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ASUS Z97I-PLUS LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z97
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3200(OC)/3100(OC)
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Thrax
  • 12/19/2014 10:09:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat motherboard with excellent WiFi

Pros: The Z97I-PLUS has a great layout the allowed me to fit a giant CPU cooler even with tall RAM. The bios (UEFI) is pretty straight forward and allowed for the XMP overclocking profile for my RAM with one click. Any changes that you make are detailed before you save and exit, so that is a big plus to verify you didn’t accidentally change something while you were in there. The built-in WiFi is also very fast, has excellent range, and a great antenna that can be magnetically attached to your case (It’s on the top of my case in the photos).

Cons: I do have a few minor cons for the board. The wifi connections to the board when you install it are a bit of a pain to snap down and you have to punch out two holes to screw the antenna connectors (did it with a small pair of pliers). The IO shield is also padded, which you think would be a plus but is a pain because the board would not fit completely flush with the case. I managed to get it to fit and the connections are solid but they should have not padded the shield. Last con is that it did not come with motherboard mounting screws (luckily my friend who helped me build it had some in his toolkit).

Other Thoughts: My system:
CPU: i7 4790K
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14
Motherboard: ASUS Z97I-PLUS mini-ITX
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8 GB (2x4GB) DDR3 2400
GPU: EVGA GTX 750Ti SC
Storage: Intel 730 SSD 480 GB and Intel 520 SSD 120 GB
Case: BitFenix Colossus mini-ITX
Power Supply: Corsair CS450M
OS: Windows 7 Pro (64 bit)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0"
Case Fan: Noctua NF-F12
Keyboard: Logitech G710
Mouse: Logitech G502
Speakers: Creative Labs T20
Optical: ASUS external slim DVD writer

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  • Chris
  • 12/2/2014 3:48:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat

Pros: Great little motherboard. Handles my mid/high-end ITX gaming rig with ease. Good color scheme. My PCI-E lever didn't break :P

Cons: Awkward placement for internal connector for front panel audio ports. Fortunately my rig is built in such a way so that you cannot notice the cable stretched out across the middle of the motherboard.

Other Thoughts: Graphics Card - Gigabyte GTX 970 4GB VRAM
Processor - Intel Core i5-4690K Devil’s Canyon Quad-Core 3.5GHz
Memory - 16GB DDR3 Patriot Viper 3 Low Profile
SSD - 512GB Crucial MX100
Motherboard - ASUS Z97I-PLUS LGA 1150 ITX
PSU - EVGA Supernova 750 G2 Fully Modular
Heatsink - Enermax Black Twister
Case - Rosewill Legacy U2-B-Window
Case Fans - Aero Cool DS 120mm Black

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  • gordon88
  • 11/26/2014 4:14:04 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsBad drivers set

Pros: Speed.

Cons: Drivers doesn't work. (at least USB)
Product need BIOS update

Other Thoughts: This is the 3rd and last time I ever bought Asus! Prefer Gigabyte!
- Win 7
- i7 4790K 16GB
- Samsung 540 Pro SSD.

The board was shipped with old BIOS that NEED update.
The drivers set (CD or even the Asus support site) simply doesn't allow to make USB interrupt contention to work!

So mouse sometime lag terribly!
OK I use it with an SSD and it doesn't help. But this is normal today to support SSD fast Sata response.

A very bad product! I spent 2 days finding a proper equilibrium for setup.

-> Use it as server or under Linux
NOT A WINDOW machine !!!
(Asus doesn't deliver proper drivers nor even understand the issue)

If you hit this problem this try a PS2 mouse instead of a USB.

Not a Newegg issue. They deliver fast and as expected.

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  • Law
  • 11/23/2014 3:12:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIncredible little guy

Pros: Great UEFI
Attractive design
Built in WiFi
Posted and recognized components out of the box

Cons: Front panel audio connector placement (see other thoughts)
Other than that none, it was a great product and would highly recommend.

Other Thoughts: My only gripe with the board is the fact that the front panel audio connector is located directly underneath the two wifi modules connectors at the back of the board near the I/O panel. Terrible placement and requires me to have a cable running across the mobo. However it doesn't affect anything and is easily overlooked with my gpu sitting next to it, no need to deduct an egg for that.

All in all it is a great board that arrived with no defects. Automatically detected my ram and pushed it to the 1866 Mhz that it was manufactured to run at. Detected that I had a pump attached to the cpu fan header and adjusted accordingly. Also detected that I was using a fan splitter and optimized my fans automatically.
After researching many z97 mini itx boards I settled on this one and am glad I did. Posting right out the box without issues and without a need to mess with too many settings I was impressed. I highly recommend this board to anyone.

