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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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  • N/A
  • 9/21/2014 5:18:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Mobo

Pros: Wifi 802.11AC
PS2 port for legacy keyboards/mice
Colors were great, matched well with GSkill Ares
BIOS was easy to navigate

Cons: The layout of the connectors could be better. Cable management is about impossible since you use connectors all over the board. So it makes it a bit messier but I won't count this against the board as it performs well

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  • 9/15/2014 11:06:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWhat Can You Expect From a MITX

Pros: Everything has been working perfectly.
It's blue, perfect for blue ricers.

Cons: A lot of the input locations are very awkward, especially when working with a cpu heat sink such as the Noctua NH-L12.
The wiring becomes very awkward and and tight especially where the SATA sockets are located.
The chassis fan socket is also too close to the cpu socket causing a difficult installation once the heat sink is placed on top first.
Also the description about how this motherboard holds 2 chassis fan sockets is false, there is only 1 socket.

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  • Theothercan
  • 9/3/2014 11:33:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat board

Pros: Love the new itx form factor. For its size this board gives you an enormous amount of options. Packaging was fine and delivery was prompt.

Cons: Wish it had a few more onboard usb ports, but it's no big deal.

Other Thoughts: If you're interested in an itx build this is a fantastic component that I highly recommend.

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5 out of 5 eggsperfect for tiny server

Pros: M.2 socket for SSD
AC and Bluetooth on a m-pcie
external antennas
High speed DDR3 support
6 SATA ports
SATA express (though I don't use it)
Fully Linux supported
runs cool

Cons: SATA express takes up a total of 4 SATA ports, haven't quite figured out why manufacturers would do that
RAM slots close together could make install difficult with wide ram heat syncs, I went with a standard heat sync width to avoid this
secondary power connector is in an odd spot, this makes routing air and cables a bit more difficult

Other Thoughts: The system:

This mobo
Norco ITX-S4 server cube case
Core i5-4590s processor
Team Xtreme 8GB DDR3 2400
MyDigitalSSD 64GB super boot drive 42mm SATA3 M.2 SSD
350Watt flexATX PSU
4x4TB storage drives
Running Xubuntu with FreeNAS

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  • 8/19/2014 4:16:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Mobo

Pros: Many included features available on regular ATX boards
Included Wifi and Bluetooth
New M.2_SSD socket though I am not using it instead have a standard Sata SSD
Great on board audio (I'm using it for a HTPC and so far it sounds great)
Plenty of USB connectors and a 3.0 header so I have 4 USB 3.0 ports and 4 USB 2.0.
Plenty of OC option in the UEFI which you can also use to update your drivers through! Very cool feature.

Cons: 1st board arrived DOA but New egg replaced it fast so no eggs ff for that.
Only one CPU fan header and one case fan header though it is a tiny board so it is understandable.
No others that I can think of.

Other Thoughts: My first ASRock board and overall I am impressed with the quality and features and the lower price compared to MSI, Gigabyte, ASUS (which BTW their websites and the logo etc. look awfully similar to ASUS, sister companies perhaps?)etc.

If you are looking for a SFF build you have to consider this board.

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  • Phillip
  • 8/8/2014 11:40:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDefective Wifi that does not connect

Pros: Works well with CPU purchased i5 and i7.

Cons: The built in wifi shows connected but is unable to get a web page or nothing shows. Using Win7 bit. When connecting an old USB 2.0 wifi 802.1b, it works immediately. Kinda upset as to why a new out of the box board built in WiFi is defective.

