Aug 27, 2015 Written by: Bahz

ASUS Announces TUF Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1

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 ASUS announces the latest addition to the Z170 lineup, the TUF Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1, it's one TUF customer. The TUF concept was always about building around the core values of quality and durability in mind, at the same time each iteration resulted in super TUF and bad-ass looking motherboards. 

You may have often heard of the phrase "designed tough, built to last" mentioned a lot with the TUF motherboards, but there's really no exaggeration.  Armed with Thermal Armor, TUF Fortifier and Dust Defenders, the TUF Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 is as tough as they come.  The thermal armor incorporates a dual fan design to maximize the airflow and makes the VRM cooler by up to 20°C when compared with other Z170 boards (non-ASUS of course). The sturdy TUF Fortifier back plate prevents the motherboard from warping when using heavy heat sinks or simply warm conditions over time, this is the best quality back plate in the industry.  Dust build-up causes an increase in temperature in a computer system, the Dust Defender pretty much speaks for itself on what it does, it prevents dust and particles from entering areas on the motherboard like the rear I/O, expansion and memory slots where dust could build up over time.

The TUF Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 comes with a complete arsenal of tools that allow it to offer a complete cooling solution for systems that you depend on to run on a 24/7 basis.  Features include: TUF ICe, Thermal Radar 2 and TUF Detective 2.  TUF ICe is a built-in onboard processor that's dedicated to help monitor the temperature and fan speeds through its sensors which enable precise cooling capabilities.  TUF Thermal Radar 2 allows support for up to 12 fan connectors, its onboard sensors and thermistor cables allow you to monitor your graphics card temperatures and other key components.  TUF Thermal Radar 2 allows for accurate and optimized cooling on all your key components and all of this is available automatically through a simple click.  Last but not least, the coolest tool just may be TUF Detective, now in its second iteration, it enables you to monitor your case fans and view other system information on your mobile device through an extremely intuitive app.

For additional details and full specifications, be sure click on the button below.

Press Release

ASUS Announces TUF Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1

Enduringly-tough Z170 ATX motherboard guarantee 24/7 durability with TUF Thermal Armor and TUF Fortifier ultimate cooling, and USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A and Type-C



  • Designed tough, built to last: Thermal Armor and TUF Fortifier for strength and cooling, port-protecting Dust Defenders, and detachable TUF emblem
  • Total cooling solution: Intelligent temperature sensing and one-click control with TUF ICe, Thermal Radar 2 and TUF Detective 2
  • 24/7 durability, latest connectivity: Military-grade TUF Components, plus TUF ESD Guards 2, 5-year warranty and USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A and C


Taipei, Taiwan (27th August, 2015) — ASUS today announced TUF Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1, an enduringly-tough new ATX motherboard with many exclusive TUF features, including trailblazing TUF Thermal Armor and TUF Fortifier technologies, TUF ICe, TUF Thermal Radar 2 and TUF Detective 2 for ultimate cooling, strength and easy monitoring and control.

The new Intel® Z170 Express-based motherboard for 6th-generation Intel Core processors also boasts bang-up-to-date connectivity with both USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A and reversible Type-C on board, and delivers 24/7 durability with military-grade TUF Components, upgraded TUF ESD Guards 2 to fend off electrostatic discharge and a five-year warranty[1] for complete peace of mind.


Designed tough, built to last: Thermal Armor, TUF Fortifier and Dust Defenders

TUF Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 heralds a completely new design language for the ASUS TUF motherboard line, with the sleek, stealthy Thermal Armor reimagined in black and gunmetal grey. Thermal Armor employs dual fans to provide maximum airflow and rapid cooling board-wide, reducing temperatures in the area around the voltage-regulator module (VRM) by up to 20°C. It even includes a new interior shunt design to boost air cooling to the M.2 slot. The innovative design beneath the armor strengthens the PCI Express® (PCIe®) slots to minimize the risk of damage.

TUF Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 also has TUF Fortifier to improve rigidity and endure heavy loads. The reinforced backplate ensures that the motherboard doesn't buckle under the weight of heavy graphics cards and CPU coolers, minimizing the risk of damaged circuitry from bowing and bending up to weights of 10kg. TUF Fortifier even reduces internal temperatures by up to 13°C — an 18% improvement on the previous design.

