The TUF Sabranco

Camouflage usually comes in three main varieties for most ground troops of a nation’s armed forces: regular, sand and snow.  Due to popular demand on the ASUS forums it would seem that a snow version of TUF, the consumer endurance range from ASUS, is coming to market.  One of the prototypes was up on display at the booth, combined with the TUF Fortifier which had also been decorated to match the motherboard.  The motherboard itself is purchased as white by ASUS then components added, similar to some Galaxy graphics cards in the past.

The Sabranco is still a work in process, as dictated by the glass sheet in front of it and a ‘do not touch’ sign.  There is not much to tell from these images, however the dual fan placement element of the TUF Fortifier is here, as well as the SATA Express connector with the SATA ports.

The Thermal Armor around the power delivery has the two switches to direct airflow around that area.  The name ‘Sabranco’ is a portmanteau of Sabertooth and Branco, the Portuguese for white.  So I am not one who enjoys portmanteau in general (with ‘chillax’ being on the bad end of the scale but ‘ginormous’ seems reasonable’), and I am not sure Sabranco rolls off the tongue as easily as some of the other ASUS product names.  The best alternative as a name for this I could come up with, when ASUS asked what I would call it instead, was the ‘TUF Antarctic’, so go with the color along with the harsh conditions TUF is designed to be used in.  I guess I might have been influenced by the case design ASUS had on display to show off what a white system might look like:

As mentioned, this white TUF motherboard is most likely coming to market however it is a few months away from release right now.  I suspect the first socket for this model will be Z97, though depending on the demand for X99, perhaps an extreme edition will be made.

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  • CknSalad - Thursday, June 12, 2014 - link

    Hopefully the GR8 has a desktop cpu. If they are using desktop cpu parts, it would be nice if they have i5 and i7 T-Models as the cpu options (lowest is 35W TDP).

    I just hope that the custom cooling for the cpu isn't that of a notebook cpu cooler as they did market this as being able to run quietly (small size and low noise are the high points for me). Overall, this custom-built PC has a lot of good potential as a good lan, media, and streaming pc.
  • jimhsu - Saturday, June 14, 2014 - link

    Any news on the UX303 (ultrabook form factor + discrete 840M)? That'll me my next notebook, if nothing better comes out in the interim.
  • Matthew Wills - Thursday, May 16, 2019 - link

    It's great that companies like Asus think about education and other social areas. Technologies will now be introduced into the educational system at an incredible speed. Already there are a huge variety of educational websites. Wikipedia is one of the most visited sites in the world. an online writing service, is one of the largest websites that is designed to help students learn. Every day, thousands of students search the Internet for educational materials, but this is scattered throughout the network. The state needs to create its own educational web resource where all necessary information will be collected and systematized.

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