Full Range Asus Z97 and H97 Motherboards Now Official – See Features and Specifications

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After Asus broke the NDA last Monday, the company has announced today their latest Intel Z97 and H97 chipset-based ASUS-branded, ROG, TUF and Workstation motherboards to serve a wide range of computing needs. The Asus Z97-based motherboards are the top tier motherboards with overclocking capability and more features. Meanwhile the Asus H97-based motherboards are geared towards budget conscious consumers and doesn’t really need all the perks that comes with the Z97-based motherboards. There are a total of 23 new motherboards all; 3 from the ROG family, 4 from the TUF family and 16 from the legacy lineup, ranging from full ATX down to the smallest mini-ITX form factor. Check out the Asus Z97 and H97 motherboards’ features and specifications below.

Asus 9 Series Motherboards

UPDATE: Asus Maximus VII Z97 Motherboards Now Available – See Specs, Price and Where to Buy

Asus Z97 and H97 Motherboard Features

ASUS complete lineup of motherboards, built around the Intel 9 Series chipset, features the LGA 1150 socket and supports Intel 4th, New 4th, and 5th-generation Core™ processors (codenamed Haswell, Haswell Refresh, Haswell Refresh K-series / Devil’s Canyon). These new motherboard offerings from ASUS-branded, Republic of Gamers (ROG), The Ultimate Force (TUF) and Workstation (WS) Series feature exclusive technologies that maximize the potential of the Z97 and H97 chipsets to deliver better user experiences, performance, stability, and upgrade options.

According to Jackie Hsu, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Worldwide Sales, ASUS Open Platform Business Group.: “Since its founding in 1989, ASUS has prided itself on the outstanding quality of its motherboards. And today, 25 years later, our approach has seen us grow into the world’s best-selling and most award-winning motherboard brand. Taking into account the feedback and needs of today’s computing public, we’re proud to introduce our comprehensive 9 Series motherboard launch line-up across the ASUS-branded, ROG, TUF and WS Series motherboards. Whether for professional use, gaming, content creation, servers or simple, everyday computing, our motherboards cover every task,”

Ultimate Gaming Performance from ROG
Asus Maximus VII Hero Z97
ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) unveiled Maximus VII Gene mATX, Maximus VII Hero ATX, and the new Maximus VII Ranger ATX gaming motherboards. All three motherboards sport the distinctive ROG black and red color scheme, feature premium components, black nickel CPU socket covers and improved circuit layouts.

ROG has also improved on the RJ45 LAN port with LANGuard; it uses advanced signal-coupling technology and premium surface-mounted capacitors to improve throughput. LANGuard also features surge-protected and electrostatically-guarded components (ESD Guards) to give ROG Maximus VII series motherboards industry-leading figures of up to 1.3 times the surge protection and 1.9 times the static electricity tolerance of traditional boards. The latest ROG-exclusive GameFirst III network optimization utility prioritizes game packets, allocating more bandwidth for games to ensure a smoother online gaming experience.

The ROG Maximus VII Hero and Ranger come with SupremeFX 2014; while Maximus VII Gene features the SupremeFX Impact II discrete audio card. These solutions utilize cutting-edge isolation technologies to minimize electromagnetic interference (EMI), premium ELNA® audio capacitors and 8-channel gold plated audio output ports, to provide precision-engineered audio that is on par with dedicated soundcards.

TUF server-grade reliability
Asus SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK 1
Available in both ATX and mATX form factors, TUF Sabertooth Z97 Mark 1 and Gryphon Z97 Armor Edition motherboards feature TUF Fortifier, Thermal Armor, and Dust Defenders to ensure the ultimate in system durability and stability. The new onboard TUF ICe microchip delivers incredibly precise temperature monitoring and fan control whether adjusting settings manually or through the automatic one-click optimization feature found in Thermal Radar 2. TUF Fortifier uses a thermal pad attached to the motherboard, making the whole backplate a huge heat sink that directs heat away from key components such as VRMs and MOSFETs. Thermal management is aided by Thermal Armor which optimizes airflow to aid in heat dissipation, while Dust Diverter technology blows dust up and away from the heat sink VRM.

All TUF Z97 motherboards, including the new Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2 and Gryphon Z97 models, feature reliable TUF Components for military-grade durability.

ASUS-branded motherboards — optimized performance for a wide range of computing scenarios
Asus Z97-DELUXE (NFC&WLC)
ASUS-branded Z97 and H97 motherboards feature a stunning new design with a unique and distinctive perfectly circular heat-sink on the next-generation Platform Controller Hub (PCH) chip, and boast comprehensive features for users looking to create a high-performance PC, a potent gaming rig or a multimedia entertainment center.

