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ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac 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 2933+(OC)/2800(OC)
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • N/A
  • 2/11/2015 2:51:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe Motherboard for Audiophiles

Pros: Audiophile Quality Sound
I am an audiophile, I connected my Sennheiser HD 600 into the front headphone output of this Motherboard and was blown away by the sound. The built in TI NE5532 headphone amp outperformed my Bottlehead Crack's amp in clarity.

Cheap and High Quality Board components with many functions. It has a lot of functions just read about them on the asrock website. It is a good bang for the buck for a premium motherboard.

Cons: USB port connected mouse produces a hard to notice hiss. I noticed it's not really a con because just about all motherboard is heard does this.

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  • Sirric
  • 2/7/2015 5:02:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat ITX board

Pros: Newest chipset - Z97

Newer audio with 7.1 Channels - Realtek ALC1150
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 450Mbs over the air using an AC router
with Bluetooth 4.0 / 3.0 + High speed class II
HDMI-In for plugging in other HDMI devices.
Cheaper cost to value than other same priced boards

Cons: No 4 pin fan controller
Wi-Fi has no drivers for linux as of this review

Other Thoughts: This is a great price to features board. this is my 2nd ASRock MB, My 1st X58 i7 920 is still working great with no issues.
No issues with any of my components or this motherboard.

My Build
-ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac LGA 1150 Intel Z97 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
-Intel Core i7-4790K BX80646I74790K
-Intel 730 Series SSDSC2BP480G4R5 2.5" 480GB (SSD)
-GIGABYTE GV-N970IXOC-4GD GeForce GTX 970 4GB 256-Bit -GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card
-Noctua NH-U9B SE2 92mm SSO CPU Cooler
-EVGA Hadron Air Mini-ITX (110-MA-1001-K1)
-G.SKILL Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) F3-1600C7D-16GTX
-Win 7 pro

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  • firewired
  • 2/3/2015 7:19:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsASRock Z97E-ITX/ac

Pros: Too many to list. The higher-end ALC1150 audio codec and the Broadcom mPCIe wifi-ac drew me in compared to other mini-ITX motherboards.

Cons: Really nitpicking here because it does not really matter, but it would be nice to have a few more 4-pin PWM fan headers for some better fan speed control in the typically small-ish mini-ITX cases.

Other Thoughts: I used this motherboard as the basis for a build that included a cire i7 4790S, fractal design node 304 case, 16GB of ADATA DDR3-1600 RAM, ADATA SX900 512GB SSD, and a re-purposed Radeon 7850 reference video card. The Z97 is a bit overkill for this build, but I have always considered the motherboard the most important part in a fully capable system build.

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  • N/A
  • 1/16/2015 2:39:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsAlmost Great

Pros: For the price, this board packs a lot of great features and a recent chipset.

If you are going for the blue-silver look, this board is a strong candidate to consider.

Cons: WiFi manufacturer aka Broadcom. While I am sure that they make good chips which actually work, the one that came with my board is impossible to get going under Linux. After doing some research on the net, I learned that this problem has persisted for about a year. Why use the ubiquitous Intel for Ethernet and Broadcom for wireless on the same board?

On Windows, everything works well. If you plan to use this machine with Linux, beware! At this point, I may need to look for another chip that surely works with the penguin. Without sounding too much like a jerk, I think that at this price point I should not need to do so.

Lastly, the Antenna design on this is simply - how should I say it - well, lame.

Other Thoughts: It is a good product, but hiccups like the one described above certainly subtract from it.

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  • Credzba
  • 1/5/2015 6:02:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsUsed for Linux machine

Pros: The board packs every feature i could want onto a 8 x 8 inch square (m-itx form factor).
It accepts the lga-1150 processors that provide fast instruction processing.
It has 6 sata port, and m.2 port/or mSata (can't use both at once)

Cons: I found 1 really problematic issue.
Until linux kernel 3.15 the onboard sound is terrible.
There is a work around posted at https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1321421

Another issue is the m.2 port is only 2 pci channels limiting throughput on m.2 ssd. I found Plextor m.2 drives only support 2 channels, so that is a good match, but buying a really fast m.2 device like Samsung is wasted on this board.

Other Thoughts: I'd still suggest buying the board, its feature set is great, the price is reasonable.
Just be prepared to work around the sound issue, and don't expect 4 lanes of pci on the m.2 device.

As a side note, the atx form factor z97 board from AsRock has 4 lanes of pci for the m.2 device.

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  • Pedro
  • 1/3/2015 9:11:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsfurther update on BIOS

Pros: features, price, performance

Cons: Often boots without USB ports active.

