High-performance Z97 mini-ITX boasts exceptionally-smart layout for ATX capability, with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, speedy M.2 and enduring 5X Protection An exceptionally-smart layout for ATX-level capability and compatibilityProfessionally-engineered audio and Intel Gigabit Ethernet – a game-winning combo!Speed up your system with lightning-fast 10Gb/s M.2ASUS HomeCloud with 802.11ac Wi-Fi – Access your PC remotely and stream multimedia content anywhere, anytimeProven quality – 5X Protection. 1000+ compatible devices. 7000+ validation hours. Shop Modal header Proven Quality. Enduring Trust. Gaming & Multimedia master Best UEFI BIOS Ultimate Cooling M.2 10Gb/s ASUS HomeCloud Easy PC DIY Proven Quality Gaming & Multimedia Best UEFI BIOS Ultimate Cooling M.2 10Gb/s ASUS HomeCloud Easy PC DIY Proven quality. Enduring trust. From gaming to multimedia Best UEFI BIOS Ultimate cooling M.2 10Gb/s ASUS HomeCloud Easy PC DIY Proven quality Gaming & multimedia Best UEFI BIOS Ultimate cooling M.2 10Gb/s ASUS HomeCloud EZ PC DIY Proven quality. Enduring trust. Strict compatibility and validation Protection Hardware safeguards to ensurelong-term durability. Compatible Devices Including CPUs, memory modules, graphics cards and more. Validation Hours Extensive testing for extreme reliability, compatibility and safety. We are the world's biggest motherboard manufacturer, and renowned our design thinking that revolves around users – just like you. Our engineers employ exacting standards to guarantee quality throughout the product's life, choosing the finest components for real-world protection. Our motherboards are proven to be compatible with more than 1,000 components and devices, and undergo a minimum of 7,000 hours of strict validation. That gives you the peace of mind of knowing that ASUS motherboards are fit for all environments and applications. To build your PC with the best foundations, build it with an ASUS motherboard. ASUS 5X Protection Hardware safeguards to ensure long-term durability Our be-the-best ethos underscores the choice of every single component that goes into your ASUS motherboard. We focus relentlessly on quality to ensure long-term system reliability and performance. Precise digital power control with ASUS DIGI+ VRM Voltage regulator modules (VRMs) are among the most essential motherboard components. A good VRM intelligently delivers CPU power based on actual needs at any given time. ASUS was first with digital power design featuring faster sensing and response to deliver precise CPU power on demand. This great accuracy reduces energy waste and of course improves system stability thanks to more consistent delivery. Enhanced DRAM overcurrent protection Onboard resettable fuses prevent overcurrent and short-circuit damage. This extends beyond I/O ports to DRAM to safeguard the lifespan of both your system and connected device. 5K-hr solid-state capacitors that last 2.5X longer Solid-state capacitors are able to withstand extreme temperatures of up to 105°C for as long as 5,000 hours — that's two-and-a-half (2.5X) times longer than traditional capacitors. This exceptional durability means superb real-world endurance to more typical PC operating temperatures, ensuring that ASUS motherboards continue working longer. Stainless-steel back I/O that lasts 3X longer ASUS motherboard back I/O panels are made from strong and corrosion-resistant stainless steel, which is bonded with a thin layer of chromium oxide to enhance anti-corrosive properties. Passing 72-hour spray salt endurance tests, ASUS stainless steel back I/O panels have a lifespan that's three times (3X) longer compared to ordinary panels. ESD Guards for protection from electrostatic discharge Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can happen suddenly, and its damaging effects are easily underestimated. ASUS ESD Guards are tested to very high standards, capable of up to +/- 10kV for air discharge and +/-6kV for contact discharge. We employ an active protective circuit design to guard your system against electrostatic interference and damage, providing greater component longevity. Keyboard and mouse connectors: Additional on-circuit ESD transient-voltage-suppression (TVS) diodes. VGA connectors: Additional on-circuit ESD TVS diodes to protectD-Sub functionality. USB 3.0/2.0 connectors: On-circuit TVS diodes for surface-mount and dual-inline packages. LAN port: ESD TVS diode protection on the LAN circuit. Audio connectors: Varistor protection on back audio-output circuits. Proven compatibility Having the freedom to pick and choose the parts that go into your machine is at the heart of PC DIY. Our extensive certification program focuses on providing the very best compatibility with the widest range of components and devices, giving you the freedom to build and upgrade without frustration. Compatible today and compatible far into the future – that's the ASUS way. Tested - 1,000+ compatible