5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5 optimizes PC performance with a simple click. It improves on its 4-Way Optimization predecessor with the Turbo App, tailored networking and audio settings, together with upgraded fan control, robust overclocking, energy savings and digital power. ASUS-branded motherboards also feature Crystal Sound 2 and Turbo LAN, which together deliver flawless audio and reduce lag to improve the gaming experience.

In PC home entertainment centers, ASUS HomeCloud turns the hard drive into a private cloud. The built-in Wake-on-WAN feature lets users wake and control the PC remotely with a smart device. Users can also stream multimedia content from the PC to any device. The capacity to interact with smart devices wirelessly is further enhanced by the inclusion of the ASUS-exclusive NFC Express 2 and wireless charger.

Total SATA Express solution plus high-speed M.2 support
ASUS is the only brand to provide a total SATA Express solution, from motherboards to Hyper Express, an exclusive SATA Express external enclosure compatible with all available chassis-equipped 3.5-inch drive bays. It can accept two high-speed M.2 modules, two mSATA modules or two 2.5-inch SATA hard drives, and allows them to operate at full speed. ASUS Z97 and H97 motherboards* have been tested and validated to meet SATA Express standards, including the Separate Reference Clock with Independent Spread Spectrum Clocking Architecture (SRIS), to ensure the very best SATA Express performance. M.2, with its two native PCI Express 2.0 bandwidth and up to 10Gbit/s data transfer speeds, makes ASUS Z97 and H97 motherboards ideal choices for operating system drives.

Critically-acclaimed reliability and performance
ASUS employs strict compatibility and validation standards, and ASUS 5X Protection ensures that the finest components are used for long-term reliability and durability; these include DIGI+ VRM, DRAM overcurrent protection, ESD Guards, high quality 5K-hr solid state capacitors and a corrosion-resistant stainless steel back I/O panel. Additionally, all motherboards are validated for compatibility with over 1000 devices, and undergo more than 7000 hours of rigorous endurance testing to assure quality and long-term reliability.

These motherboards feature the latest Intel Gigabit Ethernet for faster, smoother gaming sessions. It reduces CPU overhead to allot more processing power for gaming and offers exceptionally high Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and User Datagram Protocol (UDP) throughput. The smooth mouse-controlled graphics-based BIOS has been improved and now includes EZ Tuning Wizard-OC and RAID. These tools intelligently tune system performance and streamline RAID configuration for faster data retrieval and backups.

Asus 9 Series Motherboard Specifications

ASU Republic of Gamers (ROG) Z97 Series motherboards

SpecificationsMaximus VII GeneMaximus VII HeroMaximus VII Ranger
CPU

Intel® LGA1150 4th, New 4th & 5th Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors Ready

Chipset

Intel Z97 Express Chipset

Power Phase DesignExtreme Engine Digi+ IIIExtreme Engine Digi+ IIIFully Digital VRM
MemoryDDR3 3300MHz (O.C.)DDR3 3200MHz (O.C.)DDR3 3200MHz (O.C.)

4 DIMM, up to 32GB, non-ECC, un-buffered memory[1]
Dual-channel memory architecture,
Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

Expansion slots2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16
1 x PCIe 2.0 x4
1 x mPCIe 2.0 x1

2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16
1 x PCIe 2.0/x16
3 x PCIe 2.0 x1

Multi-GPU support

Quad-GPU NVIDIA SLI/ AMD CrossFireX™

Storage8 x SATA 6Gbit/s
1 x M.2 (PCIe x2) socket 3 with M key, supports type 2260/2280
8 x SATA 6Gbit/s
1 x M.2 (PCIe x2) socket 3 with M key, supports type 2260/2280
6 x SATA 6Gbit/s
1 x M.2 (PCIe x2) socket 3 with M key, supports type 2260/2280
USB6 x USB 3.0
7 x USB 2.0
6 x USB 3.0
7 x USB 2.0
6 x USB 3.0
7 x USB 2.0
Networking (LAN)

1 x Intel Gigabit Ethernet, ROG GameFirst III, LANGuard

AudioSupremeFX Impact II add-in card, 8-Channel High-Definition audio codec, Sonic SoundStage, Sonic SenseAmp, Sonic Radar II, Sonic Studio, DTS Connect

SupremeFX 2014
8-Channel High-Definition audio codec, Sonic SoundStage, Sonic SenseAmp, Sonic Studio, Sonic Radar II, DTS Connect

