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Written by David Ramsey   
Tuesday, 11 June 2013
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS GRYPHON Z87 mATX Intel Motherboard
Closer Look: Z87 GRYPHON
Z87 GRYPHON Details
ASUS Z87 UEFI
ASUS GRYPHON Software
Bundled Software Continued
Motherboard Testing Methodology
AIDA64 Benchmarks
SPECviewperf 11 Tests
x264HD 5.0 Tests
mATX Motherboard Overclocking
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

ASUS GRYPHON Z87 mATX Motherboard Review

Manufacturer: ASUStek Inc.
Product Name: LGA1150 mATX motherboard
Model Number: GRYPHON Z87
UPC: 886227494590 EAN: 4716659494591
Price As Tested: $170 (Amazon|Newegg)

Full Disclosure: ASUStek provided the product sample used in this article.

The "TUF" moniker in ASUS' TUF motherboard series stands for "The Ultimate Force", a perhaps strained marketing term. First introduced a few years back in Socket 1156 form, the original TUF boasted mil-spec components, ceramic-coated heat sinks, and an industry-leading warranty. ASUS seemed to be testing the waters, then-- there was no TUF board for the then-dominant Socket 1366. But since then, the TUF line has spread so that there are now TUF versions for LGA1155, LGA2011, and LGA1150.

It's a little hard to figure out who the target demographic is, though. It's not a mainstream board, and at the same time it's not ostensibly marketed to gamers like the Republic of Gamers series is.

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With its "camo" military-themed color scheme, the idea behind the TUF motherboards seems to be that they're, well, tough. ASUS backs this up with a five-year warranty. Let's take a look at this board in the next section.



 

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# re:Tprobe moduleCaring1 2013-06-11 18:22
This chip is used in active cooling technology, most likely in relation to thermal sensors and power supply.
I'm interested in knowing exactly what it does do if anybody is certain...
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# RE: re:Tprobe moduleCaring1 2013-06-11 18:45
"The EPU power-use tuning processor doesn't appear on this motherboard...probably because they ran out of space".

It seems the T-Probe ASP 0911 is the replacement for that, as shown on page four of the review in a screen shot of the UEFI.
It is shown as the CPU power duty control.
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# RE: RE: re:Tprobe moduleDavid Ramsey 2013-06-11 18:54
I don't think so, since other ASUS motherboards with EPU chips also have CPU power duty control.
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# BiosSteve 2013-10-25 03:10
This is a cracking board for sure, great quality, everything.

Sadly weve had to return several of these as there is a significant bios issue which Asus appear to be either unable or unwilling to rectify. Such a shame for what is otherwise an outstanding board.
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