Yesterday we revealed all of the details of ASUS’s Z97 Republic of Gamers motherboards. Well at the same event ASUS was showing off their TUF Series Z97 motherboards. Just like ASUS’s other Z97 motherboards the TUF series has been updated with new features.
TUF stands for “The Ultimate Force” and the boards in this series are build for reliability and to last. They are aimed towards gamers, overclockers and enthusiasts alike. These motherboards will have features like Intel Ethernet, LAN Guard, TUF Components (Military Grade), DIGI+ Power Control and the latest TUF thermal and dust shield. The TUF Series is currently comprised of the following three motherboards:
- ASUS Sabertooth Z97 MARK 1
- ASUS Sabertooth Z97 MARK 2
- ASUS Gryphon Z97
The flagship motherboard in the TUF Series will be the Sabertooth Z97 Mark 1. While we cannot see that much of the board because it is hidden by the TUF thermal shield we can see that ASUS is keeping the same color scheme as previous Sabertooth boards. Expansion slots on the board include three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots and three PCI-Express 3.0 x1 slots. For storage there are only four SATA 6GB/s ports, this is because there are actually two SATA Express ports for connecting super-fast solid state drives. There is also a USB 3.0 header. The board makes use of an 8 phase DIGI+ power design and the four DDR3 slots seem to use some type of the thermal guard as well.
The ASUS Sabertooth Z97 MARK 2 is sort of a cut-down version of the MARK 1 without the thermal armor. The board will also feature military grade components and makes use of a 8 phase DIGI+ power design. There are no SATA Express ports here, you will have six SATA 6GB/s ports and a USB 3.0 header. Expansion slots include three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots and a three PCI-Express 3.0 x1 slots.
The Gryphon Z97 is the Mirco-ATX board in the TUF series, perfect for building a small LAN rig. It looks like ASUS will be offering this board with or without the Thermal Armor. The board will feature military grade components and make use of an 8 phase DIGI+ power design. For expansion you actually have three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots and a single PCI-Express 3.0 x1 slot. Storage will include six SATA 6GB/s ports and there is a USB 3.0 header.
Expect more details on these boards as we get closer to their launch. If you have any questions be sure to leave a comment below!