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ASUS Z87-PLUS LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z87
  • 4th-Gen Intel Core i7 / i5/ i3 (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3000(OC)/2933(OC)
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ASUS-branded motherboards deliver the highest standards of innovation, performance, and reliability with a new premium gold color scheme. All ASUS, ROG, TUF, and WS Z87 motherboards launch following a strict validation process that guarantees the best quality and compatibility in the industry. ASUS tests each motherboard with literally hundreds of memory, expansion card, and external device combinations from nearly every brand and vendor on the market. ASUS Motherboards also pass the most demanding stress-testing process in the industry, verifying their stability, reliability, and longevity.

Key Features
• ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 4 with Four-Way Optimization
• ASUS Remote GO! - One-Stop PC Remote Control and Home Entertainment
• ASUS USB 3.0 Boost - Lightning Fast Transfer Speeds!
• ASUS USB BIOS Flashback - Simple Plug & Press, Hardware-based BIOS Flashback
• AI Suite III - One-Stop Access to Innovative ASUS Features!


 

  • newegg ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 4 with Four-Way Optimization ASUS's exclusive Dual Intelligent Processors 4 with Four-Way Optimization integrate features that enhance the ways customers control their PC. The TPU performance-tuning chip, EPU energy consumption manager, DIGI+ Power Control, and Fan Xpert 2 can all be activated with one click to ensure real-time performance optimization, better energy efficiency, precise digital power control, and detailed case fan management for reduced noise and improved cooling. When users are away from the PC, the design intelligently shifts to Away Mode, allowing customers to download and stream content, or backup data, with minimal power draw. The exclusive Four-Way Optimization fully readies PCs for better gaming, entertainment, productivity, and all other uses.
  • newegg One-Stop PC Remote Control and Home Entertainment Remote GO! links PCs, tablets, smartphones and TVs wirelessly together through an existing LAN cable and router setup. It allows users to stream multimedia content from PC to DLNA devices, and to access their computer from anywhere using their mobile device at home. It also permits easy file transfers between your computer and your mobile devices. It provides seamless environment for a futuristic connected lifestyle with three useful functions: DLNA Media Hub, Remote Desktop and File Transfer.
  • newegg 1.3X Faster than Traditional USB 3.0 With USB 3.0 Boost technology, USB transfer speeds are significantly increased up to 1.3x, enhancing an already impressive USB 3.0 transfer rate. ASUS software automatically accelerates data speeds for compatible USB 3.0 peripherals without the need for any further user configuration.
  • newegg Simple Plug & Press – Hardware-based BIOS Flashback A truly revolutionary hardware-based update solution, USB BIOS Flashback offers the most convenient way ever to update the BIOS! It allows users to update new UEFI BIOS versions, even without hardware such as a CPU or DRAM installed into the motherboard. Just plug in a USB flash drive containing the BIOS file, and press the BIOS Flashback button for three seconds with the power supply connected. The UEFI BIOS will then automatically update without requiring further interaction. With its new, complementary Windows application, users can regularly check for UEFI BIOS updates and download the latest BIOS automatically. Hassle-free updating for the ultimate convenience!
  • newegg One-Stop Access to Innovative ASUS Features With hardware driver compatibility tested and assured, ASUS provides a complete solution for Windows 8 support. Users can now experience the next generation operating system on ASUS hardware, and can rest assured that they can easily upgrade once the final driver versions are released — all without any compatibility issues!


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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Richard F.
  • 7/10/2014 5:01:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsUPDATING BIOS to ver 2004

Pros: Good and reliable.

Cons: Asus help can be a little slow

Other Thoughts: I was having a problem with my computer and after a process of elimination I determined that the problem may have been caused when I flashed the BIOS with ver 1802 by using the ASUS EZ FLASH 2 utility. After several e-mail with Asus help, we decided to flash the BIOS with the most current version, 2004.

When this latest BIOS is downloaded, it comes with a utility program to flash the BIOS that is now a requirement. To make things short, I continued to get the message “BIOS file not correct”. I again e-mailed Asus help and was told to rename the .CAP file Z87P.CAP I never found these instructions on the Asus website so I am placing them here for others to follow. (I have asked Asus to post instructions on their website in the BIOS download section.)

To do this, the following steps must be followed.

Close all open programs.

First, download the 2004 BIOS file and SAVE it. Once saved, select this folder named Z87-PLUS-ASUS-2004-and-BIOS_updater.zip and right click and select EXPAND ALL. After the file is unzipped, find the .CAP file and rename it Z87P.CAP. (select the file and then right click and select rename) Open up the bios installer program that was just expanded and launch it with by double clicking on the file named Update.exe (This file is several layers down so you will have to open several folders until you find it.) It will ask if you want to expand all files and select yes. Now open the folder(s) until you find the Update.exe file (again) and launch it. A new window opens and may be hidden by what is on the screen so select the taskbar at the bottom of the screen to get to this update window. Browse to find the Z87P.CAP file and select. (You may have to browse several layers to find this specific file as the original named file will also appear.)

