ASUS Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac) Review & Specs

ASUS Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac) Socket 1150 Z97 DDR3 SATA3 USB 3.0 ATX

ASUS Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac) Socket 1150 Z97 DDR3 SATA3 USB 3.0 ATX

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  • One-click total system optimization and fastest 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity!
  • 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 with 802.11ac Wi-Fi - Access your PC remotely and stream multimedia content anywhere, anytime
  • Proven quality – 5X Protection. 1000+ compatible devices. 7000+ validation hours.

Specifications Overview

Model Z97-PRO (Wi-Fi AC)
Release Date May 2014

* First availability for purchase, it may not correspond to the actual market launch date.

Socket LGA1150
Form factor ATX
Chipset Intel Z97
Supported Memory DDR3:
1333Mhz 1600Mhz 1800Mhz 1866Mhz 2000Mhz 2133Mhz 2200Mhz 2400Mhz 2500Mhz 2600Mhz 2666Mhz 2800Mhz 2933Mhz 3000Mhz 3100Mhz 3200Mhz
* High clock speeds may require enabling the XMP profile in the motherboard BIOS
** RAM support may also depend on the CPU memory controller
ECC RAM Support
SLI Support
CrossFire Support
RAID Support
Wireless LAN
PCI-Express x16 Slots 3
PCI-Express x4 Slots 0
PCI-Express x1 Slots 4
SATA 6 Gbps Ports 6
SATA Express Ports 1
M.2 Ports 1
M.2 Devices support
  • 2260 / 2280 M-key
RAM Slots 4
Maximum Supported RAM 32GB
Onboard USB 2.0 0
Onboard USB 3.2 Gen 1 0
Onboard USB 3.2 Gen 2 0

Pros

  • Easy to overclock
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Very good onboard audio
  • Clean layout

Cons

  • Automatic overclock not very accurate
  • CPU

    Intel® Socket 1150 for the 5th/New 4th/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.
    * Refer to www.asus.com for CPU support list

  • Chipset

    Intel® Z97

  • Memory

    4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 3200(O.C.)/3100(O.C.)/3000(O.C.)/2933(O.C.)/2800(O.C.)/2666(O.C.)/2600(O.C.)/2400(O.C.)/2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1866(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- Intel® HD Graphics support
    Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DVI-D/RGB/DisplayPort ports
    - 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 4960 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 3840 x 2160 @ 60 Hz
    Maximum shared memory of 512 MB
    Supports Intel® InTru™ 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider™
    Supports up to 3 displays simultaneously
    DP 1.2 Multi-Stream Transport compliant, supports DP 1.2 monitor daisy chain up to 3 displays

  • Multi-GPU Support

    Supports NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ Technology
    Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX™ Technology

  • Expansion Slots

    2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (Single at x16, dual at x8/x8)
    1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode) *1
    4 x PCIe 2.0 x1 *2

  • Storage

    Intel® Z97 chipset :
    1 x SATA Express port, compatible with 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports
    1 x M.2 Socket 3, , with M Key, type 2260/2280 storage devices support (both SATA & PCIE mode)*3
    4 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray
    Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
    Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology, Intel® Rapid Start Technology, Intel® Smart Connect Technology *4
    ASMedia® PCIe SATA controller : *5
    2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), black

  • LAN

    Intel® I218V, Dual interconnect between the Integrated Media Access Controller (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY)
    Gigabit Intel® LAN Connection- 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) appliance

  • Wireless Data Network

    Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
    Supports dual band frequency 2.4/5 GHz
    Support ASUS Wi-Fi Go! Utility

  • Bluetooth

    Bluetooth V4.0

  • Audio

    Realtek® ALC1150 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC featuring Crystal Sound 2
    - Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel MIC Jack-retasking
    - High quality 112 dB SNR stereo playback output and 104 dB SNR recording input
    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
    - Audio Shielding: Ensures precision analog/digital separation and greatly reduced multi-lateral interference
    - Dedicated audio PCB layers: Separate layers for left and right channels to guard the quality of the sensitive audio signals
    - Audio amplifier: Provides the highest-quality sound for headphone and speakers
    - Premium Japanese-made audio capacitors: Provide warm, natural and immersive sound with exceptional clarity and fidelity
    - Unique de-pop circuit: Reduces start-up popping noise to audio outputs
    - Top notch audio sensation delivers according to the audio configuration
    - EMI protection cover to prevent electrical noise to affect the amplifier quality

