ASUS Z97I-PLUS Review & Specifications

ASUS Z97I-PLUS Socket 1150 Z97 DDR3 SATA3 USB 3.0 Mini-ITX

- ASUS

High-performance Z97 mini-ITX boasts exceptionally-smart layout for ATX capability, with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, speedy M.2 and enduring 5X Protection

An exceptionally-smart layout for ATX-level capability and compatibility
Professionally-engineered audio and Intel Gigabit Ethernet – a game-winning combo!
Speed up your system with lightning-fast 10Gb/s M.2
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.

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Specs Overview

Model Z97I-PLUS
Release Date May 2014
Socket LGA1150
Form factor Mini ITX
Chipset Intel Z97
Supported Memory DDR3:
1066Mhz 1333Mhz 1600Mhz 1800Mhz 1866Mhz 2000Mhz 2133Mhz 2200Mhz 2400Mhz 2500Mhz 2600Mhz 2666Mhz 2800Mhz 2933Mhz 3000Mhz 3100Mhz 3200Mhz
SLI Support
CrossFire Support
RAID Support
Onboard USB 3.0
SATA 3 Gbps Ports 0
SATA 6 Gbps Ports 4
SATA Express Ports 0
M.2 Ports 1
mSATA Slots 0
RAM Slots 2
Maximum Supported RAM 16GB

Pros

  • Full ATX-level performance
  • Support for M.2 storage (on back of board)
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Mediocre onboard audio

Score Pangoly

86

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Critic Reviews

70

Those with more modest needs can get by with Intel's tiny Next Unit of Computing (NUC). Those who need more expansion slots can default to micro-ATX. But if you're the kind of person whose only required add-in board is a beefy GPU, as many are, chanc ...

APC Magazine

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90

At a first glance the Z97IPlus leaves a good impression You get a reasonable feature mix and it won't take long until you realize that ASUS created a product, which should feature a reasonable price tag There is a decent power design and the abs ...

82

There's a lot to like here with the Z97i-Plus; it has M.2 - something many of its rivals lack, plus sports 802.11ac WiFi and an antenna in the box. It has plenty of overclocking potential and the removal of the large VRM daughterboard has most likely ...

Bit-tech.net

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  • 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

    2 x DIMM, Max. 16GB, 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.)/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- 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 4096 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

  • Expansion Slots

    1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16

  • Storage

    Intel® Z97 chipset :
    1 x M.2 Socket 3, , with M Key, type 2260/2280 storage devices support (both SATA & PCIE mode)
    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 *1

  • 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® ALC892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC *2
    - Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-recording, Front Panel Jack-retasking
    Audio Feature :
    - DTS Ultra PC II
    - DTS Connect
    - Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
    - 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

  • USB Ports

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

  • Special Features

    ASUS 5X Protection :
    - ASUS DIGI+ VRM - 6 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
    ASUS Digital Power Design :
    - Industry leading Digital 6 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
    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
    ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution :
    - Stylish Fanless Design Heat-sink solution
    - ASUS Fan Xpert 3
    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-Slot
    - ASUS Q-DIMM
    - ASUS Q-Connector
    Overclocking Protection :
    - ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
    Media Streamer
    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)
    4 x USB 2.0 (one port can be switched to USB BIOS Flashback)
    1 x Optical S/PDIF out
    3 x Audio jack(s)
    2 x Wi-Fi antenna port(s)

  • Internal I/O Ports

    1 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 port(s) (19-pin)
    1 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 2.0 port(s)
    1 x M.2 Socket 3 for M Key, type 2260/2280 devices
    1 x TPM header
    4 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
    1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin)
    2 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (2 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 MemOK! button(s)
    1 x Clear CMOS jumper(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 Q-connector(s) (1 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

    Mini ITX Form Factor
    6.7 inch x 6.7 inch ( 17 cm x 17 cm )

  • Note

    *1 : These functions will work depending on the CPU installed.
    *2 : Use a chassis with HD audio module in the front panel to support an 8-channel audio output.

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