First dual Thunderbolt™-certified Z87 motherboard with perfectly-tuned system optimization and enhanced 802.11ac Wi-Fi control Dual Intelligent Processors 4 with 4-Way Optimization4-Way Optimization - One Click and Done! Top-up Performance, Efficiency, Digital Power, and System CoolingNFC EXPRESS- One-tap Gets Your PC Going!Dual Thunderbolt onboard - Blistering-fast Data Transfers and Daisy Chain ExpansionWi-Fi GO! - Connect Your Life – The Perfect Fusion of Desktop, Smartphones and Pads Shop Modal header One-click, 4-Way Optimization Learn more about NFC EXPRESS >> Dual Intelligent Processors 4 Intro Multi-Scenario Design Proven Performance 4 Key Tuning Pillars Dual Intelligent Processors 4 with 4-Way Optimization One click for better performance, efficiency, digital power control, reduced noise, and improved cooling. Dynamic Multi-Scenario Design Figuring out the best settings for your PC a challenge? 4-Way Optimization automatically detects the best configuration for your system based on actual usage. Proven Performance The design makes sure your PC is perfect for gaming, entertainment, productivity, and everything else. *Manual setting in Away Mode *Testing configuration: Gaming - Intel LGA1150 i7-4770K | Z87-DELUXE | G.Skilll DDR3-2400 4GB x 2 Multimedia & Away - Intel LGA1150 i7-4770K | Z87-DELUXE | PATRIOT DDR3-1600 4GB x 2 | Corsair CCSD-F120GB3-BK 120GB 4 Key Tuning Pillars Performance: unlock CPU/iGPU performance with the TPU Efficiency: achieve whole system energy efficiency by reducing power consumption and power off extra I/O controllers Leading digital power: real-time management of CPU-input voltage regulator via DIGI+ Power Control Customized fan control: detailed supervision of every installed fan improves cooling and reduces noise with Fan Xpert 2 TPU CPU performance boost Unleash your computer’s performance with a simple 2-phase onboard switch or the ASUS AI Suite 3 utility. It works with the TPU chip to offer precise voltage control and advanced monitoring , enabling great freedom to adjust CPU frequencies and ratios for optimized performance in all situations. EPU All-round energy efficiency Tap into the world's first real-time PC power saving chip through a simple onboard switch or the AI Suite 3 utility. Get total system-wide energy optimization by automatically detecting current PC loadings and intelligently moderating power consumption. It can directly reduce CPU wattage to an indicated level on demand, or manually switch to Max Power Saving Mode for further power savings, creating a more energy-efficient PC. Want to download, stream, or backup content while away from your PC? Away Mode makes it easy. It puts your system into an extreme energy-saving stance, even shutting down unused extra I/O controllers. DIGI+ Power Control Precise Digital Power Control for both CPU and DRAM Power control is one of the most essential motherboard designs. Intelligent CPU power draw detection with ASUS DIGI+ Power Control is an innovative, industry-leading technology that fully complies with Intel® VRD12.5 specifications, increasing overclocking potential, enhancing system stability, and improving power efficiency with superior flexibility and accurate control. Fan Xpert 2 Comprehensive controls for the perfect cool and quiet balance Hardware-level ASUS Fan Xpert 2 literally blows away the competition. It can scan each fan’s characteristics through automatic fan speed detection, delivering custom settings for each 4-pin/3-pin CPU and chassis fan with a single click and achieving the best balance of cooling performance and low noise. RPM Fixed Mode For users who wish to reduce noise levels to near 0dB with highly specific fan speed control, which also reacts to system load for greater precision. Hands-on Video Wi-Fi GO! Superfast 802.11ac Cloud GO! Remote Control Media Streaming Hub Easy File Transfers Wi-Fi GO! Connect your life – The perfect fusion of desktop, smartphones and pads ASUS Wi-Fi GO! makes enjoying home entertainment and remotely controlling your PC easier than ever! It is the first integration of Wi-Fi hardware and a host of useful connectivity functions in a single intuitive app anyone can make the most of. It’s a one-stop utility that links your desktop with smart devices, which can be used to remotely control your PC for a truly connected lifestyle. Superfast 802.11ac Quickly gets Wi-Fi access running at up to 867Mbit/s* via new-generation 802.11ac** Wi-Fi, which is 3X faster than 802.11n. Included software lets you set up a hotspot*** fast, without needing an extra router. In addition, the bundled 2.4GHz/5GHz dual-band, two-stream (2T2R) antenna gives you wide coverage. * Actual speeds may vary **The Wi-Fi standard of 802.11ac will be restricted by countries’ regulations. Wi-Fi 802.11ac feature will be supported under the complete 11ac eco-system environment. ***Wi-Fi Hotspot uses 802.11 a/b/g/n Cloud GO! One stop to sync and backup for your cloud storage Your cloud file manager for ASUS WebStorage, Dropbox and Google Drive™. Synchronize files across cloud storage accounts with a click, with no more bothersome uploading and downloading to and from different accounts. 