Other Thoughts: If no one replies I am going to RMA this board

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Please download and install the latest Wi-Fi driver at link below
http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z97E-ITXac/?cat=Download
Check the Wi-Fi antenna is connected.
Check the router and modem (reset if possible).
If you have any technical support inquiry, please contact us at http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp. We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

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

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  • apple juice
  • 7/9/2014 9:10:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsNice Little Mobo for HTPC

Pros: -stable stock speeds, I do not overclock as this is for a HTPC
-feature packed!! HDMI in/out (audio passthrough)
-AC wireless built is solid and works great!
-6 SATA-3 connectors is plenty for multiple HDs and SSDs
-M.2 Socket for future upgrade ability is a nice feature to have
-LAN built in
-6-USB 3.0
-Bluetooth 4.0 built-in

Cons: -ONLY 2 DDR3 Slots (16GB supported)
-Old bios, but easy to update
-M.2 socket on the back of the board

Other Thoughts: This is a great board for building a mini-itx. It comes with many great built in features such as HDMI out, AC wifi, Blue tooth, and M.2 socket to take advantage of newer SSDs. The only con I had was that there are only 2 memory slots which is to be expected with a mini-itx, so make sure you buy the correct memory size. Everything has been stable so far and HD1080p movies have worked wonderful on the HDTV. Wireless is also great for being onboard.

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  • MHzTweaker
  • 6/30/2014 11:11:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Eggxpert Review

5 out of 5 eggsPerfecto

Pros: I must admit that as an I.T. professional who has been around and tinkered with small computers for 30+ years this is my first personal ASRock board. As the owner of a small PC service company I usually do no use ASRock boards either. I have no particular bios against them. There have just always been other companies higher in my selection process.
Getting started I will say this board comes expertly packed with foam surround zip tied at the 4 corners. Nice attention to detail. +1 ASRock. There is so much one of these little boards could be used for. I chose to replace my LARGE bedroom home theater PC (x58 gaming tower) with a small but powerful and quiet system. I started with this motherboard. It is small but has everything (and then some) I could want. I have this installed in a Cooler Master Elite 120 M-ITX case. I replaced the front fan with a temp sensing blue LED 120mm Enermax Everest Advance case fan. This board has 2 fan headers. I have 3 fans so it helps that the front 120mm has a temp sensor as I used a Molex adapter to power it. I had a new i7-4790k 4.0GHz “Devils Canyon” CPU overnighted the day they came out. I capped the CPU with a Cooler Master GeminII M4 CPU cooler and MX4 thermal paste. This CPU runs 4GHz stock and is serious overkill for home theater for sure but I only want to do this once. No regrets here. Using my Cooler Master case I had to juggle what I plugged in and connected first. CPU goes in first then 16 Gigs of G.Skill 2133MHz Ripjaws DDR3 (max for the board). Now the CPU cooler goes on because of the overhang the RAM will not come out once the cooler is installed. A bracket bolts up from under the motherboard so my RAM, CPU cooler and CPU have to be installed with the motherboard out. (not so with the wimpy stock Intel CPU cooler). I used a Rosewill Gold Rated 450 watt Capstone power supply. I used max RAM so that I do not need virtual memory with my Samsung EVO SSD. This is a media center PC so very little in the way of software will ever be installed other than XBMC media center software.
This build went extremely well, almost 100% flawless. I had this motherboard a full week before the i7-4790k was released but the system powered up fine. I had connected an Ethernet cable to my LAN and went in the UEFI and ASRock has a built in mechanism to update the firmware right there via LAN. The update performed flawlessly and gave official 4790k support. I cleared CMOS and loaded defaults. The only quirk I found and a previous review pointed out that if I set max RAM for Shared Video, the system hangs and refuses to boot. I tried this 4 or 5 times with the result being a frozen system until a reset. I left it on auto.

Cons: UEFI does not allow selection of MAX video RAM without freezing system.

