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ASUS Z97-A/USB 3.1 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • USB 3.1 Boost
  • 5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5
  • SATA Express & M.2 support up to 10Gb/s data transfer
  • Turbo App - Game faster, rank higher!
  • Remote GO! - Total control anytime, anywhere
  • Crystal Sound 2 - Flawless audio that makes you part of the game

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ASUS Z97-A/USB 3.1 LGA 1150 ATX Intel Motherboard

Ultra-fast USB 3.1 onboard and one-click total system optimization!

  • Ultra-fast 10Gb/s USB 3.1 built in to the board
  • 5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5 – One click, total system optimization!
  • M.2 & SATA Express – Speed up your system with lightning-fast 10Gb/s 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
  1. DisplayPort
  2. HDMI
  3. USB 3.0
  4. Intel® LAN
  5. Audio with DTS support
  6. PCIe 3.0 (GEN3) Quad SLI & 3-Way CFX Support
  7. Crystal Sound 2
    • EMI protection cover
    • Audo shielding
    • Top notch audio profile
    • Separate layer for left/right track
    • Premium Japan-made audio capacitors
    • DTS Support
    • Audio amplifier
    • De-pop circuit
  1. TPU
  2. 1 x 10Gb/s SATA Express
  3. Front USB 3.0 Header
  4. 10Gb/s M.2 Socket(supports PCIe SSD only)
  5. DDR3 3200(O.C) support
  6. Support 22nm CPU Intel LGA 1150 Socket
  7. DIGI + Power Control(8 Digital Power Phase)
  8. EPU

High performance


One click, total system optimization
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

*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


CPU Performance boost

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


All-round energy efficiency

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

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.


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.


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.

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.

  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
    Find more info about your graphics cards and slot bandwidth allocation. Great for 2 or 3-way SLI or CrossFireX
  • 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!

Special memory overclocking design

Now you can drive memory up to 3300 (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


10Gb/s USB 3.1 built in to the board

With the latest USB 3.1 connectivity built in and dual Type-A ports for the very fastest USB data transfers, you'll experience data-transfer speeds of up to 10Gbit/s – or twice as fast USB 3.0. The next-generation standard is completely backward-compatible with your existing USB devices, and you'll be all set for USB 3.1's breakneck speeds. And ASUS-exclusive USB 3.1 Boost technology automatically accelerates USB 3.1 performance even further!

Evolve your storage speed with SATA Express

SATA Express provides up to 10Gbit/s data-transfer speeds from two PCIE 2.0 lanes, resolving the higher bandwidth request in the near future. The current SSDs consume up to 550MB/s, which is close to saturation point for SATA 6Gbit/s 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.


Speed up your system with M.2

With two native PCI Express 2.0 bandwidth, M.2 supports up to 10Gbit/s 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!


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 10Gbit/s* – 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 senario

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.

  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!

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!

  1. Audio Shielding
    Ensures precision analog/digital separation and greatly reduced multi-lateral interference
  2. EMI protection
    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

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.

  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


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!


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.


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.


Work with up to 3 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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  • Anonymous
  • 4/17/2016 4:40:26 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Z97 board for the price

Pros: Works great, has recognized everything I've tried plugging into it. Tonnes of options in the BIOS, I've probably not explored them all.
Seems to have all the bells and whistles for overclocking, although I've not gone too much into that besides playing with the core and cache frequencies. Has 4 PWM fan headers (which run non-PWM fans just fine) and two CPU fan headers (great for plugging in coolers with two fans and having them both controlled the same way). Can be controlled from the AI Suite software in Windows, or directly in the BIOS, which is handy.
By default it applies the Turbo multiplier to all 4 of my 4790K's cores, which apparently not all motherboards do (I read that some only apply it to a single core at a time). Another thing it does that Intel says is impossible is let you run both an onboard iGPU and at least one discrete GPU at once, great for adding more monitors than your discrete GPU allows.
The description only says it has 4x SATA ports, but there are actually 6: Two are designed to be part of the SATA Express port, I suppose. I'm not sure if you can use all 6 at once as I've never gotten around to testing, but it doesn't seem to care which ports are used so at the very least you have some room to alter where things are plugged in.
Had it running for almost 2 years without any issues.

Cons: None that come to mind. Some people have complained about this model's color scheme but my PC is fully enclosed so I don't care if it doesn't match the curtains.

Other Thoughts: Would definitely recommend that anyone who is considering getting a much more expensive motherboard take a good long look at this one first before deciding. I can't imagine ever needing anything fancier.

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  • Tony Q.
  • 3/13/2016 6:42:46 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJust wonderful!