2013 Google Inc. All rights reserved. Google and the Google Logo are registered trademarks of Google Inc. Remote Control Remote Desktop Accesses your PC from smart devices with real-time control for complete comfort. This function creates a virtual desktop on smart devices, offering portable access to content and control over your PC from anywhere at home. Remote Keyboard & Mouse Sit back and control your computer by using your tablet’s virtual QWERTY keyboard, which is great for communicating or productivity from the comfort of your living room. Smart Sensor Control Enjoy Windows 8-exclusive games and applications using new gyroscope-based* pan, tilt, and roll controls via your smart devices right on your desktop monitor. You can even turn smart devices into a virtual microphone* in apps, games, chat, and social networking on your PC. *Available for Windows 8 Media Streaming Hub Streaming multimedia content is easier than before Enjoy HD content, music, and photos from PC on your HDTV via Wi-Fi, perfect for creating your own home theater! Easy file and screenshot transfers: File Transfer: send and share files between your PC and smart devices with only a right click on the mouse. Capture & Send: capture and send screen shots from your PC to smart devices directly by pressing the hotkey*. *Hotkey set by users. NFC EXPRESS Intro Photo Express Remote Desktop Quick Launch Windows 8 Login NFC EXPRESS One-tap gets your PC going! Using Near Field Communication technology (NFC) for instant device pairing, ASUS NFC EXPRESS is an external accessory box that combines several convenient remote access and quick Windows 8 log in functions, activated by simply touching a smart device or the included tag to it. As an added bonus, the NFC EXPRESS box comes with two extra USB 3.0 ports that extend your connectivity with the fastest USB available. Photo Express Automatically backup photos and videos Cable-free! Transfer photos and videos from NFC-supporting devices to PC with a tap, and intelligently backup all photos and videos added since last sync. Remote Desktop Enabling Remote Desktop without further setup Working with NFC-compatible smart devices, NFC EXPRESS allows you to use Remote Desktop in the Wi-Fi GO! utility with no complicated setup. Sit back and relax and control your desktop PC from the comfort of your living room or anywhere else at home. Quick Launch Code favorite applications, games, and websites to your bundled tag and get them going with a quick touch on NFC EXPRESS. This is perfect for launching the content you access most frequently with shorter load times. In addition to the bundled tag, setup multiple quick launch functions on your smart device, which acts as a virtual tag. Windows 8 Login With one touch, you can log in to Windows 8 without having to remember your password! New UEFI BIOS Intro New EZ Mode My Favorites/Shortcut Quick Note/Last Modified SATA Port Renaming New UEFI BIOS – friendlier and more Intuitive Exclusive EZ Mode adds useful info to become even easier Media-renowned UEFI BIOS from ASUS provides the smoothest mouse-controlled graphical BIOS, and now features more intuitive functions to quickly take you to favorite BIOS pages and frequently-accessed settings through custom shortcuts. You can even write quick notes in-BIOS for future reference, view an activity log of setting changes and modifications, and rename SATA ports. EZ Mode has a whole new look, upgraded with extra-friendly capabilities like detailed fan controls, XMP profile settings, SATA information, and fast clock adjustment. Together, these perfect your BIOS experience. Hands-On Video 1.Fast Clock Adjustment Easily change the time and date in EZ Mode using the mouse. 2.EZ XMP Settings Quickly apply XMP settings in UEFI BIOS EZ Mode, achieving better DRAM performance. 3. EZ Fan Settings As demanded by the community, detailed fan controls come to EZ Mode so you can switch fan profiles for quick cooling and noise-level supervision. 4. SATA Information Displays each SATA port details for you to easily recognize devices. My Favorites Get all your favorite functions on one page F4 or right click to add settings to My Favorites under Advance Mode, which cuts time spent on searching and further speeds up system tuning. Shortcut One press to apply and access frequent settings Now you can customize your own shortcut log by pressing F4 or right clicking to create shortcuts to frequently-used settings. Instantly access them by simply hitting the F3 hotkey. Quick Note You no longer need to have a pen and paper notepad around. Quick Note works inside the BIOS so you can just type remarks and ideas to help you remember important settings info and save time on trial and error. Last Modified Always forget those important BIOS changes you did? This friendly function creates a tuning log to track your BIOS settings history , which can be saved onto a USB drive. SATA Port Renaming You can rename your SATA ports for easy identification, including by usage scenario. Get greater convenience and spend less time on finding the right devices when you want to change settings. The Latest Transfer Speed Thunderbolt USB 3.0 Boost Network iControl PCIe 3.0/USB 3.0/SATA 6Gb/s Thunderbolt World’s 1st dual Thunderbolt-certified Z87 motherboard ASUS is the first to market with Intel® Thunderbolt-certified Z87 motherboards, helping revolutionize display and accessory data speeds. Thunderbolt™ works at 10Gbps, or 2X faster than USB 3.0 and an incredible 20X faster than USB 2.0. And with the ability to daisy-chain up to twelve devices to two Thunderbolt™ ports without a hub or switch, your environment stays clutter-free while performance rises. For example, you can connect multiple Thunderbolt™ storage devices, an HD video capture device, and a