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Asus reveals Z87 Motherboard Range

Asus reveals Z87 Motherboard Range

Asus has some interesting new additions to its ROG and Sabertooth line-ups, including the Gyphon - a micro-ATX TUF board.

Asus has revealed its Z87 motherboard line-up for Intel's new Haswell CPUs.

Bit-tech actually attended an event in Amsterdam a few weeks ago, and with the NDA on what we saw now expired, we're free to share all the gossip with you.

Sadly we don't have any performance or overclocking details at this point, but what we do have is a complete picture of Asus' very interesting new range of motherboards, set to hit shelves soon.

The mini-ITX market is being well-catered for again with a new overclocking orientated model, unsurprisingly called the Z87 I-Deluxe, which is essentially a follow-up to it's gorgeous P8Z77-I Deluxe.

As with all of Asus' new mainstream boards, the new colour scheme is a mixture of gold and yellow, and the motherboard looks pretty similar to its predecessor, with a large VRM daughterboard, six SATA ports plus the usual headers.

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There are new TUF and ROG motherboards too. We're particularly keen to take a look at TUF's first micro-ATX motherboard, the Gryphon, while ROG will now have a budget orientated board called the Hero, which we suspect will retail for a similar price to the micro-ATX Gene, but cheaper than the Formula and Extreme, which are still doing the rounds too.

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Above left - ROG's new more affordable board - the Hero and right, the Z87 Deluxe sporting Asus' new mainstream board colour scheme - click to enlarge

However, something new to all of Asus' motherboards is the CPU fan header. It might not seem like a key headline, but the addition has the potential to render expensive automatic fan controllers useless. By adding a mosfet between the PSU and CPU fan, Asus' software fan control suits are now able to vary the speed of 3-pin fans as well as 4-pin PWM fans. A simple latch built-in to the header detects when a 3-pin or 4-pin fan is connected. While its fan control software is pretty good, Z77 and earlier boards could only vary the speed of 4-pin fans.

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The UEFI BIOS has also received a few ugrades. You're now able to add notes to relating to specific BIOS settings and there's even a history list of BIOS changes. Thermal Armor makes its return, but thankfully it's removable. Along side the new Gryphon will be a new Sabertooth Z87 model too. There are actually even more exciting features but unfortunately these are under NDA till Haswell's launch.

Will you be upgrading to a Z87 motherboard? Let us know in the forum.

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Snips 16th May 2013, 10:00 Quote
"Bit-tech actually attended an event in Amsterdam a few weeks ago" ;) wink! wink! nudge! nudge! Say no more!!!

"Sadly we don't have any performance or overclocking details at this point" Too busy doing something else Aye!!!! ;)

Even Fernando Torres proved last night that anyone can "Score" in Amsterdam :)
Stanley Tweedle 16th May 2013, 10:02 Quote
No PCI slots. That would mean losing my Auzentech X-Meridian 2G. No buy.
Corky42 16th May 2013, 10:08 Quote
Cant say im a lover of the gold and yellow color scheme, and while the new CPU fan header is nice wouldn't most people just splash the £10-15 on a 4 pin fan ?

I do like the sound of the history and notes feature in the UEFI BIOS though, as it will save having to make notes on what settings you changed last OC attempt when the stress test fails five hours later.

But personally im going to skip Haswell and wait for Skylake.
Combatus 16th May 2013, 10:16 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Corky42
the new CPU fan header is nice wouldn't most people just splash the £10-15 on a 4 pin fan ?
.

If you're going for premium fans such as Scythe GT or SilverStone Air Penetrator then very few of these have 4-pin PWM connectors (not the same as 4-pin molex you understand - that's different!). This way you could even hook up a 3-way 3-pin fan adaptor and hook several fans up too.
Meelobee 16th May 2013, 10:20 Quote
Who the hell came up with that color scheme?!
SchizoFrog 16th May 2013, 10:22 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stanley Tweedle
No PCI slots. That would mean losing my Auzentech X-Meridian 2G. No buy.

