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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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  • Rob
  • 5/20/2015 8:16:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAlmost there

Pros: Good layout, easy to use bios, quick boot up, all ports are functional, super fast rebate

Cons: Poor wifi reception - an old usb wifi dongle had better reception in the exact same location.
Wifi/bluetooth card interferes with the Logitech unifying receiver! No Bios setting to disable the wireless card.

Other Thoughts: After running a Cat 6 cable and removing the wifi/bluetooth card from the motherboard, the keyboard finally works from across the room again!

I'm not sure if I just got a defective wireless module or if no one else uses a Logitech TK820 keyboard but I'm glade that it finally works.

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  • N/A
  • 4/23/2015 12:49:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTough little board!!!

Pros: Very stable, Easy overclocking, and is the perfect solution for small form factor builds!

I'm loving this board! I only ever used Gigabyte boards, but this is a pleasant surprise. You won't be dissapointed!

Cons: None so far. 3 months and no issues at all. Great Mobo!

Other Thoughts: Good Job ASRock! Keep it up! I'll definitely consider you guys for future builds!

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  • JelloShot
  • 4/10/2015 4:57:15 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Over All

Pros: It works well for overclocking. No issues with ram compatibility. Nice splash of color. Included software is ok. A big plus is the m.2 slot, cuts down on the cables in a itx case.

Cons: For the price i think its missing some of the extras like a painted I/O shield and a magnetic wifi antenna. The UEFI was not as user friendly as compared to others i have used.

Other Thoughts: Got this because of the m.2 slot and the color.Over all this MOBO is good but wait for a sail.

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  • Seth S.
  • 3/23/2015 9:44:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsWorks for a little while...

Pros: OK Layout, typical for Mini-ITX
Working WIFI, though I never got bluetooth to function

Cons: After using for a few months, it died suddenly.
ASRock tech support is terrible to deal with, and refused to accept responsibility for the issue, claiming it was a damaged CPU problem or else my own fault.
Huge fees for replacement, and its not worth my time for a sub-par product.

Other Thoughts: Turns out, the board failed, causing the damage to my CPU. I had to replace both due to this, and ASRock has no warranty protection nor would they simply do an RMA without a ton of red tape in the way and a ridiculous fee, such that after paying for that and shipping I'd have payed for the board half again. This was my first ASRock product. Not going back to ASRock anytime soon. I got more help with diagnosing the issue after replacing the board and talking to ASUS support who correctly identified correctly not only that the CPU was a fault but that my hard drive seemed to be failing.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
We do not charge for RMA mainboards with under warranty, unless mainboard has been physically damaged.
For RMA, please refer to return policy at " "http://www.ASRock.com/Support/index.asp?cat=Policy".

If you have any technical questions or warranty issues please contact our Tech Support at http://www.ASRock.com/Support/tsd.asp. We can assist you shortly.

Thank you

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

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  • Jeff
  • 3/18/2015 3:27:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsM.2 is Horribly Implemented

Pros: It's small and has a lot of features

Cons: M.2 port on the bottom is placed in a horrible location. Almost any device will be blocked by the CPU backplate, rendering it useless

Other Thoughts: Bought it for the M.2 port. Due to poor design I can't use the board.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Due to Mini ITX mainboard, the space for M.2 slot is limited. However, the Intel stock cooler does not required back plate.
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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  • 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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