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ASUS ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1150 Motherboards Z97-PRO (Wi-Fi AC)

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  • Dual-band 802.11AC Wi-Fi for Wi-Fi GO! & Media Streamer
  • M.2 & SATA Express onboard - Up to 10Gb/s data-transfer
  • 5-Way Optimization perfectly consolidates TPU, EPU, DIGI+ Power Control, Fan Xpert 3 and Turbo App
  • Crystal Sound 2 - Feel the sound power with different sound modes
  • Redesigned UEFI - Most advanced options with fast response time
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 6.9 x 32.8 cm ; 1.7 Kg
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 Kg
  • Item model number: Z97-PRO (Wi-Fi AC)
  • ASIN: B00K2R6GDQ
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: June 2 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #93,570 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

LGA1150, ATX, 1 x Intel LAN, DP/HDMI/DVI/VGA, 802.11ac Wi-Fi

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PRO's: Has all the features it claims too. Wi-Fi range is great. People don't normally acknowledge these features: good instruction manual! Very clear.
CON's: Sata ports should be facing forward not to the right. Space was an issue when trying to plug drives in after assembly, even in my full tower.

Special Note: It's a Z97 board, be mindful of compatibility.
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Great MB.. WAY heavy!!.. has 2 cpu fan headers and 4 chassis fan headers..
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa07f0138) out of 5 stars 83 reviews
55 of 61 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0a081e0) out of 5 stars A solid board, but read the review so you know what you're getting June 2 2014
By adriant42 - Published on Amazon.com
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A quick background: The PC is mainly used for non-gaming activities, such as productivity and media.

- The machine has been up and running for 4 days. So far it is stable (i5-4670K overclocked to 4.5GHz). I don't have a comparison whether this is an optimal overclocking. For those experts, my built scores 680 on CINEBENCH. Again, no idea if this is good or not.
- Built by a reputable company. Work right out of the box. Drivers are available on ASUS support site (super easy download).
- Everything works (with the exception of ASUS software - more on that later). If you have built a PC, you know how satisfying when things go as planned.
- A good looking board. I don't like the bright gold color on the Z87 mainstream generation. Obviously, this is a personal preference.
- UEFI Bios is super easy to navigate. I already updated the firmware twice. ASUS is fast in providing BIOS updates for early adopters.
- Wi-Fi AC works flawlessly. I love the fact that I don't need to buy an adapter. My rig looks simple and clean.
- Install was a breeze. Cables were all firmly connected. Everything felt solid. Like I said, it's a good quality board.

Here comes the con. Both ASUS 5-Way Optimization by DIP5 and ASUS Home Cloud software don't work!!! The software is advertised as features of the product.
- Dual Intelligent Processors 5: keeps getting "Access Violation at Address" error.
- ASUS Home Cloud: keeps getting "Network Disconnected" error.
Note: I am using Windows 8.1

I have spent hours researching the issues. I finally gave up because I have a job and a child - no time. So, I uninstalled everything.

This is a huge disappointment for me because those proprietary tools are one of the main reasons I go with ASUS (over Gigabyte or MSI). I feel stupid now for buying into their marketing mambo jumbo. I know I can live without those tools just fine. But after researching a lot about them (Google, You Tube - sorry JJ, this is not a reflection of you), I thought they were really cool.

So, knocking down a star. I am seriously considering knocking down 2 stars but I feel most people don't care about the software. Like I said, the MB works.

Summary: buy the motherboard for its quality, not for its software. For those who just start learning how to OC. Don't fret, just use the BIOS settings. I am also a newbie like you. Believe me, you don't need a 5-way optimization auto tool. Settings that I changed: XMP Profile, Core Multiplier, Cache Multiplier, Core Voltage, and Cache Voltage. Both voltage settings are on the Adaptive mode. If you have the time and an adventurous type, there are tons of other settings available for fine-tuning.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1b847c8) out of 5 stars Great motherboard with a few driver flaws March 20 2015
By Jaxmoto - Published on Amazon.com
Great motherboard with one major flaw... the ASmedia USB and SATA controller.

First, Asus has some issues with their support page. They list a "Z97-Pro" and a "Z97-Pro(Wifi/AC)/USB 3.1" model. If you try to put in your serial from your board it INCORRECTLY leads you to the USB 3.1 page. DO NOT use the page for USB 3.1 unless your box/board specifically tell you that you have the USB 3.1 version (it is brand new). For the regular Z97-Pro(Wifi/AC) model just use the "Z97-Pro" page. You'll notice on that page it has the wifi drivers as well, so it is for boath the wifi and non-wifi versions with USB 3.0.

