ASUS Z97-E/USB3.1 Motherboard

ASUS Z97-E/USB3.1 Motherboard

ASUS Z97-E/USB3.1 Motherboard

B&H # ASZ97EUSB31 MFR # Z97-E/USB 3.1
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Product Highlights

  • ATX Form Factor
  • Intel LGA 1150 Socket
  • Intel Z97 Chipset
  • Supports i7, i5, i3, Pentium, & Celeron
  • Supports up to 32GB DDR3-1600 Memory
  • Supports SATA III, SATA Express, and M.2
  • 2x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 Slots
  • 3x PCIe 2.0 x1 Slot / 2x PCI Slots
  • Gigabit LAN / USB 3.1, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1
  • Supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
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ASUS Z97-E overview

  • 1Description

The Z97-E/USB3.1 Motherboard from ASUS is designed to fit in standard size ATX cases. The 12.0 x 8.6" Z97-E supports 5th, New 4th, and 4th Generation Core i7, Core i5, Core i3, Pentium, and Celeron processors in the LGA 1150 socket, as well as the Intel Z97 chipset. The Z97-E has been designed to deliver power and speed to Internet browsing, extreme gaming, and CAD software. This motherboard is compatible with Windows 8.1, 8, and 7 operating systems. It also supports USB 3.1 which can achieve data transfer rates of up to 10 Gb/s.

The ATX form factor of the Z97-E has four DIMM slots and can support up to 32GB of non-ECC, unbuffered DDR3 RAM at the following speeds - 3200(O.C.), 3100(O.C.), 3000(O.C.), 2933(O.C.), 2800(O.C.), 2666(O.C.), 2600(O.C.), 2400(O.C.), 2250(O.C.), 2200(O.C.), 2133(O.C.), 2000(O.C.), 1866(O.C.), 1600, and 1333 MHz. However, please be aware that the maximum base memory speed is 1600 MHz and anything higher is achieved through memory overclocking (O.C.).

The Z97-E has a total of 4 x SATA III 6 Gb/s connectors, 1 x SATA Express connector, 1 x M.2 Socket 3 connector, 2 x USB 3.1 ports, 4 x USB 3.0 ports, and 8 x USB 2.0 ports. To provide data redundancy, RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 modes are supported. For PCIe expansion, there are two PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x16 slots (single at x16, dual at x8/x8), three PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots, and two PCI slots. While the X99S does lack an integrated GPU, it has been optimized for multiple graphics cards and has multi-GPU support for NVIDIA Quad-GPU SLI and AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX technology.

The Z97-E is designed to be a complete solution provider. To this end, it undergoes over 7,000 hours of tests with over 1,000 products. The tests include temperature and humidity, burn-in, power on/off, power consumption, insertion, and thermal-shock testing, among many others. Every compatible component is also put through an up to 24-hour aging test to help ensure smooth daily operation.

The Z97-E/USB3.1 Motherboard is also equipped with 1 x PS/2 port, 1 x DVI-D port, 1 x D-Sub port, 1 x HDMI port that supports resolutions up to 4K, 1 x Gigabit LAN port, and 6 x audio jacks. It includes an I/O shield and two SATA III 6 Gb/s cables.

ASUS 5x Protection
ASUS 5x Protection provides hardware safeguards to help ensure long-term durability. These include:

Digital Power Control with ASUS DIGI+ VRM
Voltage regulator modules (VRMs) are among the most essential motherboard components. A good VRM intelligently delivers CPU power based on actual needs at any given time and features sensing and response to deliver CPU power on demand. This consistent delivery helps reduces energy waste and improves system stability

Enhanced DRAM Overcurrent Protection
Onboard resettable fuses help prevent overcurrent and short-circuit damage. This extends beyond I/O ports to DRAM to safeguard the lifespan of both your system and connected device

5K-hr Solid-State Capacitors
Solid-state capacitors are able to withstand temperatures of up to 221°F / 105°C for as long as 5,000 hours. This durability helps to ensure a longer working life for this motherboard

Stainless-steel Back I/O
ASUS motherboard back I/O panels are made from stainless steel, which is bonded with a thin layer of chromium oxide to help enhance anti-corrosive properties. Passing 72-hour spray salt endurance tests, ASUS stainless steel back I/O panels have a strong operational life

