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Video Perspective: ASUS Z87 Motherboards + Haswell Overclocking Demos

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JJ pays PC Perspective a visit!

In case you hadn't heard, on June the 4th, (world famous) JJ Guerrero from ASUS stopped by the PC Perspective offices to help host a live stream focused on Z87 platforms and the Intel Haswell processor.  Since Intel decided to launch on a Saturday morning, you might have missed the boat: the Core i7-4770K was reviewed right here on PC Perspective and the results are pretty good. 

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Motherboards, we got motherboards here!!

Along with Haswell though is the release of the new Z87 chipset and with THAT, about 100 different ASUS motherboards.  I exaggerate, but only a little.  In our live stream that aired for about 4.5 hours, JJ and I discussed about 20 different motherboard ranging from Mini-ITX options to the budget-minded Z87-A and even the ROG Maximus VI Extreme! 

Below you will find an on-demand version of the stream, broken up into five segments. 

 

ASUS Z87 Motherboard Segmentation

This first segment details the mindset ASUS had when creating the four different motherboard product lines: Mainstream, Workstation, TUF and ROG.  Why do they need all of these options and what features and quality points are common across the entire families? 

 

ASUS Mainstream Z87 Motherboard Lineup

ASUS' new mainstream line of motherboards with the z87 chipset range from the Z87-A to the Z87-Deluxe/Dual.  JJ talks about the features that are added as you move up the product stack so that you can find the option that fits your platform needs and budget.

Continue rearding our recap of the ASUS/PC Perspective Z87 live stream for more videos!!

 

ASUS WS + TUF + Mini-ITX + ROG Motherboard Lineup

While the mainstream boards are great, the ASUS-specific platforms are really impressive!  In this video we talk about the workstation boards, the TUF series of options including the Z87 Sabertooth and Gryphon, the mini-ITX options that so many people are excited about and of course, the ROG line.  With the Maximus VI Extreme, Hero, Gene, Formula and Impact, the ROG line is growing larger with even more impressive features and options. 

 

ASUS AISuite III + Overclocking + UEFI Features

Now that you know all about the hardware of the motherboards, JJ took some time to explain the new software features as well.  ASUS AISuite III is a new all-encompassing software package that integrates feature options and overclocking settings.  JJ demos the auto-overclocking feature that takes an air-cooled Haswell 4770K up to 4.9 GHz (!!).  Also included in this video is a jump into the new UEFI and details about new features including a Favorites tab, note taking and more!

 

ASUS UEFI Overclocking with Haswell + ROG RAMDisk + Sound Radar

Finally, rounding things up, JJ and I spend some time on a water cooled Maximus VI Extreme setup and run through the manual overclocking process through the UEFI.  If you are new to Haswell overclocking (and who isn't at this point?) then you should definitely watch this video as it is a good starting point for any user.  We also take a look at the ROG RAMDisk software and the new ROG Sound Radar technology that allows you to "see" audio in games.

 

I would like to thank ASUS and JJ for stopping by our offices and sitting down with us for the day and teaching us about their new products.  The dedication and commitment to doing this type of media discussion shows a lot of confidence inside ASUS about its Z87 lineup and feature set.  This is something that is becoming more and more important (and something consumers should pay attention to) as feature differentiation on motherboards becomes harder. 

We already posted reviews of the ASUS Maximus VI Extreme and Z87 TUF Gryphon motherboards but stay tuned to PC Perspective for many more Z87 reviews coming soon!

June 5, 2013 | 01:12 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Good to see you again JJ. You have been making your rounds :)

June 5, 2013 | 02:01 PM - Posted by tragikkoncepts

Glad that I was able to be apart of the Live Event that took place yesterday. It was a lot of fun and very informative on all of the new Haswell products that ASUS has unveiled at Computex 2013 in Taipei.

Even though I own and operate a local home-based computer repair business, we value ASUS hardware components as we know that they are one of the best manufacturers to date that keep stepping up and bringing us bigger and bolder items to recommend to our clients.

I have also been keeping track with all of the latest products being unveiled during this 4 day event which can be seen here from other manufacturers too: https://www.facebook.com/tragikkoncepts.

If anyone else who comments on here is from Canada, feel free to "Like" my page.

June 5, 2013 | 03:08 PM - Posted by Pete (not verified)

I like the Z87 pro board - great mix of features and price.

Another thing - Has the giveaway ended or is it still able to participate? The 'live' link to the asus even't doesn't seem to be updated with info yet.

June 5, 2013 | 03:55 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

Sorry, yah, you had to be there live for the contests!

June 5, 2013 | 09:18 PM - Posted by theGryphon (not verified)

Three weeks for the Z87i?? Aw man! I have everything set up for a SFF build but the board. I was really hoping to use the Z87i... Waiting won't be easy... JJ, send me one of those Z87i's, pretty please? :)

PS: Yeah, my nick suggests that I should do a build with the Gryphon board and I thought about it but the Z87i features are what I'm looking for. Also, size does matter ;)

June 6, 2013 | 09:00 AM - Posted by Panta

My Favourite Asus Line-up: - the Rampage Formula series.
extreme performance, without insane unnecessary stuff.
next x09 chipset i will likely get the Rampage Formula..

__would love__ to see the 24Pin connector to right flip and enclosed like the sata connectors. (unlike evga's right sided 24pin)

if you could do the same for all the internal headers
that sits at the bottom part, flip them downwards this would be awesome!

Asus could Push the AI Suite 1 step beyond in Acoustics,
by adding a tiny on-board microphone or using an existing mic to sample ambient noise levels and let the AI Suite adjust fan profile accordingly for best thermal\aquatics experience.
Even the PC internal clock can be used by AI Suite to know the time if it's late night & so it's probably quieter environment and instruct AI Suite to lower the fan profile.

(I find myself changing fan profile on the external controller every night, since day time is noisy, but night time it gets very quite.

June 6, 2013 | 10:04 AM - Posted by theGryphon

That's a great idea Panta! I'm sure ASUS is listening.

June 6, 2013 | 10:27 AM - Posted by Fishbait

I couldn't make it for the live show but these videos were great. JJ did an excellent job explaining the differences between the motherboard lines and was very thorough explaining each feature. It was surprising because I usually only see such in depth analysis from reviewers not the manufactures. Keep up the great work!

June 7, 2013 | 09:25 AM - Posted by YTech

JJ gave a lot of info about the boards. Which was wonderful. I also know that he's a busy guy.

Does ASUS have a wizard to help with selecting the ideal motherboard? If not, JJ should create one. I'll be happy even if it's a paper grid version.

Cheers!

BTW, I was only able to attend the 1st hour of the live broadcast, so I missed the deleted scenes. :P

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June 10, 2013 | 04:10 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Eeeew !Get lost.

June 10, 2013 | 04:08 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I`m still not going to upgrade...I have been running my Q9550 at stock speed for 4 years because I didn`t know any better.
Just raised to FSB to 400 from 333 and it went from 2.83GHZ to 3.4 GHZ and is rock solid. BF3 is better.
AIDA64 stress test no problem.
Have not touched V-core.
Windows experience scores jumped quite a bit , esp. the video scores !
P5QSE mobo...any one know why I can`t change the multiplier ? I have the low-end BIOS I guess. With my 4850 card I went up to 7.7 on video performance.

June 10, 2013 | 05:03 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Correction...5850 !

June 11, 2013 | 10:21 AM - Posted by gokdog

JJ, you are a busy guy, saw you on a few other sites as well. Great information, my Hero board should be in today, so happy overclocking awaits.

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