ASUS Z87 Sabertooth (LGA 1150) Motherboard Review

by - 8 years ago

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Test System And Methodology


When reviewing Intel Z87 motherboards we use the following pre-defined test system – only the motherboard varies between reviews. We only compare results where consistent components have been used however the CPU will also vary between motherboard comparisons of different sockets as well as the motherboard.

Z87 Motherboard Test System

  • Motherboard – Varies by review
  • Processor – Intel Core i7 4770K at Stock With Turbo Disabled
  • RAM – 16GB (2 X 8GB) Corsair Vengeance Pro Series 1866MHz at 9-10-9-27
  • Graphics Card – XFX HD 7970 (Stock Clocks)
  • CPU Cooler – Corsair H100i with Quiet Fan Profile and Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Paste
  • Power Supply – Corsair HX1050W
  • Main Storage Drive – Kingston HyperX 240GB SSD over SATA III interface
  • Additional Storage Drive – Patriot Wildfire 120GB SSD over SATA III interface
  • Chassis – Lian Li T60 Test Bench
  • Display – Dell U2711 Ultra Sharp @ 1080p
  • Operating System – Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit

We would like to thank AsusIntelAMDCorsairKingstonLian LiDellNoctua and all our other partners who supplied us with test equipment and hardware. Their generosity makes our testing possible and without them we wouldn’t be able to produce the reviews we do, so thank you!

For the testing procedures we use a variety of professional software and free to use programs which you can see below. The full details of each test will be available preceding the graphs if you are interested in the details for purposes of result replication or further enquiry.

Software used:

  • 3DMark 11
  • AIDA64
  • Cinebench R11.5
  • CPU-Z
  • PCMark 7
  • Super PI
  • 3DMark 2013
  • Rightmark Audio Analyser

Article Index

  1. Introduction
  2. Packaging And Accessories
  3. A Closer Look
  4. BIOS
  5. Feature Overview
  6. Included Software
  7. Test System And Methodology
  8. Audio Benchmark
  9. CPU Benchmarks
  10. 3D Benchmarks
  11. Memory Benchmarks
  12. System Benchmark
  13. Storage Benchmark
  14. USB 3.0 Benchmark
  15. Power Consumption
  16. Overclocking
  17. Conclusion
  18. View All

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