ASUS Z87-A Review & Specs

ASUS Z87-A Socket 1150 Z87 DDR3 SATA3 USB 3.0 ATX

ASUS Z87-A Socket 1150 Z87 DDR3 SATA3 USB 3.0 ATX

- ASUS

Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with DIGI+ VRM
Remote GO! - One-stop PC Remote Control and Home Entertainment
Fan Xpert 2 - The Most Customizable Fan Controls
USB 3.0 Boost - Faster USB 3.0 with UASP in Windows 8

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Specs Overview

Model Z87-A
Socket LGA1150
Form factor ATX
Chipset Intel Z87
Supported Memory DDR3:
1333Mhz 1600Mhz 1800Mhz 1866Mhz 2000Mhz 2133Mhz 2200Mhz 2400Mhz 2500Mhz 2600Mhz 2666Mhz 2800Mhz
* High clock speeds may require enabling the XMP profile in the motherboard BIOS
** Memory compatibility support may also depends on the CPU memory controller
ECC RAM Support
SLI Support
CrossFire Support
RAID Support
Wireless LAN
SATA 3 Gbps Ports 0
SATA 6 Gbps Ports 8
SATA Express Ports 0
M.2 Ports 0
mSATA Slots 0
RAM Slots 4
Maximum Supported RAM 32GB

Pros

  • Overclock capabilities

Cons

Score Pangoly

83

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Critic Reviews

79

It seems that cutting costs can lead to a small disadvantage when it comes to overclocking Haswell CPUs. That's certainly true with the Z87-A, albeit only by 100MHz, but the MSI Z87-G45 Gaming costs just £5 more and managed to get to 4.7GHz with...

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100

Excellent performance and a wide range of ports and expansion slots make this a great Intel board for Haswell...

Expert Reviews

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90

the performance of this board isn't bad at all It is somewhere in the center span On another note we had a look at power consumption and in this case we clearly see that we have a board here that hasn't been equipped with an armada of features In the...

  • CPU

    Intel® Socket 1150 for 4th Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors
    Supports Intel® 22 nm CPU
    Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
    * The Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 support depends on the CPU types.

  • Chipset

    Intel® Z87

  • Memory

    4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 3000(O.C.)/2933(O.C.)/2800(O.C.)/2666(O.C.)/2600(O.C.)/2500(O.C.)/2400(O.C.)/2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1800(O.C.)/1600/1333 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
    Dual Channel Memory Architecture
    Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
    * Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs. 
    * Refer to www.asus.com for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).

  • Graphic

    Integrated Graphics Processor
    Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DVI-D/RGB/DisplayPort 1.2 ports *1
    - Supports HDMI with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
    - Supports DVI-D with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
    - Supports RGB with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
    - Supports DisplayPort with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 3840 x 2160 @ 60 Hz
    Maximum shared memory of 1024 MB
    Supports up to 3 displays simultaneously

  • Multi-GPU Support

    Supports NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ Technology *2
    Supports AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology

  • Expansion Slots

    2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8)
    1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x2 mode)
    2 x PCIe 2.0 x1
    2 x PCI

  • Storage

    Intel® Z87 chipset :
    6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), yellow
    Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
    Supports Intel® Dynamic Storage Accelerator, Intel® Smart Response Technology, Intel® Rapid Start Technology, Intel® Smart Connect Technology*3

  • LAN

    Realtek® 8111GR, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)

  • Audio

    Realtek® ALC892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
    - Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
    Audio Feature :
    - Absolute Pitch 192kHz/ 24-bit True BD Lossless Sound
    - DTS Ultra PC II
    - DTS Connect
    - Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
    - BD Audio Layer Content Protection

  • USB Ports

    Intel® Z87 chipset :
    6 x USB 3.0/2.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
    Intel® Z87 chipset :
    8 x USB 2.0/1.1 port(s)

  • Special Features

    ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with DIGI+ VRM :

    ASUS 5X Protection :
    - ASUS DIGI+ VRM - 8 Phase digital power design
    - ASUS Enhanced DRAM Overcurrent Protection - Short circuit damage prevention
    - ASUS ESD Guards - Enhanced ESD protection
    - ASUS High-Quality 5K-Hour Solid Capacitors - 2.5x long lifespan with excellent durability
    - ASUS Stainless Steel Back I/O - 3x more durable corrosion-resistant coating
    ASUS EPU :
    - EPU
    - EPU switch
    ASUS Digital Power Design :
    - Industry leading Digital 8 Phase CPU Power Design
    - ASUS DIGI+ VRM Utility
    ASUS Exclusive Features :
    - Remote GO!
    - MemOK!
    - AI Suite 3
    - Ai Charger
    - Anti-Surge
    - Front Panel USB 3.0 Support
    - ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface
    - Network iControl
    - USB 3.0 Boost
    - Disk Unlocker
    ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution :
    - Stylish Fanless Design Heat-sink solution
    - ASUS Fan Xpert 2
    ASUS EZ DIY :
    - DirectKey
    - Precision Tweaker 2
    - ASUS O.C. Profile
    - ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
    - ASUS EZ Flash 2
    - Multi-language BIOS
    ASUS Q-Design :
    - ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
    - ASUS Q-Slot
    - ASUS Q-DIMM
    - ASUS Q-Connector
    100% All High-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors
    Overclocking Protection :
    - ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

  • Operating System Support

    Windows® 8.1
    Windows® 8
    Windows® 7

  • Back I/O Ports

    1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)
    1 x DVI-D
    1 x D-Sub
    1 x DisplayPort
    1 x HDMI
    1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
    4 x USB 3.0 (blue)
    2 x USB 2.0
    1 x Optical S/PDIF out
    6 x Audio jack(s)

  • Internal I/O Ports

    1 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 port(s) (19-pin)
    3 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 6 USB 2.0 port(s)
    1 x TPM header
    6 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
    1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin)
    1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin)
    3 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (3 x 4 -pin)
    1 x S/PDIF out header(s)
    1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
    1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
    1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
    1 x System panel(s) (Q-Connector)
    1 x DirectKey Button(s)
    1 x DRCT header(s)
    1 x MemOK! button(s)
    1 x TPU switch(es)
    1 x EPU switch(es)
    1 x Clear CMOS jumper(s)

  • Accessories

    User's manual
    I/O Shield
    2 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
    1 x SLI bridge(s)
    1 x Q-connector(s) (2 in 1)

  • BIOS

    64 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.7, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0, Multi-language BIOS,
    ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3, My Favorites, Quick Note, Last Modified log, F12 PrintScreen, F3 Shortcut functions, and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information

  • Manageability

    WfM 2.0, DMI 2.7, WOL by PME, PXE

  • Support Disc

    Drivers
    ASUS Utilities
    EZ Update
    Anti-virus software (OEM Version Only)

  • Form Factor

    ATX Form Factor
    12 inch x 8.8 inch ( 30.5 cm x 22.35 cm )

  • Note

    *1: DP 1.2 Multi-Stream Transport compliant, supports DP 1.2 monitor daisy chain up to 3 displays
    *2: With 2 PCIex16 graphics card.
    *3: Supports on Intel® Core™ processor family

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