Thursday, August 13, 2015

ASUS Announces World’s First USB 3.1 Gen 2 Motherboard Certification

-- TUF Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2/USB 3.1 motherboard first to be certified
for SuperSpeed USB 10Gbit/s (USB 3.1 Gen 2) --
Fremont, California (12th August, 2015) - ASUS today announced that the TUF Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2/USB 3.1 is the world’s first motherboard to achieve SuperSpeed USB 10Gbit/s certification for USB 3.1 Gen 2 data-transfer speeds of up to 10Gbit/s — twice as fast as USB 3.0. This achievement highlights the company’s position as a global trailblazer committed to delivering the best technology to consumers before anyone else.

To achieve USB-IF certification, the TUF Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2/USB 3.1 had to pass exacting tests set by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), including signal-quality checks, stress tests and sustained transmission speed. As the world’s first certified SuperSpeed USB 10Gbit/s (USB 3.1 Gen 2) motherboard, the TUF Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2/USB 3.1 successfully demonstrated wide compatibility with existing USB devices including printers, USB drives, video cameras, mice, headsets and many others —  providing proven interoperability for consumers. 
“USB-IF certification is a proven testing and evaluation process that is absolutely necessary for product interoperability and reliability,” said Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF President and COO. “As the next generation of USB technology hits the market, we strongly encourage consumers to look for USB-IF-certified products, such as the ASUS TUF Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2/USB 3.1 motherboard, to ensure the best possible user experience.”

Backed by a 5 year warranty, ASUS TUF motherboards are built with military-grade components to deliver incredible durability. ASUS TUF features include Thermal Radar 2 for intuitive fan tuning, the TUF ICe microchip to intelligently monitor and control system temperatures, ESD Guards for greater tolerance to static electricity, and a new 8+2-phase TUF Engine power design.  ASUS also provide the most comprehensive memory and device validation lists (QVLs) in the industry – for assured compatibility with thousands of devices. 

Other ASUS TUF motherboards will also be submitted to USB-IF for certification, allying the newest and best device compatibility to TUF’s world-renowned reputation for strength and build quality. 

Pricing & Availability

The ASUS TUF Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2/USB 3.1 is priced at $175, and is available from ASUS authorized distributors and resellers.
Full Specifications available at: WWW.ASUS.COM