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    ASUS Unveils Full Range of 9 Series Motherboards

    Latest Intel Z97 and H97 chipset-based ASUS-branded, ROG, TUF and Workstation motherboards serve a wide range of computing needs

    Taipei, Taiwan (2nd May, 2014) — ASUS today announced a complete lineup of motherboards built around the Intel® 9 Series chipset that 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.

    “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,” said Jackie Hsu, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Worldwide Sales, ASUS Open Platform Business Group.

    ASUS-branded motherboards — optimized performance for a wide range of computing scenarios

    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.

    Ultimate Gaming Performance from ROG

    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

    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.

    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.
    * See specifications for details

    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.

    Further information

    For detailed information on the full range of ASUS-branded, TUF and ROG 9 Series motherboards, please refer to the three appendices attached to this document.

    SPECIFICATIONS 1

    ASUS-branded Z97 Series motherboards

    Z97-DELUXE
    (NFC & WLC)
    Z97-DELUXE Z97-PRO
    (Wi-Fi ac)
    Z97-PRO Z97-A Z97-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 (max @x4)
    2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16
    1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (max @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 22
    (compatible with 4 x SATA 6Gbit/s)
    1
    (compatible with 2 x SATA 6Gbit/s)
    1
    (compatible with 2 x SATA 6Gbit/s)
    SATA 6Gbit/s 6 6 4
    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® ALC892 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 ATX ATX

    ASUS-branded Z97 and Workstation Series motherboards

    Z97-C Z97-K Z97M-PLUS Z97I-PLUS Z97-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-buffered 4xDDR3 DIMM, max. 32GB, 3300(O.C.) MHz, non-ECC, un-buffered
    Power Phase Design DIGI+ 6-phase
    VRM
    DIGI+ 4-phase VRM DIGI+ 4-phase
    VRM
    DIGI+ 6-phase VRM DIGI+ 8-phase
    VRM
    PCIex16 Slots 1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16; 1 x PCIe 2.0/x16 (max @x4) 1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16; 1 x PCIe 2.0/x16 (max @x4) 1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16; 1 x PCIe 2.0/x16 (@x4) 1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 4 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (dual x16, quad x8)
    Output Support HDMI/DVI/D-sub HDMI/DVI/D-sub HDMI/DVI/D-sub DP/HDMI/DVI/D-sub DP/mDP/HDM
    SATA Express 1
    (compatible with 2 x SATA 6Gbit/s)
    N/A N/A N/A 2 (compatible with 2 x SATA 6Gbit/s)
    SATA 6Gbit/s 6 6 6 4 8
    M.2 1 x M.2 (PCIe x2/SATA mode) socket 3 with M key, supports type 2260/2280
    Wi-Fi N/A N/A N/A Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5 GHz) N/A
    USB 3.0 6 (2 at front) 6 (2 at front) 6 (2 at front) 6 (2 at front) 10 (4 at front)
    Audio Realtek® ALC892 with Crystal Sound 2 Realtek® ALC887 with Crystal Sound 2 Realtek® ALC887 with Crystal Sound 2 Realtek® ALC892 with audio features. DTS UltraPC II, DTS Connect Realtek® ALC1150
    Networking (LAN) 1 x Intel Gigabit Ethernet, Turbo LAN 1 x Realtek LAN, Turbo LAN 1 x Intel Gigabit Ethernet 1 x Intel Gigabit Ethernet, Turbo LAN 2 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, Xeon processor support
    Form Factor ATX ATX m-ATX mini-ITX ATX

    ASUS H97 Series motherboards

     
    H97-PRO H97-PLUS H97M-PLUS H97M-E H97I-PLUS
    Socket Intel® LGA1150 4th, New 4th & 5th Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors Ready
    Chipset Intel H97 Express Chipset
    Power Phase Design DIGI+
    6-phase VRM
    DIGI+
    4-phase VRM
    DIGI+
    4-phase VRM
    DIGI+
    4-phase VRM
    DIGI+
    6-phase VRM
    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
    PCIex16 Slots 1x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16, 1 x PCIe 2.0x16 (max @x4) 1 x 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 Express 1
    (compatible with 2 x SATA 6Gbit/s)
    N/A N/A N/A N/A
    SATA 6Gbit/s 6 6 6 4 4
    M.2 1 x M.2 (PCIe x2/SATA mode) socket 3 with M key, supports type 2260/2280
    USB 3.0 6 (2 at front) 6 (2 at front) 6 (2 at front) 6 (2 at front) 6 (2 at front)
    Audio Realtek® ALC892 with Crystal Sound 2 Realtek® ALC887 with Crystal Sound 2 Realtek® ALC887 with Crystal Sound 2 Realtek® ALC887 with Crystal Sound 2 Realtek® ALC887 with audio features
    Networking (LAN) 1 x Intel Gigabit Ethernet, Turbo LAN 1 x Realtek LAN 1 x Intel Gigabit Ethernet 1 x Realtek LAN 1 x Intel Gigabit Ethernet
    Features 5X Protection, UEFI BIOS, Fan Xpert 3, ASUS HomeCloud 5X Protection, UEFI BIOS, Fan Xpert 2+, ASUS HomeCloud
    Form Factor ATX m-ATX mini-ITX

    ASU Republic of Gamers (ROG) Series motherboards
    Maximus VII Gene Maximus VII Hero Maximus VII Ranger
    Socket 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 Extreme Engine Digi+ III Extreme Engine Digi+ III Fully Digital VRM
    Memory DDR3 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 slots 2 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™
    Storage 8 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
    USB 6 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
    Audio SupremeFX 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 Factor mATX ATX ATX

    ASUS The Ultimate Force (TUF) Series motherboards
    SABERTOOTH Z97
    MARK 1
    SABERTOOTH Z97
    MARK 2
    GRYPHON Z97
    ARMOR EDITION
    GRYPHON Z97
    Socket 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
    LAN 1x Intel Gigabit LAN
    1x Realtek Gigabit LAN
    1x Intel Gigabit LAN
    Audio Realtek 1150 8-channel HD Realtek 892 8-channel HD
    Storage 1x SATA Express(compatible with 2 x SATA 6Gbit/s), 6 x SATA 6Gbit/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 Features Thermal 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

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    Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors.
    Full specifications are available at www.asus.com
    [1] Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs. Please visit www.asus.com and reference the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors List) for details.