ASUS Z97 Motherboards – LEGACY Z97-Deluxe, Z97-A, Z97-WS, Z97I Plus Mini ITX Detailed

ASUS Z97 Motherboards – LEGACY Z97-Deluxe, Z97-A, Z97-WS, Z97I Plus Mini ITX Detailed

With the ASUS ROG and TUF Z97
motherboards detailed, what remains is their Legacy lineup which
include their long running Deluxe series and Workstation series boards.
The ASUS Z97 Workstation while not aimed specifically for consumers is
the most feature rich product of the series followed by the Z97 Deluxe.

ASUS Z97 Motherboards – Legacy Lineup Pictured and Detailed

So the third and last lineup we will detail is ASUS’s Z97 TUF Legacy motherboard lineup
which are aimed towards enthusiasts, overclockers and budget users.
Built with top of the line components and feature packed, the line-up is
aimed towards all performance users and gamers including
enthusiasts. The new motherboards from ASUS include some interesting
features this round such as  Intel Ethernet, LAN Guard, DIGI+ Power
Control, Turbo App, Turbo LAN, Crystal Sound 2, HomeCloud (802.11ac
B/G/N) and an interesting new design scheme for next-gen Intel platform.
The ASUS Z97 motherboards ‘Legacy’ lineup includes the following
products which will be detailed below:

  • ASUS Z97-WS
  • ASUS Z97-Deluxe
  • ASUS Z97I-Pro
  • ASUS Z97-Pro
  • ASUS Z97-A

ASUS Z97-WS (Workstation)

ASUS Z97-WS Motherboard

The
ASUS Z97-WS which is a workstation oriented motherboard is the most
feature packed product of ASUS’s entire Z97 lineup featuring a top of
the line 8 Phase DIGI+ VRM fitted with high quality components. The CPU
LGA1150 socket is powered by two 8-Pin connectors in addition to the
24-Pin ATX connector. The Z97 PCH and VRM supply are hidden underneath a
dense aluminum heatsink with heatpipe design. Storage options on the
board include four SATA 6 GB/s ports, two SATA Express ports and two USB
3.0 headers for additional options enabling connectivity.

Expansion slots include four PCI-e 3.0 x16 slots, three PCI-e 3.0 x1
slots and a PCI-e 3.0 x4 slot. There’s also a M.2 interface slot near
the SATA Express port which gives an idea of the feature packed design
ASUS enables on their workstation motherboards. An additional 6-Pin
power connector is located on the top most PCI-e 3.0 slot which delivers
additional power to the PCI-e lanes. Two diagnostic LEDs and power
On/Off/Reset switches are located at the bottom of the board. The
motherboard comes with a wide variety of I/O options and technologies
such as ProCool power connector and Q-code logger. To sum it up, this is
like i said before, the most feature packed board of the Z97 ASUS
lineup.

ASUS Z97-Deluxe

ASUS Z97-Deluxe

The next
motherboard is ASUS’s Z97-Deluxe which is the flagship consumer product
of the Legacy lineup which is also the most feature packed board we
have seen yet in ASUS’s Z97 motherboards lineup (excluding the
Z97-WS). Equipped with a large heatpipe heatsink design, the motherboard
features a 12 Phase DIGI+ VRM and powered through a single 8-Pin
connector. The CPU socket is powered by a 12 Phase DIGI+ VRM which
features both TPU and EPU technology support. Storage options include 6
SATA 6 GB/s and a single SATA Express port which will enable faster
transfer speeds for next generation SSDs.

Expansion slots include three PCI-e 3.0 x16, four PCI-e 3.0 x1 and a
M.2 interface slot. ASUS has featured their Crystal Sound 2 chip on the
board which enables high quality sound and audio output. Several
connectors and switches can be found on the entire motherboard layout
and the I/O panel. ASUS has featured a totally new heatsink design on
their Z97 motherboards which include heatpipe cooling and a large
aluminum heatsink for cooling.


ASUS Z97I-Pro

ASUS Z97I-PLUS

The
ASUS Z97I-Pro is the latest Mini-ITX form factor motherboard from ASUS
based on the LGA1150 socket and Z97 chipset. This motherboard comes with
ASUS’s latest Z97 design scheme offering users with a 6 Phase DIGI+ VRM
supply and fitted with top of the line components. The CPU socket is
powered with a single 8-Pin connector in addition to the 24-Pin ATX
connector. A Wi-Fi 802.11ac B/G/N module can be spotted on the board
while the audio jack includes a 5.1 channel support. Storage includes
four SATA 6 GB/s ports while expansion slots include a single PCI-e 3.0
x16 slot for add-in cards or discrete graphics options.

ASUS Z97-Pro

ASUS Z97-PRO

The
ASUS Z97-Pro is the more performance minded offering of the legacy
lineup featuring the LGA1150 socket to support Intel’s Haswell, Haswell
Refresh, Devil’s Canyon and Broadwell processors. The Z97 PCH featured
on the motherboard will enable support for Intel’s 9-Series platform.
Design wise, this board includes a 10 Phase DIGI+ VRM design and the CPU
socket is powered by a 8-Pin connector. Four DDR3 DIMMs enable support
for overclock memory with capacity of 32 GB. Storage include 6 SATA 6
GB/s ports and a SATA Express port.

Expansion slots include three PCI-e 3.0 x16, four PCI-e 3.0 x1 and an
M.2 SSD slot that will enable support for Intel NGFF solid state
drives. Several connectivity options such as Crystal Sound 2 powered 7.1
Channel audio jack and USB 3.0 ports can be found on the I/O panel in
addition to a add-in card slot which will most likely attach a Wi-Fi Go
module with the board.

ASUS Z97-A

ASUS Z97-A

Last
up is the  ASUS Z97-A which  is the budget minded offering of the
legacy lineup featuring the LGA1150 socket to support Intel’s Haswell,
Haswell Refresh, Devil’s Canyon and Broadwell processors. The Z97 PCH
featured on the motherboard will enable support for Intel’s 9-Series
platform. Design wise, this board includes a 8 Phase DIGI+ VRM design
and the CPU socket is powered by a 8-Pin connector. Four DDR3 DIMMs
enable support for overclock memory with capacity of 32 GB. Storage
include 4 SATA 6 GB/s ports and a SATA Express port.

Expansion slots include three PCI-e 3.0 x16, two PCI-e 3.0 x1, a
single PCI slot and an M.2 SSD slot that will enable support for Intel
NGFF solid state drives. Several connectivity options such as Crystal
Sound 2 powered 7.1 Channel audio jack and USB 3.0 ports can be found on
the I/O panel.

The ASUS Z97 Legacy motherboards from ASUS will launch along side
Haswell Refresh on 10th May 2014 and would be available at different
price points. More products under the Legacy brand will be introduced
after launch of Intel’s 9-Series platform.

ASUS LEGACY Z97 Motherboards Pictures:

Z97 Deluxe ASUS Z97 Motherboards Lineup ASUS Z97-WS

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