|ASUS GRYPHON Z87 mATX Intel Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Tuesday, 11 June 2013|
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ASUS GRYPHON Z87 mATX Motherboard Review
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.
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.