ASUS today announced TUF Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1, a tough new ATX motherboard with many exclusive TUF features, including TUF Thermal Armor and TUF Fortifier technologies, TUF ICe, TUF Thermal Radar 2 and TUF Detective 2 for ultimate cooling, strength and easy monitoring and control. The new Intel Z170 Express-based motherboard for 6th-generation Intel Core processors also boasts both USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A and reversible Type-C on board, and delivers 24/7 durability with military-grade TUF Components, upgraded TUF ESD Guards 2 to fend off electrostatic discharge and a five-year warranty. Thermal Armor employs dual fans to provide maximum airflow and rapid cooling board-wide, reducing temperatures in the area around the voltage-regulator module (VRM) by up to 20°C. It even includes a new interior shunt design to boost air cooling to the M.2 slot. The design beneath the armor strengthens the PCI Express (PCIe) slots to minimize the risk of damage.
TUF Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 also has TUF Fortifier to improve rigidity and endure heavy loads. The 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 up to weights of 10kg. TUF Fortifier even reduces internal temperatures by up to 13°C - an 18% improvement on the previous design.
TUF Dust Defenders protect Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1?s rear input/output (I/O) ports, expansion and memory slots, preventing dust and other airborne particles from entering these critical connectors.
As part of its new design, Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 even has a detachable metal badge bearing the iconic TUF emblem to use as a unique TUF key chain or necklace, and Q-LED illumination to give users the power to see and act on the alerts, with a clear indication of the available actions.
TUF ICe, Thermal Radar 2 and TUF Detective 2
TUF Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 combines three thermal-management technologies ? TUF ICe, TUF Thermal Radar 2 and TUF Detective 2.
TUF ICe is a dedicated onboard processor that monitors onboard temperature sensors and fan speeds for accurate cooling.
TUF Thermal Radar 2 offers 12 fan connectors. The multiple onboard sensors and the bundled thermistor cable hand users the power to monitor graphics-card temperatures and other key components in real time, as well as the ability to adjust manually or optimize cooling automatically with one click.
The free TUF Detective 2 companion app has been upgraded, putting detailed system information and an interface one a smartphone or tablet display - right at users? fingertips. With TUF Detective 2, users are able to have fan control and monitor system information wirelessly, while key parameters can be monitored and errors detected and diagnosed errors with a cable connection.
SPECIFICATIONS - ASUS TUF Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1
- Processor/CPU socket: LGA1151 socket for 6th-generation Intel Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium/ Celeron processors
- Chipset: Intel Z170 Express
- Memory: 4 x DIMMs, up to a maximum of 64GB DDR4 2400/2133MHz
- Expansion slots:
- 2 x PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x16 (at x16 or x8/x8)
- 1 x PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x16
- 3 x PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x1
- Graphics (VGA): Integrated Intel HD Graphics processor
- DisplayPort 1.2 with maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 (4K x 2K) at 24Hz and 3840 x 2160 at 60Hz
- HDMI with maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 (4K x 2K) at 24Hz / 2560 x 1600 at 60Hz
- Intel InTru 3D / Quick Sync Video / Clear Video HD Technology / Insider
- Multi-GPU support: Quad-GPU NVIDIA SLI and quad-GPU AMD CrossFireX
- Audio: Realtek ALC1150 eight-channel high-definition audio codec
- 2 x SATA Express (10Gbit/s)
- 6 x SATA (6Gbit/s, four from SATA Express)
- Networking/LAN: Intel I218-V Gigabit Ethernet
- 1 x USB 3.1/3.0/2.0 Gen 2 Type-C port
- 1 x USB 3.1/3.0/2.0 Gen 2 Type-A port
- 6 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
- 8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
- ASUS TUF-exclusive features: Thermal Armor with Flow Valve, Thermal Radar 2, TUF ICe, TUF Fortifier, TUF Engine power design, TUF Components, ASUS Digi+ power-control utility, TUF ESD Guards 2,TUF Detective 2, Dust Defenders, MemOK!
- Dimensions / form factor: ATX 12-inch x 9.6-inch (30.5cm x 24.4cm)