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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

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  • 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

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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
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*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

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CPU Performance boost
TPU

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

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All-round energy efficiency
EPU

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
EPU

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.

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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.

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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.

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  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
  • GPU POST:
    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!
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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

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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!
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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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  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!

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  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
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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.

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  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



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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!



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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.

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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.

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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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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great motherboard

Pros: Hey its Asus I've bought Asus boards since the 90s. great overclocking board and stable

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: You won't go wrong getting this board.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Terrible Product

Pros: None.

Cons: I received one that was broken and have now been being ______ around for the last two months. The have sent me three broken boards as of now.

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3/ 5
If It Arrives In A Factory Sealed Box...

Pros: This board has been running strong for three years now. My experience with ASUS is if you get a good product it will provide great service for many years.

Cons: However, if you get a bad one you'd better RMA it within 30 days or you'll have to deal with the worst customer service I've ever encountered. I RMA'd FOUR Z97-As before I received this one. That's right, I'm writing this review on the fifth board. The common thread was that each board did not arrive in a factory sealed box.

The first one was purchased from Newegg and since I ordered and paid for a new board I RMA'd the open box that arrived. Boards two through five were from a company named after a large river in South America ("LRISA"; Newegg will not allow me to write their name). Despite the open box, I installed the second board only to discover it was defective.

As I had already purchased all other parts spec'd for this MB from Newegg and the 30 day return window had passed for them my position was that I needed to find a good z97-a board. My first question to resellers was "Is the item in a factory sealed box?" Each responded that it "should be" but they could not guarantee it so I continued with LRISA.

By the time I was on the phone with the LRISA rep regarding the fourth MB she stated that they were going to call "the authorities" about this. It was bad enough that I had wasted time on one install and returning 4 MBs but the implication of her comment was the breaking point. I informed her that a strongly worded complaint would be sent to the founder and CEO of LRISA about my experience. This letter resulted in the arrival of the FIFTH board.

Other Thoughts: Would I recommend this product? If it arrived in a factory sealed box and survived a 25 day stress test, yes, otherwise "no".

Ted Harold

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5/ 5
This Motherboard is Fantastic

Pros: This is my first ASUS motherboard as I have owned motherboards from other manufacturers – GB and ASRock and in my opinion is the best motherboard I have ever owned. The AI suite allows you to control the fans so that a separate fan controller is not needed which reduces the amount of cables in the case so that your build is much neater and will have better air flow. The Bios is also outstanding and has features not found in comparable motherboards in this price range I purchased it for (now it is higher).

Cons: Wish I purchased this ASUS MB sooner.

Other Thoughts: As I mentioned previously, I have used primarily GB motherboards and their quality has gone down as has their reliability. ASRock is a stable MB, but runs slow. In both cases, the bios on the other MB’s are not as well defined or lack the features that ASUS has. When I am ready to upgrade, my next MB will be an ASUS.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5

Pros: Good motherboar

Cons: Great product easy to setup

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4/ 5
Taking a beating and it still works great. Test Bench

Pros: I purchased the original Z97-A board to test it out and was happy enough it remained on my test bench. Despite having repeated card, memory and chips installed while being banged around. Compatibility has been great and I can't fault the board even when I had the occasional issue.

Layout is fairly good making it easy to access the fan headers and sata ports in normal installation. A couple issues have only been caused by my budget test bench making it hard to get my hand in place.

Size is perfect to allow you to work around without fighting to fit connectors on.

SLI worked well for the short time I tested it.

Proprietary software worked pretty good without using major resources and the board worked without it so you don't have to use it.

Q-connector was very handy and I did use it. Big hands in tight places made this a welcomed addition.

Numerous memory swaps and the slots still feel pretty good.

Numerous video card swaps and while this slot feels a bit easier now I still have no issues.

Cons: Asus Web Storage Software - If you don't plan to use it don't install it because I had some issues with it popping up even when I thought it was closed.

Memory slots and over-sized coolers. I had a couple issues of fancy coolers (Cooler Master V8) crowding memory with extra large heat sinks. Not really Asus's issue so not docking stars but worthy of mentioning for builders to be aware of.

I/O shield. I agree the shield isn't very sturdy but it does do the job.

Sharp as heck soldering points. While for most these are a install and done some like me will handle these boards a lot. I have yet to find any manufacturer that thinks about the bloody fingertips caused by the soldering points. Even the cheap gloves get holes on these points.

The graphics card in my workstation using the same board is sagging heavily. It is an Asus Strix GTX 970 and I have another board with the same card not sagging as bad.

Update 12 months later. Still working but the video card sag is terrible after one year. Mind you this machine is only moved to clean out dust.

Update to the update. Both boards are dead after 14 months. A third is having troubles.

Found the problem and it was unbelievably another Asus Component that was causing this. Everything was replaced under Asus warranty.

Other Thoughts: After several months of beatings and swaps I bought another and installed it in a workstation. Recently I needed new reliable computers for a company I work with. I purchased several more of these and used them to build well priced machines for the staff cubicle arena as I call it. While I have been working with Z170s as of late the price to performance made me stick with these.

Factoring in that I have tested other brand motherboards and in the end used Asus Z97s says how much I trust this board. I would call them out if it wasn't a good product.

Update: I am calling them out as their quality control and customer service has had a steady decline over the last year. Just see how much refurbished Asus equipment is out there.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
work perfectly - been using for almost 2 years

Pros: -cheap
-does the job
-no failure or return needed

Cons: -none so far

Other Thoughts: -been using this motherboard for almost 2 years without any issue

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3/ 5
Wonderful till Death

Pros: I used this mobo for about two years of gaming, everything from rune scape to rainbow six siege and through out its life it worked wonderfully.

Cons: Last week i started noticing slow post times, thinking my SSD was getting full i ignored it untill now my computer wont boot at all. For more info on this issue just read more reviews on here. Wish this mobo lasted longer now im buying an MSI board to replace it.

Other Thoughts: Nothing to do with the board but when calling tech support i sat on hold for almost a half hour, im actually still on hold when writing this review. I have heard of this happening A LOT sooner than the two years that it took mine. So Buyer beware!

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Dear Jess,

Thank you for the feedback and making us aware of your ASUS product experience. I'm terribly sorry to hear about the technical difficulties you encountered and I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. Please contact me directly at cc-eric@asus.com and i'll be happy to help you. I look forward to your e-mail so we can be sure to resolve your concerns as quickly as possible.


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Eric
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