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Asus Gryphon Z87 Motherboard (Socket 1150, 4x DDR3, uATX, 2x PCI Express 3.0/2.0, 6x SATA 6.0 Gb/s, USB 3.0, Intel Z87 Express Chipset, Haswell, TUF Thermal Radar 2, DIGI+ Power Control)
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This motherboard supports Intel® 4th generation Core™ i7/i5/i3/Pentium®/Celeron® processors in the LGA1150 package, with iGPU, memory and PCI Express controllers integrated to support onboard graphics output with dedicated chipsets, 2-channel (4 DIMM) DDR3 MHz memory and 16 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 lanes. This provides great graphics performance. Intel® 4th generation Core™ i7/i5/i3/Pentium®/Celeron® processors are among the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world.
The Intel® Z87 Express Chipset is a single-chipset design to support socket 1150 Intel® 4th generation 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 features both the USB 3.0 & SATA 6Gb/s technology for faster data retrieval speed. Moreover, Intel® Z87 Express Chipset can also enable 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.
Your computer can receive web updates with fresh content for selected applications, even when the system is in sleep mode. This means less time waiting for applications to update and sync with the cloud, leading to a more efficient computing experience.
Allows your computer to quickly resume from a low-power hibernate state in seconds. Saving your system memory to the designated SSD, it provides your computer a faster wake-up response time, while still keeping the energy use low.
GRYPHON Z87 brings you the multi-GPU choice of either SLI™ or CrossFireX. The motherboard features the most powerful Intel® Z87 platform to optimize PCIe allocation in multiple GPU configurations. Expect a brand-new gaming style you've never experienced before!
The motherboard supports DDR3 memory that features data transfer rates of 1866 MHz to meet the higher bandwidth requirements of the latest 3D graphics, multimedia, and Internet applications. The dual-channel DDR3 architecture enlarges the bandwidth of your system memory to boost system performance.
Thermal Radar 2 delivers intelligent thermal control via multiple sensors on the motherboard. It ensures optimized cooling while offering detailed temp. detection for better system management. Changing fan settings is easy and flexible. You can supervise fan speeds to balance cooling and noise emissions, and fans can be auto or manually managed, individually controlled, and even named. Exclusive thermal reports show CPU and VGA zone area temperatures in real-time with smart thermal capacity evaluations for each component, helping you monitor system health. All these promote better cooling sulotion for your system.
ASUS New DIGI+ Power Control features two digital voltage controllers, including both VRM and DRAM controllers that offers ultra-precise memory tuning in addition to ultra-precise CPU voltage control. This evolution of innovative, industry-leading ASUS technology provides the best in class control for better efficiency, stability and performance.
Get rugged performance even in the most challenging conditions with robust TUF chokes, black metallic capacitors, and MOSFETs, which are all certified through third-party military-grade testing. TUF alloy chokes are made of a compound that uses mixed high quality metals rather than plain iron, supporting up to a massive 40A rated current, or 25% higher than conventional components. A one-piece choke packing design further eliminates buzzing noise and vibration, delivering better performance and durability during the most extreme usage.
4 x Serial ATA 6Gb/s cables
1 x Asus SLI bridge connector 7cm
1 x Asus Q-Shield
1 x 2 in 1 Q-connector
1 x TUF Inside sticker
1 x TUF Certification card
1 x TUF 5 Year Warranty manual (by region)
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
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This board is so much easier to work with. Inbuilt LEDs to diagnose problems POSTing (not that there were any), and also comes with the very important removable header for connecting your case's power and speaker cables into. This little bit of extra plastic and metal makes it so much easier to assemble the system.
It POSTed first time, and booted straight away without having to go into the BIOS config (which is good because I didn't have a keyboard connected!).
The only negative is no PS/2 socket (hence why I had to install it without a keyboard), so I'm awaiting for a £6 PS/2 to USB dongle to arrive before I can do much with my new PC! ;-)
But that be-lies it's true nature, it's layout should be standard for all motherboards.
It is an absolute doddle to setup I had no problems at all and it booted OK first time! just make sure you check out the correct memory in the compatibility list.
I bought 16gb of G.Skill Ripjaws F3-14900CL9Q from Amazon as recommended in the manual, and it works fine and it comes with a lifetime guarantee.
The only trouble I had was from installing Google of the software disk, Internet Explorer would not work properly.
And I had to re-format the hard drive and start all over again.
Great choice for smaller cases and (currently) a fantastic low price!
I realized that there were some problems after a couple of weeks:
1) I never managed to get the boot sequence to work in the order I chose
2) Sometimes the boot screen doesn't even appear, so you have to restart to be able to enter the BIOS configuration.
3) Does not seem to work with older keyboards (could be a windows 8.1 problem). Tried every USB port on the Mobo.
4) Stand-by mode never works. PC starts on its own after a while.
5) I tried to update the BIOS using the provided CD but it was empty! A blank cd was provided. When I finally downloaded the latest BIOS update and software from their site still no change. Same problems.
Reported this to them and they said that there must be a faulty component on the MOBO and I should send it back to them.
The support is also slow, takes them 5 days to respond to an email.