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ASUS SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK1 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z97
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 1866/1600/1333
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TUF ATX Intel® Z97 Military-Grade Motherboard with Advanced Cooling and an Even More Accessible Price

  • LGA1150 Socket for the 5th, New 4th and 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors
  • Intel® Z97 Express Chipset
  • TUF ICe - Your Total Cooling Commander
  • Thermal Radar 2 - Customized Fan Tuning, Complete System Cooling
  • TUF Components (TUF 10K Ti-Caps, TUF New Alloy Choke & MOSFETs; Certified by Military-standard) - Certified for Tough Duty
  • Server-grade Tests - Systematically-tested Stability
  • ESD (Anti-Surge) - Strong ESD Protection for Extended Component Lifespan

  1. TUF New Alloy Chokes
  3. CrossFireX/SLI Support
  4. TUF ICe
  5. TUF 10K Ti-Caps
  6. LGA1150 Socket
  7. Intel Z97 Chipset
  8. Front USB 3.0
Thermal Radar 2
Customized Fan Tuning, Complete System Cooling

Z97 Thermal Radar 2 now lets you control fans on ASUS graphics cards, as well your case fans! Multiple onboard sensors and the bundled thermistor cables let you monitor graphics card temperatures and other key components in real time, so you can adjust manually or optimize automatically with one click.

The Total Cooling Commander

  1. ASUS TUF engineering team have forged a brand-new microchip that delivers incredibly precise temperature monitoring and fan controls.
With the TUF ICe, you can be assured that monitoring of onboard temperature sensors and fan speeds is always ultra-accurate — whether you're adjusting settings manually or using the automatic one-click optimization.
TUF Components
Certified for Tough Duty


+20% Temp. tolerance and 5X longer lifetime usage
SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK 2 2. TUF New Alloy Chokes:

13.6% cooler for extra-unbeatable durability

Military-grade certified MOSFETs with lower RDS(on)*
*Low RDS means more power efficient and will thus produce slightly less heat as a by-product of the MOSFET
Server-Grade Tests
Systematically-Tested Stability

TUF is proud to be a leading total solution provider. That means we test more than just the product itself - we examine system durability as a whole. Our motherboards undergo extreme temperature variations (thermal shock), extensive Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) test and many whole-build server-grade stability tests - so you know that your TUF motherboard can be trusted in all conditions.

Five-Year Warranty
Guaranteed Reliability

Each and every TUF motherboard is built with components certified for military use and undergoes serious server-level burn-in tests, including over 7,000 hours of compatibility checks with over 1,000 devices. TUF is forged solid for your confidence, which is why every board is covered by a 5-year warranty.

TUF ESD Guards
Strong ESD Protection for Extended Component Lifespan

Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can happen suddenly, and its damaging effects are easily underestimated. TUF ESD Guards are tested to standards that are up to 2X higher than industry standards, ensuring electrostatic discharges are properly grounded from all onboard connectivity - and that means greater component longevity.

  1. Keyboard and Mouse Connectors:
    Additional on-circuit ESD transient-voltage-suppression (TVS) diodes.
  2. USB 3.0 / 2.0 Connectors:
    On-circuit transient-voltage-suppression (TVS) diodes and capacitor protection for surface-mount and dual-inline packages.
  3. Audio Connectors:
    Capacitor protection on both front and back audio-output circuits.
  4. LAN Port:
    ESD transient-voltage-suppression (TVS) diode protection on the LAN circuit bolstered by an anti-surge LAN connector that increases protection against extreme events, such as lightning strikes.

Media-Acclaimed Most Intuitive UEFI BIOS
The smoothest mouse-controlled graphical BIOS is with improvements to both EZ and Advanced Modes. It benefits both the novice builder as well as the seasoned overclocker.

  1. Map to MyFavorite:
    Quickly find tuning options and add preferred tools to the MyFavorites list!
  2. EZ Tuning Wizard – OC and RAID:
    Just select your hardware and using easy-to-understand scenarios to tune system performance or streamline your RAID configuration for faster data retrieval and backups!
  3. EZ XMP:
    Improve your DRAM performance with a click!
  4. Intuitive graphical fan control:
    Fine-tune individual fans simply by dragging a curve with the mouse!
  5. Real-Time Hardware Monitor:
    Benefit from instant information from the critical parts of your system!

