When it comes to building a PC, the motherboard is easily one of the most important pieces of the puzzle. It controls what processor you can use, what type of RAM and whether you’ll be able to double up on visual pushing power. A good motherboard also comes with a host of features you may or may not use, bumping up the price for the extra tweaking tools. ASUS’ new motherboard is one of those.
The new ATX TUF Sabertooth Z97 Mark S is a limited run from ASUS. The new, strikingly white motherboard comes packed with all of the company’s previous TUF efforts, wrapped up in a unique looking arctic package. The motherboard itself looks stunning, and ASUS promise that the paint job will last a lifetime. Of course, you would’ve probably stopped using the thing well before you get to see that promise through.
The TUF design features a pretty interesting dual-fan calling solution, hidden underneath an arctic-camouflaged cover that aims to boost least dissipation around the CPU. The on-board ICe microchip also delivers precise temperature information, allowing you to really tweak your overlooking experience to a tee. The Thermal Radar 2 system will also give you full control over the fans, although that’s pretty much standard.
The motherboard will support 4th and 5th generation Intel chips, which are definitely the way to go if you’re looking to upgrade in that department too. As expected there is also Quad-SLI and CrossfireX support, considering this is an enthusiast gaming motherboard at heart.
It also carries an enthusiast price, with the TUF Sabertooth Z97 Mark S expect to retail for close to R3890.00 when it launches locally (hopefully) next month sometime. That’s a pretty hefty price tag for a not so feature filled board, and I suspect the unique paint job and limited run are the biggest contributors.
Still, if you’re in the market for an upgrade and don’t mind spending extra for the chance to stand out, then this is pretty much the perfect board for you. If you’re looking at more feature rich motherboards though, there are probably better options.
Last Updated: November 11, 2014