ASUS Z97-A/USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard

ASUS Z97-A/USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard

ASUS Z97-A/USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard

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Product Highlights

  • ATX Form Factor
  • Intel LGA 1150 Socket
  • Intel Z97 Chipset
  • 4th/5th-Gen Intel CPU Support
  • Supports DDR3-3200 (OC) Memory
  • 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 Slots
  • 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 Slots
  • Realtek ALC892 Audio, Intel GbE LAN
  • 2 x USB 3.1, 1 x Thunderbolt Header
  • 1 x SATA Express, 1 x M.2 Socket
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ASUS Z97-A overview

  • 1Description

Combining as well as optimizing all your computer components, the ASUS Z97-A/USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard features an LGA1150 socket that accepts 4th and 5th generation Intel processors and supports up to 32GB of DDR3 RAM modules. With the 5-Way Optimization feature, the motherboard provides better system performance by delivering precision power and intelligently controls the fans to ensure everything stays cool, while also offering everyday energy savings. Utilizing the motherboard's M.2 or SATA Express connector, which transfers data up to 10 Gb/s, with a high-performance SSD, allows the system run to faster by installing the operating system and frequently used programs on the drive.

The integrated Intel GPU delivers smooth video streams and high-resolution graphics to a display via the DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI-D, or VGA port. When more graphics power is needed, this motherboard is outfitted with three PCI Express x16 slots for supporting multiple dedicated graphics cards in either SLI or CrossFireX configurations. In addition, there are two PCIe 2.0 x1 slots and one PCI slot. To complete the multimedia experience, Realtek Audio ALC892 features Crystal Sound 2 technology using Japanese-made capacitors and an amplifier to provide clarity and fidelity when listening to music or movies.

This motherboard has four SATA III 6 Gb/s connectors along with a variety of ports that include two USB 3.1 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, one PS/2 combo port, five audio jacks, and one Optical S/PDIF digital audio out port. For network connectivity, it offers a Gigabit Ethernet port that provides a reliable and fast connection to the Internet. Included with the motherboard to help you build your system are a support disc, SATA cables, SLI bridge, I/O shield, and a Q-connector.

