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ASUS Z97-PRO LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is a follow-up from my previous review.
I had No idea that this motherboard had so many picky nuances. Sure it is a nice MoBo and has many Excellent Features. The 5 Way Optimization is great and the BIOS with Mouse support and Graphics is just superb. The colors of Gold and Black look Great.
There are many qualities that make this motherboard a MoBo you would like to own, but this is where it ends. Now you must read the Cons to find out what you are Really in for when trying to do some tweaking or other supposedly featured functions they point out on this Motherboard. Should have just been more prudent and read many more Forums and Reviews before buying this Black and Gold Pretty Brick.

Cons: What a load -
When you want to RAID the book specifies the Control 'I' function after setting the proper switches in the BIOS to RAID will appear.
Surprise Surprise - that function Does Not Appear - at least Not on this MoBo. Then you cannot load the software (Windows 7 Pro 64 bit) in RAID 1 mirror mode. It wants you to pick out the drivers from a Flash Drive or the CD but you can't do it.
Re-Booting does not help - Slowing down the Boot to 5 or more seconds thinking you had it pass you by is not any help either.
I wanted this board because of the extra SATA ports, but Guess what - Those are ASmedia driven ports and Not Intel Controller driven. The ASmedia are just data ports so don't even think about using them for an Optical Drive. The Boot area that should show all the drives does not do it all the time - sometimes yes sometimes no - Sure you can find them in the PCH Storage Configuration and also under the Boot Menu, but not on the Main Window under Boot Selection - Not all of the drives show up ALL the time - sometimes Yes and Sometimes No.
Then it will just switch the boot drive to another drive for no reason when you do any changes in the Bios.
I bought 5 ASUS Z97-A boards and have not had any of these troubles. I did not try and RAID any drives for the customers i assembled them for though. So i don't know if this is a problem that is related to the Whole Family of ASUS Z97 boards.
I have tried many different variations of settings to get this board to do what it is supposed to do, but it just acts like it has a mind of it's own.
I have read many Forums and Posts and their are many people having issues with the RAID - Ctrl-i not appearing and then out of the blue after 10 tries it just magically will appear.
So i have just dropped the RAIDing of Drives in Mirror Mode as i also found out that if one drive crashes you cannot just RAID a new drive to the existing one copying all the information onto it.
I am running a PC-DL with 6 Drives on it 2 SATAS in RAID 1 mode and did have one drive crash and just bought a new drive and after pressing Ctrl-i it asked for a Source Drive and Target Drive in RAID 1 (Security Mode) and it just copied the information to the New Drive and was back on line with RAID 1 was back in Operational Mode with Zero issues.
As far as using the ASmedia SATA ports i just did not even attempt using those at all again. They seem flaky at best being supported by a Third Party from all i have read they are also slower than Intel SATA ports.
So good luck with your MoBo - AND - No - Updating the Bios is not the answer either because i tried that also. It is just the way ASUS has configured the Ports with Intel or Intel forcing ASUS and others to do this weird setup. I have been at this for 3 days trying everything i know and having others help that built many many systems over the years and they are just as freaked out by the way this controller setup is done as me.

Other Thoughts: I have been a Faithful ASUS Motherboard supporter and user sense 1989 when i built my first 286 and all of the predecessors MoBo's performed Unmatched in stability and Functionality, but now i have my doubts with ASUS being like they used to be - Unmatched.
Even the SATA ports are so hard to get to being turned 90 degrees on the motherboard in almost every PC case it is just really some serious engineering blunders. It really is a challenge to get the cables (latching types) not to come loose. They wiggle and seem weak - or frail - just not the Quality i am used to seeing from ASUS.
Oh well i bought this Bad-Lad and will use it as is. It does work in just a Standard Mode no RAID and does over-clock well and stable, but it has some real quarks that need to be addressed and i doubt that a New Improved Bios Update is going to fix all this - this mess.

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2 Way 40pin IDE To SATA or SATA To IDE Converter Adapter for Hard Drive HDD DVD
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I left some earlier feedback on this part and now that i cleaned off all the Flux/Slag i am NOT going to use these Low-Level pieces of so called electronic parts at all.

Cons: I would be scared that the parts will damage my MoBo or other parts. The workmanship is much worse than i realized after trying to clean off the debris of Flux/Slag.
A pin on either side is not even soldered to the pad or ground plane and the soldering on the 40 pin connector is sloppy at best. I put the items back in the plastic clam shell packaging they came in (which is the best part of the product) and now wonder what to do with these lumps.

Other Thoughts: I would not waste my money on buying these or returning them under an RMA - i just don't want other to get a hold of such end of the line low level - what is the right word - Junk

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ASUS Z97-PRO LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This is the MoBo i wanted for my workstation. I have bought 4 of the ASUS Z97-A boards and those perform just Super. With a i7-4790 Haswell on the other boards i saw no need to get the i7-4790K as this CPU can be overclocked with the proper RAM even if not like the 'K' series. This motherboard has all the features i was looking for and the 6 SATA 6.GB/s ports is one of the more determining factors as i will RAID 2 WD 1TB Red drives and have another SATA for backing up to. The board is esthetically pleasing to the eye and has the functions most would want with many options for Video cards and has excellent RAM Support from 1600 to 3200 - i chose the 2400 because of the timing and stability of the Kingston HyperX Genesis series. 16 gig is just fine for my purposes and the board is perfectly suitable for this RAM.
The BIOS is so easy to adjust different areas i just love the ASUS style and functions it has in place.
Can't beat a Great Board unless you get the Higher End ASUS Z97-WS which is a Monster with the 'K' Series CPU

Cons: None wish i had gotten it sooner

Other Thoughts: Did not come with Reflective Sunglasses and a Soda

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