ASUS Z97 A, WS & Deluxe Preview
Published: 28th April 2014 | Source: ASUS |
Most of us know ASUS more through their ROG series of motherboards, the Maximum and Rampage, than perhaps we know their more regular boards. However, these are the most popular by a long a way, finding their way into a large majority of system builders specifications due to their blend of performance and price.
As, in a similar manner to the Formula/Extreme Republic of Gamers versions you're more familiar with, the Z97's from ASUS are variations on a theme we'll be tackling them all together.
Again we have to remind you that we're only allowed to bring you a preview so think of this as a taster before the main event, and keep a close eye on OC3D for our full review as soon.
We'll show you the specifications for the Deluxe, as it's the model that will find its way into most systems. It also shows how even the non-ROG ASUS models have a raft of technology on board.
The overclocked RAM support has exploded in recent times. The days, that to us seem recent, of anything over 2000MHz being darn speedy have been clearly swept into the past with the ASUS Z97 motherboards supporting 3300MHz DDR3. Which is mind boggling. Nearly as impressive is the volume of connection options with 10 USB ports on the rear and 10 internal SATA ports. Running out of sockets certainly wont be an issue. With the Deluxe in particular the plain specifications don't begin to cover what is available from the newest range of ASUS motherboards, so let's crack on.
|CPU||LGA1150 Supporting 4th and 5th Generation Intel CPUs|
|Chipset||Intel Z97 Express|
|Memory||4 DIMM, 32GB Max @ up to 3300MHz OC|
|Expansion Slots||2 PCI Express 3.0 x16 or x8/x8|
1 PCI Express 2.0 x16
4 PCI Express 2.0 x1
|VGA||DisplayPort 1.2 supporting 4K displays|
Quad GPU CrossFire and Quad GPU SLI Support
|Storage||10 SATA 6Gb/s Ports inc 4 SATA Express|
1 m.2 Socket 3
|LAN||Intel I218V and I211-AT Gigabit LAN|
|Wireless and Bluetooth||Support Dual band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac |
Bluetooth 4.0 support
|Audio||Realtek ALC1150 and Crystal Sound 2|
|USB||10 USB 3.0 (6 rear, 4 internal)|
8 USB 2.0 (4 rear, 4 internal)