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ASUS SABERTOOTH Z87 Intel Motherboard Review

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Bundled Software Continued

Although Turbo V Evo isn’t part of the version of AI Suite included with the SABERTOOTH, you can still tweak the Digi+ Power Control settings.

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ASUS was the first vendor to create motherboards whose BIOS you could update even if there was no CPU and no RAM installed. This new version promises to check for new BIOS updates periodically, and download them when found for automatic installation. Sounds cool, but clicking “Check for new BIOS update” merely showed a dialog saying “Checking, please wait”, that didn’t change even after half an hour, so I’m guessing the servers supporting this feature aren’t running just yet.

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A comprehensive System Info panel shows everything you’d ever need to know about your motherboard, CPU, and RAM.

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There’s also USB 3.0 Boost, a feature which can dramatically improve the data transfer performance of some USB 3.0 devices. You can read about the performance benefits of USB 3.0 Boost in my review of the ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe motherboard.

While Turbo V Evo isn’t part of the SABERTOOTH utility software suite, ASUS does include an overclocking utility they call Turbo V Core. It’s a basic control panel for adjusting some of the system clocks and voltages. There is no automatic overclocking feature; it’s entirely manual. It has an odd, unfinished appearance, lacking the “skin” used on the AI Suite utility. It also lacks the Digi+ Power Control adjustments, which means that for real overclocking-from-Windows, you’ll need to keep both Turbo V Core and AI Suite open at once. I’d prefer to see this functionality bundled into AI Suite.

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Let’s check out the performance of this motherboard in the next section.


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1 comment

  1. CrazyElf

    Supposedly, this board is marketed towards the “long term” upgrade market, that is, people who upgrade every 4-5 years, so the emphasis is put on durability.

    I mean, what I like about this board is the backplate. That said, the Maximus VI Formula might have all of the features on this board and is expected to be in the ~$300 USD range, plus it comes with more OC power, and better components, so it’s probably a better buy.

    Actually on that note, is there anyone that knows when the Maximus VI Formula is to arrive here in North America?

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