Form FactormATXATXATX

ASUS The Ultimate Force (TUF) Z97 Series motherboards

SpecificationsSABERTOOTH Z97 MARK 1SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK 2GRYPHON Z97 ARMOR EDITIONGRYPHON Z97
CPU

LGA1150 socket for 5th, new 4th and 4th-gen Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3, Pentium®/Celeron® processors

Chipset

Intel Z97 Express Chipset

Memory

Dual-channel DDR3 1866/1600/1333, max. 32GB

VGA Output

HDMI/DP

HDMI/DP/DVI

Power Phase Design

Digital 8+2 phase

PCIe x16 slots

2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 slots
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slot (@max. x4)

PCIe x1 slots

3 x PCIe 2.0x1

1 x PCIe 2.0x1

Multi-GPU

Quad-GPU SLI & CFX

LAN1x Intel Gigabit LAN
1x Realtek Gigabit LAN

1x Intel Gigabit LAN

Audio

Realtek 1150 8-channel HD

Realtek 892 8-channel HD

Storage1x SATA Express(compatible with 2 x SATA 6Gb/s), 6 x SATA 6Gb/s

6x SATA 6Gbit/s

USB

8x USB 3.0 (4 front); 8 x USB 2.0

6 x USB 3.0 (2 front); 6 x USB 2.0

TUF FeaturesThermal Armor with Flow Valve
TUF ICe
Dust Diverter
TUF Fortifier
Dust Defenders
Thermal Radar 2
TUF Components
TUF ICe
Thermal Radar 2
TUF Components
Thermal Armor
TUF ICe
Dust Diverter
TUF Fortifier
Dust Defenders
Thermal Radar 2
TUF Components
TUF ICe
Thermal Radar 2
TUF Components
Form factor

ATX

mATX

ASUS-branded Z97 Series motherboards

SpecificationsZ97-DELUXE (NFC&WLC )Z97-DELUXEZ97-PRO (Wi-Fi ac)Z97-PROZ97-AZ97-AR
CPU

Intel® LGA1150 4th, New 4th & 5th Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors Ready

Chipset

Intel® Z97 Express Chipset

Power Phase Design

DIGI+ 16-Phase VRM
DIGI+ 2-Phase DRAM

DIGI+ 12-Phase VRM,
DIGI+ 2-Phase DRAM

DIGI+ 8-Phase VRM

Memory

4xDDR3 DIMM, max. 32GB, 3300(O.C.) MHz, non-ECC, un-buffered

4xDDR3 DIMM, max. 32GB, 3200(O.C.) MHz, non-ECC, un-buffered

4xDDR3 DIMM, max. 32GB, 3200(O.C.) MHz, non-ECC, un-buffered

PCIex16 Slots

2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (@x4)

2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16(@x4)

2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16(@x2)

Output Support

DP/mDP/HDMI

DP/HDMI/DVI/D-sub

DP/HDMI/DVI/D-sub

DP/HDMI

SATA Express

2x

1x

1x

SATA 6Gb/s

10x

8x

6x

M.2

1 x M.2 (PCIe x2/SATA mode) socket 3 with M key, supports type 2260/2280

1 x M.2 (PCIe x2) socket 3 with M key, supports type 2260/2280

Wi-Fi

Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5 GHz)

N/A

USB 3.0

10 (4 at front)

8 (4 at front)

6 (2 at front)

Audio

Realtek® ALC1150 with Crystal Sound 2, DTS UltraPC II, DTS Connect

Realtek® ALC1150 with Crystal Sound 2, DTS UltraPC II, DTS Connect

Realtek® ALC1150 with Crystal Sound 2, DTS UltraPC II, DTS Connect

Networking (LAN)

2 x Intel Gigabit Ethernet, Turbo LAN

1 x Intel Gigabit Ethernet, Turbo LAN

1 x Intel Gigabit Ethernet, Turbo LAN

Exclusive features

5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5, UEFI BIOS, ASUS HomeCloud, 5X Protection

Form Factor

ATX

ASUS-branded Z97 and Workstation Series motherboards

SpecificationsZ97-CZ97-KZ97M-PLUSZ97I-PLUSZ97-WS
CPU

Intel® LGA1150 4th, New 4th & 5th Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors Ready

