ASUS-Z87-PRO-V-EDITION-Review-01 Review

ASUS Z87-PRO (V-EDITION) Review, Design and Testing Performance

Design Layout:

ASUS Z87-PRO (V EDITION) is completely identical versions of ASUS Z87-PRO. Both models are in PCB ATX format, which goes well with radiators and yellow ports. Since no claim to layout elements on-board model ASUS Z87-PRO we did not have, it is quite logical that ASUS Z87-PRO (V EDITION) also escaped this fate.

Back side of ASUS Z87-PRO (V EDITION) attracts not only the base plate of the socket, but two small plates. They enhance the PCB under the radiators mounted on the elements of the CPU power circuit. Additionally they are used for cooling the components which do not fit on the front side of the PCB.

At bottom there are following connectors: Block the front panel audio connector connection, S/PDIF out, port TPM, POST-code indicator, power button, as well as shoes TB_HEADER, which with the help of the expansion card ASUS Thunderbolt EX allows the support interface Thunderbolt. Additionally, we note the presence of USB BIOS Flashback button to update the firmware and BIOS DirectKey, which serves as a shortcut to the settings menu BIOS. Four blocks to connect ports USB 2.0. Total on board the chipset supports eight ports USB 2.0.

Closer to the right corner of the PCB located a jumper to reset CMOS, shoes connect the front panel and one of the four connectors for system fans. Two small switch: TPU and EPU. TPU three positions: Off, 1 automatic overclocking by increasing the multiplier and 2 automatic acceleration by increasing the system bus speed and CPU multiplier. Also remember that the automatic overclocking must activate before turning on the PC. EPU tumbler has only two positions and is responsible for activating the power saving function.

8-port SATA 6 Gb/s arranged parallel to the surface of the PCB. Work six of them (yellow) provided by chipset Intel Z87 Express. There is support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10. Functioning as two additional interfaces brown performed by the controller ASMedia ASM1061.

ASUS Z87-PRO (V EDITION) equipped with four DIMM-slots for memory modules-DDR3. RAM can operate in dual channel mode. To implement slats must be installed either in the first and third or second and fourth slots. Supported modules, operating at frequencies from 1066 MHz to 1600 in nominal mode and up to 3000 MHz overclocking. Maximum memory may be up to 32 GB, which is enough for almost any tasks. MemOK!, Which allows you to automatically pick up the necessary parameters of the memory system for a successful start. Terminals for connecting remote panel with USB 3.0 ports on the tradition is also located on the right side of the PCB. Total for ASUS Z87-PRO (V EDITION) supports eight ports USB 3.0: two domestic and six on the interface panel.

Cooling system of motherboard has 3 major aluminum radiators: one carries the heat removal from the chipset Intel Z87 Express, and the other two cover elements of the power subsystem processor. In the process of testing have been recorded following temperature readings:

  • Radiator for cooling the chipset Intel Z87 Express – 33.7 °C
  • Radiator cooling elements subsystem processor power – 34.1 °C

The results can be safely described as excellent

Food processing is carried out on a reinforced 12-phase scheme for cores and additional nodes. Converter itself based on a digital PWM controller ASP1251 with integrated power management system DIGI+. All CPU power assembly components have a high degree of reliability: use Japanese solid capacitors and ferrite core chokes. For power supply are the main 24-pin and an additional 8-pin connectors.

To extend the functionality of the motherboard ASUS Z87-PRO (V EDITION) the user has seven slots available:

  • PCI Express 2.0 x1
  • PCI Express 3.0 x16 (x16 mode or x8)
  • PCI Express 2.0 x1
  • PCI Express 2.0 x1
  • PCI Express 3.0 x16 (x8 mode)
  • PCI Express 2.0 x1
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16 (x4 mode)

ASUS Z87-PRO (V EDITION) has a very good opportunity to organize the graphics subsystem. You can install up to three graphics cards, while receiving the distribution lines following options: x16 / x8 + x8 / x8 + x8 + x4. Of course, the last option would be capable only in the case of installation of graphics cards from AMD, since NVIDIA does not support SLI-configuration using slots with x4 bandwidth.

Ability to install two graphics cards with trehslotovoy cooling system. Due to lack of available lines chipset PCI Express 2.0, the third expansion slot PCI Express 2.0 x16 divides the line with three slots PCI Express 2.0 x1. By default, this total bandwidth is limited to one line, respectively, to activate all four lines BIOS will disable three of the four slots PCI Express 2.0 x1 (Scheme h1_2/3/4 PCIe). The official website of ASUS points and sharing line slot PCIe x1_2 and additional SATA 6 Gb / s, so it is possible that official information is an error because slot PCIe x1_1 not mentioned at all, and PCIe slot x1_2 listed twice.

If you decide to take advantage of the integrated graphics core on the CPU, then you have four video outputs: HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI-D and D-Sub. Switching between them is provided by the chip Parade PS8201A.

Multi I/O chip provided NUVOTON NCT6791D, which controls the operation of the system fans as well as monitors.

To support network connections is Gigabit LAN-controller Intel WGI217V. A great addition to his work would be a proprietary technology Network iControl, which will help set priorities for various programs to access network resources.

Work four additional ports USB 3.0, located on the interface panel, implemented by the controller ASMedia ASM1074.

Correct operation of two additional SATA 6 Gb / s controller provided by ASMedia ASM1061.

Audio subsystem based on the new 8-channel HDA-codec Realtek ALC1150, which supports audio formats 2/4/5.1/7.1. also able to play audio with S/N ratio at the level of 112 dB and provides a sound recording signal / noise ratio 104 dB. Also implemented sound system can boast: the ability to play lossless-audio sampling frequency of 192 kHz and 24-bit resolution; technology support DTS Ultra PC II, DTS and Connest BD Audio Layer Content Protection, as well as the presence of port S / PDIF out on the interface panel.

Interface Panel of ASUS Z87-PRO (V EDITION) made of stainless steel c-coated chromium oxide, which corresponds to the concept of 5X PROTECTION. This makes it more susceptible to breakage. It includes the following ports:

  • HDMI
  • DisplayPort
  • DVI-D
  • D-Sub
  • PS/2
  • LAN (RJ45)
  • 6 x USB 3.0
  • 1 x Optical S/PDIF out
  • Connector for connection to the wireless interfaces Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • 6 x Audio Ports

The only obvious difference between the two versions of ASUS Z87-PRO is the lack of preset wireless interface module Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in ASUS Z87-PRO (V EDITION), while the connector itself is left in place. ASUS Z87-PRO (V EDITION) have enough opportunities for the organization cooling system inside the housing. There are six 4-pin fan connectors, two of which are used for cooling the CPU, while the other four are for system turntables.