The Intel® Z87 Express Chipset is a single-chipset design to support socket 1150 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3/Pentium®/Celeron® processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. Additionally, Z87 chipset provides maximum 6 USB 3.0 ports and maximum 6 SATA 6Gb/s ports for faster data retrieval speed. Moreover, Intel® Z87 Express Chipset also supports iGPU function, letting users enjoy the latest Intel integrated graphic performance.
PCI Express® 3.0 (PCIe 3.0) is the latest PCI Express bus standard with improved encoding schemes that provide twice the performance of current PCIe 2.0. Total bandwidth for a x16 link reaches a maximum of 32GB/s, double the 16GB/s of PCIe 2.0 (in x16 mode). As such, PCIe 3.0 provides users unprecedented data speeds, combined with the convenience and seamless transition offered by complete backward compatibility with PCIe 1.0 and PCIe 2.0 devices. PCIe 3.0 will become a must-have feature for users who wish to improve and optimize graphic performance, as well as have the latest technology available to them.
Intel® Smart Response Technology boosts overall system performance with Dynamic Storage Accelerator technology. It uses an installed fast SSD (min 18.6GB available capacity required) as a cache for frequently accessed data. Key benefits include reduced load and wait times, and lower power consumption through the elimination of unnecessary hard drive spin. This technology combines SSD performance with hard drive capacity providing faster operating experience than a hard drive-only system.
ASUS pioneered the world’s first Dual Intelligent Processors with twin onboard chips – the TurboV Processing Unit (TPU) and Energy Processing Unit (EPU). Now ASUS continues to innovate by introducing the 4thgeneration of this award-winning architecture, featuring 4-Way Optimization that integrates the TPU, EPU, DIGI+ Power Control, and Fan Xpert 2 with a single click of the mouse. It offers real-time performance optimization, better energy efficiency, precise digital power controls, and the best fan management for maximum cooling. The design makes sure your PC is perfect for gaming, entertainment, productivity, and everything else.
Tap into the world's first real-time PC power saving chip through a simple onboard switch or the AI Suite 3 utility. Get total system-wide energy optimization by automatically detecting current PC loadings and intelligently moderating power consumption. It can directly reduce CPU wattage to an indicated level on demand, creating a more energy-efficient PC. Want to download, stream, or backup content while away from your PC? Away Mode makes it easy. It automatically puts your system into an extreme energy-saving stance, even shutting down unused add-on I/O ports.
The stylish heatsink features 0-dB thermal solution that offers users a noiseless PC environment. Not only the beautiful shape upgrades the visual enjoyment for motherboard users, but also the heatsink design lowers the temperature of the chipset and power phase area through high efficient heat-exchange. Combined with usability and aesthetics, the ASUS stylish heatsink will give users an extremely silent and cooling experience with the elegant appearance!
DTS UltraPC II delivers exceptional 7.1 surround through the most popular PC audio setups - your existing stereo speakers or headphones. In addition to virtual surround, it upgrades original sound to new levels with Audio Restoration, recreating the dynamic range of audio files. Symmetry mode improves the balance of perceived loudness across different input sources and Enhance boosts audio quality through high and low frequency equalization. With these technologies, users experience better home theater audio with ease.