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ASUS Z87-A Motherboard Review

Our Final Thoughts

ASUS always pushes the limits on its top end boards but getting a mainstream board can sometimes be a snore fest. We are happy to say that this board definitely surprised with its capability and its ability to do pretty much everything a higher priced board could do in terms of performance. It does of course lack some extra features, but it also comes at a lower cost.

Knowing now that the clock for clock performance is within a few percentage points of the top end board, we can definitely say that this board would be excellent on any gaming rig, or even a standard home desktop or workstation. One thing to keep in mind is that every board or component has its place. For those who need a board that simply plugs in and works, but is still capable of some overclocking and gaming, this board is a great choice. Just be aware that it lacks some of the fancier features you find on higher end boards. If those features are important to you, a something like a Z87-powered ROG board would be a better fit.

All in all, this board is basic from a feature standpoint, but a good choice for users who simply need a board that works and will do the job. This board will exceed expectations as the performance at default is great, as is the potential for easy overclocking and power savings for an ultimate budget platform.

The Pro’s: Cons
  • Extensive I/O connectivity
  • New clean UEFI with cool feature set
  • Newly designed software
  • All solid caps design
  • TPU/EPU switch
  • Onboard buttons for power/reset would be nice for easy testing
  • Color scheme can be off-putting to some
Our Final Thoughts ASUS always pushes the limits on its top end boards but getting a mainstream board can sometimes be a snore fest. We are happy to say that this board definitely surprised with its capability and its ability to do pretty much everything a higher priced board could do in terms of performance. ...

Review Overview

Performance - 9
Value - 9.5
Quality - 9
Features - 8.5
Innovation - 9.5

9.1

Summary : The Z87 -A board is a excellent accomplishment by the ASUS design team as it is super simple and while it may lack some bells and whistles it puts down some excellent performance at a great price point.

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  • Peter

    Awesome board, just built a system with this exact board at my work for my work PC.

  • cri8tive08

    awesome asus I did everything to be in it to win it

  • Janos

    FANTASTIC article !
    I am just planning to buy Asus Z87-A Motherboard, and plan to use Windows 7 64bit as OS (I dont like and stay away form Windows 8). Will you be so kind to let me know, what Windows 7 x64 drivers are needed for the Z87-A, and where can I get them. And is it necessary to Update the BIOS, before OS installation ?.
    Thank you very much!

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