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ASUS Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac) LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z97
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3200(OC)/3100(OC)
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One-Click Total System Optimization and the Fastest 802.11ac Wi-Fi Connectivity!

  • 5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5 – One click, total system optimization!
  • M.2 & SATA Express - Speed up your system with lightning-fast 10Gbps transfer speed
  • Crystal Sound 2 and Intel Gigabit Ethernet - A game-winning combo!
  • ASUS HomeCloud with 802.11ac Wi-Fi - Access your PC remotely and stream multimedia content anywhere, anytime
  • Proven Quality – 5X Protection. 1000+ compatible devices. 7000+ validation hours.

  1. USB 3.0
  2. Dual-Band Wi-Fi + BT 4.0
  3. DisplayPort
  4. HDMI
  5. Intel® LAN
  6. Audio with DTS Support
  7. PCIe 3.0 (GEN3) Quad SLI & 3-Way CFX Support
  8. Crystal Sound 2
    • EMI protection cover
    • Audio shielding
    • Top notch audio profile
    • Separate layer for left/right track
    • Premium Japan-made audio capacitors
  9. DIGI + Power Control (12 Digital Power Phase)
  10. Support 22nm CPU intel LGA 1150 Socket
  11. DDR3 3200 (O.C.) support
  12. Front USB 3.0 Header
  13. 10Gbps SATA Express
  14. SATA 6.0Gbps ports
  15. 10Gbps M.2 Socket 3
  16. USB BIOS Flashback

High Performance

One Click, Total System Optimization

Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac) Get robust overclocking, energy savings, digital power, customized fan control and tailored networking and audio settings One click takes care of all that complex tuning.

Your PC is smart with ASUS 5-Way Optimization. It dynamically optimizes essential aspects of your system based on real-time use – so you get superb CPU performance, everyday energy savings, ultra-stable digital power, cool and quiet fans and now even networking and audio settings that are tailored for the apps that you are using. In short, 5-Way Optimization ensures that your PC is perfect for gaming, entertainment, productivity or just about anything else!

  • Games run swiftly and smoothly with high performance, prioritized bandwidth and vivid sound
  • Fans stay whisper-quiet for everyday computing and ensure extreme cooling efficiency when gaming
  • Movies play without stutter
  • Energy waste is reduced so you'll save money

Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac)


*Testing configuration: Intel LGA1150 i7-4770K | Z97-DELUXE | Delta AUB0812VH | AVEXIR 1600 AVD3U16001104G-4CI x 2 | EN9600GT MG/HTDP/512MD2/A x 1 | Seagate ST500DM002-500G x 1

**Intel LGA1150 i7-4765T 35W | Z97-DELUXE | SanDisk SSD 64 GB | SUPER FLOWER_SF-350P14XE_350W | ASUS PA238Q 23" | Kingston KHX1600C9D3LK2/8GX
Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac)

CPU Performance Boost

TPU


Unleash your PC's full performance with a simple two-phase onboard switch or the ASUS AI Suite 3 utility! The Turbo Processor Unit (TPU) offers precise voltage control and advanced monitoring for the CPU and the graphics card, enabling great freedom to adjust CPU frequencies and ratios for optimized performance and to exploit the potential out of your graphics card*.

*Refer to graphics card QVL


Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac)

All-Around Energy Efficiency

EPU


With the Energy Processing Unit (EPU) you will enjoy from system-wide real-time power savings, controlled via a simple onboard switch or the AI Suite 3 utility. EPU detects and adjusts power consumption according to the PC's needs — automatically. It can also reduce CPU wattage to an indicated level or enjoy even more savings with Away Mode, which creates an extreme energy-saving scenario by shutting down unused extra I/O controllers and reduces the graphics cards' power level while you're away, so the PC consumes only the energy it needs — and not a drop more!


Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac)

Advanced Fan Controls for Ultimate Cooling and Quietness

Fan Xpert 3


Fan Xpert 3 puts 4-pin/3-pin CPU and case fan controls in one place. It scans each fan's characteristics and delivers custom settings for each fan based on the dedicated area temperatures detected by hardware thermal sensors. Make sure every fan achieves the best balance of cooling performance and low noise. Fan Xpert 3 supports hardware-level PWM/DC combo mode for both the CPU and case fans. It even can reduce the CPU fan speed to below the default minimum, for extra-quiet and power saving operation during light loads.


Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac)

Precise Digital Power Control

DIGI+ Power Control


Power control is one of the most essential motherboard designs. Intelligent CPU power draw detection with ASUS DIGI+ Power Control is an innovative, industry-leading technology that fully complies with Intel® VRD12.5 specifications, increasing overclocking potential, enhancing system stability, and improving power efficiency with superior flexibility and accurate control.


Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac)

Media-Acclaimed UEFI BIOS

The smoothest, slickest mouse-controlled graphical BIOS has been improved to make it even more appealing. Whether you're a PC novice or a seasoned overclocker, the EZ and Advanced Modes help you find your way, quickly and easily.
Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac)

  1. Map to MyFavorite:
    Quickly find tuning options and add preferred tools to the MyFavorites list!
  2. EZ Tuning Wizard – OC and RAID:
    Select your hardware and use scenarios to tune system performance or streamline your RAID configuration for faster data retrieval and backups!
  3. EZ XMP:
    Improve your DRAM performance with a click!
  4. Intuitive Graphical Fan Control:
    Fine-tune individual fans simply by dragging a curve with the mouse!
  5. Real-Time Hardware Monitor:
    Benefit from instant information from the critical parts of your system!

EZ Mode
  • Fan Profile:
    Detailed CPU and case fan information for instant cooling!
  • SATA Information:
    Displays SATA port details for you to easily recognize devices!
  • Fast Clock Adjustment:
    Use mouse controls to change the time and date!
  • EZ XMP:
    Improve your DRAM performance with a click!
Advanced Mode
  • Shortcut:
    Press Enter to create shortcuts to favorite settings, or select an existing shortcut and press F4 to go straight there!
  • Quick Notes:
    Make notes and capture BIOS-related ideas, quickly and conveniently!
  • Last Modified Log:
    Track last change and save preferred profiles onto a USB drive!
  • SATA Port Renaming:
    Rename SATA ports for easy identification!

Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac) Special Memory Overclocking Design

Now you can drive memory up to 3200 (OC)! Our exclusive T-Topology design provides superb memory overclocking capability under full load by minimizing the coupling noise and signal reflection effect. The memory channels are equidistant to the CPU, providing the most balanced control over multiple memory modules and enhanced overall memory compatibility.

Ultra-Fast Transfer Speed

Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac)

Evolve Your Storage Speed with SATA Express

SATA Express provides up to 10Gbps data-transfer speeds from two PCIE 2.0 lanes, resolving the higher bandwidth request in the near future. The current SSDs consume up to 550MBps, which is close to saturation point for SATA 6Gbps connections. Backwardly compatible with up to two SATA drives, SATA Express is the next-generation connectivity standard — and ensures that you and your system won't get left behind.

Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac)

Speed up Your System with M.2

With two native PCI Express 2.0 bandwidth, M.2 supports up to 10Gbps data-transfer speeds. It is the perfect choice for an operating system drive, making your whole PC work that much faster. It supports Intel® Rapid Storage Technology to ensure even faster access to data, refresh applications automatically and awake from sleep in just seconds!*

*Refer to model specifications for Intel® Rapid Storage Technology support


Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac) Upgrade to Super-Fast Thunderbolt™ 2 Speed Today

ASUS ThunderboltEX II series are the first Intel®-certified Thunderbolt™ 2 add-on card, offering the flexibility to upgrade your own build to Thunderbolt 2 technology whenever you want. You can enjoy bi-directional transfer speeds up to 20Gbps — that's four times (4X) faster than USB 3.0! Experience video in incredible detail on the latest 4K/UHD (ultra-high-definition) displays while using bandwidth-hungry storage devices at the same time.


Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac)

Gaming Scenario



Game Faster, Rank Higher!

Turbo App

The distant sound of enemy footsteps. You turn, focus, and unleash a crackle of rapid gunfire. Another frag for you! As a gamer, you know that only the swiftest actions win the game, and that's why you need exclusive ASUS Turbo App — an intuitive tuning panel to boost everything to secure your victory in your favorite titles! Overclock your CPU, prioritize game data across your network and optimize the audio settings for fantastically clear audio and in-game-chat. History is written by the victors, so don't go to war without Turbo App.


Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac)
  1. Speed Boost
    Easy overclocking for ultra-fast gaming performance!
  2. Networking Boost
    Prioritized game data for no-lag gameplay!
  3. Sound Boost
    Advanced audio design for crystal-clear sound and in-game chat!


Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac)
  1. Audio Shielding
    Ensures precision analog/digital separation and greatly reduced multi-lateral interference
  2. EMI Cover
    Prevents electrical noise to affect the audio quality
  3. Audio Amplifier
    Enhances the highest quality sound for headphone and speakers
  4. Unique De-Pop Circuit
    Reduces start-up popping noise to audio outputs
  5. Premium Japanese-Made Audio Capacitors
    Provides warm, natural and immersive sound with exceptional clarity and fidelity
  6. Special Layout Design
    Separate layers for left and right channels to guard the quality of the sensitive audio signals

Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac) A Double Win for Gaming!

The difference between defeat and victory can be measured in milliseconds. That's why ASUS motherboards are equipped with state-of-the-art networking technology that puts your frags first!


Turbo LAN

Turbo LAN with cFosSpeed traffic-shaping technology adds even more lag-reducing support and intuitive user interface. It allows you to lower lag with no expert knowledge – by up to 1.45X! If you're a tweaker, use Advanced Mode for hardcore controls.

Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac)
  1. Real-time speed monitor
  2. Grouping your own favorite list
  3. Set priority to speed up for your application
*Testing configuration: Intel® Core™ i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50 GHz ¦ Z97-DELUXE ¦ Transcend JM1600KLH-16GK DDR3 1600MHz*2 ¦ Windows Win8.1 Ultimate 64bit


Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac) Intel® Gigabit Ethernet — Top Gaming Choice that Goes Faster with Your CPU

Faster, smoother gaming – always. Intel® Gigabit Ethernet has the serious double advantage of communicating directly with CPUs and offering high TCP and UDP throughput. This significantly reduces the processor's workload, so there's more power for your game and your gameplay.

Up to 2X-Faster UDP Game-Data Performance

ASUS engineers used IxChariot, an independent network-assessment test tool, to determine just how much quicker Intel Gigabit Ethernet deals with the smaller (sub-256 byte) UDP data packets that are vital for responsive gaming. The results are in — and with Z97 your game-data packets flow up to two times (2X) faster than competing gaming-LAN technologies!


Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac)

Multi-GPU Support

With support for both NVIDIA® SLI™ and AMD CrossFireX™, the Z97 motherboard enables multi-GPU setups so you can harness the full power of the latest graphics technologies.

Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac)

4K / Ultra HD Visual Excellence

Native support for 4K/UHD (ultra-high-definition) resolutions of 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.

Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac)

Work with Up to Three Displays

Connect up to three independent monitors at once using video outputs such as DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, or VGA. Choose your outputs and set displays to either mirror mode or collage mode.


Learn more about the ASUS Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac)

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Alan J.
  • 2/17/2015 3:39:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsGreat when it works...

Pros: Nice features with a good amount of ports. Wifi works well.

Cons: USB 3.0 slots on board stopped working after only 1 month. Additionally, my graphics card on occasion is not recognized and requires a system restart to work again... and resets my overclocks on my card...

Reinstalling drivers for USB 3.0 worked for about half a day before the ports failed again.

