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ASUS Sabertooth Z87 Intel Motherboard

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  • LGA1150 socket for 4th Generation Intel®Core™ i7/ i5/ i3/ Pentium® / Celeron® Processors
  • Intel® Z87 Express Chipset
  • TUF Fortifier - Bolsters boards against bending damage

Product details

ASUS Sabertooth Z87 Intel Motherboard

• LGA1150 socket for 4th Generation Intel®Core™ i7/ i5/ i3/ Pentium® / Celeron® Processors
• Intel® Z87 Express Chipset
• TUF Fortifier - Bolsters boards against bending damage
• Thermal Armor with Flow Valve - Total airflow-boosting heat dissipation
• Thermal Radar 2 - Complete system cooling, customized fan tuning
• Dust Defenders - Repel the dust, expand the lifespan
• TUF Components [10K Ti-Cap, Alloy Choke & MOSFET; certified by military-standard] – Certified for tough duty

Tactical Armor, Fortified Reliability
The TUF series delivers a "tough" image. With the unique design & high quality components (military-standard), TUF series is born for pursuing the preeminent stability, all-round compatibility, and extreme durability.

TUF Fortifier
TUF Fortifier adds a strong backplate so the motherboard doesn't buckle under the weight of heavy graphics cards and CPU coolers. Reduced PCB bowing and bending means an end to potentially damaged circuitry.

With a thermal pad directing heat away from VRM and other key components, TUF Fortifier combines great strength and cooling.

Prevent Bending
TUF Fortifier can handle more weight than that of really heavy CPU coolers and graphics cards, giving you a huge safety margin. Even the largest and heaviest can be installed with no risk of causing motherboard PCB stressing.

Enhanced Heat Conduction
TUF Fortifier uses a thermal pad attached to the motherboard, directing heat away from key components such as VRMs and MOSFETs, enhancing system cooling.

TUF Fortifier also protects DIY builders from solder pins and other sharp motherboard parts – preventing annoying cuts!

Thermal Armor with Flow Valve
Covers the entire board and features dual fans to direct cool air to critical parts and dissipate heat faster for better stability. Drastically boosts airflow and cooling with dual fans and a smart shunt design that directs hot air away from critical components. Air power is improved with a back I/O fan that pulls in cold air and expels even more heat. Exclusive flow valve design controls heatpipe air contact, better-utilizing liquid cooling setups.

Flow Valve
New generation Thermal Armor features an exclusive flow gate design. In open state, the flow valve allows cool airflow from downdraft fans into Thermal Armor, maximizing airflow for fan-based thermal setups. When closed, it focuses air on high-efficiency heatpipes for faster heat removal. This is especially useful for liquid cooling. This flexibility was created to cater to different cooling arrangements, and make the most of all.

Convection Holes
Openings in the board are strategically-placed to improve air circulation and ensure effective cooling reaches under the board. PCB convection holes lower in-case temperatures, adding to system stability and endurance.

Thermal Radar 2
With multiple onboard sensors and bundled thermistor cables, you can real-time monitor temperatures for areas around key components other than the motherboard itself. Customizable fan control gives you the flexibility of adjusting fan speeds manually and achieving optimal thermal tuning with one click.

Thermal Tuning
Thermal Radar 2 provides whole system fan optimization with a single click. This achieves the best cooling for your components beyond just the mere number of fans in your case. Based on the characteristics of each fan connected to your motherboard, all fan profiles can be quickly optimized.

Fan Control
Gives customized settings for each fan, which can be easily changed. You can supervise fan speeds to balance cooling and noise emissions, and fans can be manually managed, individually controlled, and even named. All these promote better cooling, noise reduction, and power saving.

Thermal Status
Thermal status reports show CPU and VGA area temperatures in real-time with smart thermal capacity evaluations for CPU and VGA zones. CPU thermal assessment gauges temperature rises with increasing voltage, providing a benchmark to judge your CPU cooler’s performance.

Dust Defenders
TUF design protects back I/O ports, expansion and memory slots plus critical connectors from dust and particles that degrade system performance over time if left unchecked. With a filter to ensure the back I/O fan doesn’t draw dust into the board, Dust Defenders guards against dust build up, helping your PC perform in an optimal and stable state longer.

ESD Guards
Electrostatic discharges (ESD) can happen suddenly, and their damaging effects are often underestimated. Exclusive ASUS ESD Guards circuit design and the included I/O shield provide four times the protection to extend component lifespan.

Server-Grade Test
All TUF Series motherboards pass a rigorous testing program during development, undergoing extreme temperature and humidity trials. These tests result in completely reliable motherboards that are ready for intense daily computing and heavy duty usage with the utmost stability.

TUF Components
TUF 10K black metallic capacitors and MOSFETs are screened by seven rigorous military-grade tests to ensure superior lifespan even under the most demanding conditions.

Unique Black Metallic capacitors with military-standard certification offer +20% high and low temperature tolerance and 5X longer lifetime usage.

Choke and MOSFETS
Chokes made of high-grade anti-oxidization materials for extra-unbeatable durability. TUF MOSFETs also pass military-grade tests with lower RDS(on), certified for tough duty.

Media-renowned UEFI BIOS from ASUS provides the smoothest mouse-controlled graphical BIOS, and now features more intuitive functions to quickly take you to favourite BIOS pages and frequently-accessed settings through custom shortcuts. You can even write quick notes in-BIOS for future reference, view an activity log of setting changes and modifications, and rename SATA ports. EZ Mode has a whole new look, upgraded with extra-friendly capabilities like detailed fan controls, XMP profile settings, SATA information, and fast clock adjustment. Together, these perfect your BIOS experience.

