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ASUS SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK 1/USB 3.1 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard

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  • Intel Z97
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 1866/ 1600/ 1333 Non-ECC, Un-buffered

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ASUS SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK 1/USB 3.1 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Ultra-fast 10Gb/s USB 3.1 built in to the board
  • 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 Armor with Flow Valve - Total Airflow-boosting Heat Dissipation
  • TUF Fortifier - Damage Protection and Improved Cooling
  • Dust Defenders - Repel the Dust, Expand the Lifespan
  • 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
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  1. TUF New Alloy Chokes
  2. USB 3.1
  3. TUF Thermal Armor with Flow Valve
  4. TUF Fortifier
  5. TUF ICe
  6. TUF 10K Ti-Caps
  7. CrossFireX/SLI Support
  8. Intel Z97 Chipset
  9. Front USB 3.0 Header
  10. Intel LGA1150 Socket
  11. New DIGI+ Power Control
  12. TUF MOSFETs

Thermal Armor with Flow Valve


Optimizes airflow to boost heat dissipation


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More than just a cool military-styled cover, TUF Thermal Armor employs dual fans to provide boosted airflow for rapid cooling. Reversible-airflow technology blows dust up and away from the heatsink VRM, while the exclusive flow-valve design controls the heat-pipe's air contact — great for liquid-cooling setups!

A combination of form and function, Z97 Thermal Armor has been upgraded with innovative reversible-airflow technology that literally blows dust up and away from the heatsink and VRM!

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Dust de-Fan technology spins Thermal Armor's assistant fan in reverse to blow particles out of the case.

This additional cooling can be optimized for different CPU cooling scenarios.


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By opening the two airflow valves, greater circulation can be achieved for air-cooling scenarios,

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while closing the valves will focus the airflow into the Thermal Armor channels — ideal for systems using self-contained liquid CPU coolers.

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.

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Z97 Thermal Radar 2's fan management has been expanded — so now you can control fans on ASUS graphics cards, as well as multiple case fans!

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Fan Control

With customizable settings for each fan, you can tune the Dust de-Fan technology to extend your motherboard's lifespan. Switch on your PC and Dust de-Fan briefly spins in reverse direction to disturb settled dust before switching to normal rotation to blow the dust out of the case. You can even monitor, manage and individually name and control your system's fans to create your perfect balance between quietness, cooling and performance.

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Thermal Tuning

You can also choose to optimize the whole system's fan setup with a single click. Based on the characteristics of each fan connected to your motherboard, all fan profiles can be quickly optimized.

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Thermal Status

With thermal-status reports showing CPU and graphics cards zone temperature in real-time, your system fan control can be as precise as you like! Additional CPU thermal assessment gauges temperature rises with increasing voltage, providing a benchmark to judge your CPU cooler's performance.

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Recorder

Critical voltages, temperatures and fan speeds are recorded over time, so you can review your system's history and make informed judgments for improved operation.

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DIGI + Power Control

DIGI+ Power Control is one of the most essential motherboard designs, and TUF offers ultra-precise memory tuning in addition to extra-accurate CPU voltage control. Best in class power efficiency and stability reduces wasteful voltage discrepancies and provides a more stable CPU and memory setup.

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TUF ICe

The total cooling commander

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.

Tested Reliability

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TUF Fortifier


Improves rigidity and cooling behind the board

TUF delivers great strength and cooling via exclusive TUF Fortifier. A reinforced backplate ensures that the motherboard doesn't buckle under the weight of heavy graphics cards and CPU coolers, minimizing the risk of damaged circuitry from bowing and bending.
TUF Fortifier also includes a thermal pad that efficiently directs heat away from the VRM and other components — an innovation that reduces operating temperatures by up to 7°C!

Z97 Bolsters boards against bending damage

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

Make the whole backplate your heatsink

TUF Fortifier uses a thermal pad attached to the motherboard, making the whole backplate a huge heatsink that directs heat away from key components such as VRMs and MOSFETs.

TUF Components


Certified for tough duty
  1. TUF 10K Ti-Caps+20% temp. tolerance and 5X longer lifetime usage
  2. TUF New Alloy Chokes:13.6% cooler for extra-unbeatable durability
  3. TUF MOSFETs: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
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Dust Defenders
Repel the dust, expand the lifespan
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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.

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) tests and many whole-build server-grade stability tests — so you know that your TUF motherboard can be trusted in all conditions.

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5 Years 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.

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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 3/2.0 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 the 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.

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  1. Map to MyFavorite:
    Quickly find tuning options and add preferred tools to the MyFavorites list!
  2. EZ Tuning Wizard – OC and RAID:
    Select your hardware and use 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
  • GPU POST:
    Find more info about your graphics cards and slot bandwidth allocation. Great for 2 or 3-way SLI or CrossFireX
  • 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!
Z97 10Gb/s USB 3.1 built in to the board

With the latest USB 3.1 connectivity built in and dual Type-A ports for the very fastest USB data transfers, you'll experience data-transfer speeds of up to 10Gbit/s — or twice as fast USB 3.0. The next-generation standard is completely backward-compatible with your existing USB devices, and you'll be all set for USB 3.1's breakneck speeds. And ASUS-exclusive USB 3.1 Boost technology automatically accelerates USB 3.1 performance even further!

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Cracked-up Content Creation!
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If design is in your blood, a TUF Z97 motherboard needs to be on your desktop! SATA Express connectivity stores and retrieve data at up to 10Gb/s. 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!

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Upgrade to super-fast Thunderbolt speed today

ASUS ThunderboltEX II series are the first Intel®-certified Thunderbolt™ 2 add-on card, offering the flexibility to upgrade your own build to Thunderbolt technology whenever you want. You can enjoy bi-directional transfer speeds up to 10Gbit/s* — that's four times (4X) faster than USB 3.0! Experience video in incredible detail on the latest 4K/UHD (ultra-high-definition) displays while using bandwidth-hungry storage devices at the same time.

