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Asus Z87-A review

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Price when reviewed : £100
inc VAT

Excellent performance and a wide range of ports and expansion slots make this a great Intel board for Haswell processors


LGA1150, ATX, Intel Z87 chipset, supports: 4th generation Intel Celeron, Pentium, Core i3/i5/i7

If you’ve yet to make the jump to Intel’s fourth-generation Core processors (Haswell), the Asus Z87-A is a fantastic ATX board for a new build.

For expansion, there are three PCI-E x16 slots available. The first slot supports the PCI-E 3.0 standard, so this should be your choice for a single graphics card. The second slot shares bandwidth with the first slot, giving you two slots running at x8 speed for dual graphics cards (Quad-GPU Nvidia SLI and Quad-GPU ATI CrossFireX modes are supported). The third slot runs at x2 speed, so this is best used for expansion cards alongside the PCI-E x1 slot and two legacy PCI slots.

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There’s a great range of ports available on the back panel, including four USB3 ports with another two available through the board’s USB3 header, two USB2 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a legacy PS/2 port, an optical S/PDIF output and six 3.5mm audio jacks for 7.1 surround sound.

Its four display outputs also give you plenty of flexibility in arranging your displays, as you can either daisy-chain three Full HD displays from its DisplayPort or use its VGA, DVI-D and HDMI outputs simultaneously to power three monitors instead. Its HDMI and DisplayPort outputs also support maximum resolutions of 4,096×2,160 so you can take advantage of 4K monitors.

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There are four DDR3 memory slots that can hold a total of 32GB of RAM at a maximum speed of 3,000MHz when overclocked. This gives you plenty of flexibility if you want to try and get more out of your system, and its six SATA3 ports also ensure that all your drives will be able to perform to their highest potential as well.

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Basic Specifications

Processor socketLGA1150
Form factorATX
Processor support4th generation Intel Celeron, Pentium, Core i3/i5/i7
Processor external bus100MHz
Chipset north bridgeIntel Z87
Chipset south bridgeIntel Z87
Passively-cooled north bridgeyes
Integrated graphicsNo
Supported memory typeDDR3
Maximum memory speedPC3-24000
Memory slots4
Maximum memory32GB
Dual-channel supportyes

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Internal Ports

Power connectors1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 8-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots3
Dual graphics architectureQuad-GPU SLI, quad-GPU CrossFire X
PCI-E x4 slots0
PCI-E x1 slots1
PCI slots2
Fan headers5
Floppy ports0
IDE ports0
Serial ATA ports0
RAID chipset (max disks)Intel Z87 (RAID 0, 1, 5, 10)


Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports)Realtek ALC892 (6x analogue out, optical S/PDIF out)
USB2 ports / headers6/8
Firewire ports / headers0/0
Legacy portsPS/2
Other portsVGA, DVI, DisplayPort, HDMI
Cables included2x SATA
Brackets includednone
Software includednone

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustmentCPU/RAM/Chipset
CPU clock max adjustment8,000MHz

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