It is not often we see limited edition motherboards, maybe one or two a year maybe. So when ASUS said they were sending me a limited edition motherboard I was quite excited. The color white in the PC enthusiast scene has become extremely popular over the past couple of years. PC case manufacturers have really adopted it with a wide variety of all white cases, there are white power supplies, even a few all-white graphics cards, but a white motherboard is something very hard to come by. ASUS is changing all of that with their Sabertooth Z97 Mark S Limited Edition Motherboard. This motherboard is part of ASUS’s TUF (The Ultimate Force) line of motherboards so it has the TUF Thermal Armor and TUF Fortifier. ASUS has changed the colors of these to arctic (white) camo to give the motherboard a truly unique look. On top of that they have actually built the motherboard on a completely white PCB. Not only is this truly unique it really makes the motherboard look amazing. Being an ASUS motherboard that is part of the TUF series it has quite a lot of features as well, let’s take a look!
– LGA1150 Socket for the 5th, New 4th and 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors
– Intel® Z97 Express Chipset
– Arctic Camo Thermal Armor with Flow Valve – Total Airflow-boosting Heat Dissipation
– Arctic Camo TUF Fortifier – Damage Protection and Improved Cooling
– White Dust Defenders – Repel the Dust, Expand the Lifespan
– TUF ICe – Your Total Cooling Commander
– 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
For a full list of specifications be sure to check out the product page.
ASUS has continued the white theme throughout its packaging for the Sabertooth Z97 Mark S. The retail box is white and has the TUF and Sabertooth logos on the front.
Flipping the box over there is a full overview of the motherboard and its rear I/O. Also it goes into detail on some of the main features of the board like the Thermal Armor, TUF Fortifier, Thermal Radar 2, and the Dust Defenders.
Getting everything out of the box we have quite a lot of accessories and if you’ve ever received a TUF series board you know what we mean. There is a large bag of TUF accessories that includes 3 x PCIe x16 slot dust covers, 2 x DRAM slot dust covers, 3 x PCIe x1 slot dust covers, 2 x Short fan screws, 4 x Long fan screws, 3 x Thermistor cables, 1 x back I/O dust frame, 1 x back I/O dust grid, 1 x connector dust cover collection (On board USB 3.0, DVI, HDMI, DP, LAN), 2 x On board USB 2.0 connector dust covers, 8 x back I/O USB 2.0 connector dust covers, 7 x On board SATA connector dust covers, 1 x SATA Express connector dust covers, and 5 x Audio connector dust covers. This means if you are not using any of the ports on the motherboard you can cover them up! Also included with the mother board is four SATA cables, Q-connectors for your front panel connections and USB header, SLI connector, I/O shield, two stickers, driver & utility CD, certificate of reliability, accessory installation guide, user’s guide, and a 5-year warranty notice. So you definitely get quite a lot with this motherboard!
For a full unboxing and overview of the Sabertooth Z97 Mark S be sure to check out our video below.