This issues are extremely annoying, and I expect to be getting a replacement as soon as I feasibly can.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

I am sorry to hear about the USB port issue on your board. If you have not contacted NewEgg for an RMA exchange already(or are unable to do so) and would like to RMA with ASUS, please refer to the link below to create an RMA. Simply fill out all pertinent info so that we can process your RMA and send you the instructions to have the unit sent in for repair service. Optionally you can contact ASUS support (live chat or phone in) to have them create a case and RMA as well if you have any issues with the form. If you would like to discuss this case further, please contact me through email and include your reference number within the subject line. In addition, please provide me with what troubleshooting steps you had tried, as well as the rest of the systems hardware configuration. Thank you. Cs#N150271913

http://www.service.asus.com/#!b2c2/c24v6

Regards,

Lou
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cc-lou@asus.com

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  • Dennis S.
  • 2/6/2015 4:22:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWi-Fi Unreliable

Pros: Overall a solid motherboard with excellent features and easy to install BIOS.

Cons: Wi-Fi was unreliable - after initial installation, worked consistently however after a few days of operations, on-board wi-fi was not detected. BIOS was re-set and wi-fi magically appeared ... and disappeared again after a few days of operation. Likely a defective motherboard/component - replacement en route and hopefully there will be no issues.

Other Thoughts: I also installed a 4GB Radeon Sapphire graphics card. The HDMI on the card was not recognized by the system, despite proper BIOS settings. I initially attributed this to a defective graphics adapter, however, with the other issue described above, it is possible the motherboard was the problem, not the graphics card - integration of wi-fi and graphics capabilities on the motherboard is a two-edged sword - it minimizes the need for additional adapters/devices, but also cripples the motherboard when one of the integrated functions is non-functional.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Dennis,

I am sorry to hear about WiFi issues with your motherboard sir. If you continue to experience issues with your replacement, please let me know. If you would like to discuss this case further, please contact me through email and include your reference number within the subject line. In addition, please provide me with what troubleshooting steps you had tried, as well as the rest of the systems hardware configuration. Thank you. Cs#N150243331

Regards,

Lou
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cc-lou@asus.com

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  • Raymond H.
  • 1/30/2015 2:07:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsRMA Nightmare

Pros: This is my 5th ASUS board and really like everything about it. Started and ran with no issues... ran perfect ...until

Cons: After 3 months started having video issues coming out of sleep mode. ASUS RMA'd allowing my to "Advance RMA" the replacement board. The replacement board arrived, obviously used, and defective, would not boot with 2 sticks of memory, A2/B2 per manual. ASUS tech had me install memory in A1 and A2 DIMMs contrary to manual. The board booted and I was assured the B1 and B2 slots were ok. I ordered 2 more sticks of identical memory to make sure and found the board would not boot with any sticks in the B DIMMS. Tried every combo but would not boot. Updated BIOS, no difference. Contacted ASUS again and they will RMA but will not allow me to Advance RMA per their policy which means I have no computer for several weeks while I wait for the 2nd replacement board. I explained to the ASUS rep that I use this computer for business as well as pleasure and cannot give it up for that long, it didn't matter.

Other Thoughts: I have been a loyal ASUS customer for years with everything from pro level monitors, laptops and motherboards. I always felt ASUS was a brand synonymous with quality. After this I'll be looking closer at other brands.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Jayman,

I want to apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you and I understand the frustration. If you want I can help you with this issue. Can you please provide me with the serial number of the unit, your phone number and your mailing address please and email it to me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case # N150213043 in the subject line for your reference.

ASUS Customer Loyalty are dedicated in providing positive customer experience.

Thank you for trusting ASUS.

Best regards,
Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Joshua W.
  • 1/23/2015 10:30:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat Board, Poor wifi

Pros: Good looking
Overclocking well (i5 4690k at 4.4 ghz on AIO 120mm liquid cooling)
stable
AISuite software is nice

Cons: The Wifi card used on this board is terrible, and as that is the only difference between this board and the regular "pro" board, I would recommend anyone buy a board without built in wifi and buy a wifi adapter card. I have a rosewill AC adapter in my other system, which cost about 50 bucks, and it DESTROYS the performance of this boards wifi.
The Wi-Fi adapter doesn't even recognize 5Ghz bands, even though it's "AC" ... I will be emailing Asus about this but no matter what I do it will not recognize my 5Ghz network and on 2.4 it is terrible, 300 ping in battlefield where my other PC (Asus sabertooth board plus Rosewill Wifi adapter), gets 50-100 on the same servers, from the same exact spot in my house...