You can't expect them to hold to PCI for ever and can always use a PCI-Express to PCI riser riser card.


Anyway, I am really looking forward to the 'Hero'... Seems to have all the benefits and expansion slots of higher end boards and hopefully will cost the same as the Gene m-ATX. Sounds like a win, win to me.
Parge 16th May 2013, 10:23 Quote
Wow those are some spectacularly ugly boards!
wuyanxu 16th May 2013, 10:27 Quote
It's great to see the motherboard industry has come down to fan controllers to differentiate themselves. We really need some better ones. I was fed up with Gigabyte Z68's fan controller so decided to buy a dedicated piece of hardware.

But a simple toggle in the EFI will do the job, the fancy fan socket just gold plated excessive engineering.
rici1241 16th May 2013, 10:37 Quote
I like the look of the maximus vi hero and the sabertooth gryphon, but the rest look ugly.
runadumb 16th May 2013, 10:46 Quote
I am very tempted to replace my million year old original i7 920 with haswell. Roll on June!
Corky42 16th May 2013, 10:59 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Combatus
If you're going for premium fans such as Scythe GT or SilverStone Air Penetrator then very few of these have 4-pin PWM connectors

Depends what you call premium :D are you going for low noise, high air flow or good static pressure. Sure some fans don't come in PWM flavors but its not like you cant find one to match what characteristic your looking for.
TrevDX 16th May 2013, 11:01 Quote
So the ROG Hero is effectively the Z87's ROG Gene or do you reckon there will be a Gene as well?

I am going to be looking for a ROG m-ATX board for my new build.
Cei 16th May 2013, 11:44 Quote
TrevDX, you're reading that wrong. They're saying that the Hero (which is clearly ATX sized) will cost about the same as the Gene does today, not replacing the Gene. I would definitely expect a VI Gene for this chipset, due to the popularity of the series.
Combatus 16th May 2013, 11:47 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by TrevDX
So the ROG Hero is effectively the Z87's ROG Gene or do you reckon there will be a Gene as well?

I am going to be looking for a ROG m-ATX board for my new build.

Yep we can confirm there will be a Gene. Everything else is under wraps!
TrevDX 16th May 2013, 11:52 Quote
Thanks ;)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cei
TrevDX, you're reading that wrong. They're saying that the Hero (which is clearly ATX sized) will cost about the same as the Gene does today, not replacing the Gene. I would definitely expect a VI Gene for this chipset, due to the popularity of the series.

That's the issue with trying to read quickly whilst at work ;) Also the picture seemed a bit deceptive, still all good now.
Bindibadgi 16th May 2013, 13:37 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by TrevDX
So the ROG Hero is effectively the Z87's ROG Gene or do you reckon there will be a Gene as well?

I am going to be looking for a ROG m-ATX board for my new build.

We've announced

Extreme
Gene
Hero

so far
ashchap 16th May 2013, 13:55 Quote
I've been using speedfan to control 3-pin fans with no extra hardware for about 10 years now... what's the big deal?
Corky42 16th May 2013, 14:09 Quote
I don't think these pictures do the black & gold board justis, i just found another picture with it in a black case and it looks sooo much better.
Pookie 16th May 2013, 14:22 Quote
Just to go against the grain here but I think the color scheme on these boards looks awesome ;)
Hereisphilly 16th May 2013, 14:33 Quote
This website shows what i think is Asus' full range of Z87 motherboards at the moment
And yes there is a gene

http://techgage.com/article/brace-yourselves-an-onslaught-of-asus-z87-motherboards-is-coming/
The_Crapman 16th May 2013, 16:58 Quote
Since when have earlier boards not been able to control the speed of 3-pin fans? They should tell that to my 2 3-pin xigmateks which Fan Xpert 2 is controlling right now.
faugusztin 16th May 2013, 17:59 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by The_Crapman
Since when have earlier boards not been able to control the speed of 3-pin fans? They should tell that to my 2 3-pin xigmateks which Fan Xpert 2 is controlling right now.

