ASUS Z87 Mainstream Series of Motherboards Revealed

ASUS Z87 Mainstream Motherboards for everyone has been Revealed

With Intel Haswell looming in the very near feature ASUS just like all other motherboard manufactures have been getting their new line of mainstream motherboards ready to sell to the masses that switch to a new Intel Haswell processor. While ASUS does have their TUF and ROG line of motherboards, these are their more mainstream motherboards that have been redesigned for anyone to start out a PC build with. With this line of motherboards ASUS has shown us five different models.

ASUS Z87 Motherboard Models:

  • Z87-C (Entry Level)
  • Z87-A (Entry Level)
  • Z87-PLUS (Mid Level)
  • Z87-PRO (Mid Level)
  • Z87-DELUXE (Premium Level)

ASUS Z87-C Motherboard:

The Z87-C is the lowest entry motherboard that ASUS will offer for the 1150 socket. It has the basics for a beginner builder or possibly HTPC worthy. This should be the least expensive of ASUS new Z87 motherboards when they are released.

Features:

  • One PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
  • One PCIe 2.0 x16 slots
  • Two PCIe x1 slots
  • Three legacy PCI slots
  • 4 Phase CPU power supply
  • Eight SATA3 ports
  • 8 Channel HD Audio
  • Four USB 3.0 ports
  • Gigabit Ethernet
ASUS Z87-C Motherboard

ASUS Z87-C Motherboard

ASUS Z87-A Motherboard:

The Z87-A  is another entry level motherboard that is a slightly better version of the Z87-C model. It includes a few more features and slots of to use GPUs in SLI or Crossfire.

Features:

  • Two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
  • One PCIe 2.0 x16 slot
  • Two PCIe x1 slots
  • One legacy PCI slot
  • 8 Phase CPU power supply
  • Ten SATA3 ports
  • 8 Channel HD Audio
  • Gigabit Ethernet
ASUS Z87-A Motherboard

ASUS Z87-A Motherboard

ASUS Z87-PLUS Motherboard:

The Z8-PLUS motherboard is when we move up to the mid level of ASUS mainstream motherboard line. Basically this is a step up from the Z87-A with more and better features which are mainly two more SATA ports and some overclocking features.

Features:

  • Two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
  • One PCIe 2.0 x16 slot
  • Two PCIe x1 slots
  • One legacy PCI slot
  • 8 Phase CPU power supply
  • Twelve SATA3 ports
  • 8 Channel HD Audio
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Some overclocking features
ASUS Z87-PLUS Motherboard

ASUS Z87-PLUS Motherboard

ASUS Z87-PRO Motherboard:

This motherboard is second only to the Z87-DELUXE. Like all the motheboards below this one it builds upon what is already there for the Z87-PLUS and once again adds some more features such as a 12 phase CPU power supply.

Features:

  • Three PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
  • Four PCIe x1 slots
  • 12 Phase CPU power supply
  • Eight internal SATA3 ports
  • Two external SATA3 ports
  • Six USB 3.0 ports
  • 8 Channel HD Audio
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n)
  • DVI, D-Sub, HDMI, DisplayPort outputs
  • Overclocking features
ASUS Z87-PRO Motherboard

ASUS Z87-PRO Motherboard

ASUS Z87-DELUXE Motherboard:

The Z87-DELUXE motherboard is the top tier for any builder that does not want to go up to the ROG or TUF series of ASUS enthusiast motherboards. This is one of the more feature rich in ASUS’ Z87 motherboard line and should only be getting this board if you are planning on getting the Intel i7-4770k. Since this board will run triple SLI or crossfire it would be a letdown with any processor.

Features:

  • Three PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
  • Four PCIe x1 slots
  • 16 Phase CPU power supply
  • Ten SATA3 ports
  • Eight USB 3.0 ports
  • 8 Channel HD Audio
  • Dual Gigabit Ethernet
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 ac)
  • HDMI, DisplayPort outputs
  • Overclocking features

 

ASUS Z87-DELUXE Motherboard

ASUS Z87-DELUXE Motherboard

For being a mainstream line of motherboards from ASUS that used features from their ROG and TUF series these could be some impressive motherboards. The entry level motherboards could make great media PCs with their high amount of SATA ports and not needing much in the way of other parts. You have mid level tiers that can handle gaming with some overclocking features and then the higher end deluxe model that starts treading on the ROG and TUF series territory. The most interesting thing will be what the price points will be on all of these motherboards vs the other series of motherboards that ASUS should be releasing at the same time.

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