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ASUS Z87-A (NFC EXPRESS EDITION) LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z87
  • 4th-Generation Core i7/Core i5/Core i3/Pentium/Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3000(OC)/2933(OC)
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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! & 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.


Learn more about the ASUS Z87-A (NFC EXPRESS EDITION)

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Warranty

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


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  • Greg P.
  • 4/15/2015 6:29:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood

Pros: Cheap, plenty of slots. ability to upgrade CPU, and comes with a slick little NFC reader.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: Bought as part of a budget gaming rig. I liked the price point and appreciate that I can upgrade the CPU to an i5 or i7 whenever I want.

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  • Zeeshan S.
  • 4/2/2015 9:01:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTerrible item, terrible price.

Pros: The item itself looks gorgeous , the bios is amazing and everything along those lines, you know, what a motherboard is supposed to be.

Cons: This motherboard came with a broken pin for my i5 setup, enough sad, this is ridiculous. This is Newegg, you know, one of the highest rated places for tech gear, and I get shipped something that was clearly broken from the start? Very disappointed.

Other Thoughts: I will most likely buy my motherboards from another retail store, I honestly cannot believe they still have DOA items shipping out to people, it's really not that hard to check.

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  • Zhanxi D.
  • 3/27/2015 7:44:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Motherboard

Pros: Easy installation into computer case. No problem for installing components into motherboard. Smooth installation for driver into Windows 7 64 bit.

Cons: Lack of IDE connector. NFC driver can only work in Windows 8.

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  • Steve F.
  • 3/26/2015 2:12:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSo so...

Pros: Lots of features.
Relatively inexpensive.

Cons: The manual for this motherboard is very poor, especially the BIOS setup section. The whole idea of a manual is to explain the feature in question, not to state that this option enables and disables the feature. Sadly, for most non-standard options in the BIOS setup, you get no help at all. For example, what on earth is "Memory Scrambler?"

The mounting holes on the right side of the board (where the 24 pin power cable is) are not close to the edge of the board or even in line with the power cable. This forces you to put something under the board to prevent it from flexing when plugging in the power cable which is right at the right edge of the board. I don't remember ever seeing a board with this much overhang.

The front panel header is totally non-standard, and the pin spacing is wrong for power LED, so you're going to have to pull that lead apart to connect it.

I'm glad I didn't buy this because of the include NFC Express device, since it only works with Windows 8. That might have been worth mentioning in the description. At least you can use it as a USB 3.0 hub...

Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a good board, and once you carefully install it, it should run fine. The price was right at around $70 after rebate (assuming I get it).

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Steve,

I just want to say thank you for making an effort in posting this review. I understand that you're not satisfied and happy with what you saw on the board. There shouldn't be any overhang on the board, did you checked a brand new mother board or a refurbished one. It's unfortunate if you think the "Product" is a huge disappointment. On the contrary, there are lots of very satisfied customers that are having a positive experience using the product. Should you need technical assistance with any ASUS product, please feel free to email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case # N1503101166 in the subject line for your reference.

I'm here to help you and all others with these issues, as our customer loyalty department is dedicated to bringing a resolution for all issues related to our products.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.
Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Jonathan O.
  • 3/23/2015 8:44:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMy first motherboard

Pros: Great motherboard with good performance. Part of a NewEgg combo on March 19, 2015.

Cons: The motherboard dosen't restart. If you turn it off and on there is no problem but if you do a restart it will turn off but it won't turn on, the lights stay on but it wont boot.

Other Thoughts: This is the first motherboard that I've boght and I'm fine with it. Could have bought a better one for a few more dollars but I decided to buy this one because it was part of a combo that came with 8GB RAM, Intel i5 3.3GHz and the MB for a good price.

The NFC Express is not that great, I only use it for the Quick Log in in Windows 8 and i like that it has 2 x USB 3.0. All the other functions are kinda worthless, I prefer to use Dropbox or Google Drive for backup instead of the NFC. For the Remote Desktop I also prefer to use the Windows built-in instead of the NFC, even if I have to do a little bit of setup.

