The ASUS Z87-A, short name but long on features

Subject: Motherboards | June 17, 2013 - 06:14 PM |
Tagged: asus, z87, Z87-A

You have a lot of choice in motherboard if you are thinking of moving up to Haswell as there are a huge amount of models available.  At their core the different implementations of the Z87 are very similar, it is the materials used for construction and the add-ons which make a board stand out.  ASUS added 5k long life capacitors, rust proofing on the I/O panel, the new Realtek ALC1150 onboard audio and an ASMedia USB controller to increase the number of available ports, to name just a few features. Head over to [H]ard|OCP for the performance review of the $150 ASUS Z87-A motherboard.

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"We start today with reviewing new Z87 chipset motherboards, which we will surely see a lot of, with ASUS' new Z87-A motherboard. Before we even got the box open we had to stop for a second and enjoy the simplicity of the name. But don't let the name fool you. There is plenty going on here to keep your enthusiast attention."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

June 17, 2013 | 07:07 PM - Posted by djotter

This board does not have the ALC1150 audio chip, it has the ALC892.

June 19, 2013 | 05:53 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

"Many models in the Z87 line will use the Realtek ALC1150 instead of the ALC892." 

It makes me think that some revs will have the older CODEC and newer ones could have the 1150 but I am not certain.  I will keep an eye on this board to see if I am totally wrong.

June 17, 2013 | 07:09 PM - Posted by windwalker

That rustproofing is going to come in very handy.
No need to upgrade for a looong time if the current pace of desktop CPU performance gains holds.

June 18, 2013 | 02:43 AM - Posted by 3dfxrain (not verified)

That's our guys, best of the best, Asus.

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