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


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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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  • Daniel 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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  • Ryan S.
  • 6/13/2014 11:24:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPoor quality

Pros: In theory, has everything you need/want

Cons: Poor quality, does not last

Other Thoughts: Skip it and get a better quality board.

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  • James D.
  • 6/11/2014 4:59:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorked for 10 months

Pros: UEFI BIOS, onboard options for expansion, plenty of USB 3 ports

Cons: Reliability - 10 months later it reports "ec or ec flash might be corrupted" and won't boot. Good luck getting any support from ASUS - submitted 2 tickets, attempted to web-chat and email.

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  • Kyle F.
  • 6/3/2014 10:11:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorked until timing crystal went out

Pros: Solid board
Really powerful for the money
All the ports I'd ever need

Cons: The timing crystal went out and called support. Support asked for my serial number and I found out there wasn't one on my board. So now I have a dead board and they refuse to replace it.

Do not buy Asus their customer support is awful.

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings,

At your earliest convenience, please contact me through email regarding this case. I am sure within a very short period of time, we can find a resolution to this case. 3765946.

Regards,

Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • William D.
  • 6/2/2014 6:08:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat piece of hardware!

Pros: Plenty of RAM expansion slots
Easy installation CPU slot
Came with everything I needed to mount.
Instructions were very easy to follow
Mounting it only took a few minutes and was simple.

Cons: None, was a great Motherboard for the price and it's got everything I wanted.

Other Thoughts: First time builder here, I bought all the components and used this Motherboard as it's base, everything was simple and I successfully wired everything properly on my first try. Only took a little time and reading the instructions every now and then. Don't be scared, this motherboard won't bite!

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