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ASUS Z97-WS Intel LGA1150 HDMI/DisplayPort /Mini DisplayPort Dual server-grade Intel LAN ATX Server Workstation Motherboard for Quad-strength Graphic Power

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  • Intel Z97
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3400(OC)/3200(OC)

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Quad-Strength Graphic Power with Optimized Power Efficiency

  • Quad Strength Graphic Power – Four-Way NVidia Geforce SLI and AMD CorssFireX on demand
  • Supreme Power Solution – Premium components deliver industry-leading power efficiency
  • Five-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5 – One click, total system optimization!
  • New UEFI BIOS – BIOS innovation continues
  • SATA Express & M.2 Support – Speed up your system up to 10Gbps!

Workstation Exclusive

Built for Graphic Professionals

The Intel Z97 chipset-based workstation motherboard features on-demand NVIDIA® GeForce® SLI™ and AMD CrossFireX™ technology, plus hassle-free troubleshooting features for minimized downtime.

Z97-WS Four PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slots Enable Extreme Graphics Power
The Z97-WS can carry up to four dual-slot graphics. It supports four-way NVIDIA® Geforce® SLI™ and AMD CrossFireX™, making it an excellent choice for graphics professionals who depend on powerful graphics in areas such as design and modeling, medical research, plus processing-intensive simulation and rendering applications. In addition to graphics cards, extensive Z97 WS expandability offers ample room for RAID cards, PCI Express-based solid state storage drives, video capture cards, and other components.

Supreme Power Solutions

Z97-WS Couples Innovative Thinking with Premium Components to Deliver Industry-Leading Power Efficiency

Carefully engineered with Beat Thermal Chokes made of highly conductive and efficient gold-treated coating for minimal-loss power delivery and integrated Dr.MOS MOSFET that both saves space and reduces operating temperatures. For the latest workstation motherboard, ASUS introduce the industry's most durable 12K solid capacitors, and exclusive ASUS ProCool power connectors. Z97-WS is built to stay cool under pressure — and boosts performance, power efficiency and product longevity into extreme levels!

Z97-WS 12K Hour Caps - Capacitors with World's Best Longevity
ASUS is the world's first motherboard manufacturer to introduce 12K solid capacitors, and Z97-WS is of course equipped. These Japanese-made capacitors are the most durable in the industry, able endure up to 12,000 hours' exposure to temperatures as high at 221°F (105°C). This is far higher than the temperatures generated by everyday computing, so Z97-WS is built for endurance. Our 12k capacitors also boast lowered equivalent series resistance (ESR) for increased efficiency and minimized heat generation — improving overall performance!
Z97-WS ProCool Power Connectors
ASUS ProCool is the power connector reinvented! Compared with traditional power connectors, ProCool connectors ensure an exceptionally close and secure connection with the Z97-WS motherboard. This design is much stronger, and it also benefits power efficiency: the flush connection enables lower impedance and better heat dissipation, allowing cooler operating temperature.
Higher Stability and Lower Power Loss with Beat Thermal Choke

ASUS Beat Thermal Chokes deliver great durability and up to 93% power efficiency under normal operation. A special fin design results in 3 - 5°(C) lower choke temps for added stability, which is increased exponentially by use of highly conductive and efficient gold-treated coating. This translates into minimal-loss power delivery.

Dr. MOS - The Do-More MOSFET

Z97-WS benefits from an integrated Driver-MOSFET (Dr. MOS) that both saves space and reduces operating temperatures. Compared with traditional MOSFET designs, the Dr. MOS high-side and low-side MOSFETs and built-in driver extend component lifespan and enhances power efficiency.

Hassle-Free Troubleshooting


Q-Code Logger – One-Touch Troubleshooter

Q-code logger is your one-touch troubleshooter that lets users easily check system status at any time. Plug a flash drive into adjacent USB port, press the motherboard's dedicated Q-Code logger button and all ASUS Q-Code event logs for the current live session will be copied to the drive even with the system off.


ASUS Dr. Power Hassle-Free Power Supply Health Monitoring

As the Z97-WS is meant for professional users who rely on non-stop operation, stable power delivery is critical. Real time power supply health detection helps prevent sudden system shutdown and provides hassle-free notifications should power delivery be insufficient. Additionally, LED messages on the board clearly indicate any relevant power issues in the event your system fails to boot.

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 Five-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, five-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)

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

Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac)

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

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)

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
  • 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-WS 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


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.


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-WS 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.

*Available to purchase separately.

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.

  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-WS 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.


*Testing configuration: Intel® Core™ i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz ¦ Z97-DELUXE ¦ Transcend JM1600KLH-16GK DDR3 1600MHz*2 ¦ Windows Win8.1 Ultimate 64-bit
  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) 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!


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 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, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • dan r.
  • 12/18/2015 5:49:31 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsLot of features and like the quick overclocking with the 4790k chip

Pros: Works with Windows 10
Easy overclocking
Great expansion/connectivity. (I've got lot of drives hooked up - 1 Intel 480 GB SSD boot, 3 2TB Seagates as raid0, 2 Samsung 1 TB as raid0)

Cons: I've had it for 3 months and leave it on 24/7. Woke up one morning and went to get on computer and it was dead!. LED's are lit up on mb, but no worky. No boot or anything. ASUS is currently out of MB's so will have to see how the ASUS support works out.

