ASUS Z87 TUF Series of Motherboards Revealed

ASUS Z87 TUF Series are revealed and with two models, the Sabertooth and Gryphon

Typically when you think of the ASUS Z87 TUF series of motherboards you think of the looks and the flagship model, the Sabertooth. Well ASUS is updating the Sabertooth for Intel Haswell with the 1150 socket and Z87 chipset. They are also introducing a new model called the Gryphon which will be a micro-ATX board. The Sabertooth is still the flagship of the ASUS Z87 TUF series but the new motherboard, the Gryphon, will have most of the same features but like the ASUS Maximus VI Gene will be micro-ATX to accommodate more users.

The ASUS Gryphon Z87 TUF Motherboard

As I stated above this is a smaller and leaner version of the ASUS Sabertooth Z87 motherboard. Depending on what this motherboards price point is when it is officially released it could be a choice for budget gamers that want to try their hand at overclocking and high end gaming in a small package. Also another thing to mention about this motherboard is the TUF armor is removable. Technically you can remove the TUF armor from any of the ASUS boards but this one was built to have it used or to keep it without.

Features:

  • Micro-ATX Form Factor
  • Two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
  • One PCIe 2.0 x16 slot
  • Six SATA3 ports
  • 8 Phase CPU power supply
  • Four USB 3.0 ports
  • 8 channel HD audio
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • DVI and HDMI outputs
  • Optional Thermal TUF armor
ASUS Z87 TUF Series Motherboard

ASUS Gryphon Z87 TUF Motherboard

ASUS Z87 TUF Series Motherboard

ASUS Gryphon Z87 Removable Thermal Armor

The ASUS Sabertooth Z87 TUF Motherboard

ASUS has brought back the Sabertooth in familiar form with the TUF thermal armor for better cooling and has added a couple things. First off it has been updated to support Intel Haswell 1150 socket and has a Z87 chipset. It includes all the features of its smaller brother the ASUS Gryphon and has added some. Below is the features we know about so far.

Features:

  • ATX Form Factor
  • Two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
  • Three PCIe 3.0 x1 slots
  • Six SATA3 ports
  • Two SATA2 ports
  • 8 Phase CPU Power Supply
  • Active fan for air circulation under TUF armor
  • 8 Channel HD Audio
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Eight USB 3.0 Ports
  • HDMI and DisplayPort outputs
ASUS Z87 TUF Series Motherboard

ASUS Sabertooth Z87 TUF Motherboard

 

ASUS has delivered on the Z87 TUF series of motherboards as they did on their predecessors. The biggest question left about these boards in not their features, cooling, or overclocking features (although when they are officially released we will have a full list). The question is at what price point both of these boards will come in. The Maximus VI series has boards rumored with slightly better specifications around the $200 price point but we do not know for sure. Although it looks like ASUS might be competing against itself possibly it is still nice to see them continue a reliable line of motherboards for the mid level PC builders that aren’t quite ready to get into the Republic of Gamers series.

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