The SABERTOOTH Z77 Motherboard with Thermal Armor & Thermal Radar from ASUS is a computer motherboard, compatible with Intel CPUs that use the LGA1155 socket. The board features dual-channel DDR3 memory, quad-GPU SLI and CrossFireX support. It also has USB 3.0, eSATA 6 Gbps and many other advanced technologies.
ASUS uses TUF capacitors, chokes and MOSFETs, all of which meet military specifications. The new generation thermal armor boosts cooling with dual turbo fans that enhance the original TUF thermal design. Thermal radar monitors temperatures in critical parts of the board, automatically adjusting fan speeds for better system stability. The custom TUF design features special shields that resist particulate entry, effectively extending slot and connector lifespan.
The TUF series SABERTOOTH Z77 Motherboard delivers a tough image. Along with the unique design and high quality, military-standard components, it features great stability, all-round compatibility and extreme durability.
Total Airflow-Boosting Heat Dissipation
New generation thermal armor boosts cooling with dual turbo fans, enhancing the original TUF thermal design. It also directs hot air away from the components and the motherboard via smart shunt funneling. It covers the entire board with more powerful airflow and uses special heat pipes to expedite thermal removal and make sure temperatures stay low. The dedicated I/O cover fan draws additional cold air in and expels even more heat for improved stability. Additionally, new thermal armor comes with special convection holes in the PCB to facilitate underside airflow. It also sports a cool military-themed style, perfect for case modders.
Real-Time Temperature Detection and Heat Removal
Thermal radar monitors temperatures in critical parts of the board, automatically adjusting fan speeds for better system stability. Fan overtime keeps fans working in critical minutes post shutdown to extend component lifespan, dropping temperatures by 44.60°F (7°C) in just ten minutes after the computer turns off. New fan off consists of a switch that disables fans in case temperatures drop below a manually or automatically set level for effective power consumption.
CPU, Chipset and Graphics Features
LGA1155 Intel 3rd/2nd Generation Processors Ready
This motherboard supports the 3rd generation Intel Core processor-based platform and 2nd generation Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processors, with iGPU, memory and PCIe controllers integrated. These support onboard graphics output with dedicated chipsets, 2-channel (4 DIMM) DDR3 memory and 16 PCIe 3.0/2.0 lanes. This enables the motherboard to provide great graphics performance.
Intel Z77 Express Chipset
The Intel Z77 express chipset features a single-chipset design to support socket 1155 Intel 3rd generation Intel Core processor-based platform and 2nd generation Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. Additionally, the chipset provides 4x USB 3.0 ports for 10 times faster data retrieval speed. It can also enable iGPU function that allows you to enjoy the latest Intel integrated graphic performance.
PCIe 3.0 Ready
PCIe 3.0 is the latest PCIe bus standard with improved encoding schemes. It provides twice the performance of current PCIe 2.0. The total bandwidth for an x16 link reaches the maximum of 32 Gbps. As such, PCIe 3.0 provides you unprecedented data speeds, combined with convenience and seamless transition offered by completely backwards compatibility with PCIe 1.0 and PCIe 2.0 devices. PCIe 3.0 will become a must-have feature for users like you who wish to improve and optimize graphic performance, as well as have the latest technology available.
PCIe 3.0 speed is supported by Intel 3rd generation Core processors
Quad-GPU SLI and Quad-GPU CrossFireX Support
Flexible Multi-GPU Solutions
The SABERTOOTH Z77 brings you the multi-GPU choice of either SLI or CrossFireX. The motherboard features the most powerful Intel Z77 platform to optimize PCIe allocation in multiple GPU configurations.
Intel Smart Response Technology
SSD Speed with HDD Capacity
Intel Smart Response technology boosts overall system performance. It uses an installed fast SSD (min 18.6 GB available capacity required) as a cache for frequently accessed data. It reduces load and wait times and lowers power consumption through the elimination of unnecessary hard drive spin. This technology combines SSD performance with hard drive capacity, operating up to 6 times faster than a hard drive-only system.
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Auto Application Refresh. Less Waiting Time
Your computer can receive web updates with fresh content for selected applications, even when the system is in sleep mode. This means the waiting time is less for applications to update and sync with the cloud, leading to a more efficient computing experience.
Intel Rapid Start Technology
Instant Awake from Sleep Mode
It allows your computer to quickly resume from a low-power hibernate state in seconds. Saving your system memory to the designated SSD, it provides your computer a faster wake-up response time, while still keeping the energy use low.
Safe and Stable
Repel the Dust, Expand the Lifespan
Dust particles and environmental contamination present a constant hazard to the optimal functioning of slots and connectors. Build up on contact points within slots, compromises data transfer over time, negating the benefits of expensive and critical components such as graphic cards. Custom TUF design keeps this in mind with special shields that resist particulate entry, effectively extending slot and connector lifespan while promoting better performance.
