Now Intel has recently launched its new motherboard chip-set Asus Z87-A to provide a up-gradation to its predecessor Z77. It is provided with Six USB 3.0 ports and Six SATA-600 ports. One major update to this new Z87 chip-set is the connectivity of video outputs to chip-set directly. It is a cost effective motherboard chip-set designed for the 4th Generation Intel “core” Processor core i3, Core i5 and Core i7. It supports about three independent video monitors with Smart Response, Smart Connect and Repid Start technologies. In it, you can install a SSD drive as a cache drive for main Hard Drive and allow the connectivity of the internet while your system is in sleep mode as you can get and mail and do refresh webpages. One beneficial point of this new chip-set is that with its use, you would be able to boot your system more fast as it improves the booting times
This Asus Z87-A LGA 1150 Motherboard has embedded memory controller defining what type of the memory technology you can have but it can also control the amount of the memory you can have. This new chip-set can support DDR3 RAM from 1600 MHz to 2800 MHz. It has four memory sockets supporting up to 32 GiB memory if you use 8Gib Memory module at each socket. It is also known as PCH (Platform Controller Hub) having only six SATA ports and not any additional SATA ports. These ports are installed such that video card ports are not blocked and you can easily install the video card. The most effective change with SATA ports is that all SATA ports are at 6GB/s capable. It is provided with the improved digital power design with the use of 5k capacitors with 2.5x longer life.
Features and specifications:
- Improved ESD Gaurds
- Enhanced DRAM to protect from overcurrent conditions.
- Redesigned CPU fan with 3 pins offering same type of the control as with 4 pins.
- It uses 8-Phase power design with 2-Phase memory power setup.
- Support to 7.1+2 audio format (eight channels with two indepdent channels for audio streaming)
- 1GB Ethernet port
- Analog audio jacks
- MemOK button to check memory module compatibility
- TPU and EPU switches to allow automatic overclocking and voltage reduce respectively.
- It support the TPM to increase the security of computer.
Intel Asus Z87 has many accessories like I/O shield, SLI bridge, SATA cables, Q-connectors, user guide and driver etc. It uses 64 Mb AMI UEFI flash ROM with socket that can removed by the users.
It has the warranty of 3 years and provided in various versions. The price of this new chipset Z87 Deluxe/Dual is about 21,000 to 28,000 and normal version is available at 13,000, Pro and plus are available at 16,000 and 14,000 respectively including taxes.
Conclusion: Asus Z77 is the chip-set that is designed to support 4th Generation processors that will be best and fast to double your processing speed with Intel Solid State Drive to boot system fast. It is the mid-range chip-set so that average users also can use this. It is the first 8 Series based motherboard to provide standard connectivity with two Ports. Its updated UEFI BIOS improve the user friendly functions and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Posted By: Vijay Kumar Goyal