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ASUS SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK2 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/ 1066
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years


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  • Carlos T.
  • 3/19/2015 2:50:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFew months later...Very Happy!!

Pros: Nice quality, solid. More than enough features. Runs very well for me.

Cons: None, just know what your doing
I was in the same annoyed boat as a lot of you until I figured my issue out.

Other Thoughts: Had previously left a 2 star review than 5 star for thinking I had bad PSU. Basically, like a lot of people I had issues at first and doubted the board BUT it was me, not the product. It's just very finicky and you MUST step by step troubleshoot properly. I RMA'd my 1st board thinking it was faulty after checking CPU, MEM, PSU, BIOS update and many trial and errors.

In the end all that was wrong was my trusty old Antec case from 2003 I had used over and over again had a faulty "Reset" button switch. So as long as the header was plugged in, it kept cycling through the dreaded CPU & DRAM error Red LED's. took me forever to figure it out until I built it outside of the case and went step by step down the line troubleshooting. I'm sure the 1st board I RMA'd was just fine since I had similar results prior to me figuring it out.

End the end I purchased and upgraded to a nice bad a-s-s Cooler Master case and never looked back with issues. Been rock solid overclocked since & cool.

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  • Alvin K.
  • 3/12/2015 4:01:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWon't use ASUS again

Pros: If it had worked I might have a given it a good review

Cons: Motherboard was DOA. A memory error would not let the board go past that point. All other hardware was verified on other equipment. It was passed the 30 day New Egg return date. Called ASUS several times and waited, I finally got a technician to answer my call but it was beyond her scope. Another technician was to call, waited over a week no call, went online and found a automated RMA page and was given an RMA number and shipped it back. I packaged it up and found after re-reading shipping instructions a pin shield needed to be put in place. I placed it as per the instructions and shipped it back. I received an email saying the pins were bent and it would cost me $180 plus shipping.
If they didn't build it right the first time, why would I trust them to fix it right a second time

Other Thoughts: I have built many computers with ASUS before, but NO MORE

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Alvin,

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. If you can gave us another chance, I can help you with this issue. If
you want to discuss this matter further please don't hesitate to email at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case # N150344095 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.

Regards,
Ana
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • daniel t.
  • 3/11/2015 9:34:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCan't keep it cool, customer service nonexistant

Pros: Looks good. Not entirely flimsy. Included matching SATA cables. Lots of fan headers.

Cons: Northbridge won't cool off. Idles at 60C no matter how much air I direct at it. The on-board probe for "vcore" and "vcore back" read out temps of 60C and 50C at idle, respectively. This is without overclocking in a well-cooled case (Corsair obsidian 450D with a full set of high-flow fans). I contacted ASUS customer service twice through two different mediums, with no response after a week. A 5 year warranty is worthless if you can't contact the company. :(

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. If you can gave us another chance, I can help you with this issue. If
you want to discuss this matter further please don't hesitate to email at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case # N150344169 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.

Regards,
Ana
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Dean D.
  • 3/3/2015 11:46:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEasy setup, no quirks so far

Pros: Easy setup. Had no problems setting up Win 8.1 64 Pro with this config.

Cons: Wish it had 3 internal USB 2.0 headers. Case needed one, H100i needed one, and PS needed one (latter two only required for Corsair software utility to report temps, power draw, etc.). Had to buy an additional controller for this.

Other Thoughts: Works fine for me with all of the following, which I purchased when I purchased this. This is in a Fractal Design R5 case. Only nit I have so far is that I ran short one USB2.0 header so I had to buy a separate NZXT controller (needed three headers).


Intel 530 Series SSDSC2BW480A4K5 2.5" 480GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Intel Core i7-4790K Haswell Quad-Core 4.0GHz LGA 1150 Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4600 BX80646I74790K

CORSAIR HXi CP-9020072-NA 750W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Power Supply

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK2 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm

CORSAIR Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model CMZ32GX3M4X1866C10

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  • Troy P.
  • 2/22/2015 6:59:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsSolid board for water cooling

Pros: Price is decent
Layout is very good, nothing is blocked by video cards.
Runs cool when under loads.
Great warranty.

Cons: Mouse and Keyboard dead issue, don't RMA the board. Other reviews talk about the mouse and keyboard becoming unresponsive. This happens when you start adding or swapping SATA devices and the default USB boot mode is set to quick boot for quick initialization of USB for faster boots. I had this issue with the board where the mouse and keyboard was dead on start up. I simply pulled the battery and cleared CMOS and it fixed the issue. Also setting the BIOS to initialize all USB ports on boot will keep this from happening again.

No M.2 or 10GBs SATA
No advanced Audio or gaming specific LAN

Other Thoughts: pull the CMOS battery for a few mins to resolve most initialization issues. Haven't tried the SLI yet so cant comment.

