Recently, Intel released their latest range of processors for LGA1150, named Haswell. Followed by the launching of ASUS latest range of motherboards which got us excited. Today, we are going to have a look at ASUS Sabertooth Z87, part of the ASUS The Ultimate Force (TUF) line.
The ASUS Sabertooth Z87 supports Intel’s 4th Generation processor, from i3, i5 and i7. We got our hands on an Intel 4770 ES (non-K) to test with this board. In this review, we will cover on the features of the ASUS Sabertooth Z87.
Product Link: http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/SABERTOOTH_Z87/
Suggested Retail Price: RM1,050
The package includes:
- Technical documentations, certification and warranty card.
- Support DVD
- 2 pairs of Serial ATA 6.0 Cables
- 1 ASUS SLi bridge connector
- 1 x IO back plate
- 2 x 35mm fans
- 3 x PCIe x 16 slot covers and 3 x PCI e x 1 slot covers
- 2 x DRAM slot covers
- I/O dust filter
- 1 x 400mm I/O cover fan lid
- 1 x Connector cap set
- 3 x Thermal sensor cables
- 9 x SATA/eSATA connector caps and 10 x onboard USB 3.0/2.0 connector caps
- 6 x Audio connector caps
- TUF Sticker
ASUS reinforced the back of the board with their TUF Fortifier. It is supposed to prevent motherboard bending and prevent dust. The board looks very sturdy and rigid.
Here we have the board fully equipped with the covers. These covers are meant to prevent dust.
One thing that makes this board is unique in my opinion is how the board is engineered to give the user total control of the environment of his system. We will look into this via the ASUS AI Suite III.
After that, the thermal tuning process can be started. At this phase, the fans are being calibrated to achieve maximum thermal efficiency throughout the chassis. When the process is done, the fans will be adjusted automatically by the program.
Apart from the sensors that are already made available, ASUS is kind enough to provide is with 3 additional sensor probes which we can add ourselves. We did a test with the probe by putting it to our HDD drive. We only needed to apply after the probe is connected from the motherboard to the HDD.
Inside the Thermal Status tab, the thermal status is monitored around an area of components. This is to assess the heat dissipated around a said area. We can see there are CPU Zone and VGA Zone. The key is to get these two zones in Excellent condition.
On the Fan Control Tab, it provides a function which lets the user to control the fan (duh..). There are a few preset Modes available, as well as custom profiles in which the user can set the fans according to how they want it. One feature that caught my eye is the Fan Overtime. This function lets the fan to run after the system is off, let’s say for 1 minute. This is to remove the remaining heat.
This motherboard is really one of a kind. Aside from its rigid and sturdy look, it is also rich with features that we have yet to cover. We loved the theme of this board. ASUS did well to preserve the TUF series with this Z87 Sabertooth.
We are really happy to play around with Thermal Radar 2 functions. With the added features, this motherboards really gives the user a total control of their motherboards and it’s surroundings. Perhaps the days of manual control of fan tuning is over? You will have to test this yourself and decide.
The back plate is a definitely awesome addition to the TUF series. It took the motherboard to a whole new level of rigidity. Aside from that, the Thermal Armor is well designed to serve its purpose. Although the color blocking is a bit hard to match when creating a build. Overall, the motherboard looks awesome.
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