ASUS-Z87-A-review-01 Review

ASUS Z87-A Review, Design and Testing Performance

ASUS managed to create such a product that is high-performance, reliable and functional solution with optimal value, which work with the new processors line Intel Haswell. Let’s go for the review of which we are ready to bring to your attention.

Specification Details.






Intel Z87 Express

CPU Socket

Socket LGA1150

Supported Processors

Intel Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 / Pentium / Celeron fourth generation


DDR3 3000 (OC)/2933 (OC)/2800 (OC)/2666 (OC)/2600 (OC)/2500 (OC)/2400 (OC)/2200 (OC) / 2133 (OC)/2000 (OC)/1866 (OC)/1800 (OC)/1600/1333 MHz

Memory Support

4 x 240-pin DIMM dual-channel architecture up to 32GB

Expansion Slots

2 x PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x16 (one x16 or x8 + x8)

1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 (mode x2)

2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1

2 x PCI

Video Subsystem

Integrated graphics processor:

HDMI resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz

DVI-D resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz

RGB resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz

DisplayPort resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 3840 x 2160 @ 60 Hz

Maximum video memory of 1024 MB

Multi GPU


AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX

Disk Subsystem

Intel Z87 Express:

6 x SATA 6Gb/s


Realtek 8111GR

Audio Subsystem

8-channel High-Definition Audio Realtek ALC892 codec

Power Connectors

24-pin ATX power connector

8-pin ATX12V power connector

Connectors For Fans

2 x CPU (4-pin)

3 x case fans (4-pin)

External I/O Ports

1 x PS/2

1 x DVI-D

1 x D-Sub

1 x DisplayPort

1 x HDMI

1 x LAN (RJ45) port

4 x USB 3.0 (highlighted in blue)

2 x USB 2.0

1 x optical S / PDIF output

6 x Audio ports

Internal I/O Ports

Front Panel Audio Connector

3 x USB 2.0/1.1 (connect up to six ports)

USB 3.0 (two-port connection)


Connector TB_HEADER

S/PDIF output

TPM Connector

DirectKey Button

Button 1 x MemOK!

DRCT Switch

Clear CMOS Switch

TPU Switch

EPU Switch

Connector system tray


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 ASUS DRAM SPD and


User Manual

2 x SATA cable

Sset of Q-connector

Bridge 1 x SLI

plug interface panel

DVD with drivers and utilities

Packing and Content:

ASUS Z87-A packed in a cardboard box with high-quality color printing. Large logo highlighted proprietary technology Dual Intelligent Processors 2, slightly less marked proprietary technologies improve performance TPU, saving EPU, digital circuit power DIGI + VRM, optimize fans Fan Xpert 2, and express version ports USB 3.0 Boost.

On back side of the package is placed on the top left photo of the motherboard with remote pointers set of ports and connectors, and below is a brief specification of the product. Under specification icon indicating support for the motherboard ASUS Z87-A technology GPU Boost, proprietary utilities Network iControl and AI Suite 3.

ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 2:

Technology Association TPU overclocking and EPU energy together with digital circuitry power DIGI + VRM allow to realize the potential of overclocking motherboard and maximize the performance of the system.

ASUS Fan Xpert 2:

Intelligent fan control, allowing the computer to achieve effective cooling with minimal noise level.

ASUS USB 3.0 Boost:

UASP protocol USB 3.0 interface in Windows 8 will run up to 170% faster.

Remote GO!:

Software to wirelessly connect your computer to other home digital devices to implement their use three scenarios: broadcast media files to DLNA-compatible devices, remote control of a computer and transfer files from one digital device to another.

In the box with the motherboard you get:

  • User Manual
  • Bridge SLI
  • 2 Cables SATA
  • Set Of Q-Connector
  • Plug Interface Panel Q-Shield
  • Drivers And Software CD

Supplied sufficient for the assembly system. There’s even a nice additions such as SLI bridge and a set of Q-Connector, SATA cables but would like a little more.