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  • Joseph C.
  • 2/15/2015 12:30:34 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Board for the Money, some warts.

Pros: Lots of fan headers, like ridiculous amounts of fan headers. Combined with the AI suite software you will have complete control of your cooling within your computer. Board is incredibly rigid showing that is is well made and the 5 year warranty is well above the industry average. Most everything is well laid out on the board with one notable exception.

Cons: Price is a bit high for a z97 board without sata express and m.2 connections. Comparable feature wise this board is roughly 20 - 30% more. Obviously this extra cost is a result of the warranty and the general ruggedness of the board, but it is worth noting.

The biggest con of all is the parallel to the board USB 3 header. In some cases this a non issue but in cases that have access holes for cable management you really have to bend the USB 3 cable to the point I was seriously worried about the status of my front USB post build. fortunately it worked, but i'm already trying to think of ways to move the cable to relieve the strain on it.

Other Thoughts: I've only bought ASUS motherboards for myself. I've used other boards for friends and family builds, some were pretty nice, but I always come back to ASUS for my builds. This one was as expected. Well built and I already know how good ASUS warranty policy is.

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  • Calvin C.
  • 2/10/2015 3:33:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSabertooth mark 2

Pros: My first build and this board gave no problem at all. Works out of the box with i7 4790k picked up my pny ram (not on supported list) adjusted all 6 fans and water cooler. bios setup gaming .

Cons: vcore runs to warm for me had to back the gaming setup in bios down some

Other Thoughts: Not a real issue but a user problem vcore runs hot around 55c . This was because I had bios set on extreme gaming and I don't have the fan setup for that ,so if your gaming hard have a fan blowing toward the vcore left of the cpu

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Porchglider,

We want to thank you for your time posting this review. We're glad that your happy with the unit and that your satisfied with it as well. It's good to have a positive feedback from our customer. If in the future your going to need assistance

with the unit or any other ASUS product please feel free to email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case # N150239244 in the subject line for your reference.

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

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Dimitris G.
  • 2/3/2015 7:04:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsNothing but problems

Pros: I've had this board for about a month now. I had a EVA GTX-970 and all worked great. Rock solid and no issues at all however.....

Cons: I added a second EVGA GTX-970 in SLI. This is where the problems started. I have had so much trouble with this motherboard. Once i installed the second GTX-970 initially things worked fine. However on a reboot the second PCI-E card was not detected.

I thought, it may have been the power supply. I was using a Corsair TX-650 and possibly may have been too low wattage for SLI so ice since updated to a TX-750M. However the problem remains. I have also updated the Bios to the latest version - 2012. When the BIOS was updated both my cards were detected and all seemed fine. However on Reboot, the second GTX-970 is no longer detected.

I thought maybe the second GTX-970 was defective but i ruled that out also because i swapped both cards around and both of them work just fine in the first PCI-E slot. At this point i dont know what else to do. I'm stuck with a motherboard that wont pick up the second GTX-970 unless i reflash the bios, then it will work until i reboot.

Other Thoughts: i dont recommend this board to anyone who wants to use SLI. Right now im looking at an AsRock motherboard instead. Nothing but headaches with the Sabretooth MK2

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for posting this review and I understand the frustration. I just want to ask you first have you tried doing the bridge mode? Please email me the information at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case # N150212071 in the subject line for your reference.

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

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Timothy M.
  • 2/2/2015 1:47:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat motherboard

Pros: -BIOS work great and easy to use.

Cons: -None yet.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Timlorde,

Thank you for posting a review for the unit. Appreciate that you gave a positive feedback for the unit. We're glad that you love the unit and that it's working properly. If in the future you need assistance with the unit of with any ASUS product please email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case # N150204657 in the subject for your case reference.

ASUS Customer Loyalty are dedicated in providing positive customer experience.

Thank you for trusting ASUS.

Best regards,
Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Joshua D.
  • 1/31/2015 2:55:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent features

Pros: Pretty standard issue installation, the user's manual is pretty thorough, and the box contained almost everything I needed to build a rig from scratch.
I LOVE the BIOS on this board. The GUI is much nicer than any other board I've worked with and has many more features than you'd expect.
10/10, would buy and install again.

Cons: I recently built two machines on this motherboard, one of them came DOA. Currently in the RMA process.

This does not come with any mounting hardware for your case, so keep this in mind.

Other Thoughts: I love ASUS. I've been building Sabertooth rigs for years now and plan on continuing.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Cookie,

In behalf of ASUS I want to thank you for continues support. We're glad that you posted a great review regarding one of our product. It's great to received a positive feedback from our customer. I understand that you're happy and satisfied with the unit since it's been working great. If you're going to have a problem with the unit or any ASUS product please don't hesitate to email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case # N150204721 in the subject line for your reference.

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

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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