Motherboards
    MAXIMUS VII HERO

    Gold Award

    ROG boards often come with a price premium over other boards just because of the quality design, hardware selection, and impressive gaming-centric software package built in. At $229, the Maximus VII Hero is priced competitively in the category ASUS is targeting. For that price, it will be tough to find a board that offers more in terms of software and innovation for the gamer. If you are planning a new build based on Intel's 4th or 5th generation Core series processors and are an avid gamer, the Maximus VII Hero is calling your name. more
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    UNITED STATES
    Overclockers Club
    05/26/2014

    ROG
    MAXIMUS VII HERO

    Gold Award

    ROG boards often come with a price premium over other boards just because of the quality design, hardware selection, and impressive gaming-centric software package built in. At $229, the Maximus VII Hero is priced competitively in the category ASUS is targeting. For that price, it will be tough to find a board that offers more in terms of software and innovation for the gamer. If you are planning a new build based on Intel's 4th or 5th generation Core series processors and are an avid gamer, the Maximus VII Hero is calling your name. more
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    UNITED STATES
    Overclockers Club
    05/26/2014

    Motherboards
    MAXIMUS VII GENE

    Overclockers Approved

    In the end, we have a mATX offering from ASUS that can easily perform on par with its bigger ATX/E-ATX brethren. Sure, you don't quite have all the PCI-E slots found on the larger boards, but you know that when buying into the mATX form factor. If you're thinking about an enthusiast level mATX motherboard for your next build, the ASUS Maximus VII GENE is definitely worthy of consideration. more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/1340/5625.jpg Overclockers.com
    UNITED STATES
    Overclockers.com
    05/20/2014

    ROG
    MAXIMUS VII GENE

    Overclockers Approved

    In the end, we have a mATX offering from ASUS that can easily perform on par with its bigger ATX/E-ATX brethren. Sure, you don't quite have all the PCI-E slots found on the larger boards, but you know that when buying into the mATX form factor. If you're thinking about an enthusiast level mATX motherboard for your next build, the ASUS Maximus VII GENE is definitely worthy of consideration. more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/1340/5625.jpg Overclockers.com
    UNITED STATES
    Overclockers.com
    05/20/2014

    Motherboards
    Z97-WS

    About as good as it gets

    The Z97-WS is the kind of product that feels like it was "designed for me". No BS. Just rock solid.
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    UNITED STATES
    LinusTechTips
    05/15/2014

    Server & Workstations
    Z97-WS

    About as good as it gets

    The Z97-WS is the kind of product that feels like it was "designed for me". No BS. Just rock solid.
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/default.jpg LinusTechTips
    UNITED STATES
    LinusTechTips
    05/15/2014

    Motherboards
    Z97-A

    Editor's Choice

    It is really hard to believe that this is ASUS's entry-level Z97 motherboard. Even looking back at the Z87-A, this board offers much more and you can see where ASUS made the improvements. If you are looking to get into the Z97 platform at an affordable price the Z97-A is the perfect choice. Right now you can pick up the Z97-A at my favorite online retailer for $149.99, which makes it such a great value. Overall ThinkComputers gives the ASUS Z97-A Motherboard a 9 out of 10 score and our Editor's Choice Award! more
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    UNITED STATES
    thinkcomputers.org
    05/15/2014

    Sound Cards and Digital-to-Analog Converters
    Xonar U7

    Dam Good

    With the U7 ASUS has made wonderful strides in improving their USB-based Xonar offerings. What was once a source of derision in the audiophile community may not become an overnight success with it, but there's proof here that USB and audio fidelity can walk hand in hand. More importantly, for the average consumer who needs a fast, pain-free, affordable external upgrade to their existing system's soundcard abilities, the Xonar U7 is hard to beat. It certainly will never replace dedicated PCIe solutions, but for anyone using an SFF or mobile systems this is one of the best options available more
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    UNITED STATES
    Hardware Canucks
    05/14/2014

    Sound Cards and Digital-to-Analog Converters
    Xonar U7

    Editor's Choice

    The Xonar U7 is truly an incredible audio component at this price point, and would be an excellent piece at substantially more. The versatility of the U7 makes it a perfect choice for a variety of applications, from gaming to strict audio. However, the Xonar U7 seems to fall most naturally into a setting where it would be used for all of these scenarios, and makes a perfect center for a multimedia/gaming/entertainment PC where its incredible staging and versatility can truly be appreciated. For this, along with excellent sound quality, the ASUS Xonar U7 takes our Editor's Choice Award, and receives our highest recommendation. more
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    UNITED STATES
    Hi Tech Legion
    05/12/2014

    Motherboards
    Z97I-PLUS

    4 out of 5

    If you're looking for a feature-packed Mini-ITX motherboard to pair with an Intel Haswell chip (plus future-proofing on the CPU and storage fronts), the Z97I-Plus is an excellent, fairly priced option. more
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    UNITED STATES
    Computer Shopper
    05/12/2014

