ASUS Z97 A, WS & Deluxe Preview


ASUS Z97 A, WS and Deluxe Preview


The Z97A is the entry level board, but don't let that fool you into thinking that it hasn't got a raft of cool features. It's so easy for people to assume that they need loads of elements that they'll never actually utilise and thus overlook something which is more modest but will still get the job done. 

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It's unlikely that the Z97A will win any beauty contests with the its brown aesthetic. However, we can't be the only people who recall when the lowest cost offering came with a bright blue PCB, three or four colours of plastics, a heatsink that seemed to mainly be designed to remove the skin off your knuckles, and vertical storage ports. So with that in mind we think that the Z97A is inoffensive. No we wouldn't choose this colour scheme, but equally if you're building on a budget then looks aren't a factor and performance is. That's where the combination of the outstanding Intel Chipset and ASUS' build quality comes into its own.

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There is plenty of room between the PCI slots, and SLI/Crossfire is a very realistic prospect. The inclusion of both PCI Express slots and legacy PCI ones allow you to run the hardware you might have on hand without being forced to upgrade. The importance of that can't be underestimated at this level. Sure we all wish we could refresh our whole system every six months, but we don't. 

The gold heatsinks are the element of the new ASUS Z97 range that has divided opinion in the office the most. It's much nicer than the previous gold offerings, being a lot lighter and looking more like actual gold.

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There is no lack of modern storage options on the Z97A, with the board supporting SATA 6Gb/s, SATA Express, and just below the CPU socket is a M.2 port for your little SSD. The DRAM OK button is hugely useful if you've been struggling with system stability as it will ensure that the board boots up without a hitch.

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Most Recent Comments

28-04-2014, 06:37:21


ASUS have three new Z97 motherboards that are similar in looks with ever increasing specifications. We take a first look.

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28-04-2014, 07:08:18

Great videos/previews, Still skipping Z97 though, My money this year is all on water cooling and next year I'll get Z107.Quote

28-04-2014, 08:11:14

the NFC and Wireless charging things are pretty cool! I'm all for gimmicky stuff like that, there aren't enough of these types of devices in my opinion, excellent 'emerging' technologies that I'd love to make more use of.Quote

28-04-2014, 08:28:03

Neat tech but...
Gold. Plz stop.Quote

28-04-2014, 08:43:19

YES. I am loving all of the gold, but I don't know why . Maybe Ill build a gold system...Quote

28-04-2014, 10:08:21

I'm slowly coming round to gold, at least on these anyhow. I wonder if Asus will have the support for people to request the wireless charging pad, for phones/tablets that don't come with it as standard, but have the capacity to take one ?Quote

28-04-2014, 10:18:49

So many connections not keen on gold but it should make for some rather interesting future build logs. Also noticed the use of the word "Triumvirate" appearing a lot in the reviews.Quote

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