Z97 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. 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 MARK 1/USB 3.1

Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
lasted a while

Pros: was bought in june of 2015 , finally died on me .

Cons: died on me .

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Puchased in 2015 - 5yr warrenty - Mobo was Discontinued in 2015 after purchase o.O...

Pros: Ok this mobo has metal backplane that is nice, I really like the "TUF armor" stuff - and all the bits of things that you get to cover open slots and un-used ports.
For few years this was heart of my build.. Good times was had, easy set-up and configure..
Lots of expand ability

Cons: Was discontinued same year - shortly after purchase..
Currently in RMA proccess due to some issue relating to board (refuses to post properly)
They stopped updating BIOS in 2015 - contacted support in 2018 about possible BIOS issue due to system not POSTing right.. was told mobo was discontinued and "NO more BIOS updated will be made available"
Turns out that was untrue - shortly after my contact with ASUS support - a BETA update was made available.. To late to help me.. but hope it helps others.

Other Thoughts: I loved the board while it worked.. Currently I am stuck without it and It sucks..
I am in process of RMA'ing the board for support - hoping they will fix it - referb it / something..
If not.. It will be last ASUS board I buy - as this is my 2nd ASUS mobo to have a issue years down road -while still under warranty - but not getting any support.
My first problem ASUS board was Striker II NSE - which would BSOD or FREEZE up until rebooted due to some error with North and south bridges.. (had to go in and overclock north/south bridge and another parameter to make system stableish)

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Awesome buy

Pros: The mini fans and heat shield
Plenty of Ports and USB 3.0
A reliable Brand
great performance
GUI based BIOS settings
4 RAM Slots
fast boot time

Cons: mini fans loud
Heat shield gets in the way of installing hardware
out of stock (as of the time I am writing this review)

Other Thoughts: Fits well in my Full Corsair Case and I like the color, this handles my demand greatly. Couldn't be more happier with it.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Awesome Motherboard for any build air cooling or water cooling

Pros: -Sturdy
-Flow value is a nice little feature
-3.1 usb
-and 3.0 usb
-Asus never disappoints me

Cons: -Can be heavy
-Have to be careful when installing the motherboard, even though its covered, treat it like any other motherboard ;)

Other Thoughts: Great motherboard for a year now

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
ASUS 4 the WIN!

Pros: Upgraded to this board from an Asus Sabertooth Z77 which allowed me to utilize my existing DDR3 ram I had on my old board without the need to spend more money!

Lots of major improvements in Bios settings! This board will satisfy both the beginner and the serious over clockers out there! EZ mode for the beginners pretty much holds your hand with simple walkthrough and setup for over clocking. For the more experienced users, the advanced setup mode offers many tweaking options, along with some great tools built into the Bios!

Tons of onboard data connection options, which will allow you to expand your system over time as needed. Ultra-fast 10Gb/s USB 3.1 built in to the board, with the option to keep the ports energized when the computer goes to sleep so that any USB devices plugged in will continue to charge.

Thermal Armor has been upgraded with Flow Valves now built in, allowing you to focus extra air flow where it is needed, either on the CPU heatsink area, or on the heat pipes if using a liquid cooled setup. Dust de-Fan technology spins Thermal Armor's assistant fan in reverse to blow particles out of the case. PCB convection holes are also a great improvement that create better air circulation and ensure effective cooling reaches under the board.

An additional 3 thermistor cables are included with the board for placement where ever you may want to monitor temperatures with your graphics cards or other components on top of the sensors that are already built into the board.

Don’t forget the great 5 Year Warranty as well! This will protect you down the road in case you should ever have a problem as it did in my case with my old Z77 board. More on this under Other Thoughts below!

Be sure to update the Bios! Latest version is 2801 which was released November 16, 2015.

Cons: None that I could see!

Other Thoughts: My old Sabertooth Z77 board developed a serious problem after 3.5 years so I requested an RMA and shipped it out.

The RMA process with Asus was flawless from start to finish! Only took 14 days from the time I shipped it out until it was back in my hands. If I had not purchased a board with a 5 year warranty, it would have been junk!

If your in the market for a new motherboard, this is a great one!

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Quality Board worth the extra cost!

Pros: You feel the quality as soon as you handle the board, it feels solid not flimsy and cheap. Installed perfectly with out a hitch.

Cons: none so far.

Other Thoughts: This is a board for the enthusiast. Most people will buy the $200.00 Asus board instead.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
great board

Pros: -no issues on installing or running hard for over 30 days.
-overclocks easy
-lots of cooling/fans options
-decent sound
-decent manual
-came with motherboard fans(2)

Cons: no real cons other than it came with a lot of connector caps that I don't see as needed but some might. For most normal environments this setup is a little bit of over protection towards dust. But then better safe than sorry. Fans do add to noise level.

Other Thoughts: installed on 11/15/2015 using
i7-4790
H60 water cooler
250 SSD Crucial
1TB Hard drive WD
16 GB Corsair RAM
EVGA 970 video

No problems, been running ever since. Plays games like Fallout 4 without issues of any kind. I got it mainly for the features (PCIEX1 ports, 3.1 USB, # of case fan ports, audio ports) not for the dust protections but the thermal guard is a nice feature. I worried that it might cause increase MB heat but it runs cool.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Great board but had a DOA on the first board

Pros: Great product, install was easy, and nice features.

Cons: Had to RMA my first board due to first 2 DIMM slots being DOA.

Other Thoughts: Here is the long and the short, I love this board. I'm not happy that I had to RMA the first board. Newegg took good care of me and the 2nd board is working like a champ.

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