Other Thoughts: Asus, please if you are selling a product, don't put "AC" on it if it doesn't actually support it.

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings Josh,

I do apologize that you experienced issues with your motherboard's WiFi. It most certainly does support 5Ghz as well as 2.4Ghz as I have used it flawlessly myself. Perhaps your board has a different issue. You installed the lates driver from our site. If you would like to discuss this case further, please contact me through email and include your reference number within the subject line. In addition, please provide me with what troubleshooting steps you had tried, as well as the rest of the systems hardware configuration. Thank you. Cs#N1501107808

Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Supports dual band frequency 2.4/5 GHz

Regards,

Lou
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cc-lou@asus.com

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  • Micheal T.
  • 1/22/2015 10:41:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTop Mobo

Pros: This is a top-notch mobo for what it offers you.

I really dig the Wi-Fi on it with the satellite.

The quality of this thing is amazing. It's solid and it's beautiful.

Cons: N/A

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Robert,

In behalf of ASUS I want to thank you for continues support. We're glad that you posted a great review regarding one of our product. It's great to received a positive feedback from our customer. I understand that you're happy and satisfied with the unit since it's been working great. If you're going to have a problem with the unit or any ASUS product please don't hesitate to email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case # N1501107016 in the subject line for your reference.

ASUS Customer Loyalty are dedicated in helping you and all other ASUS customers.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Courtney H.
  • 1/12/2015 1:26:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAWESOME!!!

Pros: Lots of fan connectors in good places, looks very good (better in person), excited to some day use the SATA express/M.2, UEFI is very very well laid out and easy, I like the TPU/EPU and MemOK! buttons n such in there, audio is very good, spits out codes if there are any errors, AC WIFI was worth the extra cost

Cons: BROADCOM WHYYYYYYYYYY. This would have been a perfect 5 if the wifi wasn't broadcom, but I spent the extra money on this hoping it would have been Aetheros and NOT proprietary drivers since ASUS is touting Steam support. Perhaps SteamOS might support it (yet to try), but NONE of the distros ship with the drivers installed by default so if you're not on an ubuntu distro, you have to go on a search to install the drivers rather than use the easy "Additional Drivers" in Settings.

Other Thoughts: This motherboard filled my every need except the Broadcom wireless. Still works in Linux, but I think saying Steam support with VERY proprietary wireless drivers is like false advertising. Anyways, I hear a lot of love stories with the easy overclocking this board features, which makes me happy to try soon because I like easy with this stuff. I LOVE fan Xpert! I love being able to control the fans and keep it quiet when I want, which stays at a comfortable noise level in my Phanteks Enthoo Pro. Not as quiet as my Fractal Design Define R4 (except when the GPU/120mm fans whirl vs my quieter GPU and 140mm fans) but still exactly what I needed! I was worried about bent CPU pins since my first ever motherboard that was ASUS had a bent pin. This is my 3rd ASUS board so 2/3 is good I suppose, just glad I didn't have to RMA.

With my Asus P8B75 I'd have issues getting into BIOS with my Cooler Master Quickfire keyboard..BIG problems unless I hooked up a PS2 board. This one works perfectly at booting into BIOS (or UEFI, whatever).

One thing I LOOOOOOVED and wish ALL motherboards had this was the spongy material on the I/O shield for installation. That made placing the motherboard incredibly easy! The ones with the pins sticking out is just plain stupid and needs to stop. ASUS, we'll pay a few bucks more for this, just do this to all your boards please if you read this!!!

