The SABERTOOTH Z77 brings back everything I missed about the X79 and 990FX based SABERTOOTH boards. The Thermal Armor is what makes the board from an aesthetic point of view and really the SABERTOOTH Z77 is a great looking board that really stands out.
What the Thermal Armor does alongside the Dust Defenders is make not only for an extremely clean motherboard, but quite possible the cleanest Z77 board on the market. It really does look fantastic, though the fun doesn't just stop there. Alongside the Thermal Armor we've got a whole lot of other features that make up the TUF Series SABERTOOTH board with one of the big stand outs being that five year warranty - a rarity on motherboards. It really speaks of how much faith ASUS have in the board.
Performance is also fantastic; you can see out of the box at times we see it was able to outperform other Z77 boards with the best gains being seen in PCMark 7 and MediaEspresso. As always we then look at the overclocking side of things and the 4.73GHz number is strong which helps push performance even further ahead.
It feels like all of this should come at quite a high cost, but at $239.99 the SABERTOOTH Z77 is extremely well priced and between it and the $449.99 ASUS P8Z77-V Premium, which is the most expensive Z77 based board on Newegg, we've got a whole lot of boards that come in at a higher cost.
Going back to the look of the board, the massive five year warranty, strong out of the box performance and just overall massive feature set, it's extremely difficult to fault this board. If you can do without installing the added fans we'd suggest it for as we mentioned before no one really likes these extremely small fans due to the noise, let alone two of them. If you do add them though, you'll see a drop in temperatures, which is great.
ASUS does an awesome job of ticking all the right boxes with the SABERTOOTH Z77 which is something we've seen them do before with the SABERTOOTH series. Priced in that mid $200 bracket, we've got a board that looks and feels like it should cost more than it does.
At that $230 - $260 mark we've really got some great options when it comes to Z77 based motherboards. We'd tend to lean on the side that this is probably one of the best if not the best in that area. Especially when you consider we're closer to the $230 side of things than the $260 side, this motherboard is one to seriously consider.