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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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  • 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Cons: I followed the link on the Z87i Deluxe page announcing "A newer version of this item is available" and didn't double-check the new boards basic features.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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  • N/A
  • 10/10/2014 6:48:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsgreat board with a few quirks

Pros: + typical high quality Asus construction (uh, except for one thing, see below), no coil whine, great component placement

+ great UEFI BIOS interface

+ built-in overclocking utility in the UEFI - this is so, so great. I haven't really overclocked a processor since the Northwood P4 / Palomino Athlon XP days and wasn't really sure where to start. Having a one-click option to get me started was a big help

+ design aesthetics - some may not even care, but I dig the color choices for the components of this board, very understated

+ m.2 slot supports the full size 2280 spec cards, both SATA and PCIe modes of operation, so it'll work with anything

Cons: - the one thing that wasn't typical of Asus' usual quality: the plastic "retention clip" thing at the end of the PCIe slot snapped off with very little pressure; doesn't have any effect on the board's performance and capabilities, but I thought it was odd that other users had the same experience

- m.2 slot location on the underside of the board, fine for initial system install, but if you're working in a mini ITX case, the only way you might be able to replace the drive is to remove the motherboard entirely

- odd that the wifi antenna leads have to be connected to the backplate the way they do; could make uninstall a little more complex (if, for example, you need to remove the board to replace the m.2 SSD)

Other Thoughts: - Azurewave wifi-ac, a note for Ubuntu users (of which I am one): I expected an Atheros chipset and instead discovered a Broadcom one. Thankfully, Ubuntu 14.04 had support in the LiveCD environment (or after an install) by installing "additional drivers"

- tall heatsink along the edge of the board with the 8pin AUX power connector may interfere with some wider low profile heatsinks; on the one I am using I had to bend a heatpipe slightly to make sure it would fit properly; different heatsink designs may not have this problem and I may try one or two others in the future to see if one fits better

- not a fault of the board, but something to consider with component choice: I bought low profile DIMMs for this system, but not "very low profile" and I found this meant I needed to orient the heatsink with the heatpipes coming out of the base parallel to the DIMMs, which is when I noticed the above about having to bend a heatpipe slightly to make everything fit

system specs:

Core i5-4670K
Zalman CNPS8900 Quiet
Crucial Ballistix Tactical LP DDR3L-1600 16GB (2x8GB)
Asus Z97I-Plus
Crucial M550 512GB m.2
Samsung slim DVDRW SN208FB/BEBE
EVGA GeForce GTX 560Ti
Silverstone SG05BB-450-USB3.0

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  • N/A
  • 9/15/2014 6:49:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsVery happy

Pros: -Overall very impressive quality.
-Great layout with enough room for a big CPU air cooler (although I went for an H90).
-The UEFI bios are great and I was able to get a 4790K stable at 4.7Ghz at 1.300v in a mini-ITX case.
-Tons of USB 3.0 ports
-Also a very high quality I/O shield.

Cons: The little PCIe slot notch broke off without much force applied to it. It's not worth an RMA. Luckily My case (Node 304) has a mechanism to lock the GPU securely in place anyway.

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  • Hay
  • 9/12/2014 10:34:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome motherboard

Pros: Works great
It's an Asus
Front Panel extender makes life SO much easier
RAM worked instantly after installing

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Used this in my first build - comes with a lot of great features and utilities you can download from Asus's website

System Specs:
Asus z97i Plus
i5 4690k
Asus GTX 750 ti
Deepcool Gabriel cpu cooler
G Skill Ares 8gb (2 x 4gb) DDR3 1600
Cooler Master Elite 130
Cooler Master V 550 semi modular 80+ gold
Samsung 840 evo

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  • Bartek K.
  • 9/9/2014 9:54:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat board

Pros: Love the board. Easy to install, good layout, was able to fit the tower cooler (Noctua NH U9B) with no issues. I love the Q-connector, makes it so much easier to install

Cons: The latch on the PCIe broke, it almost feels like the plastic was aged. But i can live with this...

Other Thoughts: It isn't too easy to plug the Wi-Fi cables to the module with fat fingers (my case), but managed to do so.

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