EZ Mode
  • Fan Profile:
    Detailed CPU and case fan information for instant cooling!
  • SATA Information:
    Displays SATA port details for you to easily recognize devices!
  • Fast Clock Adjustment:
    Use mouse controls to change the time and date!
  • EZ XMP:
    Improve your DRAM performance with a click!
Advanced Mode
  • Shortcut:
    Press Enter to create shortcuts to favorite settings, or select an existing shortcut and press F4 to go straight there!
  • Quick Notes:
    Make notes and capture BIOS-related ideas, quickly and conveniently!
  • Last Modified Log:
    Track last change and save preferred profiles onto a USB drive!
  • SATA Port Renaming:
    Rename SATA ports for easy identification!

Cracked-Up Content Creation
If design is in your blood, a TUF Z97 motherboard needs to be on your desktop! Exclusive USB 3.0 Boost technology drives data transfer at speeds that are up to 170% faster than standard. For you, that means slicker workflow every hour of every day – no more drumming your fingers waiting for images to transfer or files to save or load! You also get our exclusive Turbo LAN technology, which automatically optimizes your Internet connection for the fastest and smoothest possible file transfers. TUF Z97 even helps with your multiple-monitor setup, ensuring total stability right up to 4K/UHD resolutions! Learn More>>


TUF Audio Design
TUF Audio Design makes short work of optimizing audio settings for the way you want to listen, chatting, watching movies or relaxing to your favorite music. Onboard physical shielding, professional engineered design and premium components result in sound output that has exceptional clarity and fidelity.

  1. Audio Shielding
    Ensures precision analog/digital separation and greatly reduced multi-lateral interference
  2. Audio Amplifier
    Enhance the highest quality sound for headphone and speakers
  3. Unique De-Pop Circuit
    Reduces start-up popping noise to all audio outputs
  4. Special Layout Design
    Separate layers for left and right channels to guard the quality of the sensitive audio signals

Learn more about the ASUS SABERTOOTH Z97

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years

Customer Reviews of the ASUS SABERTOOTH Z97

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  • Brett C.
  • 3/18/2015 2:31:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGood while it lasted

Pros: If the board is functioning it is a nice performer.

Cons: I have had this board for 8 months, and it has died twice. The first time I RMA'ed it and while prepping the shipment I damaged the CPU pins, and had to pay for repairs... nothings perfect, it died but I damaged it on the way in.. no harm no foul there.

Two months later I rebooted my machine and it won't post. Through trouble shooting I deduce that memory channel "A" is bad and sent the board in for another RMA.. two weeks later same broken board is returned to me with the same problem. When I called tech support I was told they certified it working and since I didn't listen for beep codes it was a waste of my money to ship it.

To date I have replace or removed all parts except for the motherboard and it has the same issue, but their RMA department just wasted my time and money by shipping it back and forth.

Other Thoughts: I've used asus MBs since the 90s when I got a 440bx board and have loved them enough to support them through other devices such as phones, network gear, tablets and video cards. But treating me like an idiot and proving awful customer service means I can't support them anymore.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We want to thank you for making an effort posting this review and I understand that you have issue with the motherboard. I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this issue have caused you. I understand how frustrating it is since you have RMA'd it alreadyand the motherboard came back the same. If you can gave us another chance, I can help you with this issue. I can create a new RMA for the unit and I will note that the first repair is unsuccessful since the unit came back with the same issue. If you want to discuss this matter further please don't hesitate to email at and put case # N150379759 in the subject line for your reference.

ASUS Customer Loyalty is dedicated in helping you and all other ASUS customers.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Alexander Y.
  • 3/3/2015 5:54:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsASUS "USE" to be a good brand

Pros: Looks Good
Supports everything I need
Can do 3 Way SLI (I don't use nor need this but it's a nice feature to have.)
Contains 2 fans, one intake and the other exhaust for under the "Armor" portion.
Lots of USB ports

Cons: Expensive
Hard to get to some connections because of the "Armor" bulking out
Unusable after a little more than a month.