ASUS 5-Way Optimization
This motherboard dynamically optimizes essential aspects of your system based on real-time use to provide CPU performance, everyday energy savings, ultra-stable digital power, and quiet fans. It even adjusts the networking and audio settings for the apps that you are using. In short, 5-Way Optimization ensures that your PC is suitable for gaming, entertainment, productivity, or just about anything else.
  • Games run swiftly and smoothly with high performance, prioritized bandwidth, and clear sound
  • Fans stay whisper-quiet for everyday computing and ensure cooling efficiency when gaming
  • Helps prevent stutter when running professional apps and heavy loading
  • Energy waste is reduced so you'll save money
Turbo Processor Unit
Increase the system's performance by using the two-phase on-board switch or the AI Suite 3 utility software. The Turbo Processor Unit offers precise voltage control and advanced monitoring for the CPU and graphics card, enabling you to adjust CPU frequencies and ratios for optimized performance and exploit the potential out of your graphics card.
Energy Processing Unit
This processing unit automatically detects and adjusts the power consumption based upon the system's needs. It can reduce the CPU wattage to an indicated level or even provide more savings with Away Mode, which creates an extreme energy-saving scenario by shutting down unused extra I/O controllers and reduces the power level in graphics cards.
Fan Xpert 3
Fan Xpert 3 Fan puts the 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. This allows every fan to achieve 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.
DIGI+ Power Control
Power control is an essential motherboard design. ASUS DIGI+ Power Control fully complies with Intel's VRD12.5 specifications to increase overclocking potential, enhance system stability, and improve power efficiency with flexibility and accurate control.
Turbo App
Gamers and professionals can benefit with the ASUS Turbo App. It offers a tuning panel that boosts your hardware by overclocking your CPU, tuning your fans, prioritizing network data, and optimizing audio settings.
The mouse-controlled graphical UEFI BIOS features more intuitive functions to quickly take you to your favorite BIOS pages and frequently accessed settings through custom shortcuts. You can even write quick notes in-BIOS for future reference, view an activity log of setting changes and modifications, and rename SATA ports.
EZ Mode
  • Fan Profile: Detailed fan information allows you to switch fan speeds for quick cooling
  • SATA Information: Each SATA port has details displayed, so you can easily recognize devices
  • Fast Clock Adjustment: Change the time and date in EZ Mode using the mouse
  • EZ XMP Settings: Improve DRAM performance
Advanced Mode
  • Shortcut: Customize your own shortcut log by pressing F4 or right clicking to create shortcuts to frequently-used settings
  • Quick Note: Create and save notes within the BIOS to help remember important settings and save time on trial and error
  • Last Modified Log: Track last change and save preferred profiles onto a USB drive
  • SATA Port Renaming: Rename the SATA ports for easy identification
RAM Overclocking Design
The T-Topology design delivers full load RAM overclocking capability while minimizing the coupling noise and signal reflection effect. The memory channels are equidistant to the CPU, providing balanced control over multiple memory modules and enhanced overall memory compatibility.
10 Gb/s Integrated USB 3.1
This motherboard is built with USB 3.1 Type-A ports that transfer data at a rate up to 10 Gb/s and are backwards compatible with USB 3.0/2.0/1.1 devices. With ASUS USB 3.1 Boost utility software, these ports can provide even faster transfers.
SATA Express Support
SATA Express offers up to 10 Gb/s data-transfer speeds from two PCIE 2.0 lanes. This provides support for devices that require higher bandwidth requests. Some SSDs consume up to 550 MB/s, which is close to saturation point for SATA III 6 Gb/s connections. The SATA Express port is backwards compatible, which can support up to two SATA drives.
M.2 Slot
With two native PCI Express 2.0 bandwidth, M.2 supports up to 10 Gb/s data-transfer speeds. It is suitable 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.
Thunderbolt 2 Ready
With the optional ASUS ThunderboltEX II series add-on card, you can enjoy bi-directional transfer speeds up to 20 Gb/s, which is four times faster than USB 3.0. This card delivers 4K/UHD content to displays while using bandwidth hungry storage devices at the same time.
Crystal Sound 2
This collection of features delivers audio clarity and fidelity for gaming, chatting, movies, and music. The on-board audio is physically shielded and uses premium Japanese-made audio capacitors along with operational amplifiers.
Audio Shielding: Ensures precision analog/digital separation and reduces multi-lateral interference
EMI Cover: Prevents electrical noise to affect the audio quality
Audio Amplifier: Enhances the sound quality for headphones and speakers
Unique De-pop Circuit: Reduces start-up popping noise to audio outputs
Premium Japanese-made Audio Capacitors: Provides warm, natural and immersive sound with clarity and fidelity
Special Layout Design: Separate layers for left and right channels to guard the quality of the sensitive audio signals
Turbo LAN
Reduces the lag up to 1.45x using cFosSpeed traffic-shaping technology and offers an intuitive user interface with Advanced Mode for tweaking the settings.
Intel Gigabit Ethernet
Designed to reduce the processor's workload, the Gigabit Ethernet communicates directly with the CPUs and offers high TCP and UDP throughput.
Up to 2x Faster UDP Game-data Performance
The Z97 provides up to two times faster game-data packet flow than competing gaming-LAN technologies.
Multi-GPU Support
Offers a multi-GPU choice of either SLI or CrossFireX for increased graphics performance.
4K/Ultra HD
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).
Supports 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.
ASUS HomeCloud
ASUS HomeCloud lets you access your PC remotely, stream multimedia content to wherever you want, and manage all your stuff from anywhere - no matter where it's stored. Use the built-in Wake on WAN feature to remotely wake and control your PC with a single smart device. It even turns your hard drive into a private cloud.
Remote GO!
Remote GO! gives you control of your PC, even when you're away from home. Access your forgotten files at home and work on your PC while you are in traffic or outside. Plus, there is only one step if you'd like to manage all your public clouds or sync files among your PC and devices in a click.
Cloud GO!: Gather your ASUS WebStorage, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Skydrive accounts in one place and even backup to PC at the same time
Remote Desktop: Easily access and control your PC, anytime and anywhere
File Transfer: Sync files between your PCs and smart devices with just a click
Remote Keyboard & Mouse: Control media playback from your sofa
Media Streaming
Share HD content, music, and photos from your PC to your Wi-Fi capable HDTV.
ASUS Compatibility and Customization
ASUS offers compatibility with more than 1,000 components and devices with this motherboard. They include Q-design features that simplify and speed up the PC building process. When all the components are installed, ASUS AI Suite 3 monitors and allows you to adjust the systems settings for extra performance. You can monitor the status of your computer when on the go with ASUS Push Notice. In addition, ASUS provides one USB BIOS port to update the motherboard's BIOS without a CPU installed.
Intel LGA1150 Core Processor Ready
This motherboard supports Intel 4th and 5th Generation Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processors in the LGA1150 package, with iGPU, memory and PCI Express controllers integrated to support onboard graphics output with dedicated chipsets, 2-channel (4 DIMM) DDR3 memory and 16 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 lanes.
Intel Z97 Express Chipset
The Intel Z97 Express Chipset is a single-chipset design that supports Intel LGA1150 4th and 5th Generation Core i7/Core i5/Core i3/Pentium/Celeron processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. Additionally, Z97 provides a maximum six USB 3.0 ports, six SATA III 6Gb/s ports and a 10Gb/s M.2 support for faster data retrieval. Moreover, the Intel Z97 Express Chipset also supports iGPU functions, letting you enjoy Intel integrated graphics performance.
Intel Smart Response Technology SSD speed with HDD capacity
Uses an installed fast SSD (min 18.6GB available capacity required) as a cache for frequently-accessed data. Key benefits include reduced load and wait times, and lower power consumption through the elimination of unnecessary hard drive spin. This technology combines SSD performance with hard drive capacity, operating up to 6X faster than a hard drive-only system.
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Your computer can receive web updates with fresh content for selected applications, even when the system is in sleep mode. This means less time waiting for applications to update and sync with the cloud, leading to a more efficient computing experience.
Intel Rapid Start Technology
Allows your computer to quickly resume from a low-power hibernate state in seconds. Saving your system memory to the designated SSD, it provides your computer a faster wake-up response time, while still keeping energy use low.
Support Disc
ASUS Utilities
EZ Update
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
In the Box
ASUS Z97-A/USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard
  • Support Disc
  • I/O Shield
  • 3 x SATA 6 Gb/s Cables
  • Q-Connector
  • SLI Bridge
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    ASUS Z97-A specs