Other Thoughts: Obviously I would have rated it higher if it didn't fail. Just hoping this is just a fluke with this board.

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  • PHI I.
  • 11/30/2015 7:48:22 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPricey board, good features but one failed in less than a year

Pros: Excellent features overall. Bought two of them to put in an OEM solution we're building: interested in the many PCIe slots available on this board as I need to plug a video card (GTX780 in the x16 slot), and two x8 slot devices (frame grabber and controller).

Cons: One of the Z97-WS boards has failed after 9 months with "USB Over Current Status Detected" message. System is fed by a SeaSonic X-1050 1050W PSU so no power stability issues there - we're using these for a while now. Disconnected the front USB ports and the message is still there - also cannot get in the BIOS anymore. I suspect the built-in USB ports but I don't have too much time to diagnose with the customer looking over my shoulder and upset. WIll try to RMA to Asus ... very dissapointed, I'm going to get other motherboards for the future purchases.

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5 out of 5 eggsGREAT!

Pros: Motherboard works great, I am that guy that does not bother to test anything before building his PC. Set up raid 0 with 4 SSD's on the first boot no problem. This is by far the best motherboard for the money.

My friend bought this exact same motherboard and was convinced it was defective because it would not post. I came over, on hooked everything and just rebuilt it and it worked just fine. Maybe people with bad reviews have no business building their own PC?

Cons: Nothing, has worked flawless from day 1.

Other Thoughts: I only buy Asus, corsair, Samsung, and WD products.

Never once had anything defective.

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  • Andrew D.
  • 8/28/2015 1:15:54 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorst place to buy it

Pros: Satisfied with this Asus model so far. The features are what caught my attention. Im more comfortable with this board than the Maximus vii hero which was my first purchase that came DOA. Got it up and running quick, and without a post test as well. I just hooked everything up and booted up smoothly

Cons: Newegg. Worst place to purchase electronics. I went through two RMAs and when I decided to purchase a different motherboard. I chose Rush Process which added a refundable 3 bucks. If they dont deliver on the same day they refund your 3 bucks. But I never got my order on the same day as well as no refund. That same day i spoke with customer service and they were robotic and unhelpful. "Please note policies..." blah blah blah. Couldnt pick up my much needed motherboard. Couldnt have it the next day cause the weekend rolled in. So I received it Monday with no refund, no customer service help at all. The guy said he placed a request for update on the package and he would email me as soon as he found out anything. But never got an email.

Other Thoughts: After reading the reviews from two Asus motherboards here and having my own experience, this is a bad place to get computer parts. Even is filled with unresolved cases that are still open from 3 months ago. You have a good chance of receiving a DOA part 2 to 3 times after returning each one. And the logistics practices are ridiculous. They'll take your 3 bucks for a "rush process" but they wont consider a will call/pick up if you need your order asap.

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  • Sean C.
  • 8/17/2015 4:19:12 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat Board

Pros: Fast great worked with ALMOST everything.

Cons: Sadly the board i was sent worked perfectly with everything else but all the pci-e slots didnt respond with the video cards put into it( the cards werent broken it was the slots)

Other Thoughts: it should be amazing once i go throught the RMA

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Sean,

I am sorry to hear that your PCI Express slots are not working on your board and the inconvenience it caused you. It looks you are already in the process of setting up an RMA. If you have any concerns or concerns, feel free to contact me at and I will help you to the best of my abilities. Your case # for reference is N150858152

Thanks for choosing ASUS

ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • steve b.
  • 8/15/2015 3:47:39 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHow does this board do 4 GPU's?

Pros: plenty of options for sata drives

Cons: LGA1150 supports Max 16 PCIe lanes
This is a LGA1150 board
How do you get 4 GPUs to run effectively on this motherboard?

Asus website states:
4 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (dual x16 or x16/x8/x8 or quad x8)

The math doesn't add up to me.

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  • James L.
  • 6/27/2015 9:32:14 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat board, drivers are a pain

Pros: Great board, lots of features. High grade parts for durability. 4 way sli capable. Using it for 2 way sli titan x hibrid cards and 32 gb ram setup with a 4790k i7. Handles them all at ease and stable overclocks. The clip cover for the case fitting is one of the best and easiest to work with I've ever had to deal with. No annoying flimsy metal pieces.

Cons: Drivers were nothing short of a goose hunt to get to function properly with windows 10 tech preview. Granted it's a tech preview, but I have done this with two other builds without issue, but this one was hours of swing and a miss after swing and a miss. Finally got it working, but beware of using the ones on the disc. Minor issues overall.

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  • Gerald K.
  • 6/2/2015 12:08:32 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRock Solid Work Station

Pros: Reliable, fast, super easy BIOS flash. I don't overclock but do run the board in Turbo mode which kicks up the CPU cycles by 5% to 8% depending upon ambient temp. I have not had any hardware crashes during 7 months of heavy duty use doing HD video editing, compositing, and rendering.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Most reliable video editing work station I have ever used.

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  • Benjamin L.
  • 1/20/2015 7:20:16 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsexcelent overclocking mobo

Pros: easy tuning. supports tons of fans. runs graphics at full bandwidth.

Cons: none

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4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Plenty BIOS options, fans control and OC stuff. Overall solid board !

Cons: 1e was DOA, i went through a painless RMA with newegg and the second mobo is great.

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