I've seen a lot of threads about these motherboards but none have really given me a conclusion on which is the superior board. The sabertooth is only 4 dollars more than the hero here in AU, so no worry there. The TUF armour looks like it could be very useful but the Hero seems to have a few more features (none of which I'm that interested in, I'm not too big into audio quality and that game networking thing looks kinda...meh). The hero board's colour scheme also appeals to me more. I also like having lots of USB slots, which the sabertooth has. So yeah, I'm looking for good gaming and multimedia performance, as well as a easy, intuitive UI for a mobo noob like me. Please help! Thanks!
Well, for a decision like that, the Asus Maximus VI Hero is on top. It has far better overclocking capabilities then the Sabertooth, and in my opinion the colour scheme is better. The thermal armor on the Sabertooth is pointless as the motherboard doesn't get effected by heat and all, just for looks really. The Asus Maximus VI hero has lots of USB ports as well, which I always find handy. I will usually always recommend the VI Hero over the sabertooth to enthusiasts and people who would like to enter the world of overclocking, which you may.
The main reason why I would recommend the sabertooth is the backplate that is attached to the board and the 5 year warranty. The armor was useful to me as a first time builder as somewhere to put my hands, but it isn't really necessary. I suppose the sound is also decent if that's your thing (I'm not really an audiophile or anything so that was more a bonus to me instead of something I really cared about). I own the sabertooth and I love it, but I'd probably be happy with the hero as well if I had to get that. The Sabertooth BIOS is very easy to navigate (although I suspect that might be more of an ASUS thing. Check to see what type of software you get with each board as that might be different/influence your decisions.