ASUS GRYPHON Z97 Motherboard

ASUS GRYPHON Z97 Motherboard

ASUS GRYPHON Z97 Motherboard

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Product Highlights

  • Micro ATX Form Factor
  • Intel Z97 Chipset
  • Intel LGA 1150 Socket
  • 4 x Dual-Chanel DDR3-1866
  • 6 x SATA III 6 Gb/s Ports
  • 2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16
  • 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 / 1 x PCIe x1
  • Realtek ALC892 8-Channel HD Codec
  • Intel I218V Gigabit LAN Controller
  • USB 3.0/2.0 & USB 2.0/1.1
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ASUS Z97 overview

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The GRYPHON Z97 Motherboard from ASUS is designed to fit in cases that support a micro-ATX form factor. The 9.6 x 9.6" GRYPHON Z97 supports 5th, New 4th, and 4th-Generation Intel Core i7, i5, i3, Pentium, and Celeron processors, the LGA 1150 socket, as well as the Intel Z97 chipset. This motherboard supports Windows 8.1 (64-bit), 8 (64-bit), and 7 (64-bit).

The micro-ATX form factor of the GRYPHON Z97 has 4 x DIMM slots that can support up to 32GB of 1866, 1600, 1333, or 1066 MHz non-ECC, unbuffered DDR3 RAM, as well as dual channel memory architecture and Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules. The GRYPHON Z97 Motherboard has a total of 6 x SATA III 6 Gb/s ports and supports RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10. It also has 2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 slots (single at x16, dual at x8/x8), 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slot (x4 mode),1 x PCIe x1 slot, 6 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (4 at the back panel, 2 at mid-board), and 8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 at the back panel, 4 at mid-board). Using the Realtek ALC892 8-Channel High Definition audio codec, it can support 24-bit 8-channel HD audio at up to 192 kHz.

The GRYPHON Z97 has integrated Intel HD graphics support with 1 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort, and 1 x DVI. Its HDMI port supports a max resolution of 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz and 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz, its DisplayPort supports a max resolution of 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz and 3840 x 2160 @ 60 Hz, and its DVI port supports a max resolution of 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz. It is able to use up to 512MB of shared memory and also supports Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video, Intel Clear Video HD Technology, and Intel Insider. There is also multi-GPU support for NVIDIA Quad-GPU SLI and AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX technologies. Additionally, the GRYPHON Z97 is DisplayPort 1.2 Multi-Stream transport compliant and supports DisplayPort 1.2 monitor daisy chaining of up to three displays.

The GRYPHON Z97 has also been designed with Thermal Radar 2, TUF ICe, 10K Ti-Caps, Alloy Chokes, military-grade MOSFETs, a UEFI BIOS, and more. This motherboard includes an ASUS Q-Shield, 4 x SATA III 6 Gb/s cables, 1 x SLI Bridge, and 1 x Q-Connector (2-in-1). It is protected by a limited 5-year warranty.


Thermal Radar 2
Z97 Thermal Radar 2 now lets you control fans on ASUS graphics cards, as well your case fans. Multiple onboard sensors and the bundled thermistor cables let you monitor graphics card temperatures and other key components in real time, so you can adjust manually or optimize automatically with one click
The ASUS TUF engineering team has forged a microchip that delivers precise temperature monitoring and fan controls. TUF ICe helps onboard temperature sensors and fan speeds remain accurate, whether you're adjust settings manually or using the automatic one-click optimization


TUF Components
TUF 10K Ti-Caps
+20% temp. tolerance and 5X longer lifetime usage

TUF New Alloy Chokes
13.6% cooler for increased durability

Military-grade certified MOSFETs with lower RDS(on). Low RDS helps with power efficiency and will produce slightly less heat as a by-product of the MOSFET
Server-Grade Tests
TUF is a total solution provider. We examine system durability as a whole. Our motherboards undergo temperature variations (thermal shock), extensive Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) tests, and many whole-build server-grade stability tests
Limited 5-Year Warranty
Each and every TUF motherboard is built with components certified for military use and undergoes serious server-level burn-in tests, including over 7,000 hours of compatibility checks with over 1,000 devices. TUF is forged solid for your confidence, which is why every board is covered by a 5-year warranty
TUF ESD Guards
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can happen suddenly and its damaging effects are easily underestimated. TUF ESD Guards are tested to standards that are up to 2X higher than industry standards, helping to ensure electrostatic discharges are properly grounded from all onboard connectivity - and that means greater component longevity.

Keyboard and Mouse Connectors:
Additional on-circuit ESD transient-voltage-suppression (TVS) diodes

USB 3.0/2.0 Connectors:
On-circuit transient-voltage-suppression (TVS) diodes and capacitor protection for surface-mount and dual-inline packages

Audio Connectors:
Capacitor protection on front and back audio-output circuits

LAN Port:
ESD transient-voltage-suppression (TVS) diode protection on the LAN circuit is bolstered by an anti-surge LAN connector that helps increase protection against extreme events, such as lightning strikes


The smooth mouse-controlled graphical BIOS is with improvements to both EZ and Advanced Modes. It benefits both the novice builder, as well as the seasoned overclocker
Map to MyFavorite
Find tuning options and add preferred tools to the MyFavorites list
EZ Tuning Wizard - OC and RAID
Just select your hardware and using easy-to-understand scenarios to tune system performance or streamline your RAID configuration for faster data retrieval and backups
Improve your DRAM performance with a click
Intuitive Graphical Fan Control
Fine-tune individual fans simply by dragging a curve with the mouse
Real-time Hardware Monitor
Benefit from instant information from the critical parts of your system
EZ Mode
Fan Profile:
Detailed CPU and case fan information for instant cooling

