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Pros: Color is red and black, looks good (if looks matter to you). Spacious design and feel, BIOS has a bit too much red in the menus, but that's trademark for the Gaming series AND the BIOS is easy to navigate and configure. Plenty of SATA ports on the Intel chipset, +4 more on the ASMedia controller for a total of 10 SATA 3 ports. The 4 -ASMedia SATA 3.0 ports appear to work with both DVD and data drives unlike some other models from other manufacturers that only support hard disks. Plenty of PCI x1 ports.
Cons: The BIOS seems a bit limited when compared to other Z87 upper echelon offerings from some competitors. More USB 2.0 ports on the back would have been nice, as well as another internal USB 3.0 header on the motherboard (it only comes with 1). The FAN ports are sadly lacking in automated control compared to another manufacturer that I tend to use. Using 2000 RPM capable fans, even at light temps, it spins them at 1200 RPMs. Other boards I use can spin the fans down to zero RPMs on cool readings. ASMedia SATA 3 ports are slower than the Intel ones, but that's to be expected. MSI appears to only have email support, but the response is pretty fast (same day in my case within a couple of hours). BE CAREFUL with the board itself. It's very flimsy in my opinion. If you have to install your CPU heat sink prior to installation into the case, put the motherboard on a flat HARD surface because this board will flex easily (again, common sense, yes, but with another manufacturer, I was able to install the heat sink with the motherboard on the card board box with almost no flex to that board). PCIe is x16--, x88-, or x844 - that's understood and I knew that full well when purchasing and I am not marking of any Eggs for that, but not sure I would classify this as a "Gaming" motherboard - most people who buy a gaming rig will do so for SLI purposes and would probably appreciate (or expect) x16/16-- lanes like some other manufacturers offer, but you will pay a hefty premium for that.
Other Thoughts: Overall, I am very satisfied with this board for what I want to do with it. I usually buy another competitors products, but decided to try MSI after I had some issues with a competing product. This computer won't be for me, it's for my wife. And it built right out of the box, no issues. Something to be aware of (might be common sense to most) - the Intel RAID controller won't be available to use it's CONTROL+I feature outside of Windows unless you have at least 2 HDD attached in RAID mode first. I was building the OS on an SSD and planned to attach a data mirror at a later time once I was done, but got nervous when the Intel RAID Configurator wouldn't come up at boot (didn't want to build the OS if the mobo was defective). Tech support wasn't able to help me figure that out, they thought I had the SATA drives on the wrong ports. Kind of hard to do, it's well identified which is which on the board. I subtracted 1 egg because of price to features (price is a bit high give the feature set), lack of convenience when reaching tech support (you have to create an account and all that jazz) and only by email, the board thickness feels flimsy to me, but it is a piece of electronics, so treat it well. I think if the board had a better quality secondary SATA controller, more USB 3.0/2.0 ports, I'd have given in a 5 Egg rating easy. Despite the 4 Egg rating, I almost regret buying the other competing Z87 product which I also only gave a 4 Egg rating. If you aren't looking to do BIG overclocking, you aren't looking for over the top PCIe bandwidth (x16 x16 lanes - ie. you plan to use a single graphics card), then this motherboard I think would be great for you!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASUS Z87-DELUXE LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Beautiful, sturdy, spacious, feature rich, compatible, easy to work on.
Cons: Customer service and tech knowledge from ASUS is, in my opinion, extremely lacking - let the buyer beware! ASMedia USB 3.0 ports are nothing more than a hub. ASMedia SATA 3 ports (4 of them) are ONLY for data disks, and the performance is less than that of the Intel. Would almost be better to NOT have the ASMedia SATA 3 ports and add on a card at a later date.
