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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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  • 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
32GB RAM (G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series)
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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