ASUS Z87-A Intel Z87 Haswell motherboard Review with Intel Core i7-4770 processor

Conclusion

The ASUS Z87-A has good performance compared to the previous Z77 boards. From the benchmarks, we can clearly see that it is one step up from the Z77 series and it is natural to be the upgrade choice of existing Z77 users. Even though we tested the board using the embedded graphics, we can see an improvement in the video performance. With the 4th generation procesor, it will perform even better when paired with an external mid or high end graphics card.

As for features, the board ASUS Z87-A has TPU and EPU, the first makes it easy for newbie to overclock while the last helps conserve energy. Remote Go! is something that comes with the ASUS board. It allows you to link pcs, tablets, smartphones and tv wirelessly together with the ASUS Z78-A via the network.  With it setup, you can have a one stop shop to sync and backup to your cloud storage, stream multimedia content using DLNA and control your desktop in real time from a smartphone or tablet. You can also do File transfer from PC to smartphone with a click on the mouse. Of course there is the FanXpert2 hardware level fan auto tuning and Fast USB 3.0 with UASP win Windows 8. The Lucid MVP that was made famous on Z77 is dropped from the Z87.

Installation is straightforward with this board. I like Directkey ( a push button on the mainboard) allowing me direct access to the BIOS even when I am in Windows. MemOk helps to access the BIOS level even though your memory timings might not be compatible. It would be good if all the power, reset pins are replaced by buttons. There is also no clear cmos button at the back panel.

Overclocking options are too overwhelming while the documentation is definitely not comprehensive to explain each nifty detail about the options. Perhaps a customisable BIOS that can hide and unhide options should be made available.  Packaging is minimal.

In Conclusion, the ASUS Z87-A as a mid range board should appeal to upgraders. As we used a non K processor, we are unable to uncover the full potential of this board in air cooled environment. Nevertheless, it is a board that should suffice most DIY users.

Pros :

USB 3.0
SATA 6Gbps
Remote Go!

Cons:

Bugs in AI Suite

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Category Score
Performance 8  / 10
Features 8 / 10
Ease Of Installation 9 / 10
Overclocking Features 10 / 10
Documentation 7 / 10
Packaging 7 / 10
Cost / Performance 8 / 10
Overall Rating : 8.1 / 10

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