Jan 27, 2015

Asus Z97I-PLUS Socket 1150 Mini-ITX Review

Asus-Z97I-PLUS Mini-ITX board with Intel Z97 Express chipset supporting Intel 4th Gen (Haswell) and future 5th Gen (Broadwell) Core LGA1150 processors only. Integrated Intel HD graphics and 8 channel Audio; PCI Express 3.0 x16; Up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM; 1x Intel I218V Gigabit LAN; WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0; 4x SATA with RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10; VGA with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz; 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 PS2 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); SATA connectors 4x SATA 6Gb/s; 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 SATA up to 80mm length devices; 2x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM Sockets; Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile; 1x Half Mini PCI Express Slot (used by WiFi and Bluetooth card) PCI Express 3.0 x16 bus add-in card connector; 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-Z97I-PLUS supports Intel Rapid Storage Technology which provides the following RAID levels via the Intel Z97 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-Z97I-PLUS board supports 4th Gen (Haswell) uand 5th Genu (Broadwell) processors. The Asus-Z97I-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 Z97I-PLUS 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. Display Port 1.2 Multi-Stream Transport compliant, daisy chain up to 3 displays; Supports Intel InTru 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology.

Downloads: BIOS, Documentation and Drivers.

Package Contents: 2x SATA cables, 1x IO back plate, 1x Driver and Software DVD; 2T2R dual band WiFi moving antennas; 1x Q-connector.

ASUS Exclusive Features: 64 Mb Flash ROM; UEFI AMI BIOS; ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3; ASUS EZ Flash 2; ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode; PnP; DMI2.7; WfM.2.0; SM BIOS 2.8; ACPI 5.0; Multi-language BIOS; ASUS EZ Flash 2; Remote GO!; MemOK!; AI Suite 3; Ai Charger; Anti-Surge; USB 3.0 Boost; Disk Unlocker; ASUS Fan Xpert 3; Push Notice; ASUS Q-Slot; ASUS Q-DIMM; Media Streamer; Overclocking protection - ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall).

Additional Features: ASUS 5X Protection: ASUS DIGI+ VRM - 6 Phase digital power design, ASUS Enhanced DRAM Overcurrent Protection - Short circuit damage prevention, ASUS ESD Guards - Enhanced ESD protection, ASUS High-Quality 5K-Hour Solid Capacitors - 2.5x long lifespan with excellent durability, ASUS Stainless Steel Back I/O - 3x more durable corrosion-resistant coating; Unique de-pop circuit: Reduces start-up popping noise to audio outputs.

Manageability:WfM 2.0, DMI 2.7, WOL by PME, PXE; Support Disc; Drivers; ASUS Utilities.

Suitable Memory: The Asus-Z97I-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 which supports overclocked DDR3 3200(O.C.)/ 3100(O.C.)/ 3000(O.C.)/ 2933(O.C.)/ 2800(O.C.)/ 2666(O.C.)/ 2600(O.C.)/ 2400(O.C.)/ 2200(O.C.)/ 2133(O.C.)/ 2000(O.C.)/ 1866(O.C.)/ 1800(O.C.)/ 1600/ 1333 MHz Un-buffered Memory.


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