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ASUS Z97-A 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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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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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.



Learn more about the ASUS Z97-A

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • kyle J.
  • 3/26/2015 2:53:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDefault cpu configuration

Pros: its nice when configured right

Cons: You will need intel extreme tuning utility or your cpu will reach above 90 degrees Celsius.

Other Thoughts: i would have gave it mor eggs but the fact that the board doesnt default to the right settings out of the box is a little ridiculous. You will need to understand on how to tune the cpu to its defaults

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  • Lyle S.
  • 3/26/2015 10:18:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMultiple problems

Pros: It's a motherboard

Cons: Multiple problems: Cannot get the SM Bus Controller to install to save my life from the CD provided. Same with drivers provided on the Asus website. Onboard DVI-D does not appear to like going through a KVM switch. Have had to connect a monitor directly to get any video. Tried to install a known good video card, no video output from the onboard DVI port or the new video card. Multiple bad OS loads (Win 7) from known good software and bad application crashes (IE, Firefox, Word, etc).

Other Thoughts: Have been able to install most of the other drivers from Device Manager just by pointing at the CD to install them. The installation program on the CD and downloaded from Asus site does not work..

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  • Junaid R.
  • 3/25/2015 10:28:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot very happy.

Pros: Bought this board because of the high reviews by other customers and people who swore by Asus products. I was stuck between this board and MSI.

Cons: Ran into a issue with the RED VGA light on my motherboard, i had installed a r9 270x initially and the board would display a red light next to the PCI slot resulting in no windows to be displayed on my monitor. RMA the graphics card and got it back and the problem still persisted. Bought a new graphics card a ASUS GTX 970 and Power supply and what you know still got the red vga light. Done all basic procedures from trying different video slots, ram check, cpu bent pins check, power connections to gpu, updating bios and every other software. I am giving this 1 start because of the amount of money i wasted trying to figure out this issue, now I'm left with more money to waste to RMA this board after being told by technical support it was my gpu and power supply. I don't want to bash Asus because many are pleased with there products, however my issue has me really frustrated and wished i purchased the MSI board over this one.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

I am sorry for the troubles this motherboard is giving you. Since you have already stated that you have tried all the basic troubleshooting steps, feel free to email at customerloyalty@asus.com with case # N150387231 to provide you with a different solution to your concern.

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

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Ana
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Mark B.
  • 3/25/2015 3:16:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Once again, ASUS mobos haven't disappointed me

Cons: None that I'm aware of.

Other Thoughts: I haven't used the onboard audio, ever. And I have a dedicated graphics card, not a GPU integrated into the CPU. So I can't comment on the graphics/sound chipsets on this mobo

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  • Austin T.
  • 3/23/2015 3:48:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Board

Pros: Easy board to install, Everything was spaced out normally. Didn't have a problem with the BIOS. Fast and easy setup.

Cons: None

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  • John Z.
  • 3/16/2015 9:22:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat motherboard!

Pros: The Asus MB was very easy to setup with my Intel I7 4790K processor, RipJaw RAM, Samsung SSD, XFX PSU and Corsair 300R case. Bios was super easy to navigate and all parts were compatible without any additional drivers needed aside from what came with the Asus CD.

Cons: I didn't run into any problems except when installing the metal back plate for the ports. The plate had prongs that stuck out and interfered with the MB installation.

Other Thoughts: Will purchase Asus again as long as the board lasts.

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  • HO-LING L.
  • 3/15/2015 4:49:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsunable to turn on computer

Pros: This motherboard has all the features I need and more, and it has better-than-average ratings on the internet.

Cons: Installing the chrome back plate for the ports was not easy. This very thin sheet metal part would not stay on to allow me to slide it into the case. I'm using a Corsair 300R case for my build. Once I had managed to have the back plate and mobo seated in the case, the top three mounting holes and the middle locating hole were slightly off center. That I can live with.
After everything is connected, power supply (C600) and cpu cooling fans are running, and when I went to turn on the computer - nothing! The power on/off button on the case is lit. What is the problem?! A Dead-On-Arrival board?

Other Thoughts: Unable to turn on my new system. I am giving this mobo a 1-star rating for now.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear AOKLLL,

I certainly understand your concern with regards to the motherboard that you have. I would like to personally assist you about this matter. Kindly email at customerloyalty@asus.com and place case # N150360577 in the subject for a reference to your case.

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

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Ana
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • David C.
  • 3/13/2015 4:24:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Not much to say as I haven't had it too long but everything is up and running with no issues.

Cons: none as of yet

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  • Jeffrey R.
  • 3/11/2015 6:48:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsRight now Piece of Junk

Pros: Cons destroy all the PROS

Cons: Trying to install Server 2012 and drivers are NOT available at all. Do not buy this board if installing anything but window 81 or lower. I'm so disappointed right now.
At a lost for words between MS and ASUS on drivers.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

I do understand the issue that you are having right now and my sincere apology for any inconvenience it has caused you. 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 positive experience using the product. All ASUS products undergo intensive quality control testing and inspections, the issue with the product is an isolated case. ASUS provides warranty for the product in order to fix or repair any isolated factory escape defect. I would like to personally assist you on this matter. Kindly email
back at customerloyalty@asus.com and place case # N150344128 in the subject line for your reference.

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

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Ana
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • James D.
  • 3/10/2015 5:11:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDead B1 and B2 DIMM Slots Also

Pros: Seemed like a decent motherboard.

Cons: Same issue as Olivier P.

Dead DIMM memory slots (B1 & B2), the pc will not boot if there is ram installed into one of thoses DIMM slots.

Only DIMM slots A1 and A2 are working. Mem_test LED is on, tried using MEM_OK button, no change after it completed. My RAM is compatible it was also ripjaws X 1600 DDR3 series memory.

My conclusion also that the motherboard is defective.

Other Thoughts: Not happy that I have to remove removing the CPU possibly risking damage of the socket and processor, undoing all my hours worth of work. On top of that finding out that another person had the SAME ISSUE I just experienced along with other concerning issues with this motherboard is extremely off putting. I want a replacement at this time and hope I don't experience any of the above issues or I will be requesting a full refund.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear James,

I do understand the issue that you are having right now and my sincere apology for any inconvenience it has caused you. 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 positive experience using the
product. All ASUS products undergo intensive quality control testing and inspections, the issue with the product is an isolated case. ASUS provides
warranty for the product in order to fix or repair any isolated factory escape defect. I would like to personally assist you on this matter. Kindly email back at customerloyalty@asus.com and place case # N150340193 in the subject line for your reference.

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

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Ana
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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