I put together my new PC on January 1st, 2015. A little over a month later, I come home and turn my PC on for a little gaming session, about 30 minutes later, my computer all of a sudden shuts off (no power) in the middle of a game. I power it back on and then it shuts off again after 3 seconds, not even enough time to get to the boot screen. This was particularly upsetting because abruptly shutting off like that could easily have damaged other components or corrupted the data on my HD.

My first thought was the PSU, which I then RMA'd and bought a new one while I waited which had more Watts and more efficient. This didn't work, I changed the RAM, GPU, CPU Cooler, Cleaned the CPU and nothing worked. I then reset the BIOS via removing and re-attaching CMOS Battery, which kept it powered on for an extra 2 seconds.

I then unplugged everything except the RAM, CPU and CPU Cooler, which it powered off after 5 seconds. That's when I figured out that the motherboard had failed. I attempted to contact ASUS via their email services. Don’t get me started on what an absolute nightmare ASUS’ support path is.

First, the site required me to enter a bunch of information about my system. I did that and gleefully pressed send and I was promptly greeted with a message telling me that I couldn't leave a value empty, which I didn't. Triple, Quadruple checked. Even tried different browsers and it still didn't work.

After all of that, I decided to do a live chat with a guy who, I’m fairly certain was closely related R2D2 (the robot trash can from Star Wars). I told him my situation and he kept saying "I apologize". I’m not looking for an apology. I’m seeking a resolution and for you to honor the warranty you provided me when I purchased your product.

Eventually we got to the point where he decided to help me with an RMA. R2D3 kept dodging my questions with other questions. He refused to answer anything regarding how long the process takes. It’s very upsetting that I’ve been without a PC for going on 2.5 weeks now, and I would just like to know when I can expect to get my PC working again. Eventually I just told him to get the RMA process going and I'll go buy another motherboard in the meantime. Completely Unacceptable Service.

Always had Asus Motherboards. This is my last one. In fact, this is the absolute last time I buy anything ASUS because it has become painfully obvious that satisfying their customers is WAYYY down on their priority list.

Other Thoughts: PC Specifications:

Intel i7-4790k
Intel 730 Series 480GB SSD
Seagate Barracuda 2TB HDD x2
EVGA Supernova 1000W P2
NZXT Kraken X61 Closed Loop Liquid Cooler
NZXT H440 Razer Edition Mid Tower
ASUS Sabertooth Mark I
Corsair Vengeance 1866 (2 x 8GB)

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/25/2015 1:57:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSick!

Pros: With metal back plate and the thermal armour this thing is a beast. Very strong construction.

Great attention to things such as USB3.0 port and SATA ports being at a right angle so there is no stress on the MoBo from the cable and makes your build look that much cleaner.

The 2 included MoBo fans are pretty awesome as well as all the plugs to fill in any unused ports, pci/e slots, or dimms

Cons: Some of the screw holes in the thermal armour are long no eggs subtracted though just suggest using a magnetic or good fitting screw driver shouldn't be to big of an issue.

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  • 2/22/2015 9:19:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Motherboard, Bad software

Pros: Great aesthetics, Useful thermal sensors, and overclocks like a champ.

Coming from an AMD system, I don't have much contrast between other Intel boards but I chose this one for it's great warranty and I plan on using it (hopefully I don't have to) when the time comes.

It has great features like it's 2 built in "dust de-fans" and provided slot covers for unused pci-e and ram slots.

Cons: The 4/5 eggs is due to it's horrible Thermal Radar 2 program. You can download AI Suite 3 but for the love of good do not hit the thermal tuning button on the Thermal radar section of the Suite. The only thing I'd use this section for is to adjust the fan speeds of the 2 assist fans (the 2 tiny ones mounted near the vcore and the pci-e slots) because they do get pretty loud.

If you do decide to run the thermal tuning option it will by-pass whatever fan curve you've set in the bios and it's a pain to get that back. You'll have to actually go on the ASUS forums and download an uninstall program, even after that you have to maunally delete some registries to completely remove the thermal radar program.