Could use 1 more fan header.
Only time will tell the reliability tale so I will wait
ASRock may make my "A-List" yet

Other Thoughts: I loaded Win 8.1 Pro x64 with Media Center. Loaded Chipset, wireless, LAN, Intel RST, and MEI software. I also use the original SSD tweaker to turn off virtual memory, hibernation and a dozen other things that shorten the life of an SSD and are not needed with 8+ gigs of RAM. There were about 2 gigs of Windows update patches that needed to be downloaded and applied to Win 8.1. Wow. I got my go to antivirus and malware scanner and automated imaging software installed too.
The Samsung EVO is not the fastest SSD but I do not care. I picked the Samsung EVO for price and reliability. I use a pair of 840Pros for my main workstation. I am truly amazed with this little board, CPU and SSD combo. It takes only 8 seconds from the moment I press the power button until I am looking at a fully loaded Windows 8.1 desktop. Sweet Zombie Gesus!!!!! I am not a fan of tiles so I use iobit Start Menu 8 to give me my desktop back. Luv it!!!!
I am using my favorite home theater keyboard, a Bluetooth Microsoft Entertainment Desktop 7000. I love this keyboard!!! It is full size keys for my fat fingering. I love the shape and built in mouse keys on the left and touch pad on the right. The ASRock motherboard has built in Bluetooth 4.0 and wireless AC. I do not use the wireless because I am accessing my movies from a file server and wireless has too much lag. The Bluetooth must use the same Antennae as the Wifi because it does not work beyond a foot without the external Antennae. The built in Blue tooth works better than Microsoft’s USB transmitter ever did. My mouse and keyboard are much faster and more responsive now. Thank you ASRock.
This system is connected to my 240Hz Samsung TV and my Logitech Z5500 surround speakers with a digital S/PDIF optical connector. I will eventually upgrade to a Samsung 8000 series Quad HD TV in the next 24 months as the prices are tumbling rapidly. It is my understanding that the 4790x HD4600 graphics supports 4k TV. I will make that judgment when I get one. My downstairs media center PC has a new 750ti super clocked Maxwell GPU and totally kills some Blu-ray material powered by and i5 CPU. This ASRock board has a full x16 PCIexpress slot and my Cooler master ITX case support full length double width Video cards.
Yes, ASRock has executed this form factor with perfection. They have created a board as rich as any I have seen with features:
ITX form factor, 16gb max RAM, x16 slot, SATA 3’s & M.2 for storage, Intel LAN chip, Wireless AC + Bluetooth, supports latest CPU’s, high end sound chip and capacitors, 8 pin P4 CPU power connector, USB and 1 P/S2 connector….Oh MY!!!!

ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac
Cooler Master Elite 120 advance case
Intel i7-4790k 4GHz Haswell CPU
Rosewill Capstone Gold rated 450Watt power supply
Cooler Master GeminII M4 CPU cooler
Enermax Everest Advance 120mm blue case fan
Samsung 840 EVO SSD
G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 2133 RAM 16GB(2x8)
Microsoft Entertainment Desktop 7000 keyboard and mouse
Logitech Z5500 speaker

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5 out of 5 eggsCouldn't find any flaws

Pros: This board is my first introduction to ASRock m-ITX product. My experience is mostly with m-ITX from MSI and ASUS. Couldn't find any flaw on this board and for the cost I'd dare say this is the best value on the Z97 line out of all the Z97 boards. Looks-wise it matches up to the old MSI Z77 m-ITX, good blues against a black PCB. On inputs and outputs this board stacks up offering M.2, SATA Express, AC Wifi, and Bluetooth 4.0. Components used seem to be above par, they advertise higher quality caps, chokes and mosfets. This is suppose to translate into less heat, more stability, and better overclockability. I was able to OC the 4670k to 4.5 stable, used an H100i for the testing. Time will tell if it holds but several rounds of gaming and with temps well under control I shouldn't need to worry.

Really like the HDMI-in feature so you can pass through an HDMI signal from a device like a tablet or phone. Audio works just fine. Audio playback in my bluetooth Sennheiser headset was good.

Cons: The only thing that could ruin a reputation for this board would be abnormally high failure rates. As long as this is not the case this board is a keeper considering you get all the Z97 sought after features for less than $140.00 in m-ITX format.

