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ASUS Z87-A 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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Z87
 

TPU
 

CPU performance boost
Unleash your computer's performance with a simple two-phase onboard switch or the ASUS AI Suite 3 utility. It works with the TPU chip to offer precise voltage control and advanced monitoring , enabling great freedom to adjust CPU frequencies and ratios for optimized performance in all situations.

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DIGI+ VRM

VRM, or voltage regulator modules, are considered among the most essential motherboard design components. They supply the voltage demanded by the CPU, and a good VRM must intelligently detect actual CPU power draw to provide precise power accordingly.


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Dual Intelligent Processors 2

Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with DIGI+ VRM

The world's first Dual Intelligent Processors from ASUS pioneered the use of two onboard chips - EPU (Energy Processing Unit) and TPU (TurboV Processing Unit). The new generation of Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with DIGI+ VRM provides precise Vcore PWM, integrated graphics voltages and frequency module adjustments with minimal power loss through BIOS tuning and an exclusive user interface to increase the board's overclocking range while performance reaches its full potential. ASUS DIGI+ VRM digital power design empowers users with superior flexibility and perfect precision to ensure optimized performance, extreme system stability and greater power efficiency.


Remote GO!

One-stop PC remote control and home entertainment

Remote GO! links PCs, tablets, smartphones, and TVs wirelessly through a LAN cable and router. It allows you to stream multimedia content from PC to your HDTV, access your computer anywhere using smart devices at home, and easily transfer files to and from your PC. Now upgraded with new Cloud GO!, which syncs your multiple cloud storage accounts and backs up content to your PC with one click.

Set up Your Home PC with Remote GO!



  1. Wi-Fi environment setup - use an existing LAN cable and router setup to connect PC and smart devices on the same home network
  2. Install Remote GO! software on your PC
  3. Download Wi-Fi GO! and NFC Remote to your smart devices (Supported Systems: iOS/Android)
  4. Setup complete - get four free apps with ASUS Remote GO!

 


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Fan Xpert 2

Comprehensive controls for the perfect cool and quiet balance

For more fine-tuned control, hardware-level ASUS Fan Xpert 2 features Fan Auto Tuning, providing a tailored fan speed setting for each 4-pin/3-pin CPU and chassis fan with exclusive automatic fan speed detection. This achieves the best balance of cooling performance and low noise. It even provides an RPM Fixed Mode for users who wish to reduce noise levels to near 0dB using a specific fan speed setting.


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Fan Auto Tuning Mode

Scans fan parameters through exclusive automatic speed detection to provide custom settings for each fan with a single click. This achieves the best cooling for your components beyond just the mere number of fans in your case. Fan Xpert 2 delivers individual data and control for each 4-pin/3-pin CPU and chassis fan connected to your motherboard as well as built-in fan profiles to deliver cooling that is as automated or as customizable as you need it to be.


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New UEFI BIOS – friendlier and more Intuitive

Exclusive EZ Mode adds useful info to become even easier

Media-renowned UEFI BIOS from ASUS provides the smoothest mouse-controlled graphical BIOS, and now features more intuitive functions to quickly take you to favorite BIOS pages and frequently-accessed settings through custom shortcuts. You can even write quick notes in-BIOS for future reference, view an activity log of setting changes and modifications, and rename SATA ports. EZ Mode has a whole new look, upgraded with extra-friendly capabilities like detailed fan controls, XMP profile settings, SATA information, and fast clock adjustment. Together, these perfect your BIOS experience.


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USB 3.0 Boost (UASP Support)

170% faster transfer speeds than traditional USB 3.0

ASUS USB 3.0 Boost technology supports UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) USB 3.0 in Windows 8. With USB 3.0 Boost technology, a USB device's transmission speed is significantly increased up to 170%, adding to already fast USB 3.0 performance. ASUS software automatically accelerates data rates for compatible USB 3.0 peripherals without any user interaction.



  • World's 1st USB 3.0 UASP support – instantly 170% faster.
  • Complete USB 3.0 solution – performance boost under Turbo Mode or UASP Mode for most USB devices.

 


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Network iControl

Real-time network bandwidth management

One click to prioritize network traffic for applications you're currently using or set up favorite profiles to run at specific times. Avoid network congestion, speed up downloading, and make sure online gaming runs optimized, all through an intuitive user interface.


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AI Suite 3

One-stop access to innovative ASUS features

ASUS AI Suite 3 offers a brand new user experience through a clearer and more attractive interface with support for larger monitors. It consolidates all exclusive ASUS features into one simple-to-use package, allowing you to supervise overclocking, energy consumption, fan speeds, voltages and more. This all-in-one app offers diverse and easy to use functionality, with no need to switch back and forth between different utilities.


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MemOK!