CPUs, memory modules, graphics cards and more Every 9 Series motherboard is compatible with thousands of devices. Our engineers fit and assess both server and consumer CPUs, hundreds of memory modules, dozens of graphics cards, loads of storage devices, power supplies, network devices, displays, optical drives, peripherals and many more. We do this to give you complete confidence in our products and their superb compatibility. Complete & Public QVL View our Qualified Vendor List (QVL) online We're so confident in our 9 Series motherboards' superior compatibility that we publish our entire QVL for all to see — delivering you more choices for worry-free PC-building experiences. There are no gaps in our QVL: every compatible component is on the list for all to see. To check that a particular component or device is compatible with your motherboard, just reference the QVL for instant reassurance. Designed — Great compatibility with ASUS products When you choose an ASUS motherboard, it's likely you'll also go with ASUS for other components. ASUS designs products from the ground up so that graphics cards, sound cards and optical drives work flawlessly with your motherboard. Top-to-bottom reliability Our motherboards have superb endurance. We verify this by subjecting every board to over 7,000 hours of stringent tests. A barrage of burn-in, environmental, compatibility, software and safety tests confirm that our motherboards are exceptionally robust — with reliability that surpasses industry standards. Extensive testing for extreme reliability, compatibility and safety Each motherboard is subjected to extended reliability testing under heavy load conditions, from the transportation to daily operations, to make sure they are delivered to you in perfect condition. Trials include temperature and humidity, burn-in, power on/off, power consumption, insertion and thermal-shock testing among many others. Every certified-compatible component puts through an up to 24-hour aging test to ensure trouble-free operation every day – no matter what you fit or attach and no matter what you do! Temperature and Humidity Test Components withstand extreme conditions Thermal Measurement Cool and stable under the heaviest loads Insertion Test Guaranteed I/O reliability Up to 24-hour aging test to ensure reliability Power Consumption Test Ensure global-standard energy efficiency Temperature and DC Margin Thermal Shock Test Non-Operation Vibration Test Burn-In Test Installation Test Drop Test Shock Test Salt and Spray Test Games or multimedia — it's always ready! Audio that roars on the battlefield! ASUS audio features gets you always ready for gaming, chatting, watching movies or relaxing to your favorite music. Discover a whole new dimension of superior audio and get ready to rule! Audio amplifier Enhances the highest quality sound for headphone and speakers Unique de-pop circuit Reduces start-up popping noise to audio outputs Premium Japanese-made audio capacitors Provides warm, natural and immersive sound with exceptional clarity and fidelity Dedicated audio PCB layers Separate layers for left and right channels to guard the quality of the sensitive audio signals A double win for gaming! The difference between defeat and victory can be measured in milliseconds. That's why ASUS motherboards are equipped with state-of-the-art networking technology that puts your frags first! Turbo LAN Turbo LAN with cFosSpeed traffic-shaping technology adds even more lag-reducing support and intuitive user interface. It allows you to lower lag with no expert knowledge – by up to 1.45X! If you're a tweaker, use Advanced Mode for hardcore controls. Real-time speed monitor Grouping your own favorite list Set priority to speed up for your application *Testing configuration: Intel® Core™ i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50 GHz │ Z97-DELUXE │ Transcend JM1600KLH-16GK DDR3 1600MHz*2 │ Windows Win8.1 Ultimate 64bit Intel® Gigabit Ethernet —top gaming choice that goes faster with your CPU Faster, smoother gaming – always. Intel® Gigabit Ethernet has the serious double advantage of communicating directly with CPUs and offering high TCP and UDP throughput. This significantly reduces the processor's workload, so there's more power for your game and your gameplay. Up to 2X-faster UDP game-data performance ASUS engineers used IxChariot, an independent network-assessment test tool, to determine just how much quicker Intel Gigabit Ethernet deals with the smaller (sub-256 byte) UDP data packets that are vital for responsive gaming. The results are in — and with Z97 your game-data packets flow up to two times (2X) faster than competing gaming-LAN technologies! Work with up to 3 displays Connect up to three independent monitors at once using video outputs such as DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, or VGA. Choose your outputs and set displays to either mirror mode or collage mode. 4K/Ultra HD visual excellence Native