Also, when installing AI Suite 3... DO NOT install the version with USB 3.1 Booster unless you have USB 3.1... if you do you will lock all your USB ports until you can roll back. Make sure to get the version of AI Suite with USB 3.0 for the normal model.

Secondly, this board has 8 SATA ports (2 are shared with the M.2 port). The 7th & 8th SATA ports are controlled by a ASmedia chip. On Windows 8.1 (fresh install) Windows will handle the drivers by itself without installing anything. However, certain programs can cause issues and cause the entire PC to freeze when interacting with the ASmedia ports. One example is Logitech gaming software for mice/keyboards. It will freeze the PC every time you try to install unless you disable the secondary controller (temporarily during install, then you can re-enable it).

Third is the USB 3.0 extra controller, also by ASmedia. The driver is borked. If you try to install the combined driver install (for 3.0 and 3.1) then it will misidentify your chip as USB 3.1 and cause your PC to suffer from freezing every few minutes, basically any time something polls the USB. App installs, opening apps, installing hardware... you'll just get constant freezing. You have to use the older version of the driver (Google it), also called ASM104x. Once that is installed it will solve all of the freezing issues.

.......Beyond those issues it has been a great board. Did a fresh install with Windows 8, a 4790K, GTX 970 and it has worked well. This board has more features than most other boards in the same class/price range. I have had no issues with the on-board wifi, it gets a fine signal from my router and stays connected. Having a simple solution with external antennas is nice, plus there is still the option of adding your own.

The fan controls and options stand out. The option of PWM or voltage control. AI Suite works well with the fan settings.

XMP also works well, just be careful that if you are experiencing problems you may need to set your timings manually.

5-Way optimization is great for people that prefer not to mess with overclocking manually. Just let it run through and it will set up everything for you.

Overall if you are not impressed with flashy red heat sinks and would rather pay for features instead of paying for looks, then this is a good way to go for a Z97 board.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0ca7ff0) out of 5 stars Bought this to replace an old MB but the combination ... Sept. 22 2014
By GFerrari99 - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought this to replace an old MB but the combination of the this Z97 and the i5 CPU needs a BIOS upgrade that I had to speak to an ASUS Tech to complete. Be aware that the Intel Core i5 - 4690K processor LGA 1150 is not compatible out to the box. Amazon had them listed together so I ordered them and had to go through gyrations with the ASUS people. It now works, although.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa115fcd8) out of 5 stars Very Good Motherboard, But Only After Update Aug. 14 2014
By Alex - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very good mobo for just about any use. It has every kind of port that anyone might need, including some useful legacy ports like VGA. The UEFI is generally easy to use if you have any idea what you're doing, but some of the UI elements are a little bit annoying. There are too many options fit into too few menus, although options are not necessarily a bad thing. The automatic overclocking function works quite well. My Pentium G3258 overclocked to 4.4 GHz automatically with the stock cooler, and my RAM is overclocked to 1900 MHz. Essentially, it just raised my base clock to 101.98 MHz and raised the multiplier from 32 to 43. I haven't had any voltage or stability issues, so it seems that this has worked very well. RAID was also very easy to set up, although it didn't work until after an update. This motherboard came with the original UEFI installed even though there have been three or four updates, so I had to do that before anything would work properly. My only other complaint is the color, but that's entirely subjective.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Shmizz - Published on Amazon.com
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Lots of deciding, chose this. Very happy with my choice. I just built a whole new tower, and I think it ran as smoothly as it did mainly because of this mobo. Reference the manual though, I did a bunch.

One thing, it's not too clear on which RAM slots to put 2 sticks in, but I did black at first and it did not recognize both sticks, so I switched to gray (also because the cooler was pretty close to one of the black slots) and it recognized just fine. You can actually dual channel from EITHER the black or the gray, I don't know why the black didn't work at first, it might now that all updates are in place but I'm leaving them in gray. Make sure you run CPU-Z (provided), and make sure your memory channels # says "dual" when your RAM is installed.

Oh, and make sure you install ALL the drivers on the CD, and MOST of the utilities (the 2nd tab). Overclocking my i5-4690K was super easy with the provided AI Suite 3, went from 3.9Ghz turbo to 4.7Ghz.

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