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ASUS Debuts the SABERTOOTH Z77 Motherboard

Do you like the full cover design?

  • Yes

    Votes: 37 56.9%
  • Visually no, but if it helps with cooling it's ok

    Votes: 13 20.0%
  • No

    Votes: 15 23.1%

  • Total voters
    65
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#1
ASUS has introduced a new addition to their acclaimed TUF series of motherboards, the SABERTOOTH Z77, based on the latest Intel 3rd Generation Ivy Bridge processors and Z77 Chipset. The TUF Series' commitment to provide users a stable computing experience is built on strong foundations, starting with military-grade components to ensure long-lasting quality and reliability.

The latest iteration features a series of innovative thermal solutions, including a new Thermal Armor design with enhanced cooling of the VRM area and a unique convection hole design, while an upgraded Thermal Radar with a new function called Fan Overtime protects vital system components against overheating after PC shut down. Another design beneficial for the longevity of the motherboard is Dust Defender, which prevents dust accumulation and the interference that could affect the many contact points scattered throughout the motherboard.

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#2
too bad it does not have a firewire and/or thunderbolt port.
 

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#3
too bad it does not have a firewire and/or thunderbolt port.
The Sabertooth Z77 has a thunderbolt header in the lower left board topography. Asus is providing a $30 add-in card available in two weeks that you can purchase separately for thunderbolt connectivity.
 
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wow its awesome completely new thing
 
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Wow, this has been available in the UK for weeks...
 
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#6
Nice mobo. I do like the full cover and the ducted air cooling system. Used to have something similar on ASUS P5Q Deluxe mobo years ago (not ducted, but i had a special centrifugal fan for VRM section).
 
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#7
Why the "Fan Overtime" feature sound like bad thermal dissipation due to that "Dust Defender". I reckon that to achieve any cooling benefits from any sort of cover over the circuitry you would need to create a laminar flow between the PCB and the cover. That would require a very strong and noisy fan and a smooth surface of the circuitry so that no air turbulence is created.
Imagine a CPU fan with uneven, rough and dimpled blades, that would be really inefficient.

I'm no pro in this field but this seems logical if I'm not missing something.
 
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#8
Dust Defender huh...all I see is plenty of new places for dust to get trapped. Honestly even in my non filtered cases in this dusty area, most dust would accumulate in heatsink fins, fan blades, or in the bottom of the case. Not often would I find excess on the board. The exception being, traditional CPU HSFs where they are mounted to blow air down towards the board. If you are buying a board like this, you more than likely are mounting a aftermarket cooler too.

I'd like to see some professional testing done to see how well this really works out. Right now this just seems like a gimmick to sell boards, maybe even charge a higher premium for the feature.
 

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#9
This is probably the first motherboard I think looks good. I mean a lot of motherboards looks good but I don't really care about that stuff in computers.

But this is very nice indeed.
 

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#10
wow

that's hell of a design ASUS...:eek:
 
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The Sabertooth Z77 has a thunderbolt header in the lower left board topography. Asus is providing a $30 add-in card available in two weeks that you can purchase separately for thunderbolt connectivity.
Wow, this has been available in the UK for weeks...
A thanks Bruce, good to know (still though 30 bucks....damn it)

And Red Machine, yeah same here for 212 euro.
 
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#12
I hope they release a micro ATX version of this just like the maximus and rampage lines... :)
 

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I love the look of that thermal armor.
 
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Thermal armour hehe. So gimmicky. Whats that written in the memory slot area? Thermal radar? hehe so cheezy.
 
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This thing, is ugly.
 
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Why the "Fan Overtime" feature sound like bad thermal dissipation due to that "Dust Defender". I reckon that to achieve any cooling benefits from any sort of cover over the circuitry you would need to create a laminar flow between the PCB and the cover. That would require a very strong and noisy fan and a smooth surface of the circuitry so that no air turbulence is created.
Imagine a CPU fan with uneven, rough and dimpled blades, that would be really inefficient.

I'm no pro in this field but this seems logical if I'm not missing something.
turbulence is great if it doesn't hamper the airflow - it breaks the boundary layer that keeps the heat from being transferred to the airflow. having said that, i have no idea what's going on under that cover and how it performs but i do like the clean look.
 

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I don't like it. I understand the concept. And it is a great way of differentiating a product... and I'm sure it will see healthy sales... but

> What exactly is this supposed to look like? A mainboard wearing a black polo neck? :shadedshu
> That is more of a dust TRAP than a protector
> It is form over substance, there is zero benefit to cost
> I think a "jap-knickers" model would be more successful, and more fun, if you catch my drift.

All-in-black is so 1990's. Rainbow princess would be more attractive.
 
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love it!
 

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I bet this board is quite heavy?
 
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The board is badass.
 
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People...people... stop resisting and give in to the marketing...
 
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The board looks nice but those 2 fans look silly.
 

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#25
People...people... stop resisting and give in to the marketing...
Its not all marketing. The SABERTOOTH has the best warranty of all Asus mobos for a reason.