ESD Guards for Protection from Electrostatic Discharge
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can happen suddenly and its damaging effects are easily underestimated. ASUS ESD Guards are tested to high standards and are capable of up to ±10kV for air discharge and ±6kV for contact discharge. ASUS employs an active protective circuit design to help guard your system against electrostatic interference and damage, providing greater component longevity
Every 9 Series motherboard is compatible with thousands of devices. ASUS engineers fit and assess both server and consumer CPUs, hundreds of memory modules, dozens of graphics cards, loads of storage devices, power supplies, network devices, displays, optical drives, peripherals, and many more
Complete & Public QVL
ASUS publishes a QVL (Qualified Vendor List) for all to see. This lists every compatible component that is certified by ASUS as compatible with this motherboard
ASUS Product Compatibility
ASUS designs products from the ground up so that graphics cards, sound cards, and optical drives work well with your motherboard
ASUS motherboards have high endurance. ASUS verifies this by subjecting every board to over 7,000 hours of stringent tests. A barrage of burn-in, environmental, compatibility, software, and safety tests help confirm the reliability and functionality of ASUS motherboards
Each motherboard is subjected to extended reliability testing under heavy load conditions, from the transportation to daily operations, to make sure they are delivered to you in perfect condition. Trials include temperature and humidity, burn-in, power on/off, power consumption, insertion, and thermal-shock testing, among many others. Every certified-compatible component is put through an up to 24-hour aging test to help ensure trouble-free operation
Crystal Sound 2
Crystal Sound 2 makes short work of optimizing audio settings for the way you want to listen, be it gaming, chatting, watching movies, or relaxing to your favorite music. Onboard physical shielding, professionally engineered design and premium components, including Japanese-made audio capacitors and operational amplifiers (op-amps), result in sound output that has high clarity and fidelity.

LED-lit Audio Shielding
Helps ensure precision analog/digital separation and reduced multi-lateral interference with an illuminated trace path

De-pop Circuit
Helps reduce start-up popping noise to audio outputs

Audio Amplifier
Helps enhance the highest quality sound for headphones and speakers

Layout Design
Separates the left and right channel layers to help guard audio quality

Japanese-made Audio Capacitors
Helps provide warm, natural, and immersive sound with high clarity and fidelity
Intel Gigabit Ethernet is able to communicate directly with the CPU and offers high TCP and UDP throughput
Three Displays
Connect up to three independent monitors at once using video outputs such as HDMI, DVI-D, and VGA. Choose your outputs and set displays to either mirror mode or collage mode
4K/Ultra HD
Native support for 4K/UHD is included at resolutions up to 4096 x 2160 via HDMI. That's four times the pixel count of 1080p (1920 x 1080) and offers greater visual clarity, detail, and realism
This graphical and mouse-controlled BIOS has been improved to help make its operation more user-friendly. EZ XMP will help improve DRAM performance, individual fan control can be fine-tuned, and a real-time hardware monitor helps provide information from critical parts of your system.

EZ Mode
Fan Profile: CPU and case fan information to help with system cooling
SATA Information: Displays SATA port details to help you recognize devices
Clock Adjustment: Use mouse controls to change the time and date
EZ XMP: Improve DRAM performance

Advanced Mode
Shortcut: Press Enter to create shortcuts to specific settings, or select an existing shortcut and press F4 to go straight there
Quick Notes: Makes notes and capture BIOS-related ideas
Last Modified Log: Track last change and save preferred profiles onto a USB drive
SATA Port Renaming: Rename SATA ports for purposes of identification
Fan Xpert 3
Fan Xpert 3 is a fan-management tool that puts 4-pin/3-pin CPU and case fan controls in one place. It scans each fan's characteristics and helps intelligently delivers custom settings for each fan based on the dedicated area temperatures to help make sure every fan achieves 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 has the upgraded ability to reduce the CPU fan speed to below the default minimum, for extra-quiet and power saving operation during light loads.

RPM Fixed Mode
Designed for users who wish to reduce noise levels to near 0 dB with highly specific fan speed controls. It reacts to system loads for greater response

Auto Tuning Mode
Scans fan parameters through automatic speed detection to help provide custom settings for each fan with a single click. This helps to achieve optimal cooling for your components beyond just the mere number of fans in your case

Informative Fan Controls
Delivers complete information that allows you to take advanced control over each fan
USB 3.1 (10 Gb/s)
With USB 3.1 connectivity built in and dual Type-A ports for the USB data transfers, you'll experience data-transfer speeds of up to 10 Gb/s - or up to twice as fast USB 3.0. The next-generation standard is also backward-compatible with your existing USB devices, and you'll be all set for USB 3.1's speeds. ASUS' USB 3.1 Boost technology automatically helps accelerates USB 3.1 performance even further
SATA Express
SATA Express provides up to 10 Gb/s data-transfer speeds from two PCIe 2.0 lanes and is backwardly compatible with up to two SATA drives
With two native PCI Express 2.0 bandwidth channels, M.2 supports up to 10 Gb/s data-transfer speeds. It is an well-suited choice 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, automatic application refreshing, and waking from sleep in seconds
ASUS has developed DIY opportunities from assembly to system settings and monitoring. They include:

