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ASUS Z97-A ATX LGA1150 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI CrossFireX/SLI SATA3 USB3.0 HDMI Motherboard

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Product Reviews

ASUS Z97-A ATX LGA1150 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI CrossFireX/SLI SATA3 USB3.0 HDMI Motherboard
Very Good
Below Average
Rating: 9.16/10
With 19 User Reviews

Review Date: 03/21/15
Cons: First board arrived with physical damage

Pros: Lots of IO optionsPlenty of future connectivity support (Sata Express, M.2 Sata)LIGHTNING fast bootupGreat BIOS interface
Get the bad out of the way: my first board arrived with a broken retention clip for one of the heatsinks. NCIX eventually straightened this out with a new board.Now, the good.Lots of IO on this board. No need to worry about connectivity issues.The board boots up incredibly fast. I've never seen bootup so fast, even on a fresh install. It boots so quickly that the Windows logo doesn't even finish coming together (Windows 7) before entering Windows. Every time it happens I think the computer locked up or rebooted!The BIOS is great and easy to navigate, even if I haven't used it that much. I haven't overclocked my 4690K because I just haven't seen a need to do so yet.Overall, this is the best bang for your buck (when on sale of course) and delivers where it's needed.

Review Date: 03/20/15
Cons: none.

Pros: Slick bios, great software, looks and performs great.
An overall great motherboard. The software to automatically regulate fans is neat and convenient, I dont need my fans to be running at 100% if the system is producing much heat. This makes browsing and simple tasks much nicer as I dont have my fans blaring.The UEFI bios is awesome, and one of the best looking that I've seen.Recommended buy.

Review Date: 01/30/15
Cons: none

Pros: great boardNice biosCome with everything a
140 $ during the boxing day sale. It comes with everything you will ever need for a high end gaming pc.

Review Date: 01/28/15
Cons: None.

Pros: - Wide variety of ports: HDMI, DP, DVI, SPDIF, etc.- Sata Express and M.2 for being future proof with SSDs.- Well designed BIOS.
This board is very aggressively priced by ASUS compared to other Z97 boards. It comes with all the features you'd want without a big price premium; probably the best quality-price ratio for a Z97 board.

Review Date: 01/02/15
Cons: I had an issue with two of the for ram slot (they dont seem to work) but I will try to get a replacement unit as this is probably just an issue with the one I received

Pros: Work great.
Overall great motherboard for a basic build.

Review Date: 12/21/14
Cons: Pricematch

Pros: Good LayoutASUS QualityIntuitive Bios
...the Meat & Potatoes of the Z97 line; all you need and you don't leave hungry...ASUS hit the nail on the head here...

Review Date: 11/22/14
Cons: Little finicky with default boot drives for what ever reason, not worth taking a star just bit of extra work.

Pros: Good Build QualityEasy to maneuver Lots of expansion portsIntuitive Bios Good valueFuture compatibility with next gen CPU's
Purchased this motherboard in combination with the I5 4690k and 8GB of Corsair DDR3 1600 ram. Upgraded from previous Asus P5Q LGA 775 socket with an overclocked Q6600 3.6GHZ. The board seemed to be built well, It is an entry level board in comparison to some higher end boards. No flimsy plastic cheap feeling areas.Mother board was much more user friendly in Bios, and also comes with some useful desktop utilities for overclocking, fan monitoring and temperature monitoring if interested.Recognized Ram at rated 1600 MHZ speed and once LAN/Ethernet driver installed for internet connection it worked flawlessly with windows 8.1.I haven't overclocked the system yet, played around with some settings and it would be very easy also based off some reviews online it overclocks very well.Would definitely recommend this board to any one looking for and entry level motherboard but still great quality that Asus offers. All basic features and lots additional perks

Review Date: 11/18/14
Cons: could have used a few more sata ports...the accessories were a little lacking. also the thru plate was for the output ports seemed flimsy. drivers seem hard to install.

Pros: Quality board throughout...nice clean layout...well packaged from the factory...typical asus manual...easy to install the cpu...overall a good product...price was reasonable for me.
All in all I would recommend this board to anyone. I was very pleasantly surprised when it powered up right away the first time. The bios was flashed right after to the newest version using the program in the bios. As a plus my the SSD from my previous machine was used and it booted right into windows!!

Review Date: 10/28/14
Cons: Price

Pros: Good qualityNice featuresReliability
I had a lot of asus motherboard and they always worked great. I'm using this MB with a I3 4330 and it's working well.With a price match the price was not so bad, but Asus worth the price.
Kenny Daniel_M@NCIX

Review Date: 10/23/14
Cons: Cost more then other similar motherboards of different brands.