Build:
Case: Thermaltake Core V1
CPU: I5-4690k
Memory: G. Skills Sniper 2x4gb 1866 Mhz
Motherboard: Asus Z97I-plus
Storage: 1x Samsung 850 pro 128gb and 1x 1tb WD Caviar Blue
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 970 Compact
PSU: EVGA Supernova 750w b

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  • pt
  • 11/20/2014 8:30:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNo issues

Pros: Solid, stable. Good hardware.

Cons: The software could be better. Meh.

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  • goodnightmare
  • 11/17/2014 9:37:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsPay Attention

Pros: Nice looking board, feature rich.

Cons: I followed the link on the Z87i Deluxe page announcing "A newer version of this item is available" and didn't double-check the new boards basic features. Therefore, I am now two sata ports short of the six I need. I have only myself to blame but perhaps I can save someone else the headache.

Other Thoughts: I haven't fired this board up, but I've been happy with ASUS in the past.

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  • N/A
  • 11/15/2014 6:05:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAwesome board... one issue

Pros: All the features of the Z97 chipset. (google them) Lots of features and power packed into a very small form, but still has excellent connector layout. It has a M.2 connector on the backside of the board, but sadly, this is it's biggest con too.

Cons: The M.2 connector on the back is a PCI-E x2 (Gen 2). Several M.2 SSDs will likely work with this (as storage drives only), but ASUS's M.2 compatibility list is paltry at best. Of the four drives listed, only one can be purchased easily in the U.S. (an Intel unit) but it's speeds are basically the same as a standard SATA SSD. If you want to boot from the M.2 drive, your options are very limited. M.2 is so new that the growing pains are very evident. BIOS updates may fix these issues, but the key word here is "may".

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  • Shane
  • 11/8/2014 7:03:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: The board is very stable and I haven't had any problems with it.

Cons: It still has legacy PS/2 and VGA ports. This I/O space could be better utilized by adding more USB3. This is the only reason it's not a 5 egg rating.

Other Thoughts: I got this board after having to return another manufacturer's product due to stability issues. I should have gone with an ASUS board from the beginning.

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  • Mark
  • 10/31/2014 1:08:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGreat board when it was still alive, RMA issues killed the love

Pros: Incredible number of features for such a tiny board. I mean WOW I've used full ATX boards in the same price range that had half of what this board has to offer.

The m.2 slot is incredibly well placed, I'm able to access it from behind my motherboard tray and it interferes with nothing else on the board.

Having a wifi card in a Mini PCIE slot is so much better than the other options on the market that have a built-in solution. I replaced the card that it came with and used an Intel Wireless AC adapter that I had lying around and had no problems there.

Despite what you might think from the power phase design on this board compared to others, it's a fairly good overclocking platform. I got my 4790k to 4.8ghz on water with no issues.

Cons: Well here's where things aren't so great. The board failed on me one day (shut off under normal load and wouldn't POST afterwards), and while I usually don't take off stars for receiving a faulty product (everything has a failure rate), I'm disappointed with the RMA process that Asus has.

When it first failed, I pulled apart the system and tested everything I could. Processor, graphics, and RAM were all set up on another Z97 board (from a different brand) and they worked, the system POSTed. Not a huge deal, like I said everything has a failure rate. I explained what happened in the RMA request form and had it mailed off the day after.

So after waiting about 2 1/2 weeks, I finally get the board back. I hook everything up and go to boot, same thing happened - it wouldn't even POST. I figure there must be some issue with power delivery and I take my multimeter to my PSU. Everything was within ATX voltage ranges and I could force it to run using the pin 16 (green pin) trick. I called and asked for the repair log for the board (though I loved that I could get technical support and set up an RMA at 1 in the morning, who'd have thought!) and I was told that one of the RAM slots had been replaced.

I had assumed that it was a power delivery failure and I don't see what else could be wrong at this point, so I'm in the process of sending it back yet again. Another 2 weeks without a desktop and I'm thinking I should have just bought another one from the shop 20 minutes away, I don't see how $160 should bar me from a month of using my primary computer.

Oh and also: the biggest disadvantage of M.2 is that I can't pull my files from the drive since it's still an emerging standard. So I had to re-write a about 900 words from my essay. BACK UP YOUR DATA, FOR M.2 EVEN IF THE DRIVE DOESN'T FAIL YOU'RE STILL WITHOUT A WAY TO READ IT.

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  • Whiskey42
  • 10/14/2014 10:57:12 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent board

Pros: ASUS has always been my favorite. Ease of BIOS configuration, good documentation. What I thought was going to be a simple PC for web-surfing, it is much more than that.

Cons: Not really a problem with the board, BIOS update utility states all is current. It was 3 behind the current.

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