TUF Dust Defenders protect Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1’s rear input/output (I/O) ports, expansion and memory slots, preventing dust and other airborne particles from entering these critical connectors.

As part of its outstanding new design, Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 even has a detachable metal badge bearing the iconic TUF emblem to use as a unique TUF key chain or necklace, and Q-LED illumination to give users the power to see and act on the alerts, with a clear indication of the available actions.


Total cooling solution: TUF ICe, Thermal Radar 2 and TUF Detective 2

TUF Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 combines three thermal-management technologies to ensure the ultimate cooling for any build — TUF ICe, TUF Thermal Radar 2 and TUF Detective 2.

TUF ICe is a dedicated onboard processor that monitors onboard temperature sensors and fan speeds for ultra-accurate cooling.

TUF Thermal Radar 2 offers 12 fan connectors. The multiple onboard sensors and the bundled thermistor cable hand users the power to monitor graphics-card temperatures and other key components in real time, as well as the ability to adjust manually or optimize cooling automatically with one click.

The free TUF Detective 2 companion app has been upgraded, putting detailed system information and a user-friendly interface one a smartphone or tablet display — right at users’ fingertips. With TUF Detective 2, users are able to have fan control and monitor system information wirelessly, while key parameters can be monitored and errors detected and diagnosed errors with a cable connection.


24/7 durability, latest connectivity: TUF Components, ESD Guards 2, 5-year warranty and USB 3.1

TUF Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 is engineered with TUF Components so it’s tough enough for the most demanding conditions, even under heavy loading. Japanese-made 10K black metallic capacitors offer 20%-better temperature endurance for a lifespan that’s up to ten times (10X) longer, and TUF alloy chokes are manufactured using high-grade anti-oxidization materials to provide heat dissipation that’s 13% better than before for unbeatable durability.

It’s also constructed with upgraded TUF ESD Guards 2 to defend numerous ports against sudden electrostatic discharge. Engineered to be two times (2X) stronger than before, TUF ESD Guards 2 covers all USB sockets and audio connectors — and exclusive pin-level testing on specific rear I/O connectors is 30% higher than the previous TUF standard.

Every TUF motherboard undergoes the industry’s most-punishing tests to ensure they’re ready for permanent duty in all scenarios. In our development labs we heat them, chill them, bend them, shock them and drop them — so TUF Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 is certified for 24/7 durability, and backed by a five-year warranty.



Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.



ASUS TUF Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1

Processor/CPU socket

LGA1151 socket for 6th-generation Intel® Core™ i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium®/ Celeron® processors


Intel Z170 Express


4 x DIMMs, up to a maximum of 64GB DDR4 2400/2133MHz

Expansion slots

2 x PCI Express® 3.0/2.0 x16 (at x16 or x8/x8)

1 x PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x16

3 x PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x1

Graphics (VGA)

Integrated Intel HD Graphics processor

DisplayPort 1.2 with maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 (4K x 2K) at 24Hz and 3840 x 2160 at 60Hz

HDMI with maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 (4K x 2K) at 24Hz / 2560 x 1600 at 60Hz

Intel InTru™ 3D / Quick Sync Video / Clear Video HD Technology / Insider™

Multi-GPU support

Quad-GPU NVIDIA® SLI and quad-GPU AMD® CrossFireX


Realtek® ALC1150 eight-channel high-definition audio codec


2 x SATA Express (10Gbit/s)

6 x SATA (6Gbit/s, four from SATA Express)


Intel I218-V Gigabit Ethernet


1 x USB 3.1/3.0/2.0 Gen 2 Type-C port

1 x USB 3.1/3.0/2.0 Gen 2 Type-A port

6 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports

8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports

ASUS TUF-exclusive features

Thermal Armor with Flow Valve, Thermal Radar 2, TUF ICe, TUF Fortifier, TUF Engine power design, TUF Components, ASUS Digi+ power-control utility, TUF ESD Guards 2,TUF Detective 2, Dust Defenders, MemOK!

Dimensions / form factor

ATX 12-inch x 9.6-inch (30.5cm x 24.4cm)



About ASUS

ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets, smartphones and wearables. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,326 awards in 2014 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC. ASUS has more than 16,000 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 5,200 engineers. Company revenue for 2014 was approximately US$14.5 billion.


[1] TUF’s five-year warranty is valid in all regions, apart from Japan and South America.

[2] Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors.

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