK!, Drive Xpert, ASUS Q-Connector, ASUS Q-Shield, ASUS Q-LED (CPU, RAM, VGA, Boot Device LED), ASUS Q-Slot
  • ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
  • ASUS EZ Flash 2
  • ASUS MyLogo 2
  • ASUS O.C. Profile
  • Multi-language BIOS
Form Factor ATX Form Factor, 30.5 x 24.4cm