👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅18-09-15
Packaging & First Look

SABERTOOTH is presented in an attractive looking box which lists the associating technologies. ASUS are keen to promote this board as offering 5 years warranty.

Inside the box there are a vast array of bundled accessories. The included items are extensive and consist of:

• User's manual
• Accessory Guide
• ASUS Q-Shield
• 4 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
• 1 x M.2 Screw Package
• 1 x CPU installation tool
• 1 x Supporting DVD
• 1 x HYPERM.2 X4 with M Key design, type 2230/2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (Support PCIE SSD only)
• 1 x SLI bridge(s)
• 1 x Q-connector(s) (1 in 1)
• 2 x Accessory Fan(s) ( 35 /40 mm )
• 1 x TUF Certification card(s)
• 1 x TUF 5 Year Warranty manual(s) (by region)
• 1 x TUF Inside sticker(s)(white)
• 1 x STAY COOL BE TUF sticker(s)(white)
• 1 x Bead Chain for Metalic Cover
• 1 x Accessory Package(s):
- 3 x PCIe x16 slot dust cover(s)
- 2 x DRAM slot dust cover(s)
- 3 x PCIe x1 slot dust cover(s)
- 2 x Short fan screw(s)
- 4 x Long fan screw(s)
- 3 x Thermistor cable(s)
- 1 x back I/O dust frame
- 1 x back I/O dust grid
- 1 x connector dust cover collection (On board USB 3.0, DVI, HDMI, DP, LAN)
- 2 x On board USB 2.0 connector dust cover(s)
- 8 x back I/O USB connector dust cover(s)
- 7 x On board SATA connector dust cover(s)
- 2 x SATA Express conector dust cover(s)
- 5 x Audio connector dust cover(s)

Inside the accessories package there are some “TUF Defender” which are essentially covers for closing off ports to protect from dust.

ASUS on their TUF Defenders:
TUF design protects back I/O ports, expansion and memory slots, and prevents dust and other airborne particles from entering critical connectors. Dust Defenders guards against dust build up, helping your PC perform in an optimal and stable state for longer.

Unpacking SABERTOOTH from the box we have a rather distinct looking motherboard. In keeping with the values of the TUF series, SABERTOOTH comes furnished with armour. This armour protects the motherboard from damage, strengthens key areas as we’ll see later on, allows the supplementary cooling fans to be installed to drive airflow.

The visual appearance of SABERTOOTH is especially unique and may not be to everyone’s taste but we can certainly see the appeal. The overall look is bold, strong and aggressive.

SABERTOOTH conforms to the ATX form factor measuring: 12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm ).

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