Other Thoughts: Anytime that I have been running linux and then power down and boot into Windows 7 the USB ports are not working. Nothing is recognized on any of the USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 ports.

I think this means there is a bug in the BIOS. It looks like the BIOS does not do a complete reinitialization of the USB controllers. I have tried every BIOS setting related to USB but always the same result.

The work-around is to stop the boot process in the BIOS setup screen, then continue to boot into Windows 7. Something about using the USB keyboard in the BIOS setup screen forces USB initializaion and causes the ports to work upon boot-up.

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  • pdxdewd
  • 12/31/2014 12:57:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGets the job done

Pros: Purchased as a low cost overclocking board for Pentium G3258. Works great and has a mind boggling array of overclocking options.

Cons: I didn't have much trouble with it but some may find the placement of SATA and fan headers troublesome. I only use one case fan and one drive so it' was not an issue for me. Cable management is a pain in any low volume mini ITX case. Another minor con is the single case fan header but that's typical of mini ITX boards.

Other Thoughts: The offset of the CPU socket is a bit annoying making it incompatible with some combinations of cases and aftermarket coolers. In my box, the cooler (EV0 212) is nearly flush against the case. Airflow is fine but it blocks the area my 2.5" drives would occupy. The stock cooler would not have this problem. I knocked an egg off for this one in combination with the CPU offset.

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  • UndMtn
  • 12/30/2014 3:26:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMobofo

Pros: It works as intended. Board appears to be sturdy and I really like the UEFI.

Cons: First mobo had a PCI-e problem. It could have been DoA or I may have somehow damaged it. I noticed one of the resistors next to the PCI-e slot was damaged.

I didn't take off because mobos appear tricky to produce with low error rate.

I sent in the rebate before doing a quality check, like an idiot. I was forced to use ASRock warranty instead of newegg return policy. ASRock warranty sent me a REFURBISHED mobo replacement instead of a new one. Refurb works so whatev.

Other Thoughts: The wifi antenna is a bulky.

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  • Erc
  • 12/27/2014 6:42:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsMini ITX Z97E-ITX no longer working

Pros: Overall nice board till it stopped working. Good packaging, included hardware was nice. Sharp looking and wifi module worked flawlessly.

Cons: After 3 months of use my mobo no longer works and will only power cycle on and off. I've isolated the problem back to this board.

I've emailed the manufacturer about replacement and waiting for a response. I hope them will honor their One year warranty. When i hear back from them i will update my review.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Erc,

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Please refer to the following suggestions to check your system.
1. Please refer to user manual page 25 to do clear CMOS for testing.
Link: http://download.asrock.com/manual/Z97E-ITXac.pdf
2. Re-install CPU, memory and power supply for testing.
3. If possible, please change another CPU or power supply for verifying.

If your system is still not working, please contact us by our Technical Support Email: http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp
We'll assist you shortly.
Thank you very much!

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp

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  • Devogod
  • 12/22/2014 12:55:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFantastic Motherboard, but bluetooth isn't great

Pros: -z97 chipset
-overclocked my 4690k to 4.5ghz without any trouble
-onboard audio is better than most boards
-comes with AC wifi and Bluetooth (see cons regarding Bluetooth)
-plenty of sata ports, including sata express
-includes m.2 slot (see cons)
-UEFI bios is great

Cons: the Bluetooth function is mediocre. when using my Bluetooth headphones for PC audio it works more or less fine, but when streaming music TO the pc (like from a phone or other device) it skips pretty bad, seemingly caused by wifi interference (it skips much less when I turn off wifi).

the option to update UEFI using internet connection from inside the UEFI only works over hardwired connection. wont work with wifi. that's just a minor quibble though.

with a chipset this good at overclocking, this board could have really benefited from a third fan header.

while the m.2 port is a great idea, it was implemented rather poorly. first off its on the back of the board (being such a small board, i can live with that, as theres not really anywhere else to put it), however its orientation makes it impossible to install most m.2 cards into it. longer m.2 cards are obstructed by backplates used for most cpu coolers.

Other Thoughts: this is my first mITX build, and the first machine I've put together in quite some time (my last two machines were an x58 and x38, both DFI LanParty boards). Theres a few minor faults, but overall this is a fantastic board, especially for the price. its a good overclocker, loaded up with features to compare with larger ATX boards, and it looks good, too. i have this board stuffed into a coolermaster elite 130, with an AIO water cooler and an Sapphire 290x. the whole machine is super quiet at idle and i use it as a HTPC, but i can stuff it (barely) into my backpack and take it to a friends house for some proper gaming.

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