Following the launch of its Signature and Maximus models in the Z170 series, ASUS has announced new motherboards in the TUF series. The series is targeted at users looking for durable motherboards that withstand extreme conditions, with ASUS claiming that the boards offer “20% greater temperature tolerance and five times the lifespan.”
All boards in the TUF series come with fortified backplates called Thermal Armor that can hold up to 10 kilos of weight, allowing you to use a heavy CPU cooler or a custom liquid-cooled setup without any issues. With the boards featuring M.2 connectivity, there’s a fan tucked in between the CPU and PCIe slots, which directs air toward the drives connected via M.2.
With the Z170 series, ASUS has retained the TUF Ice, a controller that feeds data about any errors in your build through 12 sensors placed across the. As the feature is hardware-based, you get zero-latency control over system cooling even when the system is under heavy load.
TUF Detective 2 allows you to scan your hardware status from your smartphone, and with the Z170 series, ASUS is introducing the ability to flash the BIOS from a smartphone connected via USB. You also get hardware-based detection and monitoring of hardware components, and fan control for up to 12 fans. Thermal Radar 2 takes fine-tuning even further by allowing you to control fan speeds of video cards, with the feature working with select ASUS-branded cards.
There will be several models in the TUF series, with ASUS initially offering details on the Sabertooth Z170 Mark I. The ATX board comes with a LGA1151 socket, four DDR4 slots with a maximum memory of 64GB and clocks of 2400MHz, eight SATA 6Gb/s ports, two SATA Express, two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, one PCIe 4.0 x16 slot, one M.2 connector, two USB 3.1 ports, two USB 3.0 ports with internal headers for four ports and a Realtek ALC1150 audio codec.
The Sabertooth Z170 Mark I will be going up for sale in global markets over the course of the month.