I haven't bought the Video Card so I don't know if I'll have problems with it, but I had read in another review that it didin't work with the one he had, and i plan to buy a newer one.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We appreciate your effort in posting this review and thank you for using as ASUS product. I understand that the motherboard won't boot up once you restart it. I want to apologize for the inconvenience this issue has caused you. I want to help this issue. I just want to confirm that if you manually turn on the board, it's okay, It's doing a successful POST (power on self test). Try removing the CMOS then do a restart and check if it will boot up. Once you remove the cmos and the board still won't do a boot up from restart, then try reinstalling your OS system. For further assistance or if you want to discuss this matter with me, please feel free to email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case # N1503101374 in the subject line for your reference.

I'm here to help you and all others with these issues, as our customer loyalty department is dedicated to bringing a resolution for all issues related to our products.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.
Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/19/2015 7:12:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Cheap, led lights were nice

Cons: DOA

Other Thoughts: New egg has excellent customer service and processed my return quickly.

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  • Brian S.
  • 3/12/2015 8:50:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVideo card issue resolved - no help from ASUS Tech support

Pros: Low price, good performance, part of a NewEgg combo deal on March 3, 2015

Cons: ASUS Tech support handled my case poorly. I resolved it on my own, after wasting time and effort contacting them.

First level of tech support (named Antony X.) tried to tell me my card was incompatible, go buy one from this (very short and old) list of approved cards. After I replied that this was ridiculous, and I provided some troubleshooting steps that gained me partial success, Antony said he would escalate my support case. We went back and forth with some additional troubleshooting steps, but nothing worked. He then closed my case without escalating and passing me on to the next level of support, and without telling me via email - I had to search their web site to find out!

First-level support shouldn't try to shut down the case immediately with "not on our approved list of devices." And when they commit to escalate a support request, they should manage a hand-off to the next level of tech support!

Through additional troubleshooting, I discovered that a better Seasonic 650W 80Plus Gold power supply (single 12V rail) boots the system flawlessly. My original OCZ 600W 80 Plus power supply (two 12V rails) apparently doesn't handle the power-up correctly. I can boot with the OCZ by unplugging PCIe 6-pin connector from my GeForce 650Ti Boost card when pressing power switch, then plugging it back in about 2 seconds later.

I didn't suspect the power supply, since the same card worked great in a Core 2 Duo PC with only a Corsair 450W power supply. 600W should be plenty. Perhaps it's the split 12V rails, and with the card in place the motherboard isn't able to draw enough current in the first 1-2 seconds of the cold-boot process.

Anyway, I hope this troubleshooting info is helpful to others, and I hope ASUS improves their tech support experience! I've been happy with them in the past, through several motherboards, video cards, and laptops.

Other Thoughts: TL;DR; - ASUS Tech Support was no help in diagnosing failure to boot reliably with GeForce 650Ti Boost video card. Owner fix the problem himself.

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  • Chris C.
  • 3/10/2015 1:50:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsRe-writing review

Pros: Initially worked fine.

Cons: Put in a second stick of ram and computer hangs at post screen. Support said that it was a corrupted bios, and an RMA has been started.

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  • Daniel K.
  • 3/9/2015 6:23:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsTo review below Brian S.

Pros: Message to reviewer Brian S.
Did you try updating the bios? Suggesting for you is to updating the UFEI and the bios both. I had problem with ASUS MOB with Intel Anniversary CPU. I updated the bios only and not the UFEI. The MOB will not post. I return the CPU thinking it was bad. Second CPU won't post. Then try updating UFEI and BIOS then it posted. Download the latest bios that incude the UFEI and bios. Install the UFEI update and then update bios. Hope this help.

Cons: None. No where on ASUS website say you need to update UFEI. So only updated BIOS but CPU won't POST.

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  • Brian S.
  • 3/9/2015 7:22:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsOnly "qualified" video cards are supported???

Pros: Low price, good performance, part of a NewEgg combo deal on March 3, 2015

Cons: Would not boot with my mainstream video card purchased May of 2013:
PNY GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB (NewEgg item #N82E16814133487)

Submitted a tech support request via ASUS web site, waited 2 days for a response.
"We'd love to help! Unfortunately, your video card is incompatible. Pick a different video card from this list of compatible devices."
(search Google for this file: Z87-A_Devices_QVL_0704.pdf)

That Qualified Vendor List includes 14 ASUS-brand Nvidia GeForce cards and 3 specific Nvidia GeForce cards from other brands. Clearly, very few builds actually use cards on that list.

