As battle between motherboard manufacturer gets heated up with them coming out with various innovative features for the different target audience and market group, we have reached a point where performance of motherboard is almost negligible. All manufacturers make decent consumer motherboard as long as they follow the respective Intel guidelines. Today, we can only compare motherboard innovation in terms of aesthetic design, power design and probably… how it is marketed. This motherboard that we are working on today excels in all these categories. With extraordinary aesthetic design and unique in house created chips to ensure the utmost reliability of this motherboard, the ASUS Sabertooth Z97 Mark S is one motherboard not to be missed today.
ASUS Sabertooth Z97 Mark S is a limited edition motherboard. I.E. to say, only a limited number of such units will be produced and each unit will be individually tagged. We’ve got our hands on lucky number 1718 from ASUS SG to put this wild beast to test.
Intel Sockset 1150 for 5th and 4th Gen Core
4 x DIMM 32GB Max, DDR3 1866/1600/1333, Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
Integrated Graphics Processor via Intel Processor ( Intel HD Graphics
Multi-VGA Output : HDMI/Display ports
Nvidia Quad GPU SLI Technology
AMD Quad GPU CrossFireX Technology
2x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (Single x16, dual x8/x8)
1x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode)
Intel Z97 Chipset:
1 x SATA Express port compatible with 2 x SATA 6Gbps ports
4 x SATA 6Gbps ports
ASMedia ASM1061 controller:
Intel I218V Gigabit LAN Controller
Dual Gigabit LAN controllers – 802.3.az Energy Ethernet appliance
Realtek ALC 1150 8 Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
Intel Z97 Chipset :
6x USB 3.0
ASMedia USB 3.0 controller :
2 x USB 3.0
Intel Z97 Chipset :
Back I/O Ports
1 x Display Port
1 x HDMI
2 X RJ45 Gigabit LAN
4 x USB 3.0
4 x USB 2.0
1 x Optical S/PDIF Out
5 x Audio Jacks
ATX 12inch by 9.6inch (30.5cm
Power Design and Unique Features
Various enhanced and customized components are used in the Sabertooth Z97 Mark S motherboard to improve its durability. With such high grade components, the motherboard is made to last. This is also why ASUS is confident to provide a 5 year warranty to this motherboard and even provide a certificate to the motherboard to certify its reliability.
TUF Thermal Armor + TUF Fortifier
A important part of the motherboard is the TUF ICe chip. The TUF IC Cool processor monitors the different temperatures at various places of the motherboard and targets specific fan speeds to attain the best cooling package to the whole motherboard.
Thermal Radar 2
Thermal Radar 2 software gets information from the ICe Chip to track all temperature of the motherboard. The UI of the software lets the user know which component is the core culprit in the hot exhaust air coming out of your PC and then recommends you to tune your PC to effectively cool the system.
|Automatic Thermal Tuning feature helps you to tweak the different fan speeds of the computer to make the best balance between fan noise and cooling performance.
|Individual Component temperature tracking
Performance and Overclocking
ASUS Sabertooth Z97 Mark S
Intel Core i7 4790K
Samsung 1600MHz DDR3 RAM 2 x 4GB = 8GB
40GB Mechanical HDD
Intel HD 4600
In today’s test of the Sabertooth Z97 Mark S, we will target on the CPU and memory speeds by running Cinebench 15 and AIDA64 benchmark. By running “out of the box” and “overclocked” performance test, we can determine how much additional performance we can get out of the system by overclocking it.
Out of the box Performance
For our out of the box performance test, we managed to get average results from the Intel Core i7 4790K processor. DRAM Speeds are also quite normal at 1600MHz like any other system regardless of motherboard.
Overclocking the beast
The results coming from an overclocked system is an real eye opening. By increasing the CPU multiplier from 44x to 45x and increase base clock to 102MHz from 100MHz, we saw immediate and huge performance improvements. Thanks to the strong IMC on the i7 processor, we were also to reach a DRAM speed of 2176MHz, up from a stock speed of 1600MHz. That is a huge 36% increase in speeds!
The results were fascinating. In the AIDA64 benchmark, we saw performance improvements of up to 25%. In the Cinebench 15 benchmark, the CPU score increased from 838 cb to 916cb. OpenGL score also increased from 31.03fps to 35.17fps. Of course, the system was extremely stable throughout these test. Free performance gains!