ASUS Z97 TUF Sabranco White Motherboard Review

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ASUS Z97 TUF Sabranco Review

Introduction

White. Once upon a time it was the colour that your fridge, washing machine and other appliances came in. If you wanted a television or a stereo they initially were wooden, and then eventually black plastic. But white was for kitchen appliances only. Then a fruit based electronics company decided that modern meant sterile and sterile means acres of white surfaces.

Since then it's been almost impossible to escape white products. Monitors, smartphones, televisions, stereo equipment, it's all available in white. Oddly enough the things that were initially white goods - the kitchen items mentioned above - are now almost anything but white.

We first saw the Sabranco a couple of months ago, and since then it's stayed uppermost in our minds. You could almost say that for a company to produce hardware that makes the OC3D office carpet wet with desire, they just need to produce a white one and an orange one to sate the desires of our staff. The Sabranco isn't just a few white plastic parts, or a type of white that is actually yellow, grey or a coffee colour thanks to the copper showing through. This is genuinely white.

Knowing how important a theme is to custom builders it's fair to say that you know straight away if the Sabranco is the kind of product you want, but in case you're on the fence, let's put it through its paces.

Technical Specifications

Although the white Thermal Armor might be the star of the Sabranco, that doesn't mean that ASUS have skimped on the rest of the setup. Every Z97 hallmark is here from the Intel I218-V to the SATA Express and Quad GPU support. 

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Most Recent Comments

28-01-2015, 12:53:18

MrAnthony
Reading a review of a motherboard I've already bought...

I believe it was the YouTube preview where I first saw this board, and I knew I had to have it. Upgrading from an i5 3570K to the Broadwell i7 when it comes out. I've got the matching Sabranco memory and a 970 HOF. It's going to be sweet!

Nice review though, properly enjoyed this one. Glad I got myself one of these boards.Quote

28-01-2015, 12:56:07

Thelosouvlakia
Shouldn't the gaming benchmark be a bit higher though?Quote

28-01-2015, 13:01:19

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by Thelosouvlakia View Post
Shouldn't the gaming benchmark be a bit higher though?
Why.....?Quote

28-01-2015, 13:04:13

Thelosouvlakia
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Why.....?
I saw the Sleeping dogs benchmark have a 9fps difference. Is it considered inside the margin of error? I don't know

Actually never mind. I'm so stupid...Quote

28-01-2015, 13:13:43

realneil
I've never really wanted an all-white motherboard before I saw this one. Now I'm looking at White GPUs and coolers too. LOL!

Good review.Quote
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