ASUS unveils Z87 Lineup

Tradeshow & OC events by leeghoofd @ 2013-05-17

A while back Europes' media was invited to visit the lovely city of Amsterdam. At the Club Excellence, right in the heart of the popular neighborhood, the ASUS team unveiled it's new Intel 4th generation motherboard lineup. Based on Intel's Z87 chipset, the mainstream motherboard lineup got a complete overhaul in the looks department. Gold is the brand new 2013 theme, while being promoted as original, we have seen this color scheme before on several competitors boards. Look wise it seems a missed opportunity, but luckily there's more below the surface. The ROG lineup get's a new addition in the shape of the HERO version. Similar with the TUF series, were the Gryphon mATX which sees the daylight. Sadly we are still under NDA, so remaining pretty limited to disclose most of the new innovative features. All we can do is list the basic specifications and leave you with some first impressions and event pictures.

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TUF Series

Biggest novelty here for the TUF ( The Ultimate Force) Sabertooth version is the usage of a new thermal armor, with some added gimmicks. Now mounted on the front and the back of the PCB. The new back version being labelled as TUF Fortifier, should enhance the longevity and heat dissipation of your setup, plus avoiding bending of the PCB.


The Z87 Sabertooth, remains an ATX form factor motherboard with an 8 phase CPU power design, 2 PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, one PCI-e 2.0 x16, 8 x SATA 6GB/s and two eSATA ports and a Intel gigabit Ethernet LAN port. The Dust defender is also expanded towards the S-ATA ports.





But the TUF series don't end there, a new addition to the lineup and apparently on popular demand is the brand new mATX Z87-Gryphon board. The little Gryphon sporting two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 and one PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (x4 electrical) and similar to it's big brother an 8 phase DIGI+ power design. The Thermal RADAR 2 software for the TUF series has been improved and has become even more tweakable/adjustable.




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Comment from Teemto @ 2013/05/17
I see some familiar faces