support for 4K/UHD (ultra-high-definition) resolutions of up to 4096 x 2160 via HDMI or DisplayPort —that's four times the pixel count of 1080p (1920 x 1080), offering incredible visual clarity, detail, and realism. Media-acclaimed UEFI BIOS The smoothest, slickest mouse-controlled graphical BIOS has been improved to make it even more appealing. Whether you're a PC novice or a seasoned overclocker, the EZ and Advanced Modes help you find your way, quickly and easily. Map to MyFavorite: Quickly find tuning options and add preferred tools to the MyFavorites list! EZ Tuning Wizard – OC and RAID: Select your hardware and use scenarios to tune system performance or streamline your RAID configuration for faster data retrieval and backups! EZ XMP Improve your DRAM performance with a click! Intuitive graphical fan control Fine-tune individual fans simply by dragging a curve with the mouse! Real-time hardware monitor Benefit from instant information from the critical parts of your system! EZ Mode Fan Profile: Detailed CPU and case fan information for instant cooling! SATA Information: Displays SATA port details for you to easily recognize devices! Fast Clock Adjustment: Use mouse controls to change the time and date! EZ XMP: Improve your DRAM performance with a click! Advanced Mode Shortcut: Press Enter to create shortcuts to favorite settings, or select an existing shortcut and press F4 to go straight there! Quick Notes: Make notes and capture BIOS-related ideas, quickly and conveniently! Last Modified Log: Track last change and save preferred profiles onto a USB drive! SATA Port Renaming: Rename SATA ports for easy identification! Advanced fan controls for ultimate coolingand quietness with Fan Xpert 3 Fan Xpert 3 is an extremely advanced fan-management tool that puts 4-pin/3-pin CPU and case fan controls in one place. It scans each fan's characteristics and intelligently delivers custom settings for each fan based on the dedicated area temperatures. Make sure every fan achieves the best balance of cooling performance and low noise.Fan Xpert 3 supports hardware-level PWM/DC combo mode for both the CPU and case fans. It even has the upgraded ability to reduce the CPU fan speed to below the default minimum, for extra-quiet and power saving operation during light loads. Watch video RPM Fixed Mode Designed for users who wish to reduce noise levels to near 0dB with highly specific fan speed control. It reacts to system loads for greater response. Auto Tuning Mode Scans fan parameters through exclusive automatic speed detection to provide custom settings for each fan with a single click. This achieves the best cooling for your components beyond just the mere number of fans in your case. Informative fan controls Delivers complete information that allows you to take advanced control over each fan. Ultra-fast transfer speed 170% faster transfer speeds with USB 3.0 Boost ASUS USB 3.0 Boost technology supports UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) USB 3.0 in Windows 8. With USB 3.0 Boost technology, a USB device's transmission speed is significantly increased up to 170%, adding to already fast USB 3.0 performance. ASUS software automatically accelerates data rates for compatible USB 3.0 peripherals without any user interaction. Speed up your system with M.2 With two native PCI Express 2.0 bandwidth, M.2 supports up to 10Gbit/s data-transfer speeds. It is the perfect choice for an operating system drive, making your whole PC work that much faster. It supports Intel® Rapid Storage Technology to ensure even faster access to data, refresh applications automatically and awake from sleep in just seconds!*Refer to model specifications for Intel® Rapid Storage Technology support ASUS HomeCloud Your PC, your world ASUS HomeCloud creates a world without boundaries. It lets you access your PC remotely, stream multimedia content to wherever you want, and manage all your stuff from anywhere — no matter where it's stored. Use the built-in Wake on WAN feature to remotely wake and control your PC with a single smart device, anywhere and anytime. It even turns your hard drive into a private cloud, removing worries about storage limits. With HomeCloud, your PC becomes the gateway to your world. Total control anytime, anywhere with Wi-Fi GO! Wi-Fi GO! gives you complete control of your PC — even when you're away from home! Access your forgotten files at home, work on your PC while your are in the traffic or outside. Plus one step to manage all your public clouds or sync files among your PC and devices in a click. 2T2R Dual Band 2.4/5GHz antenna. 