Assembly - ASUS Q-Design helps make PC building quicker and easier
Settings - ASUS AI Suite 3 is a one-stop shop for adjusting settings
Monitoring - ASUS Push Notice helps monitor your PC status on-the-go
BIOS Updates - ASUS EZ Flash 2 updates your BIOS from outside the operating system
ASUS Home Cloud
ASUS HomeCloud helps creates a world without boundaries. It lets you access your PC remotely, stream multimedia content to virtually wherever you want, and manage all your stuff from virtually 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, anywhere and anytime. It even turns your hard drive into a private cloud, removing worries about storage limits
Digital PC Hub
Enjoy your PC's multimedia content virtually anywhere. Pipe music from your PC while sipping coffee in a cafe or sit back with friends and stream a favorite movie to a smart TV
In the Box
ASUS Z97-E/USB3.1 Motherboard
  • I/O Shield
  • 2 x SATA III 6 Gb/s Cables
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    ASUS Z97-E specs

    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
    Chipset Intel Z97
    Memory 4 x DIMM, Max. 32 GB, 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.) / 2250(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)
    Graphics Integrated Graphics Processor - Intel HD Graphics support
    Multi-VGA output support: HDMI/DVI-D/RGB 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
    Maximum shared memory of 512 MB
    Supports Intel InTru 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider
    Supports up to 3 displays simultaneously
    Multi-GPU Support Supports NVIDIA Quad-GPU SLI Technology
    Supports AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX Technology
    Expansion Slots 2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (Single at x16, dual at x8/x8)
    3 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 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (both SATA & PCIE mode)
    4 x SATA 6Gb/s ports, gray
    Supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
    Supports Intel Smart Response Technology, Intel Rapid Start Technology, and Intel Smart Connect Technology
    LAN Intel I218V, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller
    Intel LAN - Dual interconnect between the Integrated LAN controller and Physical Layer (PHY)
    Audio Realtek ALC892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC featuring Crystal Sound 2
    - Supports: Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, and Front Panel Jack-retasking

    Audio Features
    - LED-lit Audio Shielding: Helps ensures precision analog/digital separation and reduced multi-lateral interference, with an illuminated trace path
    - Dedicated audio PCB layers: Separate layers for left and right channels to guard the quality of the audio signals
    - Audio amplifier: Provides the high quality sound for headphones and speakers
    - Japanese-made audio capacitors: Provides warm, natural, and immersive sound with strong clarity and fidelity
    - De-pop circuit: Helps reduces start-up popping noise to audio outputs
    USB Ports Intel Z97 chipset:
    4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (2 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)

    Intel Z97 chipset:
    8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (2 at back panel, black, 6 at mid-board)

    ASMedia USB 3.1 controller:
    2 x USB 3.1/3.0/2.0 ports (2 at back panel, teal blue)
    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

    - EPU

    ASUS Exclusive Features:
    - TurboV EVO
    - GPU Boost
    - AI Suite 3
    - Ai Charger+
    - M.2 & SATA Express
    - Anti-Surge
    - USB 3.1 Boost
    - Crystal Sound 2

    Interactive HomeCloud
    -Media Streamer

    ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution
    - Fanless Design Heat-sink solution & MOS Heatsink
    - ASUS Fan Xpert 3

    - ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
    - ASUS EZ Flash 2
    - Push Notice

    ASUS Q-Design:
    - ASUS Q-Slot
    Operating System Support Windows 8.1, 8, and 7
    Back I/O Ports 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port
    1 x DVI-D
    1 x D-Sub
    1 x HDMI
    1 x LAN (RJ45) port
    2 x USB 3.1 (teal blue)
    2 x USB 3.0 (blue)
    2 x USB 2.0
    6 x Audio jacks
    Internal I/O Ports 1 x USB 3.0 connector supports an additional 2 USB 3.0 ports (19-pin)
    3 x USB 2.0 connectors support an additional 6 USB 2.0 ports
    1 x SATA Express connector: gray, compatible with 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports
    1 x M.2 Socket 3
    1 x TPM header
    1 x COM port(s) connector
    4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
    1 x CPU Fan connector (1 x 4 -pin)
    3 x Chassis Fan connectors (3 x 4 -pin)
    1 x S/PDIF out header
    1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector
    1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
    1 x Front panel audio connector (AAFP)
    1 x System panel
    1 x Clear CMOS jumper
    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, F6 Qfan Control, F3 My Favorites & Shortcut, Quick Note, Last Modified log, F12 PrintScreen, and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information
    Manageability WfM 2.0, DMI 2.7, WOL by PME, PXE
    Form Factor ATX Form Factor
    12.0 x 8.6" (30.5 x 21.8 cm)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.0 x 10.6 x 2.2"

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