SATA Information:
Displays SATA port details to help you recognize devices

Fast Clock Adjustment:
Use mouse controls to change the time and date

Improve your DRAM performance with a click
Advanced Mode
Press Enter to create shortcuts to favorite settings, or select an existing shortcut and press F4 to go straight there

Quick Notes:
Make 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 easy identification
Content Creation
If design is in your blood, a TUF Z97 motherboard needs to be on your desktop. USB 3.0 Boost technology helps drives data transfer at speeds that are up to 170% faster than standard. For you, that means a slicker workflow every hour of every day with no more drumming your fingers waiting for images to transfer or files to save or load. You also get Turbo LAN technology, which automatically optimizes your internet connection for the fast and smooth file transfers. TUF Z97 even helps with your multiple-monitor setup, ensuring total stability right up to 4K/UHD resolutions
TUF Audio Design
Audio Shielding
Helps ensure precision analog/digital separation and reduced multi-lateral interference

Audio Amplifier
Enhance the sound quality for headphones and speakers

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

Special Layout Design
Separate layers for left and right channels to help guard the quality of the sensitive audio signals

ASUS Homecloud

Your PC, Your World
ASUS HomeCloud lets you access your PC remotely, stream multimedia content to virtually 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, anywhere and anytime. It even turns your hard drive into private cloud storage, removing worries about storage limits. With HomeCloud, your PC becomes the gateway to your world
We understand how you use your PC. From assembly, system settings and monitoring, and to firmware and hardware updates - we're all about making your life easier. That's why we never stop developing DIY opportunities to make PC DIY easy and fun.

1. Assembly - ASUS Q-Design helps make PC building quick and easy
2. Settings - ASUS AI Suite 3 is a one-stop shop for adjusting your settings
3. Monitoring - ASUS Push Notice helps monitor your PC status on the go
4. BIOS Updates - ASUS USB BIOS Flashback updates your BIOS without a CPU being installed
In the Box
ASUS GRYPHON Z97 Motherboard
  • 1 x ASUS Q-Shield
  • 4 x SATA III 6 Gb/s Cables
  • 1 x SLI Bridge
  • 1 x Q-Connector (2-in-1)
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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    ASUS Z97 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 1866/1600/1333/1066 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/DisplayPort ports
    - Supports HDMI with a max resolution of 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
    - Supports DVI with a max resolution of 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
    - Supports DisplayPort with a max of 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
    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 Quad-GPU 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, black)
    1 x PCIe x1
    Storage Intel Z97 chipset:
    6 x SATA III 6 Gb/s ports, brown
    Supports RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10
    Supports Intel Smart Response Technology, Intel Rapid Start Technology, and Intel Smart Connect Technology
    LAN Intel I218V
    Audio Realtek ALC892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
    - Supports: Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking

    Audio Features:
    - Absolute Pitch 192 kHz/24-bit True BD Lossless Sound
    - Blu-ray Audio Layer Content Protection
    - Optical S/PDIF Out port at back panel
    - 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
    - De-pop Circuit: Reduces start-up popping noise to audio outputs
    USB Ports Intel Z97 Chipset:
    6 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (4 at the back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)

    Intel Z97 chipset:
    8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 at the back panel, black, 4 at mid-board)
    Special Features TUF Features:
    TUF ENGINE! Power Design:
    - 8 +2 Digital Phase Power Design
    - TUF Components (New Alloy Choke, Ti-Cap. & MOSFET; certified by military-standard)
    - ASUS DIGI+ Power Control Utility

    Ultimate COOL! Thermal Solution:
    - TUF Thermal Radar 2
    - TUF ICe

    Safe & Stable! Guardian Angel:
    - TUF ESD Guards

    ASUS Exclusive Features:
    - MemOK!
    - AI Suite 3
    - Ai Charger
    - Anti-Surge
    - ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface
    - USB 3.0 Boost
    - Disk Unlocker

    Interactive HomeCloud
    - Media Streamer

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

    ASUS Q-Design:
    - ASUS Q-Shield
    - ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
    - ASUS Q-Slot
    - ASUS Q-Connector
    Operating System Support Windows 8.1 86 x64
    Windows 8 86 x64
    Windows 7 86 x64
    Back I/O Ports 1 x DVI
    1 x DisplayPort
    1 x HDMI
    1 x LAN (RJ45) port
    4 x USB 3.0 (blue)
    4 x USB 2.0
    1 x Optical S/PDIF out
    5 x Audio jacks
    Internal I/O Ports 1 x USB 3.0 connector supports an additional 2 USB 3.0 ports (19-pin)
    2 x USB 2.0 connectors support an additional 4 USB 2.0 ports
    1 x TPM header
    6 x SATA III 6 Gb/s connectors
    1 x CPU Fan connector (1 x 4-pin)
    1 x CPU OPT Fan connector (1 x 4-pin)
    4 x Chassis Fan connectors (4 x 4-pin)
    1 x Assistant Fan connector (1 x 3-pin)
    1 x S/PDIF out header
    1 x Thunderbolt header
    1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector
    1 x 8-pin ATX 12 V Power connector(s)
    1 x Front panel audio connector (AAFP)
    1 x System panel
    1 x DRCT header
    1 x MemOK! button
    3 x Thermal sensor connectors
    1 x Clear CMOS jumper
    1 x USB BIOS Flashback button
    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
    Anti-virus software (OEM version)
    ASUS Utilities
    Form Factor Micro ATX Form Factor
    9.6 x 9.6" / 24.4 x 24.4 cm
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.1 x 10.4 x 2.8"

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