ASUS Z97 Pro Gamer Motherboard Review

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Glancing at the packaging you would be forgiven if you needed reminding that this isn't a RoG product. It has swathes of black and red, a decision that must have been deliberate.

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For this kind of money you'd be insane to expect a box full of tons of accessories, but ASUS have still given the standard selection of SATA cables, IO shield, driver disks etc.

The board itself looks very nice with a mainly black layout. Sure we're not too keen on the use of grey plastics, and the heatsinks speak of functionality rather than Turner Prize winning sculpture, but it's under a £100 for goodness sake.

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The CPU area is surrounded with 10K Black Metallic capacitors. Just beneath we have an M2 socket, something that certainly hasn't found its way into every Z97, and the upto 3200MHz DIMMs.

At the bottom we find dual PCI Express slots running at either 16x or 8x/8x. The Supreme FX II has the Headphone AMP technology as well as ASUS' excellent Sonic Radar.  

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Storage is catered for by 4 SATA 6Gbs ports and also a SATA Express that can be switched to two SATA 6Gbs ones if necessary. Round the back is the usual assortment of USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, combined PS2, LANGuard RJ45 and the audio out.

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Most Recent Comments

07-01-2015, 23:39:28

jackjack
Thanks for the review m8! ASUS FTW!Quote

08-01-2015, 09:27:31

zaft1g337
can someone tell me the meaning of this: "Due to Intel® chipset limitation, DDR3 1600 MHz and higher memory modules on XMP mode will run at the maximum transfer rate of DDR3 1600 Mhz."?

Does that mean if i have a 2400Mhz memory it wont run faster than 1600Mhz?Quote

08-01-2015, 09:57:15

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by zaft1g337 View Post
can someone tell me the meaning of this: "Due to Intel® chipset limitation, DDR3 1600 MHz and higher memory modules on XMP mode will run at the maximum transfer rate of DDR3 1600 Mhz."?

Does that mean if i have a 2400Mhz memory it wont run faster than 1600Mhz?
Exactly that on H97 - Z97 its fineQuote

08-01-2015, 11:47:17

Wraith
Nice, I love the styling of this board. It is basically a carbon copy of the H97 but with the Z chipset instead and for the same price....Quote

08-01-2015, 12:13:47

Thelosouvlakia
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Originally Posted by Wraithguard View Post
Nice, I love the styling of this board. It is basically a carbon copy of the H97 but with the Z chipset instead and for the same price....
That will make the H97 board go cheap or go die Quote
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