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ASUS SABERTOOTH Z87 Intel Motherboard Review

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ASUS SABERTOOTH Z87 ATX Intel Motherboard Review

By David Ramsey

Manufacturer: ASUStek Inc.
Product Name: LGA1150 ATX Motherboard
Model Number: SABERTOOTH Z87
UPC: 886227487509 EAN: 4716659
Price As Tested: $259.99 (Amazon|Newegg)

Full Disclosure: ASUStek provided the product sample used in this article.

ASUS’ newest TUF motherboards are built on Intel’s new Z87 chipset, for the new Haswell-based LGA 1150 CPUs. The TUF line emphasizes reliability and durability rather than a cornucopia of consumer features or the ability to reach heroic overclocking levels. Can an enthusiast love the SABERTOOTH Z87? Benchmark Reviews checks this board out to see what makes it special enough to include in your next rig.

The “TUF” moniker in ASUS’ TUF motherboard series stands for “The Ultimate Force”, a perhaps strained marketing term. First introduced a few years back in Socket 1156 form, the original TUF boasted mil-spec components, ceramic-coated heat sinks, and an industry-leading warranty. ASUS seemed to be testing the waters, then– there was no TUF board for the then-dominant Socket 1366. But since then, the TUF line has spread so that there are now TUF versions for LGA1155, LGA2011, and LGA1150.

It’s a little hard to figure out who the target demographic is, though. It’s not a mainstream board, and at the same time it’s not ostensibly marketed to gamers like the Republic of Gamers series is.

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z87 Motherboard IO Corner

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z87 Motherboard IO Corner

Although the original LGA1156 and LGA2011 TUF boards didn’t have it, starting with the LGA1155 version, ASUS has started including its “TUF Thermal Armor” with these boards. The plastic cladding certainly gives the board a unique look, but there’s much more to the TUF “accessorization” than that, as we’ll see going forwards.


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  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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