monitor to a single Thunderbolt™ port while maintaining maximum throughput with no slowdown. You can also connect DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI, or VGA cards and displays using adapters. For a list of certified Thunderbolt products, please visit: https://thunderbolttechnology.net/products USB 3.0 Boost (UASP Support) 170% faster transfer speeds than traditional USB 3.0 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. World’s 1st USB 3.0 UASP support – instantly 170% faster. Complete USB 3.0 solution – performance boost under Turbo Mode or UASP Mode for most USB devices. Simple plug and boost – auto detection design ensures best performance. Hands-on Video Network iControl Real-time network bandwidth management One click to prioritize network traffic for applications you're currently using or set up favorite profiles to run at specific times. Avoid network congestion, speed up downloading, and make sure online gaming runs optimized, all through an intuitive user interface. PCI Express 3.0 PCI Express 3.0 uses improved encoding that provides twice the performance of PCI Express 2.0. Total bandwidth for an x16 link reaches 32GB/s, delivering unprecedented data speeds combined with the convenience and seamless transition offered by complete backward compatibility. Complete USB 3.0 integration Double USB access, double the convenience ASUS facilitates USB 3.0 accessibility for both the front and rear panel. Experience the latest plug n play connectivity at speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0. Our motherboards afford greater convenience with high speed connectivity. Extra SATA 6Gb/s support Extra ports, extra speed and accessibility ASUS provides extra SATA 6Gb/s ports with enhanced scalability, faster data retrieval, and double the bandwidth of SATA 3Gb/s. EZ DIY AI Suite 3 USB BIOS Flashback MemOK! Q-Design 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. 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 BIOS Flashback button for 3 seconds with the power supply connected. Hassle-free updating for ultimate convenience! MemOK! Enhanced memory compatibility: save time on trial and error Memory issues can be difficult to diagnose and even harder to fix or work around. If RAM problems are preventing your system from booting, MemOK! helps by automatically loading failsafe settings to enable basic functionality with a simple push of a button on the motherboard. This troubleshooting feature saves you time and annoyance, and adds to the confidence of DIY builders. Q-Connector Easy, quick, and accurate connections Motherboard front panel wires and connectors used to be notorious as the hardest and most tedious part of the build process. You had to figure out which one went where, or consult confusing manuals. This took forever and caused needless frustration. The Q-Connector steps in to take care of all that. It’s a one-piece plug that sits on top of the front panel headers, with clearly marked inputs for each. You no longer have to mess with easily-bent pins. The wires go into the Q-Connector, and you’re good to go. Q-LED Easy PC diagnostics When there's a problem with your PC, quickly being able to diagnose and remedy the issue can eliminate a great deal of frustration. ASUS Q-LED immediately indicates when there's a problem with the CPU, memory, graphics card or boot device by lighting up in the vicinity of that component. Hands-on Video Q-DIMM Easy memory removal Even if you work with a smaller case, plugging in memory is easy with one-sided clips that are right at the edge of the board and always accessible. Just push down on the clip and push or pull RAM modules in or out – couldn’t be simpler! Q-Slot Effortless PCI Express component removal Press the Q-Slot clip lightly, and graphics cards just pop out. The large winged clip is easy to reach so you don’t have to struggle with installing or removing even the biggest graphics cards. Q-Code Detailed PC status display and diagnostics Designed to instantly recognize POST status and for precise troubleshooting. Users can check the table in the user guide for more information. 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. Ease of install and safety are always first! Windows 8 Exclusive Features DirectKey ASUS Boot Setting Probe II Sense DirectKey Dedicated direct BIOS access button Designed for those requiring frequent BIOS access, users can easily enter the BIOS when the PC is on standby power with a simple press of a button. It saves you time during boot-up as you don’t have to repeatedly press the DEL key. Convenience and ease at their best! Hands-On Video ASUS Boot Setting Multiple startup options Thanks to ASUS Windows 8 hardware optimization, ASUS Boot Setting provides better flexibility in customizing your PC’s startup process. You can shorten system boot-up time to 2-seconds* for a smoother user experience under Windows 8, and even previous versions of Windows. Also, you can enter the BIOS directly with one click through a user-friendly interface, and quickly select your preferred system boot up method: either get to the OS in seconds or opt for regular boot up. Whatever your choice, settings are saved and persistent, with no need to choose every time you power on. *On select models Hands-On Video Probe II Sense Handy system monitoring Popular ASUS real-time system monitoring software now available for Windows 8. It helps you supervise your entire PC through a live tile on the Windows 8 start screen, and make quick adjustments. Probe II Sense is a free app available from the Windows Store. 