|Thursday, 06 June 2013
Asus Z87-PRO Motherboard Review
Haswell is finally upon us, and so are droves of new motherboards designed for it. For PC enthusiasts, the most interesting ones are based on the Z87 Express platform. The Z87 is the full-fat implementation of Intel's latest chipset silicon. It offers six Serial ATA 6Gbps ports and six USB 3.0 ports alongside all the usual connectivity.
In addition to handling platform I/O, the Z87 unlocks a couple of processor-specific features. CPUs connected to the platform can split their 16-lane PCI Express 3.0 links into a pair of x8 connections for multi-GPU graphics configs or into an x8/x4/x8 setup for Thunderbolt. The Z87 also unlocks all of Haswell's tweaking dials, allowing overclockers to push the processor to its limits-or just unlock a bit of "free" headroom with a decent aftermarket cooler.
There are dozens of Z87 motherboards selling online right now, each with a different mix of features and functionality. Over the coming weeks, we'll try to cover some of the most interesting Haswell motherboards on the market.We're kicking things off with a detailed look at the Asus Z87-PRO... Tech Report