Conclusion: We’ve taken quite an extensive look at everything the ASUS Sabertooth Z87 motherboard has to offer and I have to say it is a very impressive motherboard. While the durability and reliability aspect isn’t something you can really benchmark the sturdy construction, high quality components and excellent thermal properties are easy to identify.
Pros: Clean Aesthetics, Extensive thermal controls and customisation, Abundant SATA and USB connectivity, Rigid and Sturdy Design, High Quality components, Well fleshed out software package, Great accessory package, High Performance Z87 motherboard, Solid Overclocker, 5 Year Warranty, Excellent UEFI BIOS
Cons: Lack of Wireless connectivity, Thermal Armour may obstruct some larger CPU heatsinks, Bit pricey, 35mm motherboard fans can get noisy if not forced to a low RPM, Some may find the Thermal Armour a bit “gimmicky”, Only one USB 3.0 header
Summary: Final Thoughts
ASUS’s Sabertooth and “TUF” series motherboards have been around for awhile now and ASUS could have gone the easy and cheap route of just slapping the thermal armor on a motherboard and calling it a Sabertooth motherboard. But since the introduction of the “TUF” series ASUS has always made improvements upon the previous generation and the Z87 Sabertooth is just the same.
Pros: Built with quality components, Components go through many reliability tests, TUF Armor and TUF Fortifier, 5 year warranty, Thermal Radar 2 and 3 extra thermal probes
Cons: No overclocking software built into Ai Suite III, Not as many features as other ASUS boards
Summary: Working with the ASUS Sabertooth Z87 was a spectacular experience. From unboxing to setup, to testing the ASUS Sabertooth Z87 provided a solid, problem free computing experience. The Thermal Armor system made handling the physical motherboard a pleasure thanks to guarding your hands from soldering joints and anything sharp which could poke or scrap you. The motherboard is aesthetically pleasing and just feels like a quality piece of hardware.
Summary: The motherboard we are examining today is part of the ASUS "TUF" series which is an acronym for "The Ultimate Force." The Sabertooth Z87 looks like a promising follow up to the Sabertooth Z77 and given the Sabertooth pedigree, our expectations are high for this entry into the series which sets itself apart in the ASUS product stack.
Conclusion: Asus has jumped on top of the Z87 chipset and gone heavy with all manner of motherboards, including regular, Republic of Gamers and TUF models. The transition between chipset generations has enabled the manufacturing giant to subtly update the Sabertooth model while not inflating the price.
Summary: ASUS has a very sweet offering at hand with the Z87 based Sabertooth motherboard. Opposed to our other reviews from MSI and Gigabyte, this board is more price savvy, and you can see why ... no extra KillerNIC, WIFI, WIFI, buttons, Diagnostic LEDS and so on. The benefit is that it be a lower cost motherboard, we expect it to be at or under the 200 EUR marker. Obviously ASUS has an extensive range of motherboard for each price segment.
Summary: At a price point of $259.00 USD, the ASUS SABERTOOTH Z87 is in the Enthusiast category of Intel Z87 motherboard systems.
The ASUS Sabertooth Z87 was a very strong performer through all benchmarking tests, with results falling right into line with top tier Z87 boards in all tests.
Board Layout -
The Sabertooth Z87 is a standard ATX motherboard measuring 12 inches in length and 9.6 inches in width.
Asus Z87 Sabertooth Motherboard Review (w/ Intel i7 4770k)
1 June 2013
Excerpt: 38 Flares 38 Flares × This weekend Intel launch their new Haswell range of processors and the major motherboard partners have a range of models for the enthusiast audience to choose from. We have several articles prepared for today, and this review focuses on the new Asus Sabertooth Motherboard paired up with the Intel Core i7 4770k.
Excerpt: Hoy tenemos en los laboratorios de HD-Tecnología una de las nuevas placas madre Serie 8 de Asus, la Sabertooth Z87 . Esta placa madre está diseñada para ser utilizada con los nuevos procesadores Intel Core de 4ta. Generación . Esta nueva placa madre incorpora varias mejoras frente a la versión anterior, la Sabertooth Z77 la cual ya ha pasado por nuestros laboratorios el año pasado, de las cuales la mayoría se deben al nuevo chipset Z87 , que incorpora soporte nativo a...
Excerpt: I nogle henseender er Sabertooth ikke noget særligt. En kyniker ville sige: Tag et almindeligt bundkort . Dæk det til med nogle ligegyldige plastikstykker. Og sælg det så til toppris. Og der er megen sandhed i denne tanke. Det kort, der ligger under Sabertooth, er ikke et raffineret topprodukt, og det er iklædt temmelig billige plastikpaneler. Topfunktioner som debug-LED-display, hardware-strømknapper, V-check-points? Glem det, det får man ikke.