Jan 26, 2015

Asus-H97I-PLUS Socket 1150 Mini-ITX Review

Asus-H97I-PLUS Mini-ITX board with Intel H97 Express chipset supporting Intel 4th Gen (Haswell) and future 5th Gen (Broadwell) Core LGA1150 processors only. Integrated Intel HD graphics and 8 channel Realtek ALC887 Audio; PCI Express 3.0 x16; Up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM; 1x Intel I218V Gigabit LAN; 4x SATA with RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10; 1x Half length Mini PCI Express slot; 1x DVI-I (up to 1920x1200 resolution); 1x HDMI with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz; DisplayPort with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 3840 x 2160 @ 60 Hz; S/PDIF out; 6x USB 3.0 (inc 2 internal); 6x USB 2.0 (inc 2 internal).

Rear Panel Connectors:1x Combo PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard Port; 4x USB 3.0 (coloured blue); 1x VGA; 1x DVI-I; 1x DisplayPort; 1 x HDMI; 1x Intel chipset Gigabit LAN; 4x USB 2.0; 3x switchable 3.5mm audio connectors; SPDIF optical digital audio out.

Board connectors 24pin ATX Main power connector (20-pin power supplies will work); 8pin 12v Processor core power connector (minimum 4pins P4, must be connected); 4x SATA 6Gb/s connectors; 1x Front panel USB 2.0 header (for 2 ports); 1x Front Panel USB 3.0 header (19pin, for 2 ports); 1x M.2 Socket 3 for M Key type 2260/2280 devices; 2x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM Sockets; PCI Express 3.0 x16 bus add-in card connector; Half-Height Mini-PCI Express card slot; SPDIF out header; Front panel audio header; 1x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP); Clear CMOS Jumper; 1x TPM header; 1x MemOK! button; 1x Internal speaker connector; 1x System panel; 2x System and 1x Processor fan headers.
Onboard RAID: The Asus-H97I-PLUS supports Intel Rapid Storage Technology which provides the following RAID levels via the Intel H97 Express Chipset RAID 0 - data striping; RAID 1 - data mirroring; RAID 0+1 (or RAID 10) - data striping and mirroring; RAID 5 - distributed parity.

Suitable Processors: The Asus-H97I-PLUS board supports 4th Gen (Haswell) uand 5th Gen (Broadwell) processors. The Asus-H97I-PLUS is not provided with a processor. Suitable processors are available here or in the 'you may also require' section to the left.

Suitable Cases: All Mini-ITX chassis with at least a 120W power supply, and an appropriate low profile heatsink if necessary. If using a larger than 65W TDP processor, a larger power supply than 120W may be required. Some suitable cases that will work with the GA-Z87N-WiFi with a standard Intel Socket 1150 heatsink: The CFI-A7879, ES32067, ES30068, ES34069, Venus 669, Compucase 8K01, Compucase 8K07, Silverstone SG05, Jou Jue NU-528i 220W and Jou Jue NU-568i 220W.

1U Case compatibility: To use this board in a 1U case please use the Dynatron K2 1U Side blower heatsink and a 35W or 65W TDP CPU.

Typical M350 configuration: To use this board in the M350, we recommend the 150W AC Adapter and picoPSU-150-XT or picoPSU-160-XT together with a 65W TDP CPU and Akasa 7106HP or K25 heatsink or 35W TDP CPU and supplied heatsink, plus 1 or 2 sticks of DDR3 RAM and a 2.5in HDD/SSD (add an M350 HDD tray to use 2x HDD/SSDs).

Multiple Screens: This board Supports up to 3 displays simultaneously with an appropriate processor. Display Port 1.2 Multi-Stream Transport compliant, supports DP 1.2 monitor daisy chain up to 3 displays; Supports Intel InTru 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider Expansion Slots.

Downloads: BIOS, Documentation and Drivers.

Package Contents: 2x SATA cables, 1x IO back plate, 1x Driver and Software DVD.

*ASUS Exclusive Features: Remote GO!; MemOK!; AI Suite 3; Ai Charger; Anti-Surge; USB 3.0 Boost; Disk Unlocker; ASUS Fan Xpert 2; ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3; ASUS EZ Flash 2; ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode; Push Notice; ASUS Q-Slot; ASUS Q-DIMM; Media Streamer;.

Suitable Memory: The Asus-H97I-PLUS uses up to 2 sticks of 1333/1600MHz DDR3 DIMM memory. This is not compatible with DDR/DDR2 memory. Fully tested DDR3 DIMMs are available here or in the 'you may also require' section to the left; Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP).


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