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ASUS Z97-A LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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ASUS Motherboard

One-Click Total System Optimization!

  • Five-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 - Access your PC remotely and stream multimedia content anywhere, anytime
  • Proven quality – 5X Protection. 1000+ Compatible devices. 7000+ Validation hours.

High Performance

One Click, Total System Optimization

Get Robust Overclocking, Energy Savings, Digital Power, Customized Fan Control and Tailored Networking and Audio Settings

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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
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CPU Performance Boost
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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.



All-Around Energy Efficiency
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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!



Advanced Fan Controls for Ultimate Cooling and Quietness
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Fan Xpert 3

Fan Xpert 3 puts 4-pin or 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.



Precise Digital Power Control
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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.



Game Faster, Rank Higher
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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.



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.


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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 Data Transfer
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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.

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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!


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Upgrade to Super-Fast Thunderbolt 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 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.

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.

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Flawless Audio that Makes You Part of the Game

Crystal Sound 2

Crystal Sound 2 makes short work of optimizing audio settings for the way you want to listen, be it gaming, chatting, watching movies or relaxing to your favorite music. Onboard physical shielding, professional engineered design and premium components, including Japanese-made audio capacitors and operational amplifiers (op-amps), result in sound output that has exceptional clarity and fidelity. Discover a whole new dimension of superior audio and get ready to rule!

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!

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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.

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ASUS Motherboard

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.

UDP Game-Data Performance Up to Two-Times Faster

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.



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Warranty

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


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  • Robert C.
  • 9/16/2014 5:41:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDescent Board

Pros: Full size, 4 sdram slots, displayport, SLI ready, great bios, easy to install. Generally great board for the money. Well architect-ed. Installed without issue and booted as expected. Fast also.

Cons: Driver disk was riddled with after market software I did not want. Be careful to read the options or you will end up with software you may not have needed. Also even when selecting the no-software option, only a few drivers loaded. I had to work harder than I expected to obtain drivers for Windows 8.1 and this board.

Other Thoughts: I have built 500 plus PCs. Drivers are always an important part of the build. Since ASUS decided to play around with the drivers disk, I just ordered a Gigabyte board instead. Maybe Gigabyte will do the same thing... I'll know shortly, but it did keep me from buying another ASUS.

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  • Christopher B.
  • 9/16/2014 2:33:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Tons of features at an excellent price.

Cons: Does not include a USB 3.0 header.

Board is apparently not compatible with the LSI SAS9240-8i SAS HBA.

Other Thoughts: I have not reached out to ASUS about the RAID card compatibility issue, but LSI's answer was to blow me off and tell me to buy a different board on their HCL.
That's not really an option, so I'm stuck getting a new RAID card instead. Which is causing me a huge headache in how to manage my RAID volume and data, but that part isn't Asus's fault.

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  • Robert P.
  • 9/15/2014 11:33:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWOW

Pros: Just an absolute beast! No issues what so ever! I ha a MSI GD65 stay away from that board!

Cons: A nicer looking I/O shield if that counts?

Other Thoughts: i7 4770k
GT 780
GSKILL Sniper Series 16gb (4x4)
Termal Take Tough Power 850 WATT
Asus Dvd Drive

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  • Jayde M.
  • 9/12/2014 10:29:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Bios was easy to use and the instruction book was well written. Lots of diagrams for new builders. I'm pleased with all of the built in features this board offers.

Cons: None

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  • Mary A.
  • 9/11/2014 4:55:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBeautiful and Pointless

Pros: There is a line between motherboard software that is useful, and motherboard software that is an overreach. This motherboard will provide you with both. It comes with a 5 way optimization, 5 cores that sit on the MoBo that help you and it optimize the computer performance. I would like to remind you that GeForce AND Radeon both came out with their own game optimizers, I would like to add that this MoBo will conflict with that entirely. It will also forget to run your fans because it has a billion reasons why it should. This MoBo is too smart for its own good. If you like to tinker and mess with settings for hours on end to get something functional, this MoBo is for you. If you want a good gaming experiance with little stress, pick up a Gigabyte Ga-Z87x-OC for about the same price. At least it is stable and doesn't try to be a mini operating system.

Cons: No ... don't do it. I don't care how much you like ASUS. Just don't. I like them a lot too, but this MoBo is a FLOP.

