ASUS Z87M-PLUS Motherboard Review, Design and Testing Performance

Top-end products designed for gamers and overclocking enthusiasts, equipped with many additional features. But not all harvested powerful gaming station, and the meaning they pay for the extra “bells and whistles” is not, and powerful computer with a new processor from Intel’s Haswell microarchitecture want. How can they be – wait until the manufacturers of motherboards in the market will present solutions based on Intel chipsets budget eighth series? Of course not! After all, for example, ASUS is ready to offer customers a more affordable motherboard based on an older chipset Intel Z87 Express, which we will introduce you, and in this review.

Specification Detail:

Manufacturer

ASUS

Model

Z87M-PLUS

Chipset

Intel Z87 Express

CPU socket

Socket LGA 1150

Supported Processors

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

Memory in use

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

Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory

Memory Support

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

Expansion Slots

1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (x16 mode)

2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1

1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 (x4 mode)

Disk Subsystem

Intel Z87 Express:

6 x SATA 6Gb / s

Support for RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10

LAN

Gigabit LAN controller Realtek 8111GR

Sound system

8-channel High-Definition Audio Codec Realtek ALC887

Nutrition

24-pin ATX power connector

8-pin ATX12V power connector

Cooling

The passive cooling system, consisting of two aluminum radiators

Connectors for fans

1 x CPU

2 x case fans

External I / O ports

PS / 2 (keyboard / mouse)

DVI

D-Sub

HDMI

Optical S / PDIF output

LAN (RJ45) port

4 x USB 3.0

2 x USB 2.0

6 audio jacks

Internal I / O ports

Front panel audio header

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

USB 3.0 (connection of two ports)

COM 1 x
TPM connector

S/PDIF output

Button 1 x MemOK!

GPU Boost switch
Clear CMOS jumper

Connector system tray

BIOS

64 Mb Flash ROM

UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI 2.0, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 4.0a, Multi-language BIOS

ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3

Proprietary technologies and tools

GPU Boost
5X Protection ASUS
EPU ASUS
TurboV EVO
USB BIOS Flashback
MemOK!
USB 3.0 Boost
Disk Unlocker
ASUS OC Tuner
ASUS Q-Design

AI Suite 3

Ai Charger

Anti-Surge

ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ

Network iControl

ASUS Fan Xpert 2

ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3

ASUS EZ Flash 2

Options

User’s Manual

2 x SATA cable

plug the interface board

DVD with drivers and utilities

Packing and Content:

Unfortunately, the board was in a plain white cardboard box. Therefore, the design of the package, we can only judge by the photos from the official news site.

ASUS Z87M PLUS Motherboard Review 03 ASUS Z87M PLUS Motherboard Review, Design and Testing PerformanceZ87M-Plus comes with great protective packing which provides durability and reliability
includes USB bios flash back simple plug and press hardware based. It has 5x protection marks which provide precise CPU power on demand ESD units tested to strict standards. It has marks of Intel core supports with 4th generation core. i7/ i5/ i3 Pentium Celeron processors with memory and PCI Express controllers. Intel z87 express chipset is a single chipset design that supports sockets LGA-1150 4th generation core. It provides increased bandwidth and stability.

ASUS Z87M PLUS Motherboard Review 04 ASUS Z87M PLUS Motherboard Review, Design and Testing PerformanceSo just start with the content that we found with the board to the support of:

  • 4-phase digital voltage regulation system ASUS DIGI + VRM
  • Improved protection of the RAM over-current
  • Technology ASUS ESD, which protects internal components from electrostatic discharge
  • Exceptionally solid kondesatorov 5K-Hour with a longer service life
  • Steel frame for the ports external panel interfaces

ASUS has devoted all aspects of its products, and has reviewed the decision with such a package, we have confidence in the quality of its performance and good information content.

ASUS Z87M PLUS Motherboard Review 42 ASUS Z87M PLUS Motherboard Review, Design and Testing PerformanceAbout bundle can also provide information only from the manufacturer and of the user’s manual.Together with the motherboard you will get only the minimum required for the assembly of the system, namely:

  • User’s manual
  • 2x SATA Cables
  • Plug the interface board ASUS Q-shield
  • Dvd-Rom with drivers and software