ASUS Z97-PRO Motherboard


The ASUS Z97-PRO is a good mid-range motherboard, targeted to the user who is building a computer using a “Haswell” CPU (fourth-generation Core i3, Core i5, or Core i7 processors) and wants it to be compatible with the “Devil’s Canyon” (enhanced fourth-generation) and “Broadwell” (fifth-generation) “Core i” processors, and wants a little more than simple motherboards offer.

The highlights of this motherboard include two extra SATA-600 ports, two extra USB 3.0 ports, a high-end audio interface, support for two video cards in SLI or CrossFireX, and the support for M.2 modules and SATA Express devices.

On one hand, this motherboard cannot be called a “high-end” board because it does not support a high-end slot configuration; this needs a switching chip to support up to four video cards with no performance drop. High-end motherboards also offer a higher number of SATA and USB 3.0 ports. On the other hand, the ASUS Z97-PRO offers more than average motherboards have to offer, bringing more features than most users will need, and costing about half the price of the “real high-end” motherboards.

Author: Rafael Coelho

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

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