Pros: Has everything I need, user friendly and great Asus software.
Had everything that I need or use and even some extras, is really user friendly with the ez xmp and the like available as physical button on the board for people who don't like messing around in the BIOS event thought the BIOS is user friendly as well, has a physical power button on it and AI suite 3 makes thing really easy. although like most Asus hardware you always pay an extra then if it were an other brand but for me the extra dollars were worth it.

Review Date: 10/17/14
Cons: Price

Pros: Fantastic quality, wonderful features, trustworthy reliability
My previous motherboard was ASUS one purchased 7 years ago. It still works. You can trust its quality w/t problem
SecureIP Solutions inc.@NCIX

Review Date: 10/09/14
Cons: none

Pros: All optionOC available
I bought this card with a promo and 4690K and my computer rock. Super fast box.

Review Date: 08/27/14
Cons: NONE

Pros: Excellent MB. Lots of custom tuning available.
Just finished a build with an i5 4690K bundle. Excellent compatibility. Running this board with Kingston Hyper X Black 8gb memory. No issues at all.

Review Date: 07/20/14
Cons: io shield cheaply made,sli bridge is not black, Manual writing is very small and hard to read plus it could of been more indepth

Pros: lots of the same features on the higher end boards.
All in all the board is ok being a midrange board. Liked the one click overclocking, but also had the functions to overclock manually. Using a G3258 dual core with this board and have it running at 4.3Ghz from 3.2Ghz. UEFI Bios looks really good and is easy to use. Able to load windows in 9 seconds with fast boot using a old HHD according to windows.

Review Date: 07/11/14
Cons: No integrated wifi card, but that might not be a problem

Pros: Great motherboard for overclocking system.
Good quality mobo that is great looking.

Review Date: 07/07/14
Cons: None. Some say the realtec 892 audio chip is a turnoff but I find no issues with the sound hooked up to my Z5500's.

Pros: 8 phase vrm. Good bang for buck imo. Solid state Japanese capacitors meaning this is durable.
I wanted Asus due to durability (was sing 2 Asus mobo's that ran 24/7 for almost 360 days a year for 6 years.) Main reason I went with this board is the 8-phase vrm over the 4 and 6 phase on the -k and -c versions. Didn't feel the need to go any higher models. Everything worked as expected when I assembled the build. Upgraded bios and went to OC, nice snazzy UI for easy OC plus a windows utility for OC if you want to keep your system up 24/7 like I do while changing settings on the fly. No issues at all with this board.

Review Date: 07/02/14
Cons: -price (even in a bundle)-a little lean on things included in the case-ports flat-driver madness

Pros: -sufficient board quality for what you pay for-clean layout (mostly)-q connector for the front panel
You know (mostly) that an Asus board is going to do what it says. In this case however there was some grief with the usb 3 drivers, and after about 45 minutes of searching out why my usb devices were not connecting I wound up discovering that there was an "unknown device" issue, in device manager. I wound up searching out then down loading downloading some drivers from an AMD related site. For an Intel board this isn't good. In fact it is UNFORGIVABLE. The file you may need is: "AMDA00_XPVistaWIN7_8.zip" (google search it)The bundle deal was ok all things considered but when I opened the box the whole thing screamed "no frills". If you want neat extras don't buy this. # sata cables, a SLI connector and the Q connector for the front panel is all that is in the box with the MB. This with the drivers issue for a +$150 board is, not really living up to my ideas of what you could expect from Asus.The Q connector is a great idea, that I wish more boards would incorporate. Being able to load up the connector with all the fiddly little front panel connectors mad that portion of the build VERY easy.As for the sata ports I find that ports facing up from the board are easier for not only the initial build but also for the eventual tweaking. Granted they take more space, but this board isn't that busy in layout. Attaching new drives is going to be a PITA.This is a satisfactory board, but I might not have bought it (bundle or not) had I known that the kit was so skimpy (even for a budget mid level board), and the drivers issue is unacceptable. I had to put in what I thought was an unnecessary effort to find these in the support forums, when they should have been right up there on the page related to the MB. Not too cool Asus.

Review Date: 06/06/14
Cons: the price is jacked up

Pros: -solid build quality-heatsinks dont get hot-supports SLI
Good motherboard for you money. great for those who want a no frills board that does what its supposed to do
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Product Features

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One click takes care of all that complex tuning. Your PC is smart with ASUS 5-Way Optimization. It dynamically optimizes essential aspects of your system based on real-time use ? so you get superb CPU performance, everyday energy savings, ultra-stable digital power, cool and quiet fans and now even networking and audio settings that are tailored for the apps that you are using. In short, 5-Way Optimization ensures that your PC is perfect for gaming, entertainment, productivity or just about anything else!