Enhanced memory compatibility: save time on trial and error

Memory issues can be difficult to diagnose and even harder to fix or work around. If RAM problems are preventing your system from booting, MemOK! helps by automatically loading failsafe settings to enable basic functionality with a simple push of a button on the motherboard. This troubleshooting feature saves you time and annoyance, and adds to the confidence of DIY builders.


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DirectKey

Dedicated direct BIOS access button

Designed for those requiring frequent BIOS access, users can easily enter the BIOS when the PC is on standby power with a simple press of a button. It saves you time during boot-up as you don't have to repeatedly press the DEL key. Convenience and ease at their best!


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ASUS 5X Protection

All-round protection provides the best quality, reliability, and durability

ASUS motherboards guard your PC with 5X Protection. We use quality components like DIGI+ VRM digital power design for precise CPU power on demand, ESD units tested to strict standards that eliminate electrostatic interference, and resettable fuses around DRAM slots to prevent overcurrent and short-circuit damage. We also use corrosion-resistant back I/O shields, all examples of ASUS providing the best possible reliability and durability.


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4K Ultra HD ready

Discover future visual experiences

Following up on popular 1080p full HD, 4K Ultra HD is the next big thing, and you're ready for the upgrade thanks to integrated graphics that natively support up to 4096 x 2160 via HDMI or DisplayPort. That's four times the pixel count of 1080p (1920 x 1080), offering incredible visual clarity, detail, and realism.


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Intel® LGA1150 4th Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors Ready

This motherboard supports Intel® 4th generation Core™ i7/i5/i3/Pentium®/Celeron® processors in the LGA1150 package, with iGPU, memory and PCI Express controllers integrated to support onboard graphics output with dedicated chipsets, 2-channel (4 DIMM) DDR3 memory and 16 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 lanes. This provides great graphics performance. Intel® 4th generation Core™ i7/i5/i3/Pentium®/Celeron® processors are among the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world.


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Intel® Z87 Express Chipset

The Intel® Z87 Express Chipset is a single-chipset design that supports socket LGA1150 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3/Pentium®/Celeron® processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. Additionally, Z87 provides a maximum 6 USB 3.0 ports and 6 SATA 6Gb/s ports for faster data retrieval. Moreover, the Intel® Z87 Express Chipset also supports iGPU functions, letting users enjoy the latest Intel integrated graphics performance.


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RoHS

GreenASUS

Motherboards are EU Energy-related Products (ErP) ready, which requires products meet high efficiency standards with regards to energy consumption. This is in line with the ASUS vision of creating environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient products through design and innovation that reduce the carbon footprint of products and thus mitigate ecological impact.


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Warranty

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


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  • Ross T.
  • 9/14/2014 9:14:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsCheck your power supply!

Pros: Board has nice included BIOS (When you can get to it) and a super easy/fast Firmware update process.

Cons: This board has issues with quite a few different power supplies. After bench testing my parts with this motherboard and a new CPU (4460) the red CPU error LED on the board stays lit. I changed out parts until the only factor left was the PSU. Plugged in an old PSU that I had laying around and the board booted perfectly to my OS. I did lots of research around the internet and found this is a very common issue on this series of boards, and apparently ASUS Z87 boards in general. I tried many supposed fixes or work-arounds but none of them made any difference for me.
Seeing as how my old PSU won't power all my components, and my current PSU is almost brand new and shouldn't have any problems, I've had no choice but to return the board to purchase a different brand and hope for the best.

Other Thoughts: I really wish this didn't have the problem it does. Seemed like a great board for a great price. I like the layout, the features and as I mentioned, the BIOS was really well thought out. What a shame.

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  • Michael B.
  • 9/11/2014 1:45:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHad Problems Since Day One

Pros: Looks nice, boasts to offer lots of features for a cheap price.

Cons: Unreliable.

Other Thoughts: I keep getting a blue screen at random with an error that read "WHEA_UNCORRECTABLE_ERROR" I've swapped out many of my parts to see if they were the problem such as my RAM and GPU still having problems. I've updated my drivers and it still hasn't fixed the problem. It happens at random, as little as once a week to five times a day. It's been happening since day one, I've just been tolerating it but now it's kinda been driving me crazy. Just filed an RMA. It's been a small thorn in my business's side and I just want to get things fixed.

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  • Brandon M.
  • 8/20/2014 5:13:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggslasted 6 months

Pros: Nice set of features for the price, the bios is nice, super easy setup

Cons: It died... mine lasted 6 months. look at all of the other reviews for dead boads... Ugh.
I've put together PC's for 25+ years and this is actually my 1st motherboard to go bad.
RMA'D to ASUS, they were quick to respond to email.

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  • carl m.
  • 8/4/2014 6:38:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMy thoughts on the Z87-a

Pros: This board has been relatively solid for me for about 6 months now, but be weary it seems others are reporting quality issues with the board. Decent amount of features for a cheap motherboard. got it on a crazy black-Friday special.