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings Purest,

I am sorry that you are having issues with the motherboard. At your earliest convenience, please contact me through email, including your reference number within the subject line, and we can discuss this case further. In addition, please provide me with what troubleshooting steps you have tried, as well as the rest of the systems hardware configuration. Thank you. Cs#N140935321

Regards,

Lou
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cc-lou@asus.com

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  • Eamon D.
  • 9/11/2014 12:11:04 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: has lots of features for the price. Installed and runs great. good room for SLI. Hope to upgrade to 5th Gen CPU with this board.

Cons: Recognized my RAM as DDR3-1333 but should be DDR3 -1866, wouldn't go into bios initally I think maybe cause of this. Anyhow still runs fine, I probably just need to figure out how to adjust Ram settings, although the ram is listed on their QVL.

Other Thoughts: SATA connector face out instead of up, so a little snug in my case, but Mobo works for me, No DOA here...

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  • Joshua S.
  • 9/10/2014 5:03:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: The motherboard in itself is quite nice. Elegant design with a nice layout and combination of PCI-E slots. The operating system installed easily, but I had to use onboard DVI (read cons)

Cons: The motherboard would not post with the GPU installed. My first initial thought was that the GPU was dead. So I tested the card in another PCI slot and still got nothing and the system still would not post. I then tested on-board graphics and the system posted immediately. This is now a PCI issue. Newegg has issued me an RMA and it's the only reason why it's getting 2 eggs was for their support. Asus' support team on the other hand is another story. I spoke to a tech who had to ask me the same question in 10 different ways referencing the on-board led's for problems. i.e pci red light, boot_device_led. It seemed she didn't know what I was talking about and this will be the last Asus board I will buy due to that. Thank you newegg for at least taking care of me since Asus did not know what I was talking about and just said to call Newegg and return the board.

Other Thoughts: I will add more once I receive the replacement board.

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  • Kalob P.
  • 9/8/2014 7:05:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Pretty Good

Pros: The Motherboard out of the box installed pretty easily, it looks nice, and works great.

Cons: The plate that goes over the ports in the back caused a little bit of issues when I was installing it, it could have been slightly mis-cut or anything, but that didn't take much time to fix up.

Other Thoughts: Great motherboard for the price, and it comes with an SLI bridge which is pretty nice.

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  • Michael U.
  • 9/7/2014 11:11:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAsus z97a

Pros: None.

Cons: Lasted only few days.

Other Thoughts: The board lasted only few days and the cpu led came on. I test the cpu and it was fine. I request RMA to newegg so I can get a replacement. They told me the socket pins were bent and I know it won't work the first time if they were bent. They return my board to me not working. They point me towards to product manufacturer. Not a happy customer.

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings Mike,

I am sorry that you experienced problems with the motherboard sir. Since NewEgg was not able to assist you, please let me know and we can discuss your case as well as setting up an RMA with ASUS. When you have the chance, please provide me with what troubleshooting steps you have tried, as well as the rest of the systems hardware configuration. Cs#N140917095

Regards,

Lou
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cc-lou@asus.com

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  • Scott I.
  • 9/3/2014 11:37:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsGood board, awful customer service

Pros: - 5-way optimization does in 10 minutes what essentially took me two weeks to accomplish on my old mobo.
- Same base features as the fancier, more expensive Asus z97 boards
- Gold/black color scheme looks great

Cons: The first board I purchased was received damaged, so I called Asus, who redirected me to contact the vendor (not Newegg - I'm leaving the review here for maximum exposure). The vendor (who will remain nameless) refused a refund due to the fact that I installed the board in my chassis before removing the CPU socket protector, so now I'm stuck with a DOA mobo for which no one will take responsibility. I heard great things about Asus customer support, but apparently those are just fanboys and/or employees.

Other Thoughts: I ultimately purchased another z97-A (which was received with no damage) because I wanted to test the differences between the ASRock z97 Extreme4 firsthand. The Asus board is awesome, but I can't stress enough that their customer service is not as rock solid as people on the internet want you to think. Take lots of pictures and check the CPU socket (and all other parts) for damage before screwing the board into your chassis. Or go with ASRock; their quality and customer support is much better in my experience.

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