Other Thoughts: The blue G.Skill ram heatspreaders match up well with the blues on the board. One thing I like about this board is that it save money by focusing on whats important. No gimmicky audio features and no gimmicky ethernet features that don't gain you anything. If you like to OC and game and need m-ITX then this board is solid.

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  • mandinga
  • 6/23/2014 5:34:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Eggxpert Review

4 out of 5 eggsIt's got it all!

Pros: I love the looks of this board.. I have built several systems and have fallen for Mini ITX form factor. I’ve never ever seen one with so much stuff built in which is a huge plus. As a professional embedded SW engineer I usually end up wanting to stick some sort of a special feature in the box.. Which means I usually have to choose carefully.. this gives me a lot more room as most everything is built in. It also means that all the USB ports on the box won’t be eaten up and that I *won’t* have to use an active HUB (which don’t work with a lot of devices).. all of this is great for making a really small footprint PC.
One of the things to appreciate about this system is that because of all the built in features, the investment to get a decent working system is hundreds less than larges systems.. That includes the lower price of the small case, smaller power supply as you have decent built in video, bluetooth, and wifi (AC! – future proof) built in.
One thing that may be over looked is that the Bluetooth has 3.0 (high speed – up to 24 Mbit/s transfer rate – plenty for HD video much less music), and 4.0 which also allows for low energy so if you’re talking to peripherals on batteries they don’t get taxed too much on power.
Also – in the future proofing area, though it’s becoming more common is UEFI bios. If you are unfamiliar with it, it’s probably best described as a complete operating system residing in your bios, that your “regular” OS sits on top of (e.g. Windows, Linux, etc). One of the huge advantages of this is that your OS can use the device drivers written for UEFI and you won’t need OS specific ones. No matter what MB you get, I suggest getting a UEFI board as whenever they update OS’s you won’t have to toss the board as the mfg no longer updates the drivers for new OS’s. For this I was running W7, and experienced no problem other than those of my own creation.
I am not a big fan of performance statistic as I know they often cloud the more important aspects of products, and sales are often made on things you wouldn’t normally notice as that is where the marketing hype goes – so I refrain from it. I will say that you can build a scorchingly fast system with this board, though I prefer great performance and reasonable power. I build with i5 processors consuming 84W max as 90% of the time I am running applications that don’t require a processor that blows fire out the back of the box - like most occasional gamers anything more is useless to me.
I did not have an 802.11ac router setup for these tests so all I could do was verify that the system was connected and that 802.11g and 802.11n worked by connecting to different routers. I got a good strong signal for all connections and was impressed with it. Connecting direct with Ethernet via a cable modem I was able to get comparable rates with www.speakeasy.net/speedtest . Since that’s as fast as my modem goes, I can’t ask for much else.

Cons: It would have been nice if it supported Bluetooth V4.1 (2013) – as this may be the last incarnation of Bluetooth in a while – it would allow for some wireless phone signaling becomes more widespread. I’m him hoping this is mostly a FW update though I do not know if it requires and HW changes – none that I am aware of.
Some of the “Pros” may be echoed in the “Cons”, by that I mean even though the box may be really small, you will have to really work to get all the cables in the box connected – when you put the heat sink on your processor that eats up most of the available space to get to the board. That’s not a design flaw per se, but it is a reality in building the system. For me personally, the pain is worth the gain, but this may not be the ideal board to build into a system for a beginning system builder unless you have some technical chutzpa patients and like skinned knuckles.

Other Thoughts: I have a “large” rectangular Lian Li mini ITX case which allows more room than many mini ITX cases, I would not recommend a case any smaller. I’m sure it’s possible but at such as size you need to worry not only about airflow, but also the physical constraints of having to bend cables in such a small space and getting everything to fit.

Whenever I build a system, I end up spending way more that I originally ball parked. This board has been an exception since I really only had to buy memory (8GB DDR3 1333 and an i5-4590) and recycled an older case/PS and SSD. So.. hats off for this.. no wi-fi, BT, video card, etc – it’s a decent system at a decent price.

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