Unique Protection of Motherboard Components from Unexpected Electrostatic Discharges (ESD)
Electrostatic discharge can happen suddenly and its damaging effects are often underestimated. Exclusive ASUS anti-static chip, a protective circuit design, and the I/O shield provide four times better protection to extend component lifespan.
TUF Engine - Power Design
New DIGI+ Power Control
Leading Digital Power Control Solution
New DIGI+ power control include multiple digital voltage controllers, allowing ultra-precise modulation and tuning for CPU, iGPU and DRAM. This innovative ASUS technology provides an extremely accurate voltage tuning for better efficiency, stability and performance. With the next generation IntelVRD 12.5 future power design, CPU wattage can be decreased by half, creating a cooler and quieter PC. This technology provides the smartest control for better power saving scenarios.
Full-Scale Performance Tuning with Easy BIOS Interface
UEFI BIOS offers the first mouse-controlled graphical BIOS designed with selectable modes and native support for hard drives over 2.2 TB. You can also drag and drop boot priorities with the exclusive EZ mode, while advanced mode offers intricate settings.
Quick and Easy Info for Enhanced System Control
- F12 BIOS snapshot hotkey.
- F3 shortcut for most accessed info.
- ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) info, detecting faulty DIMMs and helping with difficult POST situations.
TUF Components (Choke, Capacitor and MOSFET; Certified by Military-Standard)
Certified for Tough Duty
You can get rugged performance even in the most challenging conditions with the robust TUF chokes, solid capacitors and MOSFETs, certified through third-party, military-grade testing. TUF chokes, also known as the alloy choke, is made of a compound of various types of metal, instead of standard iron. It enables support of up to a massive 40 A of rated current, 25% higher than conventional component. Furthermore, the single piece packaging also eliminates the emission of vibration noise, delivering superb characteristics as well as durability under extreme conditions.
ASUS Exclusive Features
USB 3.0 Boost
Faster USB 3.0 Transmission with UASP
The ASUS USB 3.0 Boost technology supports UASP (USB attached SCSI protocol), the latest USB 3.0 standard. The USB 3.0 Boost technology significantly increases a USB device's transmission speed up to 170%, adding to the already fast USB 3.0 transfer speed. ASUS software automatically accelerates data speeds for compatible USB 3.0 peripherals without the need for any user interaction. It's simple plug and boost auto detection design ensures best performance.
USB BIOS Flashback
Simple Plug and Press - Hardware-Based BIOS Flashback
USB BIOS flashback is a truly revolutionary hardware-based update solution. It offers a convenient way to update the BIOS. It allows you to update new UEFI BIOS versions even without hardware such as a CPU or DRAM installed into the motherboard. You just need to plug in a USB flash drive containing the BIOS file and press the BIOS flashback button for 3 seconds with the power supply connected. The UEFI BIOS will then automatically update without requiring further interaction. With its new, complementary Windows application, you can regularly check for UEFI BIOS updates and download the latest BIOS automatically. It thus provides hassle-free updating for ultimate convenience.
Real-Time Network Bandwidth Control
With a single-click on/off button, the application currently in use has its data and network bandwidth prioritized over other programs. Moreover, you can prioritize your favorite software easily by configuring profiles through the intuitive user interface. Within the profile, programs can be pre-scheduled to run in a specific time period to avoid network congestion and long-waits on downloads. Auto PPPoE network connection provides a one-step setup for enhanced online convenience. Overall, it's an intuitive network bandwidth control center.
3 Times Faster Charging for All Smart Devices
With a dedicated onboard controller, you can quick-charge all your smart devices such as iProducts, smartphones, tablets and more, all up to 3 times faster, even when the PC is powered off, in sleep or in hibernation mode.
LucidLogix Virtu MVP
Up to 60% Hybrid Graphics Boost and 3 Times Faster Video Conversion
LucidLogix Virtu MVP features HyperFormance technology that boosts your discrete graphic card's original performance up to 60% through the test of 3DMark Vantage. It is designed for Intel processor graphics and Windows 7 PCs. It perfectly combines the performance of discrete graphic cards with fast computing iGPU. You can enjoy a smoother gaming experience by eliminating tearing artifacts with the newly designed virtual sync. LucidLogix Virtu MVP can also dynamically assign tasks to the best available graphics resource, based on power, performance and system load. This allows you to fully utilize 3 times faster video conversion with Intel Quick Sync Video technology while retaining high-end 3D rendering and gaming performance, provided by both NVIDIA and AMD graphic cards. When the discrete graphics card is not required, power consumption goes automatically down to near zero, making the system more environmental-friendly. For users searching for perfection, LucidLogix Virtu MVP provides great graphical performance, flexibility and efficiency.
