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ASUS Announces Limited-Edition TUF Sabertooth Z97 Mark S

ASUS today announced TUF Sabertooth Z97 Mark S, a Z97 ATX motherboard with a strikingly-white, irresistibly-tough arctic-camouflage design and a limited-edition production run.

The latest ASUS masterpiece features multiple renowned TUF features. These include TUF camouflage-white Thermal Armor with Flow Valve to optimize airflow, Thermal Radar 2 for intuitive fan tuning, a TUF ICe microchip to intelligently monitor and control system temperatures and fan speeds, reinforced camouflage-white TUF Fortifier backplate, high-durability TUF Components and TUF Dust Defenders to prevent airborne particles entering via external ports.

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Strikingly white, irresistibly tough and exclusively rare
Sabertooth Z97 Mark S made its first appearance at Computex 2014, where it was exhibited as a concept board bearing the codename ‘Sabranco’ – a portmanteau of saber and ‘branco’, the Portuguese word for ‘white’.

Responding to the hugely-positive visitor feedback, our engineers refined the design to produce the Sabertooth Z97 Mark S, the very first all-white motherboard in the ASUS TUF series with an extra-special dimension that we know enthusiast PC-builders will love. Innovative printing technology means that Sabertooth Z97 Mark S retains its strikingly-white hue for its lifetime, without discoloring.

Adding to the aesthetic appeal are two traditional Chinese characters adorning the rear side of Sabertooth Z97 Mark S. Carrying the meaning ‘tiger spirit’, they signify that Sabertooth Z97 Mark S is made with unwavering endurance to survive the most extreme conditions.

Sabertooth Z97 Mark S also has exclusive limited-edition rarity, and every single board will be individually numbered.

The motherboard that keeps as cool as it looks
Sabertooth Z97 Mark S is equipped to keep as cool as its strikingly-white looks. TUF’s Thermal Armor with Flow Valve technology is an exclusive arctic-camouflage-style cover with dual fans to boost airflow across the system for maximum heat dissipation. The new board comes with TUF’s easy-to-use Thermal Radar 2 software to make quick work of fan tuning for complete system cooling, enabling users to enjoy the perfect balance between quietness, cooling and performance.

Sabertooth Z97 Mark S also has an onboard TUF ICe microchip, which delivers incredibly precise temperature monitoring and fan control whether adjusting settings manually or via Thermal Radar 2’s one-click optimization feature.

TUF by name, tough by nature
Sabertooth Z97 Mark S offers great strength and cooling, with exclusive TUF Fortifier technology. This 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 back of the 8+2-phase Digi+ voltage-regulator module (VRM) and other critical components – an innovation that reduces operating temperatures by up to 7В°C.

TUF Components ensure that Sabertooth Z97 Mark S is tough enough for the most demanding situations. Japanese-made 10K black metallic capacitors offer 20%-better temperature endurance for a lifespan that’s up to five times (5X) longer, and TUF’s New alloy chokes are manufactured using high-grade anti-oxidization materials to provide better heat dissipation and unbeatable durability.

Sabertooth Z97 Mark S even includes color-matched white TUF Dust Defenders to cover unused slots, protecting the PC against minuscule particles and environmental contamination – further extending the lifespan of sensitive components.

Server-grade stability that’s guaranteed to endure
Sabertooth Z97 Mark S is an enthusiast-level motherboard that delivers server-grade reliability – and that’s guaranteed. ASUS engineers put the new motherboard through extensive thermal-shock and stability tests, so users are assured that it will endure even the toughest conditions. Sabertooth Z97 Mark S also benefits from TUF ESD Guards that protect various ports, including USB sockets and audio connectors, from sudden electrostatic discharge.

•Processor/CPU socket: LGA 1150 socket for the 4th-, new 4th- and 5th-generation Intel Core i3, i5, i7, Pentium, and Celeron processors
•Chipset: Intel Z97
•Memory: 4 x DIMMs, up to a maximum of 32GB, DDR3 1866MHz
o Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) supported
•Expansion slots: 2 x PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x16 slots (single at x16, dual at x8/x8)
o 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot (maximum x4 mode, compatible with PCIe x1 and x4 devices)
o 3 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots
o Multi-GPU support Quad-GPU NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFireX
•Storage: 1 x SATA Express (10Gbit/s) port (compatible with 2 x SATA 6.0 Gbit/s ports)
o 6 x SATA (6Gbit/s) ports
•Networking/LAN: Intel I218-V Gigabit LAN controller
o Realtek 8111GR Gigabit LAN controller
•USB: 8 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (4 on back panel, 4 mid-board)
o 8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 on back panel, 4 mid-board)
•Key features: TUF camouflage-white Thermal Armor with Flow Valve
o TUF camouflage-white Thermal Radar 2 with Thermistors
o TUF ICe
o TUF Fortifier
o TUF ESD Guards
o TUF Components
o TUF Dust Defenders
•8+2-phase digital power design
•Dimensions / form factor: ATX, 12-inch x 9.6-inch (30.5cm x 24.4cm)

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