Other Thoughts: I have had two of these boards. The first had random Windows 7 x64 freezes. ASUS suspected it was a VR issue and offered me a RMA for a refurb board... Seriously? $250+ for a new board only to pay to ship it back and get a refurbish product from the manufacturer? Thank goodness Newegg has a greater sense of customer service and commitment for the products they sell (Newegg took care of me and got me a brand new one). The new board is working fine, but have had to chat with tech support on several occasions about problems. I had a problem with AI Suite software, TPU, not showing the right BCLK frequency that CPUz, BIOS, and Realtemp were. 4 techs, 3 disconnects from the chat room, and the 4th proceeded to send me to web sites about overclocking and benchmarking the board. I asked if the Intel Management Engine software IS required for the AI Suite to function normally - he said it was not. So I installed it anyways and it resolved the inconsistency. I was then offered a "Test Report" to go to Engineering. Having entered one weeks ago regarding the FAN power/noise issues, and not heard back, I have come to feel that these "Test Reports" are nothing more than lip service to make the customer feel like something is being done on their behalf to make up for the lack of the T1 knowledge of the tech you dealt with. I have spent over 40 hours trying to get a stable install, stock/auto settings with a Core i7 4770K. Although quite a bit more simple, the Intel (foxconn) boards were always stable right out of the gate. Is this a bad board? I still have to say, No. It works, but I have never had so many problems with a motherboard before. I have never had to use customer service or Tech support from a motherboard company before. I have to say, that sadly, I see what everyone has complained about in other posts about ASUS customer service. ** Bottom line: The motherboard IS feature rich. It has the settings to overclock and the ability to do so. But a VERY patient and experienced person IS required if you want to build a top notch powerful build. If you are not using a K processor, perhaps you will have an easier time. I have the K, I am not overclocking, and it's been a pain. I have some buyers remorse on this one and not sure that I would want to chance ASUS again in the future. I am removing 2 stars for their customer service and apparent lack of knowledge by their tech support. Please ASUS, I hope you improve. I find myself embarrassed for ever recommending ASUS and for previously recommending this board to others as I did in my first board review from Newegg.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASUS Z87-DELUXE LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Full of features, full of flexible configuration tweaks and options for the casual to the overclocker at heart. It's ASUS quality - you expect the best, you get the best (I don't work for any computer manufacturer or reseller), just a fan of good quality workmanship. 10 SATA 6 ports, Plenty of USB 2.0/3.0 ports
Cons: For the price, would like to have seen what some of the upper echelon motherboard models offered (like dual x16 x16 PCIe support - like the ASUS Z87 WS (but was leery of trying it due to some reviews). I'm not subtracting any eggs for that.
Other Thoughts: I’ve been buying ASUS motherboards since 1994. Their commitment to quality has been superb in my opinion. I can’t speak to their customer service as I have never needed their post sales technical support or RMA processes.
This motherboard has pretty much everything I wanted for my 4770K processor/build. I would like to have seen dual x16 PCIe support, but was leery of the product offerings from the manufacturers (and the prices that accompanied them). That’s the only gripe I have.
The motherboard layout is great and easy to attach cables to their respective spots. Using a Thermaltake TPG-1050, in an Antec 1100 case, I had NO issues with cable connection lengths.
It’s been a while since I used a feature rich motherboard, and all I can say is, WOW! The UEFI BIOS is easy to use and read, but if you are not experienced in such, it would be like stepping into a jet liner cockpit. All the controls look cool, but you may be scratching your head on which one starts the engine. If that’s still not clear, then let me say this – ASUS has paired the motherboard with a BIOS that has a great deal of settings to customize your system, geared mainly, in my opinion, for the overclocker. If you intend to buy a Z87 motherboard for basic use, this might be overkill for you. If you intend to overclock, then buy this one! I am still tinkering with the build, but I will tell you this – LISTEN HERE, this is important. If you are using high performance fans (1500-2000RPMs+) the fans WILL BE very loud until you install/run Fan Expert 2 software and have it detect your fan capabilities in the operating system. I am using CM Excalibur and CM Jetflo fans, and it was a bit annoying in how loud the fans were operating at. I prefer to run a light system when it comes to installing a manufacturers suite of utilities. In this case, it’s required. Once I ran the software, fans operating at 1500+ RPMs, now run around 1000RPMs and are very quiet. The motherboard comes with ALL 4 pin fan ports, 2 for the CPU (1 optional), plus 4 more aux ports throughout the motherboard (I prefer to let the motherboard control them).
I used a Zalman CNPS 14x heatsink with the CPU on this motherboard. It clears the motherboard components, and allows for 40mm or less height memory without losing any DIMM slots (you may have to play with the installation to get them all in depending on how big your memory/heatsinks are).
My requirements for a motherboard was a name brand that is synonymous with quality, overclock ability, flexibility, 2 way Crossfire and SLI support (not at the same time obviously), at least one PCIe x1 slot, 6 or more SATA 3 ports, and 6 or more USB 3.0 ports, and room for an aftermarket CPU cooler. This met my requirements and I would buy another of these in a heartbeat should the need for an 1150 socket motherboard arise.