I can't believe ASUS would hide behind a Qualified Vendor list - that's ridiculous! My card supports PCI Express 3.0 x16, and they claim to support PCI Express 3.0 x16 as well on two of their three x16 slots.

I've replied to their initial email asking for actual assistance. We'll see if they come through.

Since I can't post a link to their "Qualified Vendor List" for this MB, I'll paste in the list of video cards they apparently will provide technical support for:

AMD Radeon
ASUS EAH5450 SILENT/DI/1GD3(LP)
ASUS EAH5550/DI/HM512D3/V2
ASUS EAH5750 FML/DI/1GD5/A
ASUS ARES/2DIS/4GD
ASUS EAH6450 SILENT/DI/1GD3(LP)
ASUS EAH6570/DI/1GD3(LP)C331P
ASUS EAH6670 DC SL/DI/1GD3
ASUS EAH6750 FML/DI/1GD5
ASUS EAH6770/DI/1GD5
ASUS EAH6870/2DI2S/1GD5
ASUS EAH6870 DC/2DI2S/1GD5
ASUS EAH6950/2DI2S/2GD5
ASUS EAH6950 DCII/2DI4S/2GD5
ASUS EAH6970/2DI2S/2GD5
ASUS EAH6990/3DI4S/4GD5
ASUS HD7850-DC2T-2GD5-DI2S(C403)
ASUS HD7970/3GD5/DI2S
MAXSUN HD5670/512M/DDR5(HM1024M)
Maxsun HD6450/1024MB/64bit/GDDR3

AMD FirePro
ATI FireProV3700/256M
ATI FireProV5700/512M
ATI FireProV4800/1024M
ATI FireProV5900/2048M
ATI FireProV8700/1024M

nVidia GeForce
ASUS EN210/DI/512MD2/A
ASUS ENGT420/DI/1GD3/DP
ASUS ENGT430/DI/1GD3
ASUS ENGTS450 DIRECTCU/DI/1GD5
ASUS ENGTX460/2DI/768MD5
ASUS ENGT520/DI/1GD3 R1.01
ASUS ENGTX550TI DC/DI/1GD5
ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII/2DI/1GD5
ASUS ENGTX570/2DI/1280MD5
ASUS ENGTX580/2DI/1536MD5
ASUS ENGTX580 DCII/2DIS/1536MD5
ASUS GT640 2GD3
ASUS-GTX670-DC2T-2GD5
GTX690-4GD5
EVGA 250GTS512MX16
Gigabyte GV-N450-1GI
XFX GeFORCE8600GTS/256M

Note that each had a specific BIOS version number listed beside the model number. Given how their tech support is applying this list, it's likely they would refuse to help if your card's BIOS doesn't exactly match the version listed.

Other Thoughts: More technical details - based on these troubleshooting steps, it looks like a bug in the BIOS POST code.

No PCIe video card - connect to motherboard / Intel integrated video - boots fine.

Swap in GeForce 650Ti Boost - POST locks at CPU check (CPU diagnostic light on), no video from any video port.

Remove card, connect to motherboard / Intel integrated video - boots fine.

Swap in a Sapphire Flex Radeon HD5670 - boots fine!

Power down, immediately swap in the GeForce 650Ti Boost - boots fine!
Reboot - boots fine!
Suspend / wake up - works great!

Shut down, leave off for several minutes.
Cold boot with GeForce 650Ti Boost still installed - POST locks at CPU check (CPU diagnostic light on), no video from any video port.

Power down
Swap in a Sapphire Flex Radeon HD5670 - boots fine!
Power down, immediately swap in the GeForce 650Ti Boost - boots fine!

So, if I'm willing to pop open the case and swap cards every time I have to shut down, it looks like I can use my GeForce 650Ti card. Otherwise, I have to buy an "approved" card, use built-in video or my old Sapphire Radeon card, or return the motherboard for a refund (if Newegg is willing).

I wonder how long the PCIe slot will last with repeated card swaps...

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