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May
3
2014

ASUS Z97 Motherboard Lineup Unveiled

ASUS Z97 motherboard lineup unveiled

Our friends at ASUS have just unveiled the majority of their Z97 motherboard lineup. They have plenty of boards to choose from for any price range.

ASUS Z97 Line-up

  • Z97-WS (ATX)
  • Z97-Deluxe/NFC & WLC (ATX)
  • Z97-Deluxe (ATX)
  • Z97-Pro/Wi-Fi AC (ATX)
  • Z97-Pro (ATX)
  • Z97-A (ATX)
  • Z97-AR (ATX)
  • Z97-C (ATX)
  • Z97-K (ATX)
  • Z97I-Plus (mini ITX)
  • Z97M-Plus (micro ATX)
  • H97-Pro (ATX)
  • H97-Plus (ATX)
  • H97M-Plus (micro ATX)
  • H97M-E (micro ATX)
  • H97I-Plus (mini ITX)

ASUS Z97 Deluxe

The new Z97 lineup from ASUS now uses a darker gold as opposed to the bright gold in the Z87 boards. They have also been upgraded to feature 5-way optimization as opposed to 4-way in the Z87 chipset. Audio has also been upgraded to the new Crystal Sound 2. All of the new Z97 motherboards feature a M.2 slot and the majority of ASUS' lineup also includes support for SATA Express.

Something unexpected is the inclusion of a NFC module. NFC Express 2 is an external accessory that ASUS is planning to include in some of its boards that allows Qi charging and file transfers. The Deluxe motherboard also comes with the ThunderboltEX II that features multiple thunderbolt ports for displays and data transfers.

ASUS Z97 TUF

  • Sabertooth Z97 Mark 1 (ATX)
  • Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2 (ATX)
  • Gryphon Z97 Armor Edition (micro ATX)
  • Gryphon Z97 (micro ATX)

The new TUF line-up has been upgraded to feature the Z97 chipset and include Thermal Radar 2, Dust de-Fan and TUF ICe. You can also buy Thermal Armor like the previous boards to protect the motherboard from dust and help regulate airflow

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