ASUS Sabertooth Z170 S (LGA1151) Motherboard Review

Introduction

ASUS have compiled a comprehensive Z170 motherboard range which caters to different sections of the consumer market. For example, the GAMING PRO line-up offers superb functionality and impeccable stability at an affordable price point. ROG products evoke a more premium feel and includes a stunning software suite for power users. The Sabertooth brand revolves around a stringent testing procedure to ensure each motherboard exhibits unprecedented reliability. The extreme thermal testing and deployment of TUF components prioritizes long-term durability. As a result, it’s a great option for consumers who demand a very high-end motherboard and have no intentions of upgrading in the near future.

Typically, motherboards opt for a red and black colour scheme because it’s the most popular option among the core gaming audience. Some time ago, ASUS unleashed the limited edition Z97 Sabertooth Mark S which utilizes an innovative white PCB and military camouflage. It’s quite rare to see motherboard sporting a white theme and while there is some competition from the MSI Krait series, ASUS is the only manufacturer to offer a pure white PCB.

The Sabertooth Z170 S is the spiritual successor to the Z97 Sabertooth Mark S and features a very unusual design philosophy. When adopting such a wacky colour scheme, it’s bound to have a polarizing reception and I’m fascinated to hear feedback on ASUS’ aesthetic choices. Looking beyond the visual aspects, I’m expecting to see some very impressive numbers given the premium electronics and DIGI+ Power Control.

Specifications

Packing and Accessories

The motherboard’s box is characterized by a white finish and contains camouflage highlights. This provides a great insight into the product’s unconventional styling and creates a web of intrigue. On the front, information regarding the 5 year warranty is displayed in a clear manner.

Moving onto the opposite side, there’s a detailed description of the product’s thermal radar monitoring made possible by the TUF ICe processor. On another note, the packaging outlines the rear I/O connectivity and basic motherboard layout.

Included in the package is a user’s guide, M.2 screws, driver’s disk, case badge, certificate of reliability, stickers and a gorgeous white I/O shield. As someone who loves the technical details of motherboards, it’s fantastic to read the reliability assessment document. Here, you can browse information regarding a huge array of tests such as moisture resistance, thermal shock, solder bath, salt spray and more!

There’s also four SATA cables, a Q Connector, CPU installation tool, back I/O dust cover and SLI bridge. The Q Connector is a really handy tool which eliminates the frustration factor when attaching front panel headers. Furthermore, the CPU installation tool is designed to minimize the contact time and pressure between your fingers and the CPU. While it’s not necessary for veteran builders, it could prevent beginners from causing damage during the build process.

US Army Developing Invisibility Suit

Can you see me? Yes Jeeves, I can!

The US Army is in the process of developing an invisibility suit for its troops. It has requested firms developing “Stealth Fabrics” to get in touch and have stated that they want to get the first prototypes created within 18 months; they hope that the suit will be able to function in all terrains, from ice caps to desserts, and in all temperatures.

The companies that are selected will undergo a one-year phase will have to submit 10 suits for testing, and all suits must work in all terrains from all angles. They also said if the adaptive camouflage requires power then it must weigh less than 0.45KG and last for at least 8 hours of operation.

The Army have stated they want the following:

  • Has 360-degree coverage and ‘can actively respond to various land environments under changing light conditions.’
  • Can be integrated with soldier’s equipment.
  • Ideally, will not require a power supply. If it does require a power supply, it ‘should last a minimum of four hours and weigh no more than two pounds’ including batteries and connections.
  • Reflects infrared light the same way as other army uniforms
  • Works in a range of terrain, including desert, forest, urban areas, jungle, and mountains.
  • Works below freezing and at temperatures above 95 degrees Fahrenheit, in high wind, in stormy weather, and in smoke, dust, or fog

Guy Cramer may be one of the people who have their materials used to help the military. You can see a short video about his company – Hyper Stealth below. He says he demonstrated it to the Military last year and that the new project will allow him to move forward with it. Cramer won’t release details of how the technology works or photographs.

Thank you to The Daily Mail for providing us with this information

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