Pros: I purchased this board to use in my first build ever and was a little nervous going in but it was so simple! Detailed instructions on how to set it up and the board did all the rest! Simply amazing!

Cons: NONE!

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4 out of 5 eggsGood

Pros: Good speeds nice design overall pretty good value

Cons: The RAM and other components of the motherboard are a little closer than you'd like to the Processor, makes it kind of hard to install some of the aftermarket CPU coolers.

Other Thoughts: Overall the best MOBO in the 100-150 price range

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  • Gregory N.
  • 1/22/2016 9:22:18 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat, and easy to setup

Pros: Great sound and system setup.

Cons: Don't know if PCI slot has an issue as I can't get an answer from board or PCI card manufacturer, or Newegg. Due to issues with wireless card, I would suggest buying the board with built in wireless.

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  • nathaniel w.
  • 1/20/2016 2:09:24 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsgreat board, REBATE IS A SCAM!

Pros: great board, went together and worked on the first shot. everything is very intuitive and the things runs fast

Cons: i took the time and effort to fill out the rebate info. filled out the online form, printed a form, put my ups, invoice andevything asked for, sent it cerified. THEN I GET AN EMAIL STATING THAT THEY NEVER RECEIVED ANY OF THE 3 REBATES I MAILED IN. THIS IS A SCAM!! AND MANUFACTUERERS LIKE ASUS AND THERMALTAKE DONT CARE ONE IOTA THAT THERE CUSTOMERS ARE GETTING RIPPED OFF BY A REBATE SCAM COMPANY IN TEXAS


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  • Anonymous
  • 1/2/2016 2:35:43 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery nice, well-built motherboard

Pros: I thought the BIOS settings and utilities were great. The board was very easy to set up and use.

Cons: None so far, it's very good.

Other Thoughts: I would definitely purchase this again. It's a great motherboard and is another great product from ASUS.

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  • John M.
  • 12/30/2015 4:27:01 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsClearly a higher-end product

Pros: - Plug and play LAN with Windows 10, nice not to have to bootstrap that with a drive.
- Impressive BIOS and tweaking utilities.
- Dead simple overclocking. My mother could probably overclock this system without frying it.
- Front panel block! I love these things. Great for sausage fingers.

Cons: - The SATA ports. Oh dear, the SATA ports.
- Board arrived bent, concave. Was crossing my fingers during install.
- Boot error LEDs are nice, but not terribly visible nor intuitive in my rig. I'd rather have a seven-segment display in a corner or even speaker error codes.
- I/O shield didn't fit great, but are there any that really do?

Other Thoughts: I don't usually buy the higher-end motherboards but this one was on sale plus had a mail-in rebate. I didn't know system tweaking had gotten to this level of detail--if Newegg still did reviewer tech levels I would have docked myself a point. To give you an idea of how impressed I was, this is the first motherboard install I've done where I needed to connect my mouse for the BIOS. Power saving features in the software are also neat. Maybe this board will pay for itself in electricity costs in 20 years.

I'll cover my primary complaint, though, and that's the SATA ports. For whatever reason, they aren't vertical. They face away from the end of the board, opposite the I/O. If my hard drive bay was just a couple of millimeters closer, I'd be shopping for special angled SATA cables right now. One of my cables had a connector that was too long, but fortunately one of the included cables fit. Quite the challenge getting them installed.

Driver installation wasn't bad, though. I laughed at the provided disc, as this is the first mobo I've bought without an ancient IDE port for my old DVD-R drive. Maybe some day flash drives will get cheap enough that we can get drivers on a USB stick. Fortunately, I didn't have to bootstrap my system with LAN drivers as the adapter was functional on first boot. Grabbing the drivers from the ASUS website is easy enough, though I found it odd that the MEI drivers weren't included with the utility suite.

In all, a smooth setup. I'm not an absolute optimum performance guy, so overclocking with provided utilities was a breeze. Finished up in less time than I anticipated.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/29/2015 5:47:46 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: its a great motherbord

Cons: none

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  • Crystal H.
  • 12/28/2015 3:15:43 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat mobo!

Pros: Has all the bells and whistles I needed for my rig.

Cons: The booklet was wrong when telling me what slot to put the 2 sticks of ram in to get to a post. It said to put the ram in the grey slots. But that didn't work. So after testing it in the black slots I got it to post. For that -1. But still a good board.

Other Thoughts: Does what it's needed. And Asus has the best boards on the market.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/22/2015 3:47:21 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: No problems at all, BIOS is easy to configure. I don't use most of the included software stuff, really no need for it so far.

Cons: Nothing so far.

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