So what if you want the fan curves provided in Thermal Radar 2? Whatever settings you apply here will simply disappear if you decide to set a custom profile. You can set a certain fan to speed up if a certain section of the board is getting hot, but whatever sections of the board you set for the program to monitor they'll simply vanish and you have to manually set them each time you load up that profile.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/22/2015 1:55:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggstotally radical

Pros: Looks awesome, came with candy, easy to install. Either I'm to stupid or its a flaw (not docking any eggs if I'm this stupid) but I could only find one 4 pin slot for any fans that came with the case I got. The bios is so very easy to work with you'd be amazed.

Cons: I'm stupid

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/22/2015 6:46:16 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Looks cool, lots of expansion

Cons: Doa on arrival, shield is a pita to deal with. Has anyone even removed it?

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  • Matthew S.
  • 2/18/2015 1:16:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove this board, built like a tank

Pros: Plenty of things to love about this board. It has all the upgrades speed wise and is built like a tank. Great board for the price

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: Really great board and has everything you would want in a board

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  • Brady R.
  • 2/16/2015 4:14:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Honestly, I bought this for its looks but it still does what it says on the box! The software that comes with it is also good to use for monitoring and tweaking. But seriously, this board is gorgeous!

Cons: None so far

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  • Aaron K.
  • 2/15/2015 9:56:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat MB

Pros: Fast to setup. Easy to use. It has a 5 year warranty.

Cons: It's difficult to install due to all the excess armor, etc. If you're experienced and you have the right tools it won't matter. Not docking an egg because it's not hard to figure out lol.

Other Thoughts: I'm not overclocker and was looking for high performance and reliability. I believe I've found what I was looking for.

Intel i7-4790k
Asus Sabertooth Mark1
Asus Strix GTX 970
Corsair H100i Liquid Cooler
G.Skill 2x8 Trident X 1866
Corsair HX850 PSU
1x WD Black 4TB
2x WD Blue 500GB
Samsung 850 Pro SSD 512GB
Corsair 450d Mid-Tower
Asus DVD Drive
3x BitFenix Red Spectre Pro Fans

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  • Steven F.
  • 2/13/2015 4:59:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUSB 3.0 Problems

Pros: The board is straightforward to install. It has more than enough connectors for most people. The BIOS has a fussy interface, but provides a good selection of options.

Cons: This motherboard has two USB 3.0 controllers: one is by Intel and manages the USB 3.0 connectors in the rear I/O panel, and the other is by ASMedia and manages a USB 3.0 connector near the PCI slots. We have installed the latest drivers from ASUS' website for both controllers.

We have an AFT XM-37U 3.5" card reader (N82E16820176024) connected to the internal ASMedia USB 3.0 connector. This card reader includes a USB 3.0 port. The card reader and USB port have worked flawlessly.

Unfortunately, the USB ports in the rear I/O panel are a serious enough problem that we wish we had purchased a different motherboard. USB 3.0 devices plugged into the rear USB 3.0 ports either do not get recognized or are recognized only after a delay. Once recognized they often perform poorly, and can produce BSODs when unplugged. We have spent over 2 hours on hold with ASUS waiting for a tech to help sort out this issue. No answer so far.

Other Thoughts: This motherboard was used in a new build with new components. Really wanted it to work, but we will probably have to get an RMA.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

I am sorry that you are having issues with the motherboard's USB ports. Have you already updated the BIOS to the latest version? It may help with an increase in stability and compatability for newer devices. In addition, I would also advise viewing the QVL to which I have posted a link below for your convenience. It should help as a reference for tested working devices.

If you still would like to RMA, please refer to the link below. Simply fill out all pertinent info so that we can process your RMA and send you the instructions to have the unit sent in for repair service. Optionally you can contact ASUS support (live chat or phone in) to have them create a case and RMA as well if you have any issues with the form. If you would like to discuss this case further, please contact me through email and include your reference number within the subject line. In addition, please provide me with what troubleshooting steps you had tried, as well as the rest of the systems hardware configuration. Thank you. Cs#N150272294!b2c2/c24v6


ASUS Customer Loyalty

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