Perfect one-stop system optimization on Intel® Z87 Dual Intelligent Processors 4 with 4-Way Optimization 4-Way Optimization – One Click and Done! Top-up Performance, Efficiency, Digital Power, and System Cooling USB 3.0 Boost – Faster USB 3.0 with UASP in Windows 8 Fan Xpert 2 – The Most Customizable Fan Controls 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 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 USB 3.0 Boost Network iControl PCIe 3.0/USB 3.0/SATA 6Gb/s 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. 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 4K Ultra HD 3 Full HD displays Multi-monitor support Intel Collage Display Quad-GPU SLI and 3-Way CrossFireX 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. Upgrade to super-fast Thunderbolt™ 2 speed today! Learn more about ThunderboltEX II >> 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.