Asus Sabertooth Z87


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The Asus Sabertooth Z87 is a premium, ATX motherboard in their "TUF" series. That line denotes higher quality components and rugged construction. Asus stands behind that with a longer warranty and advance replacement in the case of board failures.

In terms of connectivity, this board is very well equipped. It has dual video outputs with HDMI and Display Port, both analog and digital audio outputs, Intel gigabit Ethernet, two eSATA ports, and several USB ports: four each of USB 2.0 and 3.0, in fact. Six PCI-Express slots are also present, in varying sizes, with SLI and Crossfire supported as well.
Ruben Romero (Tier 3 Integration Lead)
Ruben Romero (Tier 3 Integration Lead) Says:
I really like the large backplate that is installed on the motherboard to help keep it from warping or flexing. The armor on the 'front' side of the board is pleasing to the eye and has options to increase airflow to motherboard components. Asus also includes accessories to plug unused ports and slots to keep potential dust out.

Model: Asus Sabertooth Z87


Socket 1150
CPU Compatibility Intel Socket 1150 for 4th Generation Processors
Form Factor ATX
Chipset Manufacturer Intel
Chipset Z87
Front Side Bus Direct Media Interface
Network Connectivity Gigabit Networking
Network Controller Intel I217V Gigabit LAN controller
Audio Controller Realtek ALC1150 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
Cooling System Heatsink
Color Black
Memory Support
Type DDR3
Maximum Speed 1600 MHz
Number of Slots 4
Maximum Size per Slot 8 GB
Maximum Amount Supported 32 GB
Onboard Video
Chipset Manufacturer Intel
Processor Type CPU Integrated Graphics
Maximum Shared Memory 1024 MB
Maximum HDMI Resolution  4096x2160
Maximum DisplayPort Resolution  3840x2400
DisplayPort 1
External Connections
USB 2.0 4
USB 3.2 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) 4
Audio Out Surround Sound (7.1)
Audio In Line-In/Microphone
S/PDIF Optical
External SATA 2
LAN (RJ45) 1
Internal Connections
USB 2.0 2 (providing 4 ports)
USB 3.2 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) 1
SATA III 6.0Gbps 8
TPM (module sold separately) 1
SATA Controllers
SATA III 6.0Gbps Controller 1 6 port - Intel Z87
SATA III 6.0Gbps Controller 2 2 port- ASMedia 1061
Expansion Slots
Slot 1 PCI Express 2.0 x1
Slot 2 PCI Express 3.0 x16
Slot 3 Slot not available on this board
Slot 4 PCI Express 2.0 x1
Slot 5 PCI Express 3.0 x8 in a x16 size
Slot 6 PCI Express 2.0 x1
Slot 7 PCI Express 2.0 x4 in a x16 size
Additional Information
SLI Compatible Yes
Crossfire Compatible Yes
RAID Support 0,1,5,10
Bluetooth No
BIOS Features
EZ Flash Yes
OC Profiles Yes
Height 305 mm (12.0 in)
Width 244 mm (9.6 in)

-PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots run at single x16/- or x8/x8 mode.

-The PCIe 2.0 x16 slot (black) shares bandwidth with PCIe 2.0 x1_1 slot, PCIe 2.0 x1_2 slot, and PCIe 2.0 x1_3 slot. Running this slot in x4 mode disables the PCIe 2.0 x1_1 slot, PCIe 2.0 x1_2 slot and PCIe 2.0 x1_3 slot. Running it in x1 mode allows all the PCIe 2.0 x1 slots to be enabled.

-The PCIe 2.0 x1_1 (top) slot shares bandwidth with eSATA 6Gb/s ports. Using this slot will disable the eSATA ports.