The flashing process will take about 5 minutes and will require several confirmations of processes so stay at the computer. At the end it will ask if you want to reboot the computer and select yes. On boot-up the screen will stall and a message in the lower left corner will say to press F2 to enter setup. Do so and then in the upper right corner select Exit and Advanced Mode and with the next screen select Exit and then save all changes and EXIT. A message will say no changes have been made, still select Save and EXIT. The computer should now reboot with the new BIOS.

I realize that there several steps involved here so I suggest you print these instructions before attempting to flash your BIOS.

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  • Daniel W.
  • 6/24/2014 9:46:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsBad Southbridge

Pros: NONE

Cons: This is a follow up to my initial review.
The board has become unstable in that none of the on board USB ports seem to function correctly, including the USB 2.0 ports which connect to the mouse and keyboard.

ASUS response of updating the drivers is what may have caused this issue in the first place.

Other Thoughts: Support is running me through a number of hoops --- a multi-page contract requiring 5 signatures when there are only 4 places to sign has prolonged this fiasco long enough.

ASUS - Step up to the plate and provide true customer service as a leader in the industry should.

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  • Tim G.
  • 6/8/2014 3:00:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great connectors. Great board options included in the board. Installation was easy into my new build PC. The board map for the build made it easy to make all of the connections I needed and the auto tuning in the bios worked flawlessly.

Cons: After updating the bios with the new version (needed to install my OS first to get internet connectivity) I now get a bluescreen when loading windows after running the auto tuner. As long as I re-enter the bios and set everything back to default then Windows will load normally. I am hoping that this will be resolved with a new bios revision (this one is only 15 days or so old). For now it works without auto tuning and overclocking my PC. Not much to go from on the web to troubleshoot as the is very new.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/31/2014 2:49:12 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggswaste of money

Pros: I think most asus stuff is a good brand.

Cons: I tryed every thing but my computer just one day stopped loading past the asus screan and the red light for the CPU was on. So I figured after trying for hours to fix it my CPU was finished. So I bought a brand new i7 4790 4th gen for my desk top. When it got here I tryed it out.... It still didn't work so I took it out and tryed my old one then it works now..... Stupidest thing ever. What makes it worse my new intell chip dosent even work on this board. -_-

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  • Daniel W.
  • 5/27/2014 9:53:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsSouthbridge Bad

Pros: Looks great and says it can do a lot. Love the BIOS Graphics in Win but that's where it ends

Cons: In the process of building this out, I ran the Asus available updates. When the ASMedia bios ran, all the USB 3.0 ports (it only has 3.0 ports) failed to recognize any legacy devices which include the mouse and keyboard.
Strangely though, it worked sometime in BIOS which meant the BIOS to Win communications was flawed.
After speaking to customer support, it appears that the Southbridge seems to be bad. This is the only common component sense the back ports are ASMedia driven and the 20 pin riser to the front ports are Intel driven.

If you decide to use this board, purchase and install the USE port card which plugs into the USB 2.0 dedicate connectors on the mother board. Because if you rely upon the 3.0 ports working and don't have a PS2 Keyboard and mouse WITH a PS2 Splitter, you will not have access to the system.

Other Thoughts: I have used Intel boards for more than a decade and needed to rebuild a crashed machine over the holiday weekend. So I purchase the ASUS board from a local retailer (sorry Newegg, I needed it fast). I chose ASUS because of its reputation for solid boards but find myself asking was it worth it... Now this may be just with this model, but I found reports on Newegg and other sources that have indicated ASUS may have or is loosing its edge on quality.... I hope not.

The fix for this issue, is to use a Legacy USB 2.0 external port plate to provide reasonable access. Since the compatibility with the previously strict protection of the Keyboard and mouse ports has shifted.

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings DanW,

Thank you for purchasing an ASUS product.

As long as you install the latest BIOS and drivers for the motherboard, the problem with the USB ports should be resolved. If the problems persist, please let me know through email. For easier downloading of the BIOS and drivers, I have included the support website here: http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Z87PLUS/HelpDesk_Download/. 3730279.

Regards,

Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-mark@asus.com

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  • Erik H.
  • 5/26/2014 7:39:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorked in Linux - but docs need work

Pros: Everything worked in Linux. Using the "BIOS Flashback" feature I was able to update the BIOS with just the board, a power supply and a USB stick. No CPU or RAM required.

