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ASUS Next Generation Motherboard Preview

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: ASUS

Channel Series Motherboards

The ASUS Channel series motherboards are designed to appeal to the mainstream enthusiast and system builder communities. With the latest generation of these boards, ASUS has integrated features from their other board lines making for a nice value proposition with the Channel boards. ASUS updated the board aesthetics with this line as well, featuring a gold-chromed and matte black coloration that is visually appealing especially in comparison to the Intel Z87 boards. The UEFI BIOS was heavily modified as well to take advantage of the graphical interface with added performance wizards and fan speed customizations reminiscent of their Fan XPert 3 Windows applet. The boards also offer support for NFC-based data-streaming and secure login as well as wireless charging capabilities.

Notable Channel series board features include

  • Dual Intel Gigabit Ethernet controllers on select models
  • Enhanced overclocking features integrated into BIOS
  • Redesigned EZ Mode BIOS pages enhancing usability and wizard-driven setup utility
  • Enhanced multi-language support in BIOS
  • Crystal Sound 2 enhanced audio and separate audio PCB design for enhanced audio fidelity

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Z97-Deluxe motherboard
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Z97-Deluxe motherboard with ASUS ThunderboltEX 2 PCIe card, profile view
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Z97-Pro motherboard
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Z97-Pro motherboard, profile view
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Z97-Pro WIFI motherboard
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Z97-Pro WIFI motherboard with ASUS 802.11ac antennae, profile view
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Z97-A motherboard
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Z97-A motherboard with ASUS ThunderboltEX 2 PCIe card, profile view
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Z97I-Plus motherboard

April 30, 2014 | 09:31 AM - Posted by ddg4005

Nice looking motherboards. Asus's engineers certainly know how to dress up their products.

May 1, 2014 | 09:15 PM - Posted by Nightowl (not verified)

Those are some nice looking motherboards, if I was in the market for one of those boards, I would be eyeing the Z97 Deluxe motherboard. My Z87 Deluxe works like a champ.

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