What It Is And Why You Need It:

  • Games run swiftly and smoothly with high performance, prioritized bandwidth and vivid sound
  • Fans stay whisper-quiet for everyday computing and ensure extreme cooling efficiency when gaming
  • Movies play without stutter
  • Energy waste is reduced so you'll save money

Product Specifications

Supported CPU
CPU Socket TypeLGA 1150
CPU TypeCore i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
ChipsetIntel Z97
Number of Memory Slots4240pin
Memory StandardDDR3 3200(OC)/3100(OC)/3000(OC)/2933(OC)/2800(OC)/2666(OC)/2600(OC)/2500(OC)/2400(OC)/2200(OC)/2133(OC)/2000(OC)/1866(OC)/1800(OC)/1600/1333
Maximum Memory Supported32GB
Channel SupportedDual Channel
Expansion Slots
PCI Express 3.0 x162 (single at x16 or dual at x8/x8 mode)
PCI Express 2.0 x161 (x2 mode)
PCI Express x12
PCI Slots2
Storage Devices
SATA 6Gb/s4 x SATA 6Gb/s
SATA Express1 x SATA Express
M.21 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key
SATA RAID0/1/5/10
Onboard Video
Onboard Video ChipsetSupported only by CPU with integrated graphic
Onboard Audio
Audio ChipsetRealtek ALC892
Audio Channels8 Channels
Onboard LAN
LAN ChipsetIntel I218-V
Max LAN Speed10/100/1000Mbps
Rear Panel Ports
PS/21 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
Video Ports1 x DVI-D
1 x VGA
DisplayPort1 x DisplayPort
USB 3.04 x USB 3.0
USB 1.1/2.02 x USB 2.0
S/PDIF Out1 x Optical
Internal I/O Connectors
Onboard USB2 x USB 3.0 + 6 x USB 2.0
Other Connectors1 x CPU Fan connector (4-pin) for both 3-pin(DC mode) and 4-pin(PWM mode) CPU coolers control with auto detection support
1 x CPU OPT Fan connector (4-pin)
4 x Chassis Fan connectors (4-pin) for both 3-pin(DC mode) and 4-pin(PWM mode) coolers control
Front panel audio connector (AAFP)
1 x S/PDIF out header
1 x Thunderbolt header (5-pin) for ASUS ThunderboltEX series support
1 x TPM connector
1 x COM port
24-pin EATX Power connector
8-pin EATX 12V Power connector
System Panel(Q-Connector)
1 x MemOK! button
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
1 x DRCT(Direct Key) connector
1 x TPU switch (advanced two-stage adjustments)
1 x EPU switch
1 x EZ XMP switch
1 x Power-on button
Physical Spec
Form FactorATX
Dimensions12.0" x 9.6"
Power Pin24 Pin
Features5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5

-CPU Power
-Industry leading digital 8-phase power design

-ASUS CPU power utility

-Auto Tuning, TPU, GPU Boost, 2-level TPU switch

-EPU, EPU switch
Fan Xpert 3 featuring Fan Auto Tuning function and multiple thermistors selection for optimized system cooling control
Turbo App featuring system performance tuning, network priority, and audio scene configuration for selected applications.

-Most advanced options with fast response time

M.2 & SATA Express onboard
-The latest transfer technologies with up to 10Gb/s data-transfer speeds

Special Memory O.C. Design
-Superb memory O.C. capability under full load by minimizing the coupling noise and signal reflection effect

Thunderbolt Ready (Optional)
-Blistering-fast 20Gb/s data transfers upgrades with ThunderboltEX II series.

ASUS HomeCloud Server
Remote GO!
-Remote GO! Function: Cloud GO!, Remote Desktop, Remote Keyboard & Mouse, File Transfer
-Wi-Fi GO! & NFC Remote app for portable smartphone/tablet, supporting iOS 7 & Android 4.0 systems

Media Streamer
-Pipe music or movies from your PC to a smart TV, your entertainment goes wherever you go!
-Media Streamer app for portable smartphone/tablet, supporting iOS 7 & Android 4.0 systems

Turbo APP
-Perform each application with tailored performance, network priority and audio configuration for your needs

Turbo LAN
-Experience smooth online gaming with lower pings and less lags

Crystal Sound 2
-Feel the sound power with different usage scenarios.

Steam support
-Compatible with the funest gaming platform under Windows system

Push Notice
-Monitor your PC status with smart devices in real time

UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface
-O.C. Tuner
-CrashFree BIOS 3
-EZ Flash 2

ASUS Q-Design
-ASUS Q-Slot
-ASUS Q-Connector
Package ContentsASUS Z97-A Motherboard
3 x Serial ATA 6.0Gb/s cables
1 x ASUS SLI bridge connector
2 in 1 Q-connector
User's manual
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