So yeah...great board!! Broadcom, bad. Learn from this in your next batch ASUS, especially with Linux becoming a thing. Typing from Fedora 21

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  • Tony M.
  • 12/11/2014 8:20:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSweet Motherboard

Pros: Does everything that it says it will. I love it. It recognised my Team Xtreem 2400 ram and no problem with my Core i7 4790k Wifi works very well. Usb 3.0 works great.

Cons: No Cons, I have read that people complain it will not do 5 way optimization it crashes etc. So.... I installed the board and fired it up and went into Bios did the 5 way optimization and it crashed..... So... I installed the software and ran the EZ update software and it updated the BIOS then no problem.... Come on People just think this through... 1+1 = 2... Not Purple... Not March... 2!!!!!

Other Thoughts: My System Specs

- Corsair Carbide 500R Black case with side panel fan.

- ASUS Z97 Pro (WIFI) AC Mobo
Model #: Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac)

- Intel Core I7 4790K
Model # BX80646I74790K

- EVGA 850 B2 Bronze PSU
Model #: 110-B2-0850-V1

- Team Xtreem (2x8) GB DDR3 2400 Ram
Model #: TXD316G2400HC10QDC01

- EVGA Geforce GTX 970 SC Blower style
Model # 04G-P4-1972-KR (Replacing due to fan noise)

- Samsung EVO 500gb SSD
Model # MZ-7TE500BW

- 1TB WD Blue 6gb/s Hdd
Model # WD10EZEX

- LG Blu-Ray Burner
Model # WH16NS40

- Arctic MX-4 Carbon-Based Thermal compound
Model # AC-MX4

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  • Alfonso A.
  • 11/22/2014 5:52:15 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid and reliable, tons of features

Pros: It will boot from the first time, it will support your mem sticks without hesitation and its software control features are nice enough.

Paired with an Intel i7 4790K CPU, 32 gigs of G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series Model F3-1600C9Q-32GXM and one EVGA GTX 780 6GB,. I haven't had the necessity to OC at all, but I have the feeling it will also rock on that area.

Best description: server-solid like.

Choose this MB if you are looking for stability above all, but with room for nice features.

Cons: Not really so far.

Other Thoughts: ASUS AI Suite (to control fans and stuff) actually works well.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/20/2014 10:05:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsIncredibly let down

Pros: The board sounds promising and looks great but thats about where it ends. I read tons of reviews and despite some concering reviews thought those might have been isolated incidents.

Cons: The issues im having with the USB ports and DPC latency on this board are flat out absurd for a $200 board. I have tried every solution imaginable from updating drivers, bios, fine tuning power settings, disabling nearly everything and still Latency monitor is showing horrible spikes all over the place, even on a fresh Windows install on SSD card with every driver having the most recent update.

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  • Justin F.
  • 11/15/2014 12:32:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks as advertised, the software package on the other hand...

Pros: The motherboard works great at a reasonable temp. (low 30s). The motherboard had plenty of fan headers (4 CHAFAN, 1 CPU, 1 OPT), which is plenty for most users out there such as myself.

The wifi is amazing, even without the software. My internet hotspot is all the way across the house and I have great reception for games such as SMITE, WARFRAME, & HON. The wifi was necessary since a hardlined connection was not an option for me. Perhaps one day.

Cons: While the motherboard thus far is flawless, the software that came with the motherboard caused a complete nightmare. One of the programs (I couldn't pinpoint the exact application) consistently corrupted the windows 8.1 os. I had to re-install windows four times before ultimately deciding to trash the disk completely. At this point, Im afraid to download the AI Suite & related programs from their respective websites in fear of having to go through this nightmare/hell again. Too bad, because those features were nice during the amazingly short time they were up and running. I docked a star because of this. After all, it seemed that I could do so much more if the installation was actually successful, yet the motherboard works great on its own merit.

Other Thoughts: Parts used in System for Review:

This Motherboard
i54690K
Kraken x61
Gygabyte OC gtx 760 4GB
Corsair Vengeance 32 GB
Asus optical drive
windows 8.1
WD 2tb Black HD
Plextor 256GB SSD
Fortress 750w Modular Power Supply

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