Cons: Docs do not appear to mention what to name the file you put on the USB stick and it has to have a very specific name (Z87PL.CAP is what it needs to be called for this board, it's specific to this model). Instead of telling me the name I had to juggle a silly windows program on another machine just to have it rename the file so I could see what the name needed to be. NOT useful!

Also see the note below about the Thunderbolt add-on card (didn't matter enough to me to count as a con but may for others).

Other Thoughts: This board supports the Thunderbolt 2 add-on card but will only give Thunderbolt 1 speeds (10gb/s) rather than full Thunderbolt 2 speeds according to the Asus docs. This didn't matter to me too much as Thunderbolt is kind of buggy on Linux currently but it was a bit of a surprise and may be to others as well.

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  • Spencer D.
  • 5/25/2014 1:29:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPlays nice with Ubuntu 14.04

Pros: Works great with Ubuntu Linux 14.04 and 13.10. The motherboard seems pretty solid, and the power button on it is pretty convenient.

Cons: I tried overclocking it just for my own entertainment and for some reason Ubuntu kept reverting my CPU to stock speeds. I also tried under-clocking it and oddly enough that seemed to work fine. I'm pretty sure it was Ubuntu's fault as Memtest 86 recognized the overclock.

Intel's integrated graphics driver in Linux has a bug in it that makes black's show up as grey on certain HDMI monitors, but the internet has plenty of instruction on fixing that issue.

This motherboard is missing a couple of the standard ATX mounting posts. It's not that big of a deal, but I'd prefer if my motherboard would not flex when I'm hooking it up to the power supply.

My old videocard would not mount in any of the PCIEx16 slots except the bottom one because the heatsink was so fat would brush up against the PCI slot next to it. I don't think any of the new cards on the market use this type of heatsink anymore, but it's an issue to be aware of for anyone with a videocard whose cooler drops down below where the top of the pins are. It did fit in the bottom slot, but only after I disconnected my case audio outputs.

Other Thoughts: I didn't test surround sound, USB3.0(but I have used those ports for USB 2.0 devices), or the black SATA ports.

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  • Dennis W.
  • 5/9/2014 11:08:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsA Great Board, with a Few Exceptions

Pros: Great power with just the right features I need. I chose the Plus over the higher-end boards with Wi-Fi and Blue Tooth options, and I get almost everything else they have. I am a die-hard ASUS fan, and even the few cons noted below won't turn me away.
This is my first UEFI bios MOBO, and I really like it. This board is like a Ferrari, as it has more power than I can use right now, but it's there if I want to pump up the power down the road with an i7 chip and an after-market cooler for overclocking..

Cons: First, the IO panel, as always, is a nightmare. I don't like having to handle a board like this, even with static safety. Those little guides on the IO panel never seem to line up and take the board, until, all of a sudden, it does.
And, as I've seen mentioned elsewhere, the 'six' screws don't seem enough stability for this board, especially since the 24 pin power plug is near the edge of the board where there's little support.
I had two bent pins on the power switch pins, which happen to be on the edge corner of the board. Bad placement for these delicate pins. Should have been an RMA, but I decided to risk straightening the pins, with great success. I used a mechanical pencil to straighten them.
The processor placement was very scary. The processor seats easily, and is idiot proof if you make sure you orient the processor with the notches in the right position. However, it took WAY more pressure than I was comfortable exerting to latch it down.
And finally, the SATA jacks are very awkward to plug cables into. Granted, part of the blame could be my chassis, but this is a BIG case, so I'm sure I've got more room than most, and mine was tight. I think ASUS should review this design, the lack of mechanical support on the SATA edge, the positioning of the mentioned interfaces, and clarity saying something like, "seating the processor may seem like you're crushing the socket and processor, but it's okay, cause it takes that much pressure."

Other Thoughts: I love ASUS, and while this board is the worst I've had to deal with, my familiarity with the brand, the reliability, and the value far exceed even my cons. Of course, if something had not worked after putting it all together, I would not have been as happy as I am now. And there's no excuse for bent pins and the placement of such a delicate interface so close to a corner of the board. For a few cents, they could place a throwaway pin protector and eliminate this problem.

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  • marcel h.
  • 4/17/2014 1:16:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsmarcel hassinger

Pros: simple to set up works great and didnt cost much

Cons: not a one

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  • Bruce G.
  • 4/6/2014 11:44:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board

Pros: Great options and layout and works great, Fan controls on this are nice, Keeps this system much quieter than my older one it is replacing, Has more fans in the case also but they only speed up when needed which isnt so often with the Z87 chipset.

Cons: Had to do a RMA on the first board I received but the new one worked perfectly.

Other Thoughts: I DID get the first one DOA but NewEgg took care of it and sent me the pre paid shipping label and they were great on the phone. I don't feel I should deduct an egg for the bad one because it is a great board, I've built dozens of systems with ASUS and all of mine have been ASUS and this was the first issue I had

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