Chipset

Intel® Z97 Express Chipset

Memory

4xDDR3 DIMM, max. 32GB, 3200 (O.C.) MHz, non-ECC, un-buffered

2 x DIMM, max. 16GB. DDR3 3200(O.C.) MHz, non-ECC, un-buffered4xDDR3 DIMM, max. 32GB, 3300(O.C.) MHz, non-ECC, un-buffered
Power Phase DesignDIGI+ 6-phase VRMDIGI+ 4-phase VRMDIGI+ 4-phase VRMDIGI+ 6-phase VRMDIGI+ 8-phase VRM
PCIex16 Slots1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16; 1 x PCIe 2.0/x16(@x4)1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16; 1 x PCIe 2.0/x16(@x4)1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16; 1 x PCIe 2.0/x16 (@x4)1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x164 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (dual x16, quad  x8)
Output SupportHDMI/DVI/D-subHDMI/DVI/D-subHDMI/DVI/D-subDP/HDMI/DVI/D-subDP/mDP/HDM
SATA Express1N/AN/AN/A2
SATA 6Gb/s66648
M.2

1 x M.2 (PCIe x2/SATA mode) socket 3 with M key, supports type 2260/2280

Wi-FiN/AN/AN/ADual-band Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5 GHz)N/A
USB 3.06 (2 at front)6 (2 at front)6 (2 at front)6 (2 at front)10 (4 at front)
AudioRealtek® ALC892 with Crystal Sound 2Realtek® ALC892 with Crystal Sound 2Realtek® ALC892 with Crystal Sound 2Realtek® ALC892 with audio features. DTS UltraPC II, DTS ConnectRealtek® ALC1150
Networking (LAN)1 x Intel Gigabit Ethernet, Turbo LAN1 x Realtek LAN, Turbo LAN1 x Intel Gigabit Ethernet1 x Intel Gigabit Ethernet, Turbo LAN2 x Intel Gigabit Ethernet, Turbo LAN
Exclusive features

5X Protection, UEFI BIOS, Fan Xpert 3, ASUS HomeCloud

5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5,
UEFI BIOS,
ASUS HomeCloud,
Quad-Strength Graphic Power
Form FactorATXATXm-ATXmini-ITXATX

ASUS H97 Series motherboards

SpecificationsH97-PROH97-PLUSH97M-PLUSH97M-EH97I-PLUS
CPU

Intel® LGA1150 4th, New 4th & 5th Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors Ready

Chipset

Intel H97 Express Chipset

Memory

4 x DIMM, max. 32GB. DDR3 1600(O.C.) MHz, non-ECC, un-buffered

2x DIMM, max. 16GB. DDR3 1600(O.C.) MHz, non-ECC, un-buffered
Power Phase DesignDIGI+6-phase VRMDIGI+4-phase VRMDIGI+4-phase VRMDIGI+4-phase VRMDIGI+6-phase VRM
PCIex16 Slots

1x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16, 1 x PCIe 2.0x16(@x4)

1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16

Output Support

HDMI/DVI/D-sub

DP/HDMI/DVI/D-sub
SATA Express1N/AN/AN/AN/A
SATA 6Gb/s66644
M.2

1 x M.2 (PCIe x2/SATA mode) socket 3 with M key, supports type 2260/2280

USB 3.06 (2 at front)6 (2 at front)6 (2 at front)6 (2 at front)6 (2 at front)
AudioRealtek® ALC892 with Crystal Sound 2Realtek® ALC887 with Crystal Sound 2Realtek® ALC887 with Crystal Sound 2Realtek® ALC887 with Crystal Sound 2Realtek® ALC887 with audio features
Networking (LAN)1 x Intel Gigabit Ethernet, Turbo LAN1 x Realtek LAN1 x Intel Gigabit Ethernet1 x Realtek LAN1 x Intel Gigabit Ethernet
Features5X Protection, UEFI BIOS, Fan Xpert 3, ASUS HomeCloud

5X Protection, UEFI BIOS, Fan Xpert 2+, ASUS HomeCloud

Form Factor

ATX

m-ATX

mini-ITX

Price and Availability

As of todate, Asus hasn’t disclosed the manufacturer’s suggested retail prices of their latest 9 series motherboards. But I previously posted an article where the prices of some of the Asus Z97 and H97 motherboards were revealed. You can check the article here: Asus Z97 and H97 Motherboard Prices Revealed – Starting at $109.99 Only. Meanwhile, it is expected that the new Asus Z97 and H97 series will hit shelves starting towards the end of May or sometime in June.

I’ll post update once these new motherboards will become available to order online. Expect that Asus Z97 and H97 motherboard reviews will go live very soon as well.

UPDATE: Asus Maximus VII Z97 Motherboards Now Available – See Specs, Price and Where to Buy

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