CPU fan connectors are unable to control 3-pin fans, chasis fan connectors are able to control 3-pin fans.

And the color scheme - i think my stomach is protesting :D.
Cei 16th May 2013, 19:26 Quote
Thanks for the link hereisphilly.

Interesting that the TB_HEADER is still on the boards, despite the fact that the Thunderbolt EX expansion card hasn't made it to market yet, despite being promised since the launch of the Z77 boards.

Bit disappointed to see that the VI GENE still has a 16x/8x PCIe layout for GPUs, I was hoping for 16x/16x, but this must be an Intel limitation?


EDIT: Actually. TB_HEADER seems to have been removed from the GENE?
faugusztin 16th May 2013, 19:51 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cei
Bit disappointed to see that the VI GENE still has a 16x/8x PCIe layout for GPUs, I was hoping for 16x/16x, but this must be an Intel limitation?

There is no x16/x8. There is only x16/NC, x8/x8 in case of Gene or x16/NC/NC, x8/x8/NC or x8/x4/x4 in case of other boards. The only exception from above is the Maximus VI Extreme with a PCIe lane multiplier.

And yes, it is the mainstream Intel CPU limitation, CPU has only 16 PCIe lanes, so there is nothing more to distribute. Well, actually there is, but not much - the PCH usually gives you additional 4 PCIe lanes, but that is used for PCIe x1 and various onboard devices.
Anfield 16th May 2013, 20:11 Quote
The last Gene served me very well and still does, definitely going for the Gene again when haswell arrives, just don't see much of a point in bigger boards anymore.
Asouter 16th May 2013, 22:11 Quote
I'd like to see a ROG Mini ITX, we haven't seen one of those yet, or maybe a TUF
NoobNeb 17th May 2013, 01:16 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Asouter
I'd like to see a ROG Mini ITX
+1 for that
I quite like the Gryphon w/ armour of course. I'd find an mATX mPower from MSI interesting too. I think mATX is what most should be using these days no need for full ATX really and there's still the possibility of 2 graphics cards and you've the freedom to install sound/network/whatevertakesyourfancy cards so more options than m-ITX.
Undecided as of yet on the gold colour scheme :/ Good news about the fan headers though.
Bindibadgi 17th May 2013, 04:01 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Corky42
I don't think these pictures do the black & gold board justis, i just found another picture with it in a black case and it looks sooo much better.

You don't know how happy you've just made our product marketing here LOL! After 'leaked feedback' they realized it looks better in a case so we hurried to take some photos of a typical build. :D
PabloFunky 17th May 2013, 06:11 Quote
The first manufacturer to bring out the Haswell in an XL-ATX, will get my money.

No i dont really need xL-ATX, but as i dont like to fill my slots with gfx cards, the extra slots are so usefull to me.

Colour scheme looks fine to me, Black/Gold.

So am sticking with My gig x58 ud9, until such a time.
GeorgeK 17th May 2013, 13:50 Quote
I am really liking the look of the Hero... It fulfils basically everything that I want from a Haswell board (presuming the performance is good) which is:

Looks good
Black and Red
ATX (not M-ATX or EATX)
Well spaced PCIe lanes
Not expensive (as the current ATX RoG boards can be)

And I see that the lanes will run either x16/NC/NC, x8/x8/NC or x8/x4/x4 which is pretty good. Definitely got me excited for my next upgrade!
bawjaws 17th May 2013, 13:56 Quote
Man, the black and gold colour scheme looks rank.
ashchap 17th May 2013, 14:04 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by faugusztin
CPU fan connectors are unable to control 3-pin fans, chasis fan connectors are able to control 3-pin fans.

And the color scheme - i think my stomach is protesting :D.

I am controlling the speed of a 3 pin fan using the CPU fan header right now.
faugusztin 17th May 2013, 14:22 Quote
Probably the FanXpert2 feature. I know any ASUS board i used starting from P965, going through P35 up to the Z68 boards were unable to do that.
Freemanator 17th May 2013, 14:29 Quote
I'm just hoping they come with onboard ac wireless, and then I'm sold.