    Form Factor ATX
    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
    Chipset Intel Z97
    Memory 4 x DIMM slots
    Max. 32 GB
    Supports DDR33200(O.C.)/3100(O.C.)/3000(O.C.)/2933(O.C.)/2800(O.C.)/2666(O.C.)/2500(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)
    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 (x16 or dual x8)
    1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x2 mode)
    2 x PCIe 2.0 x1
    2 x PCI
    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 (PCIE mode)
    4 x SATA 6 Gb/s ports, gray
    Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
    Supports Intel Smart Response Technology, Intel Rapid Start Technology, Intel Smart Connect Technology
    LAN Intel I218V, 1 x Gigabit LAN 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 None
    Audio Realtek ALC892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC featuring Crystal Sound 2
    Supports jack-detection, multi-streaming, front panel jack-retasking
    USB Intel Z97 Chipset
    6 x USB 3.0/2.0 (4 at back panel, blue, 2 headers at mid-board)
    6 x USB 2.0/1.1 (6 headers at mid-board)
    ASMedia USB 3.1 controller
    2 x USB 3.1/3.0/2.0 ports (2 at back panel, teal blue)
    Back I/O Ports 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo ports
    1 x DVI-D
    1 x D-Sub
    1 x DisplayPort
    1 x HDMI
    1 x LAN (RJ45) port
    2 x USB 3.1 (teal blue)
    4 x USB 3.0 (blue)
    1 x Optical S/PDIF out
    5 x Audio jacks
    Internal I/O Ports 1 x USB 3.0 header supports additional 2 USB 3.0 ports (19-pin)
    3 x USB 2.0 headers support additional 6 USB 2.0 ports
    1 x SATA Express connector, compatible with 2 x SATA 6 Gb/s ports
    1 x M.2 Socket 3 for M Key, type 2260/2280 devices
    1 x TPM header
    4 x SATA 6 Gb/s connectors
    1 x CPU Fan connector (4 -pin)
    1 x CPU OPT Fan connector (4 -pin)
    4 x Chassis Fan connectors (4 -pin)
    1 x S/PDIF out header
    1 x Thunderbolt header
    1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector
    1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
    1 x EZ XMP switch
    1 x Front panel audio connector (AAFP)
    1 x System panel (Q-Connector)
    1 x DRCT header
    1 x MemOK! button
    1 x TPU switch
    1 x EPU switch
    1 x Power-on button
    1 x Clear CMOS button
    BIOS 64 Mb Flash ROM
    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
    ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information.
    Manageability WfM 2.0, DMI 2.7, WOL by PME, PXE
    Supported Operating Systems Windows 8.1, 8, 7
    Dimensions 12.0 x 9.6" / 30.5 x 24.4 cm
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.0 x 10.5 x 2.7"

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