Note:LucidLogix Virtu MVP supports Windows 7 OS. Intel Quick Sync Video feature is supported by 3rd/2nd generation Intel Core processor family. System Configuration: OS: Windows 7 64-bit SP1 | MB: P8Z77-V DELUXE | CPU: CPU-1155-QB15-2700K-3.5G-Sandy BRIDGE100-8M |DIMM: DDR3 G.SKILL 17000CL9Q-16GBZH 4GB *4 | Lucidvirtu MVP version: V126.96.36.19997 | On-board Intel VGA driver version: V188.8.131.5298 | ASUS GTX580 driver version: V184.108.40.20662.
In the Box
ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 Motherboard with Thermal Armor & Thermal Radar
SATA 3 Gbps Cables
SATA 6 Gbps Cables
Q-Connector (2 in 1)
Accessory Fans 1.38" (35 mm)
Accessory Package:- 1.57" (40 mm) I/O Cover Fan Lid- 3x PCIe x16 Slot Dust Covers- 2x DRAM Slot Dust Covers- 3x PCIe x1 Slot Dust Covers- 2x Short Fan Screws- 4x Long Fan Screws- Adhesive Sponge for 1.38" (35 mm) Fan
TUF Inside Sticker
TUF Certification Card
Limited 1-Year North American Warranty (USA, Canada & Mexico)
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Intel socket 1155 for 3rd/2nd Generation Core i7/Core i5/Core i3/Pentium/Celeron Processors
Supports Intel 22 nm CPU
Supports Intel 32 nm CPU
Supports Intel Turbo Boost technology 2.0*
*The Intel Turbo Boost technology 2.0 support depends on the CPU types
*Due to Intel chipset limitation this motherboard does not support Windows Vista operating system
*PCIe 3.0 is supported by Intel 3rd Gen. Processors**PCIe 2.0 x16 slot shares bandwidth w/ PCIe 2.0 x1-1 slot, PCIe 2.0 x1-2 slot & PCIe 2.0 x1-3 slot. Its default setting is in x1 mode.
Intel Z77 chipset:
2x SATA 6 Gbps ports, brown
4x SATA 3 Gbps ports, black
Supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
Supports Intel Smart Response technology, Intel Rapid Start technology and Intel Smart Connect technology*
ASMedia ASM1061 controller:**
2x SATA 6 Gbps ports, gray
2x eSATA 6 Gbps ports, red
*Supports on Intel Core processor family with Windows 7 operating systems **These SATA ports are for data hard drivers only. ATAPI devices are not supported
Intel 82579V, 1x Gigabit LAN controller
Realtek ALC892 8-channel high definition audio CODEC
- Supports: Jack-detection, multi-streaming, front panel jack-retasking
- Absolute pitch 192 kHz/ 24-bit true BD lossless sound
- Blu-ray audio layer content protection
- Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
Intel Z77 chipset:*
4x USB 3.0 ports (2 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
10 x USB 2.0 ports (4 at back panel, black, 6 at mid-board)
ASMedia ASM1042 controller:**
2x USB 3.0 ports (2 at back panel, blue)
*Supports ASUS USB 3.0 boost UASP mode**The USB 3.0 ports only support Windows 7 or later versions
TUF engine power design:
- 8 +4 +2 digital phase power design
- TUF components (choke, capacitor and MOSFET; certified by military-standard)
- ASUS DIGI+ power control utility
- TUF thermal armor
- TUF thermal radar
Safe and stable:
- Dust defender
ASUS exclusive features:
- USB BIOS flashback
- AI suite II
- USB charger+
- ESD guards
- ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ mode featuring friendly graphics user interface
- Network iControl
- USB 3.0 boost
ASUS EZ DIY:
- ASUS O.C. profile
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ flash 2
- ASUS MyLogo 2
- Multi-language BIOS
- ASUS Q-shield
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, boot device LED)
- ASUS Q-slot
- ASUS Q-DIMM
- ASUS Q-connector
Back I/O Ports
2x eSATA 6 Gbps
1x LAN (RJ45) port
4x USB 3.0
4x USB 2.0
1 x optical S/PDIF out
6x audio jacks
1x USB BIOS flashback button
Internal I/O Ports
1x USB 3.0 connector supports additional 2x USB 3.0 ports (19-pin, moss green)
3x USB 2.0 connectors support additional 6x USB 2.0 ports
4x SATA 6 Gbps connectors
4x SATA 3 Gbps connectors
1x CPU fan connector (4-pin)
1x CPU OPT fan connector (4-pin)
4x optional fan connectors (4-pin)
2x assistant fan connectors (3-pin)
1x S/PDIF out header
1x 24-pin EATX power connector
1x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
1x front panel audio connector (AAFP)
1x system panel (Q-connector)
1x MemOK! button
1x clear CMOS jumper
64 Mb flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI 2.0a, multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3, F12 PrintScreen function, F3 shortcut function and ASUS DRAM SPD (serial presence detect) memory information
Anti-virus software (OEM version)