Cons: I expected this but almost all of the marketed features (Fan optimizatoin ....etc) are only available for windows as I use linux I just deal with the load fans although it was entirely possible to put the fan control into the UEFI as evidenced by the Z97-A. Its 2014 real computer users dont use Windows anymore...

Other Thoughts: just buy the newer asus boards there really isn't a reason to look at these unless there is a crazy deal. I am wishing my board would magiclly turn into a Z97-A.

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  • Volodymyr B.
  • 7/25/2014 1:52:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsIt works, but with some problems.

Pros: It works pretty stable. but problems mentioned in cons are pretty annoying.

Cons: - this board has very noisy power supply. Sometimes just scrolling page in the browser it makes high pitch noise or under some circumstances very audible buzz.

- compatibility problems. I have OCZ-AGILITY II SSD as boot drive. multiple problems booting from the drive. (that drive worked on my previous board without any problem). Sometimes BIOS (meaning EFI) won't see the drive until several restarts. Even after drive is detected makes it hard for boot as it stops halfway on system boot. Some investigation of the problem showed that booting problem may be related to incompatibility of this board with Linux. And Asus refuses to fix the problem.
To be fair I've updated both BIOS and SSD firmware to latest version, but problem won't go away. So I can't have remote reboot and be sure that system will came back as expected.

- this is problem for many other boards as well, but it doesn't have ATX mounting holes on the edge near memory and power supply connector. So during installation of memory and connecting power board can flex and/or damage.

Other Thoughts: System Configuration
i7-4770k
Z78-A
32GB RAM (G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series)
60GB OCZ-AGILITY II SSD
4 HDD (1TB, 1TB, 2TB, 2TB)
Linux Mint

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  • JAMES L.
  • 7/12/2014 8:09:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsDecent board, awful support

Pros: At ~$120 when I got mine, it was one of the cheaper Z87 boards
Decent selection of ports and headers

Cons: Automatic overclocking is a joke. Using it guarantees you're going to be rolling back to defaults to clean up it's mess
Died at just over 11 months old
Support has ranged from "trying to help, but encumbered with scripts and red tape" to "blame everyone and everything else"

Other Thoughts: Finally got some free time, thought I would give manual overclocking a whirl. Before I started, I decided to reset to factory defaults to clear out the various power-saving I'd turned on. Immediately after loading optimized defaults it stopped POSTing. Removed the power, cleared the CMOS, removed the GPU, removed the drives, shuffled the RAM around, tried someone else's RAM... no dice. Called support, was told that it was probably the CPU based on the case speaker not even giving an error beep. RMA'd the processor, still didn't post. Opened a warranty claim on the board.

Earlier this week the replacement board came in, and two of the RAM slots cause a failure to POST when occupied. Called support and they said that they found nothing wrong with my board and sent it back, but the CPU socket is a different color and the S/N sticker changed, so what really happened is anyone's guess. They gave me a label to send the board back, but my new RMA number doesn't return a result in their online RMA status page, so who knows when I'll be back online.

Asus is having support and QC problems. AVOID.

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  • Gerald W.
  • 7/12/2014 12:46:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGood Board

Pros: Good price, really neat BIOS options. Never used the overclocking utility, but there is an automatic one in BIOS for those interested.

Cons: Mine failed on me less than a year after I bought it. However, it should be noted that I spilled a drink on my case and I think that may have been what caused it. I'll never know for sure.

Other Thoughts: I see a lot of bad reviews here about the board failing shortly after purchase or dead on arrival. Maybe these boards have something faulty with them.

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  • James H.
  • 7/1/2014 9:53:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsNever again

Pros: Great concept of features IF IT WORKED

Cons: This board is just plain garbage. I am now on my third RMA. First board died after 3 weeks. Second board was SHIPPED damaged. This third board was brand new from the factory. I had waited to use it (since their RMA process takes so long, I replaced the board in my main rig after the second RMA began) so it sat for a few months. I went to build a rig with it this afternoon. The board comes back with the same issue as the original. The CPU LED is on. I guess I will be talking with ASUS again tomorrow. That may have just lost a long time customer with this shameful quality. I honestly do not even want another z87-a.

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  • Eugueny K.
  • 6/23/2014 8:25:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGreat motherboard but has a defect

Pros: Well, it does everything it's supposed to do. It was easy to install and has a fantastic looking BIOS with plenty of options. No driver issues with Windows 8.1

Cons: It has a frozen clock. This means that when I turn the computer on, it shows the exact time when I turned it off. This is quite annoying and Windows (unlike Linux) NTP client is not configured well by default.

Will be trying to return it.

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  • Dan Y.
  • 6/13/2014 1:50:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNot Bad at all

Pros: Got this back in June '13. Install was pretty average, with some tight spaces as I crammed components on but nothing impossible.

No defects or running problems whatsoever. The board supports a heavily-modified Skyrim without any speed problems between the other components or overheating issues.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I don't overclock. Using it with a Haswell i5.

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