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Main Specifications

The main specifications for the ASUS Z97-PRO include:

  • Socket: LGA1150
  • Chipset: Intel Z97
  • Super I/O: Nuvoton NCT6791D
  • Parallel ATA: none
  • Serial ATA: eight SATA-600 ports, six controlled by the chipset (RAID 0, 1, 10, and 5) supporting one SATA Express connector, and two controlled by an ASMedia ASM1061 chip
  • External SATA: none
  • USB 2.0: eight USB 2.0 ports, four at the rear panel and four available through two headers on the motherboard
  • USB 3.0: eight USB 3.0 ports, four on the motherboard rear panel and four available through two headers, six ports controlled by the chipset and two ports controlled by an ASMedia ASM1042 chip
  • FireWire (IEEE 1394): none
  • Thunderbolt: none
  • On-board video: controlled by the CPU; one VGA (D-Sub), one DVI-D, one DisplayPort, and one HDMI connectors
  • On-board audio: produced by the chipset together with a Realtek ALC1150 codec (7.1+2 channels, 24-bit resolution, 192 kHz sampling rate, 115 dB SNR for the outputs, and 104 dB SNR for the inputs), on-board optical SPDIF output
  • On-board LAN: one Gigabit Ethernet port controlled by an Intel I218V chip
  • Buzzer: no
  • Infrared interface: no
  • Power supply required: EPS12V
  • Slots: two PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x16 slots (working at x16/x0 or x8/x8), one PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot (working at x4 or x1), four PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots, and one M.2 slot
  • Memory: four DDR3-DIMM sockets (up to DDR3-3200, 32 GiB maximum)
  • Fan connectors: two four-pin connectors for the CPU cooler, and four four-pin connectors for auxiliary fans
  • Extra features: POST status display
  • Number of CDs/DVDs provided: one
  • Programs included: motherboard utilities and drivers
  • More Information: http://www.asus.com/
  • Average Price in the U.S.*: USD 188.00

* Researched at Newegg.com on the day we published this First Look article.

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Rafael Otto Coelho is a physicist with a master’s degree in Education, and is a college professor in Brazil.