    Motherboards
    Z97-A

    LanOC Recommended

    My time with the Z97-A has been extremely interesting. As always I was extremely impressed with Asus's attention to detail when packing the Z97-A full of features. Typically with a low to mid ranged motherboard like this manufactures seem to try their best to put only the bear minimum in effort into everything. Asus did a great job of giving the Z97-A the best software available as well as the best UEFI BIOS. I was also really impressed with the USB 3.0 performance when using Asus's USB 3.0 Boost. more
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    UNITED STATES
    LANOC
    05/12/2014

    Motherboards
    Z97-A

    Dam Good

    In conclusion, the ASUS Z97-A is the ideal choice for the price conscious buyer who is not willing to give up any of the features or capabilities that you would want from a next generation motherboard. more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/2666.jpg Hardware Canucks
    UNITED STATES
    Hardware Canucks
    05/11/2014

    Motherboards
    MAXIMUS VII HERO

    Editor's Choice

    The ASUS Z97 Maximus VII Hero motherboard representing its ROG "Republic of Gamers" series line up continues to impress with its features rich and rock stable performance. more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/1340/4260.jpg Pureoverclock
    UNITED STATES
    Pureoverclock
    05/11/2014

    ROG
    MAXIMUS VII HERO

    Editor's Choice

    The ASUS Z97 Maximus VII Hero motherboard representing its ROG "Republic of Gamers" series line up continues to impress with its features rich and rock stable performance. more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/1340/4260.jpg Pureoverclock
    UNITED STATES
    Pureoverclock
    05/11/2014

    Motherboards
    Z97-A

    Must Have

    While a motherboard targeted for the value segment is rarely (if ever) described as overwhelming, the Z97-A is the exception to the rule. It is feature rich in ways that are not often thought of when it comes to motherboard since most of its unique capabilities are software based. I can hear the collective groan already from readers (“bundled software! bah”) but lumping in ASUS software with other motherboard software is unfair for AI Suite is in a league all its own. more
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    UNITED STATES
    Modders-Inc.com
    05/11/2014

    Motherboards
    Z97-A

    Recommended

    We're still in the early days of the 9-series generation, and I haven't spent enough time with the alternatives to have a definitive sense of how they stack up overall. But I have spent enough time with the Z97-A to know that it's a fantastic motherboard worthy of TR Recommended designation more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/1340/5864.jpg Tech Report
    UNITED STATES
    Tech Report
    05/11/2014

    Motherboards
    Z97-DELUXE

    Golden Tachometer Award

    I consistently get better results from the auto overclocking features of ASUS boards than I do from other boards. From a pure performance point of view, this is about the best you can do short of one of ASUS' Rampage Extreme motherboards with its liquid nitrogen feature set. Read more at http://benchmarkreviews.com/15836/asus-z97-deluxe-nfc-wlc-motherboard-review/11/#cJetjZWuOA0rSogc.99 more
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    UNITED STATES
    Benchmark Reviews
    05/07/2014

    Motherboards
    Z97-DELUXE(NFC & WLC)

    PC PERSPECTIVE GOLD AWARD

    The Z97-Deluxe is from ASUS' Channel line of motherboards, those boards that are used by OEM system builders and mid-tier enthusiasts. As such, I wouldn't have expected the design innovations present in the Z97-Deluxe's implementation. It sports a full 16+2 phase power delivery system with high-end 10K capacitors. ASUS even included the separate audio PCB that is normally reserved for their ROG line. The most obvious updates to the board when compared with the Z87-based model is in its aesthetics. ASUS perfectly matched the color scheme with the Z97-Deluxe to give the board a visual appeal that matches its performance punch. The BIOS redesign was also a very welcomed addition with much more thought put into the layout of the UEFI features as well as the use of graphical interfaces. more
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    UNITED STATES
    PC Perspective
    05/02/2014

    Motherboards
    Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac)

    Recommended

    The ASUS Z97-Pro (Wi-Fi ac) is a great motherboard if you're looking to get into the LGA1150 Haswell/Broadwell platform. It is packed with enough features to keep most enthusiast happy, but with a price tag of only $219.99 it certainly isn't priced out of reach. Read more at http://www.legitreviews.com/asus-z97-pro-wi-fi-ac-intel-z97-motherboard-review_140521/16#gvv641YRDDf6LXTE.99 more
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    UNITED STATES
    Legit Reviews
    05/02/2014

    Motherboards
    Z97-WS

    Editor's Choice

    Overall, we think that the Z97-WS is an exceptional platform and ASUS has done a good job with feature load out and updates to the BIOS and ease of overclocking. We also did like the number of USB ports you can run on this motherboard, it seems we never have enough of these anymore. Whether you are a system builder or a DIY kind of person, you really cannot go wrong with this motherboard Read more at http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/6292/asus-z97-ws-workstation-intel-z97-motherboard-review/index8.html more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/1340/10212.png TweakTown
    UNITED STATES
    TweakTown
    04/28/2014