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ASUS Z87-EXPERT LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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5 out of 5 eggs Works with Apple Thunderbolt Monitor 08/05/2013

This review is from: ASUS Z87-EXPERT LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I purchased this motherboard as an upgrade from my Sandy Bridge system. I wanted a Thunderbolt port so I could attempt to use the extra Apple Thunderbolt display we have in our house. After setting up the new PC and updating all drivers the monitor works! So do the built in speakers and HD camera.

Motherboard seems solidly built with a great feature set. Definitely a big upgrade over my last Asrock board. The easy setup options in BIOS alone are worthwhile. Fan tuner is a really nice feature as well.

Cons: Only con I have is not really the fault of Asus. Official drivers for some of the ports on the back of the Apple monitor are not available so they show up as needing updates in System.

I had an issue with the screen being too dim until I found an awesome free program called "Brightness Controller". It works perfectly and even includes the auto-adjust to ambient light feature. Just need to run it once and its set for every subsequent restart.

If you are running a discrete GPU (I have a GTX 760 in mine) then you will not see the boot screen on the Thunderbolt display (you will if you are only using the iGPU). Remember to enable the iGPU in BIOS to get the display over Thunderbolt working. Virtu software allows me to game on the Thunderbolt monitor with the GTX 760 doing the processing and handing the image to the iGPU for display. Works really well.

Other Thoughts: Overall its a wonderful board. I don't think the cost over similar featured boards WITHOUT Thunderbolt ports is justified if you don't have devices that need them. If you are, however, in a similar position its definitely worth the price.

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