Date of publication: 2017-12-07 10:21
Here 8217 s the board itself. As you can see at first glance, there 8217 s a few things that separate the TUF Mark 1 from its competitors.
Shifting focus requires a new outlook, and TUF answers with distinctive designs that meld industrial sensibilities with a touch of space marine. Stealthy by nature, the new boards minimize RGB lighting to concentrate on different priorities.
Motherboard makers have tended to go all out with their Gaming branding. While gamers are an important market, there are tons of regular users interested in PCs for other reasons. These users tend to prefer less bling and more substance and are a natural marketplace for a series like the TUF series, which is how they are referred to instead of the now defunct Sabretooth name. Key to the concept is a five year warranty.
The release of the X299 platform means we have lovely new motherboards to drool over. Much has been said about the X299 platform. While the CPUs tend to run hot and chew a lot of power, there’s no doubt they are very capable performance wise, but with core counts all the way up to the 18 core 7985XE, and power demands to match, your choice of accompanying motherboard is more important than ever. Reliability is always a key consideration and if you want reliability, then you’ll be taking a good hard look at Asus’ TUF series.
Dropping the resolution though, and we continue to see the handicap AMD has in gaming, though again, will you really care about 126 vs 195 fps when the platform costs twice as much?
That 8217 s not all there is, as you can see below. At the top we see the Asus Q connector which is used for connecting to case headers, there 8217 s a couple of stickers, the I/O shield, PCIe slot dust covers, user manual and driver disc, four SATA 6GB/s cables and screws.
The default screen that is seen when entering the advanced section of the BIOS is called the 8216 My Favorites 8217 tab. As the name suggests, the settings you access most are displayed here for easier access.
This new generation gets our latest onboard audio enhancements, including a Realtek S1225A codec paired with an amplifier and premium components that produce surprisingly good sound for an integrated solution. The 125dB output SNR rivals some dedicated sound cards, while the 118dB input SNR improves recording quality for streamers and voice chat.
The TUF Mark 1 has a nice number of rear I/O ports. On the left is a Clear CMOS button, then something called the TUF detective port. This is a dedicated port where you can connect a mobile device with an accompanying mobile app. The app displays the system POST and status. This would be particularly useful for a headless system such as a mining rig, though you probably be using a low end system rather than X299 for that. It is perhaps a bit gimmicky but given the marketing of the board towards 29/7 use and reliability, we 8217 re sure there are people who will appreciate this.
・ Realtek S1225A Codec
・ Audio Shielding
・ Premium Japanese Audio Capacitors
・ Dedicated Audio PCB Layers
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