At the ASUS stand at Computex there were also several revisions of the more popular boards they’ve been selling of late based on AMD’s 990FX chipset series. All the boards feature the 990FX chipset and the SB950 South Bridge, integrating native USB 3.0 ports, SATA 6.0 Gb/s and up to three graphics cards in SLI or Crossfire. And now it adds another feature in the form of a Thunderbolt header. The newcomers are to be sold as the Crosshair V Formula-Z (first pic), M5A99FX PRO R2.0 and M5A99X EVO R2.0 (second) and the Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 (third from left).
Stylistically the boards remain the same and retain their previous features, but now feature a Thunderbolt header, perfect for ASUS’ just-announced ThunderboltEX PCI-Express x4 add-in card. Expect these boards to go on sale very soon, with the card sold separately. Many AMD boards don’t feature support for the new connection standard that is making a case for itself in desktop setups with much less clutter and fewer cables, as well as supporting both displays and storage devices in the case of a Displayport-enabled Thunderbolt connection. All these boards also have a Displayport connector, providing a easy fit for the ThunderboltEX.