802.11ac* Wi-Fi up to 867Mbit/s* transfer speed *Actual speed may vary, and Wi-Fi Hotspot use 802.11 a/b/g/n Cloud GO! Gather your ASUS WebStorage, Dropbox® , Google Drive™, and SkyDrive® accounts in one place and even backup to PC at the same time! Remote Desktop Easily access and control your PC, anytime and anywhere! File Transfer Sync files between your PCs and smart devices with just a click! Remote Keyboard & Mouse Control media playback from your sofa! Easily view the photo in your computer with pad outside of home PC DIY has never been this easy We understand how you use your PC. From assembly, system setting and monitoring, and to firmware and hardware updates — we're all about making your life easier. That's why we never stop developing new and exciting DIY opportunities to make PC DIY easy, fun and free from hassle! 1 assembly ASUS Q-Design makes PC building quick and easy 2 settings ASUS AI Suite 3 is a one-stop shop for adjusting your settings 3 monitoring ASUS Push Notice monitors your PC status on the go 4 BIOS updates ASUS USB BIOS Flashback updates your BIOS without a CPU installed Learn More ASUS Q-Design Easy PC DIY starts today Watch video Q-Slot - Effortless PCI Express component removal The large winged clip is easy to reach and easy to operate. Just press the Q-Slot clip lightly, and graphics card just pop out. Installing or removing even the biggest graphics cards is no sweat! Q-DIMM - Easy memory removal Even if you work with a smaller case, just push down on the one-sided clip and push or pull RAM modules in or out – couldn't be simpler! Q-Connector - Easier connections for smaller spaces No more struggling to connect front-panel cables in small cases, as Q-Connector's one-piece plug is perfect for tight spots – so you can make accurate connections quickly and easily. Q-Shield – Easy and safe on fingers Unlike other I/O shields, with their sharp edges, the exclusive Q-Shield is soft and pliable to protect your hands from cuts. AI Suite 3 One-stop access to innovative ASUS features ASUS AI Suite 3 offers a brand-new user experience through a clearer and more attractive interface with support for larger monitors. It consolidates all exclusive ASUS features into one simple-to-use package, allowing you to supervise overclocking, energy consumption, fan speeds, voltages and more. This all-in-one app offers diverse and easy to use functionality, with no need to switch back and forth between different utilities. Push Notice Monitor your PC status on the go. If you've ever wondering how your PC is faring when you're not around, Push Notice will keep you informed – in real time! When your PC's status changes, Push Note instantly sends an alert to your tablet or smartphone. You can also throw the webpage you are browsing or memo to your smart device. Everything is under control, no matter where you are. USB BIOS Flashback Simple plug and press hardware-based BIOS flashing Hardware-level USB BIOS Flashback allows users to update to new UEFI BIOS versions even without a CPU or DRAM installed. Just plug in a USB flash drive containing the BIOS file and press the USB BIOS Flashback/onboard BIOS BFLK button/Reset button* for 5 seconds with the power supply connected. Hassle-free updating for ultimate convenience! Connect to a power supply Plug a USB flash drive Press the button *The button's availability and location vary by motherboard model. Please refer to your manual. Close Intel CPU and chipset features Intel® LGA1150 4th, New 4th & 5th Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors Ready This motherboard supports Intel® 4th , New 4th and 5th 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 DDR3 memory and 16 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 lanes. This provides great graphics performance. Intel® Z97 Express Chipset The Intel® Z97 Express Chipset is a single-chipset design that supports socket Intel® LGA1150 4th, New 4th & 5th Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. Additionally, Z97 provides a maximum 6 USB 3.0 ports, 6 SATA 6Gbit/s ports and 10Gbit/s M.2 support for faster data retrieval. Moreover, the Intel® Z97 Express Chipset also supports iGPU functions, letting users enjoy the latest Intel integrated graphics performance. Intel® Smart Response Technology SSD speed with HDD capacity Uses an installed fast SSD (min18.6GB 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, operating up to 6X faster than a hard drive-only system. Intel® Smart Connect Technology Auto application refresh and shorter wait times 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. Intel® Rapid Start Technology Instantly awaken your PC from sleep mode 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 energy use low. * Precise specifications and features vary by model. Please refer to the specification page. The product (electrical , electronic equipment, Mercury-containing button cell battery) should not be placed in municipal waste. Check local regulations for disposal of electronic products. All specifications are subject to change without notice. Please check with your supplier for exact offers. Products may not be available in all markets. PCB color and bundled software versions are subject to change without notice. Brand and product names mentioned are trademarks of their respective companies.