I think a previous PSU fault has damaged my mobo, leaving the wireless dodgy, and some intermittent hard drive drop out.
Bindibadgi 17th May 2013, 16:53 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Freemanator
I'm just hoping they come with onboard ac wireless, and then I'm sold.

All boards with WiFi are .ac standard.
Corky42 17th May 2013, 17:36 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by bawjaws
Man, the black and gold colour scheme looks rank.

It looks a lot better once in a black case IMHO, but i will let you make your own mind up.
http://rog.asus.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/System-Build_2.jpg
faugusztin 17th May 2013, 17:45 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Corky42
It looks a lot better once in a black case IMHO, but i will let you make your own mind up.

Not really. There is a reason why people usually choose the boards with subtle colors - they could have as well made those heatsinks UV Reactive Neon Yellow and it wouldn't make the difference compared to "gold". Gold and brown... Seriously ?

Probably the only ones celebrating are the Noctua fans because of the Gyphon :) (one of the better looking boards) and the other acceptable boards are the Maximus series, as usual.

The Z87 I-Deluxe is ugly as the older Biostar boards, like http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/introduction.php?S_ID=390 .
23RO_UK 17th May 2013, 22:55 Quote
Which Asus Executives Wife/PA/Concubine elected to go with the gold/yellow of the mainstream boards and were they perhaps on illicit medication with hallucinogenic qualities at the time???

Were they perhaps trying to become the Victoria Beckham of the PC world???

It's absolutely hideous!!!
Kovoet 17th May 2013, 22:57 Quote
Looks like ASrock motherboards lol
23RO_UK 17th May 2013, 23:02 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kovoet
Looks like ASrock motherboards lol

ASRock look tasteful in comparison by a long score Mark fair play
Kovoet 17th May 2013, 23:22 Quote
Just kidding bud and I agree with you. I know how much you rated yours
PabloFunky 18th May 2013, 06:15 Quote
A novel idea would be to put the side panel on, then look at your monitor when computing ;)
Neogumbercules 18th May 2013, 09:50 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Asouter
I'd like to see a ROG Mini ITX, we haven't seen one of those yet, or maybe a TUF

Ditto! ;)

I think the black/gold looks decent
Somer_Himpson 18th May 2013, 12:00 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stanley Tweedle
No PCI slots. That would mean losing my Auzentech X-Meridian 2G. No buy.

I don't think Asus will be losing any sleep.
Bindibadgi 18th May 2013, 14:55 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Somer_Himpson
I don't think Asus will be losing any sleep.

I'll be happy to introduce him to our great range of PCI-E sound cards :) ;)
Omnituens 18th May 2013, 15:29 Quote
If I upgrade to Haswell I'll probably get an Asus - I love their newer boards. Currently on a X58 Sabretooth I won from them.
Siwini 18th May 2013, 22:44 Quote
ASUS let some little girl with crayons design their color schemes?
LooZypher 18th May 2013, 23:03 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by RoG Nordic Facebook Site
Wow, we almost forgot to tell you about the new entry in to the ROG lineup, Maximus VI Hero (it does not replace Formula)

Doesn't that imply the Formula is yet to be announced? Or am I being too optimistic? I'd love to see the combined heatpipe/Watercooling solution continued on the z87 formula.

The gold/yellow and black doesn't bother me at all... That said I am going for the (hopefully) Formula board...
Freemanator 19th May 2013, 01:32 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Quote:
Originally Posted by Freemanator
I'm just hoping they come with onboard ac wireless, and then I'm sold.

All boards with WiFi are .ac standard.

Thanks, I thought they would be, but as it wasn't mentioned I wasn't sure.
phinix 19th May 2013, 01:59 Quote
mITX mobo.. nice:)
I can already imagine my new modding project with this kind of mootherboard:D
Imagine this sweet little mobo and Asus Titan.. speechless...
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