5X Protection Intro DIGI+VRM Overcurrent Protection ESD Guards 5K-hr Solid Caps Stainless Steel Back I/O ASUS 5X Protection All-round protection provides the best quality, reliability, and durability ASUS motherboards guard your PC with 5X Protection. We use quality components like DIGI+ VRM digital power design for precise CPU power on demand, ESD units tested to strict standards that eliminate electrostatic interference, and resettable fuses around DRAM slots to prevent overcurrent and short-circuit damage. We also use corrosion-resistant back I/O shields, all examples of ASUS providing the best possible reliability and durability. DIGI+ Power Control (DIGI+ VRM & DRAM) Precise Digital Power Control for both CPU and DRAM Power control is one of the most essential motherboard designs. Intelligent CPU power draw detection with ASUS DIGI+ Power Control is an innovative, industry-leading technology that fully complies with Intel® VRD12.5 specifications, increasing overclocking potential, enhancing system stability, and improving power efficiency with superior flexibility and accurate control. Enhanced DRAM Overcurrent Protection Short-circuit damage prevention Onboard resettable fuses prevent overcurrent and short-circuit damage. This extends beyond I/O ports to DRAM to safeguard system and device lifespan. ESD Guards Strong ESD protection for extended component lifespan Electrostatic discharges (ESD) can happen suddenly, and their damaging effects are often underestimated. ASUS ESD Guards offer an active protective circuit design that ensures electrostatic discharges are properly grounded, providing greater component longevity. High-Quality 5K-Hour Solid State Capacitors 2.5X longer lifespan with excellent durability ASUS high-quality solid state capacitors assure a 5,000-hour lifespan, equivalent to 2.5 times longer than traditional capacitors. They pass testing under temperatures as high as 105 degrees centigrade to meet Japanese industrial standards, providing excellent durability and enhanced thermal capacity. Stainless Steel Back I/O 3X more durable corrosion-resistant coating 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 usage life three times longer compared to ordinary panels. Multi GPU / Multi-Monitor/4K 3-monitor 4K display 4K Ultra HD 3 Full HD displays Multi-monitor support Intel Collage Display Quad-GPU SLI and 3-Way CrossFireX Ready for 4K Ultra HD on three screens The board features advanced onboard graphics that support up to three monitors at once, each displaying in 4K Ultra HD. Three digital outputs make it easy to connect three monitors, which is great for a wide range of applications. Experience super-detailed and immersive visuals for gaming, multimedia entertainment, and productivity. 4K Ultra HD ready Discover future visual experiences Following up on popular 1080p full HD, 4K Ultra HD is the next big thing, and you’re ready for the upgrade thanks to integrated graphics that natively support 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. Connect up to 3 Full HD monitors via one port DisplayPort 1.2 with Multi-Stream Transport (MST) allows you to connect up to three 1080p displays to a single output with daisy chaining, splitting the signal into three Full HD (1080p@60Hz) links. 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. Intel® Collage Display Intel® Collage Display allows images to be shown across multiple monitors, with each depicting a portion of a larger image. You can connect multiple displays to a single system and get video on several monitors with higher quality and resolution up to 4K. Connect up to six displays to drive a total resolution as high as 7680 x 1200 for Horizontal Collage Display or 3840 x 2400 for Vertical Collage Display with special dongles, like DisplayPort splitter adapters. Horizontal mode offers an extended desktop experience that’s ideal for commercial applications such as finance, while vertical mode offers a simple way to enjoy 4K ultra HD content using standard HD displays. Horizontal Collage Display: up to 7680 x 1200 Vertical Collage Display: up to 3840 x 2400 Quad-GPU SLI and 3-Way CrossFireX Support Brings you multi-GPU support using NVIDIA SLI™ or AMD CrossFireX. The Z87 chipset optimizes PCI Express allocation in multiple graphics card configurations, so you can expect brand-new gaming like you’ve never experienced before! CPU and Chipset Features CPU and chipset Intel ® features Intel® LGA1150 4th Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors Ready 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 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. Intel® Z87 Express Chipset The Intel® Z87 Express Chipset is a single-chipset design that supports socket LGA1150 4th generation Intel® 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 provides a maximum 6 USB 3.0 ports and 6 SATA 6Gb/s ports for faster data retrieval. Moreover, the Intel® Z87 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. RoHS GreenASUS Motherboards are EU Energy-related Products (ErP) ready, which requires products meet high efficiency standards with regards to energy consumption. This is in line with the ASUS vision of creating environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient products through design and innovation that reduce the carbon footprint of products and thus mitigate ecological impact.