Page 1: Reviewed: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z97 Mark S (Intel Z97) Motherboard
It’s been a while since we looked at the ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77. Covered almost completely in plastic, the board was from a visual point of view exciting to look at. Truly stressed, though, was the stability. Today we’re checking the latest board under the SABERTOOTH name, the snow-white ASUS SABERTOOTH Z97 Mark S.
The very first SABERTOOTH motherboard from ASUS came equipped with the Intel P55 chipset based around the LGA1156 Socket. A year later, the SABERTOOTH P67 come to fruition with the Z77 following that for the LGA 1155 socket. Following that we saw the Z87 based version come to the market with the latest Z97 chipset getting a version in 2014. Today sees the new snow-white Mark S version based on the same Z97 chipset.
The Mark S version of the board sees ASUS drop the classic black look and instead go for a change with a brilliant white setup. Outside of this we see little change, various expansions cards can be divided into the two mechanical PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, three PCIe 2.0 x1 slots and single PCIe 2.0 x16 slot. SATA connectivity is provided via six SATA III 6GB/s ports and a single SATA Express interface. On the USB front we see a total of eight USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports.
Under the Thermal Armor is a snow-white ATX PCB. ASUS has left the port colors untouched with the same army like theme seen.
And this is what the technical characteristics:
SABERTOOTH Z97 Mark S
|Northbridge / CPU features|
|Chipset||Intel Z97 Express Chipset|
|Memory banks and Type||4x DDR3 (Dual Channel)|
|Memory expansion||max. 32 GB (8 GB DIMMs)|
|SLI / Crossfire||CrossFireX (2-Way), SLI (2-Way)|
2x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16 / - x8 / x8)
|Serial ATA, SAS and
4x SATA 6G RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 Intel Z97
|USB||8x USB 3.0 (4x on the I/O panel, 4x via headers) six Intel Z97, two ASMedia ASM1042AE
8x USB 2.0 on Intel Z97 (4x via headers)
|Graphics interfaces||1x HDMI-out, 1x DisplayPort|
|WLAN / Bluetooth||-|
1x Intel I218-V Gigabit LAN
|Audio||8-Channel Audio Codec Realtek ALC1150|
Straight away when looking at the box you can see it’s got the same snow-white treatment. At the top of the box we’ve got the TUF logo while below that we see the model name. Towards the bottom we can see that ASUS make a note about the five-year warranty while across the very bottom we see some of the main features and logos that are related to the board.
The included accessories
The Z97 SABERTOOTH Mark S bundle includes:
- I / O shield
- Motherboard manual incl. Driver and software DVD
- Warranty information booklet
- Accessory Installation Guide
- two TUF-Inside-Sticker
- four SATA cables
- 2-Way SLI Bridge
- two 35-mm-TUF-fan
- TUF Certification card
- three thermistor
- three PCIe x16 dust cover
- two DIMM slot dust cover
- three PCIe x1 dust cover
- five audio jacks dust cover
- two short fan screws
- four long fan screws
Taking a look inside the bundle you can see in that typical “SABERTOOTH” format we’ve got quite a large number of extras. Included are a number of dust covers for expansion slots, DIMM slots and all other internal and external terminals.