  • USB Ports

    Intel® Z97 chipset :
    6 x USB 3.0/2.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue, 4 at mid-board)
    Intel® Z97 chipset :
    6 x USB 2.0/1.1 port(s) (2 at back panel, , 4 at mid-board)
    ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller :
    2 x USB port(s) (2 at back panel, blue)

  • Special Features

    5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5
    - Whole system optimization with a single click! 5-Way Optimization tuning key perfectly consolidates TPU, EPU, DIGI+ Power Control, Fan Xpert 3, and Turbo App together, providing better CPU performance, efficient power saving, precise digital power control, whole system cooling and even tailor your own app usages.
    ASUS 5X Protection :
    - ASUS DIGI+ VRM - 12 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 TPU :
    - Auto Tuning
    - GPU Boost
    - TPU switch
    ASUS EPU :
    - EPU
    - EPU switch
    ASUS Digital Power Design :
    - Industry leading Digital 12 Phase Power Design
    - Industry leading Digital 2 Phase DRAM Power Design
    - CPU Power Utility
    - DRAM Power Utility
    ASUS Wi-Fi GO!
    - Wi-Fi GO! Function: Cloud GO!, Remote Desktop, Remote Keyboard & Mouse, File Transfer
    - Wi-Fi GO! & NFC Remote app for portable smartphone/tablet, supporting iOS 7 & Android 4.0 systems
    ASUS Exclusive Features :
    - AI Suite 3
    - Ai Charger+
    - USB Charger+
    - Anti-Surge
    - ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface
    - USB 3.0 Boost
    - Disk Unlocker
    - Turbo LAN
    - Crystal Sound 2
    ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution :
    - Stylish Fanless Design Heat-sink solution
    ASUS EZ DIY :
    - Precision Tweaker 2
    - ASUS O.C. Tuner
    - ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
    - ASUS EZ Flash 2
    - ASUS USB BIOS Flashback
    - ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode
    - Push Notice
    ASUS Q-Design :
    - ASUS Q-Shield
    - ASUS Q-Code
    - ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
    - ASUS Q-Slot
    - ASUS Q-DIMM
    - ASUS Q-Connector
    Special Memory O.C. Design
    Overclocking Protection :
    - ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
    Media Streamer
    Turbo App
    Fan Xpert 3

  • 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)
    1 x ASUS Wi-Fi GO! module (Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth v4.0

  • Internal I/O Ports

    2 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 3.0 port(s) (19-pin)
    2 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 2.0 port(s)
    1 x SATA Express connector: black, compatible with 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports
    1 x M.2 Socket 3 for M Key, type 2260/2280 devices
    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)
    4 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (4 x 4 -pin)
    1 x S/PDIF out header(s)
    1 x Thunderbolt header(s)
    1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
    1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
    1 x EZ XMP switch
    1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
    1 x System panel(s) (Q-Connector)
    1 x DRCT header(s)
    1 x MemOK! button(s)
    1 x TPU switch(es)
    1 x EPU switch(es)
    1 x Power-on button(s)
    1 x Clear CMOS jumper(s)
    1 x USB BIOS Flashback button(s)

  • Accessories

    User's manual
    ASUS Q-Shield
    4 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
    1 x ASUS 2T2R dual band Wi-Fi moving antennas (Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compliant)
    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 2.8, ACPI 5.0, Multi-language BIOS,
    ASUS EZ Flash 2, CrashFree BIOS 3, F11 EZ Tuning Wizard, F6 Qfan Control, F3 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)

  • Form Factor

    ATX Form Factor
    12.0 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )

  • Note

    *1 : The PCIe x16_3 slot shares bandwidth with USB3_E12 and PCIe x1_4. The PCIe x16_3 is default at x1 mode.
    *2 : The PCIe x1_2 slot shares bandwidth with PCIe x1_3. The PCIe x1_2 is default disabled.
    *3 : M.2 Socket 3 shares bandwidth with SATAExpress_1
    *4 : These functions will work depending on the CPU installed.
    *5 : These SATA ports are for data hard drivers only. ATAPI devices are not supported.


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Even at $200 the system punches above its weight, and the lack of issues across my testing with almost a dozen CPUs for other reviews can only ever be a positive. Users investing into the Z97 ecosystem should consider the Z97-Pro or the Z97-Pro WiFi AC as worthwhile motherboards in their builds.


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