|Screen Resolution||2560 x 1600|
|RAM||32 GB DDR3 1333;DDR3 1600|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||1696 MB|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||3|
ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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- Thermal Armor Technology - Improves air flow with an innovative shunt design and integrated turbo fan on two focal points
- TUF Capacitors, Chokes and MOSFETS - Certified by military standard to ensure ultimate durability
- Thermal Radar - Real-time thermal detection for a better cooling solution
- Dust Defender - Protect all dusts and extend the lifespan of slots and connectors
- ASUS USB 3.0 Boost - Set USB 3.0 devices into 3 modes: Normal, Turbo, UASP to improve overall read/write performance instantaneously
- Dual Intelligent Processors 3 ( EPU, TPU, SMART DIGI+ Power Control )
- AI Suite II
- AI Charger+
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This really is a fantastically built component, aesthetically it looks great in a case. The installation is rather tedious because the screws must go into rather deep holes within the Thermal Armor, which makes it a balancing act if your screwdriver happens to not be magnetized, but I wouldn't deduct a star or anything for this inconvenience.
The only real downside comes from the 8-pin connector which is diagonal to the 24-pin power connector and is also on the top left, so you must have wires everywhere.
The Thermal Armor works great though, you can install two 40MM fans that are included to the motherboard to increase airflow and what's really nice is when you turn off your rig it defaults to leaving these fans on for one minute to cool off your system faster for increased component longevity.
It's the Sabertooth, it has a 5 year warranty, military-grade components, and it also has surprisingly vibrant audio! I was actually taken back by how well this board throws out music, videos, and games. I know on the RoG lines Asus always adds extra power and islolates the audio driver on the board, and this technology has certainly carried over! What you get is audio that is crisp, clean, and powerful when that 'nade explodes beside you!Read more ›
This was not an easy motherboard to choose. I happen to really like Asus motherboards - I have an ancient one in my first build using a Q9550 processor (just a hint at how old that is). That motherboard was easy to use and has never once burped or given me a problem.
It was time to build a new computer and the search was on. I gradually moved my processor choice up to an i7 3770K. That mental exercise started at an i5 3570K (an excellent well priced processor). I then saw that i7's were about the same price (yes the K means unlocked and more expensive) and I got quad cores with hyper threading (so essentially 8 cores are running at once). Since I do a lot of video and photo editing, I decided I had to have an i7. It wasn't long before the 3770 became the choice. And well heck, since I'm buying something new, why not just up the dollars a little bit and get the 3770K. So that's how I landed on this processor. In hind-sight, an excellent choice and money well spent.
Now that I had reasoned myself up to the i7 processor, I needed a motherboard. I wanted to be certain that I would have enough SATA ports, I have two optical drives (a Blu-ray and a DVD burner), with possibly a third one. I figured I wanted space to grow or add hard drives, my case has a ton of bays and I do have a lot of old drives sitting around. I also figured it made sense to get SATA 6 versus 3 for the hard drives. I also wanted USB 3, as many of those ports as possible. PCIe slots were not critical - I was going to start with integrated graphics, since I wanted the computer to be as silent as possible.Read more ›
Update: Asus responded to try the newest BIOS v.1304, but that resulted in the same failure to start with the VGA LED. I have an Asus EAH6850 video card and it is odd that Asus can't make their BIOS updates work with their own Asus branded card. I flashed back to BIOS v.1015 and only that version works to bring the PC back to life.
Update: Upon "successfully" updating the BIOS to v.1206 (which is supposed to "improve system stability") the computer would not boot and the display was completely blank. The VGA LED on the motherboard next to the PCIe slot turned red indicating a VGA failure, and the hard drives made strange noises with a blank display. Clearing CMOS didn't fix it. I finally recovered by using the USB Flashback feature to go back to BIOS v.1015 (re-flashing to 1206 did not work). Microsoft Windows and Office are asking to re-activate; strangely Microsoft sees this BIOS flash and recovery as generating a different computer ID. I'm downgrading my review to 3 stars because this is a serious BIOS bug. After searching the web, I learn that this VGA LED error is common with Asus motherboards. If you don't have a lots of spare time to stay up all night troubleshooting things, avoid upgrading to BIOS v.1206!
Some people say that the two optional assist fans are too noisy, but it's so easy to adjust these via the radar fan control utility so that they are at quiet low speed during normal temps, and using the control graph you can even adjust them to shut off completely and then turn back on when the board gets hot.
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I upgraded from an Abit IP35 Pro motherboard with the Intel Q6600.Read more ›
We apologize for the issue you had with the motherboard after updating BIOS.
Since you've last written this review, we have released a newer BIOS, version 1304 on 7/13/2012, that addresses system stability and may correct the red PCIe LED problem. Be sure to always load defaults after updating BIOS to clear old values.
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My favorite motherboard out there, even the newest model doesn't call my attention. This is unique. I love my Z77 It handles everything very smooth and fast. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jeffrey Velez
I like the "thermal armor" and the included fan. Everything about the board seemed great... at first. Mine died about a year after purchase. Read morePublished 8 months ago by DavidGX
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