USB 3.0 BOOST (UASP Support)
ASUS USB 3.0 Boost technology supports UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) USB 3.0 in Windows 8. With USB 3.0 Boost technology, a USB device's transmission speed is significantly increased up to 170%, adding to already fast USB 3.0 performance. ASUS software automatically accelerates data rates for compatible USB 3.0 peripherals without any user interaction.
• World’s 1st USB 3.0 UASP support – instantly 170% faster
• Complete USB 3.0 solution– performance boost under Turbo Mode or UASP Mode for most USB devices
• Simple plug and boost – auto detection design ensures best performance

CPU , Chipset Features and Latest Transfer Technology
This motherboard supports Intel® 4th generation Core™ i7/i5/i3/Pentium®/Celeron® processors in the LGA1150 package, with iGPU, memory and PCI Express controllers integrated to support onboard graphics output with dedicated chipsets, 2-channel (4 DIMM) DDR3 memory and 16 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 lanes. This provides great graphics performance. Intel® 4th generation Core™ i7/i5/i3/Pentium®/Celeron® processors are among the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world.

The Intel® Z87 Express Chipset is a single-chipset design that supports socket LGA1150 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3/Pentium®/Celeron® processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. Additionally, Z87 provides a maximum 6 USB 3.0 ports and 6 SATA 6Gb/s ports for faster data retrieval. Moreover, the Intel® Z87 Express Chipset also supports iGPU functions, letting users enjoy the latest Intel integrated graphics performance.
CPU Intel® Socket 1150 for 4th Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors
Supports Intel® 22 nm CPU
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
Chipset Intel® Z87
Memory 4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 1866/1600/1333 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel Memory Architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
Graphic Integrated Graphics Processor
Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DisplayPort ports
Supports HDMI with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
Supports DisplayPort with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 3840 x 2160 @ 60 Hz
Maximum shared memory of 1024 MB
Supports Intel® InTru™ 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider™
Multi-GPU Support Supports NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ Technology
Supports AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology
Expansion Slots 2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode, black)
3 x PCIe x1
Storage Intel® Z87 chipset :
6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), brown
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology, Intel® Rapid Start Technology, Intel® Smart Connect Technology
ASMedia® ASM1061 controller :
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), beige
ASMedia® ASM1061 controller :
2 x eSATA 6Gb/s port(s), red
LAN Intel® I217V, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)
Audio Realtek® ALC1150 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
High quality 112 dB SNR stereo playback output (Line-out at rear) and 104 dB SNR recording input (Line-in)
Audio Feature :
Absolute Pitch 192kHz/ 24-bit True BD Lossless Sound
Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
BD Audio Layer Content Protection
USB Ports Intel® Z87 chipset :
6 x USB 3.0/2.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
Intel® Z87 chipset :
8 x USB 2.0/1.1 port(s) (4 at back panel, black, 4 at mid-board)
Special Features TUF ENGINE! Power Design :
8 +2 Digital Phase Power Design
TUF Components (Alloy choke, Ti-Cap. & MOSFET; certified by military-standard)
Ultimate COOL! Thermal Solution :
TUF Thermal Armor with Flow Valve
TUF Thermal Radar 2
Safe & Stable! Guardian Angel :
Dust Defender
TUF Fortifier
ASUS Exclusive Features :
Remote GO!
USB BIOS Flashback
AI Suite 3
Ai Charger
ESD Guards
ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface
Network iControl
USB 3.0 Boost
Precision Tweaker 2
ASUS O.C. Profile
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
ASUS EZ Flash 2
Multi-language BIOS
ASUS Q-Design :
ASUS Q-Shield
ASUS Q-Connector
Operating System Support Windows® 8.1
Windows® 8
Windows® 7
Back I/O Ports 1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI
2 x eSATA 6Gb/s
1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
4 x USB 3.0 (blue)
4 x USB 2.0
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
6 x Audio jack(s)
1 x USB BIOS Flashback Button(s)
Internal I/O 1 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 port(s) (19-pin, moss green)
2 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 2.0 port(s)
1 x TPM header
8 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin)
1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin)
4 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (4 x 4 -pin)
2 x Assistant Fan connector(s) (2 x 3 -pin)
1 x S/PDIF out header(s)
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x Front panel connector(s)
1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
1 x DirectKey Button(s)
1 x DRCT header(s)
1 x MemOK! button(s)
3 x Thermal sensor connector(s)
1 x Clear CMOS jumper(s)
Accessories User's manual
Accessory Guide
ASUS Q-Shield
4 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
1 x SLI bridge(s)
1 x Q-connector(s) (2 in 1)
2 x Accessory Fan(s) ( 35 mm )
1 x TUF Certification card(s)
1 x TUF 5 Year Warranty manual(s) (by region)
1 x TUF Inside sticker(s)
1 x Accessory Package(s):
1 x 40mm I/O Cover fan lid(s)
3 x PCIe x16 slot dust cover(s)
2 x DRAM slot dust cover(s)
3 x PCIe x1 slot dust cover(s)
2 x Short fan screw(s)
4 x Long fan screw(s)
1 x Adhesive Sponge(s) for 35mm Fan
3 x Thermistor cable(s)
1 x back I/O dust frame 1 x back I/O dust grid
1 x connector dust cover collection (On board USB 3.0, DVI, HDMI, DP, LAN)
2 x On board USB 2.0 connector dust cover(s)
8 x back I/O USB 2.0 connector dust cover(s)
7 x On board SATA connector dust cover(s)
2 x eSATA Connector dust cover(s)
6 x Audio connector dust cover(s)
BIOS 64 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.7, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0, Multi-language BIOS,
Manageability WfM 2.0, DMI 2.7, WOL by PME, PXE
Support Disc Drivers
ASUS Utilities
Form Factor ATX Form Factor
12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )

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