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Monday, April 28, 2014
New Asus Z97 Motherboards Coming In May


ASUS has previewed its new series of motherboards based on Intel's upcoming Z97/H97 Express chipsets and compatible with the "Devil's Canyon" CPUs.

Expected for official release in May 11, Asus' new series includes a total of 16 models -- 6 H97 series, 5 c series, 2 "TUF" gaming series and 3 "ROG" series.

The motherboards all use the 1150 pin socket designation and support DDR3 memory.

The standard Z97 series features a redesigned laypout and a new UEFI interface. As you can see in the pictures posted online by the Japanese pc.watch.impress web site, Asus has choses to use a circular gold-colored heasink for the chipset.

The basic models of thi series is the Z97-PRO, Z97I-PLUS and the flagship Z97-DELUXE.

Model Chipset Factor
Z97-DELUXE(NFC & WLC) Intel Z97 ATX
Z97-DELUXE Intel Z97 ATX
Z97-PRO Intel Z97 ATX
Z97-K Intel Z97 ATX
Z97M-PLUS Intel Z97 microATX
Z97I-PLUS Intel Z97 Mini-ITX
H97-PRO Intel H97 ATX
H97-PLUS Intel H97 ATX
H97M-PLUS Intel H97 microATX
H97M-E Intel H97 microATX
H97I-PLUS Intel H97 Mini-ITX

They are equipped with a M.2 slots offering 10Gbps of bandwidth, Asus's "Crystal Sound 2" audio cuircuits, noise supression designs by separating the layers of the signal lines of the left and right channels and Japanese capacitors.

As the Deluxe is high up the scale of the board list, we see two USB 3.0 headers near the 24-pin ATX connector as well as an 802.11ac WiFi module on the rear IO.

The updated UEFI interface features an "Advanced" and an "EZ" mode of settigs. The "EZ Tuning Wizard" offers users step-by-step guidance for easy RAID configuration, and the "Fan Xpert 3" visualizes the fans placed on the various zones of the motherboard and allows for speed control.

Asus' ROG series includes the "MAXIMUS VII HERO," "MAXIMUS VII GENE" and the "MAXIMUS VII RANGER" series.

Model Chipset Factor
MAXIMUS VII HERO Intel Z97 ATX
MAXIMUS VII RANGER Intel Z97 ATX
MAXIMUS VII GENE Intel Z97 microATX

They offer M.2 slota (10Gbps), automatic overclocking and XMP profile settings through keyboard shortcuts (when power is off), USB voltage stabilization, anti-static capabilities of the LAN ports (LANGuard) and enhanced audio settings for various gaming modes.

The TUF series includes the SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK1 and the GRYPHON Z97 models. Besides the familiar, "camouflage" color and the plastic covers on the heat sinks (Thermal Armor), they are equipped nine temperature sensors 12 and also revesrse the fans' spinning in orde to remove any dust on them.

Model Chipset Factor
SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK1 Intel Z97 ATX
GRYPHON Z97 Intel Z97 microATX

GIGABYTE and MSI and ASRock will also offer Z97-based motherboards soon.





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