ASUS Z87-Deluxe/Dual LGA1150 Intel Motherboard Review


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AI Suite also provides control of a variety of other features, as you can see from the screen shot below. We’ve seen all of these on previous ASUS motherboards.


Network iControl lets you prioritize network usage by selected programs. You could, for example, set reduced priority for a BitTorrent client, and a high priority for a networked game, so that long downloads in the background wouldn’t adversely affect game play. You can also configure a No Delay TCP setting that will automatically bundle multiple small requests into a single packet, saving the 40-byte-per-packet overhead each separate request would normally incur.


Fan Xpert 2 isn’t as elaborate as the Thermal Radar feature of ASUS’ TUF motherboards. You can’t slave a fan’s performance to the readings of an individual temperature sensor, but the system will automatically determine the RPM range for every fan in the system, and allow you to select Standard, Silent, Turbo, and Full Speed modes that adjust all fans appropriately. You can pre-define and save fan speed profiles that you can recall with a click.


There’s one exception to the “no temperature sensors” rule: you can adjust the performance curve of the CPU fans (there are two CPU fan headers) based on the reported CPU temperature.


If you wish to manually tweak parameters rather than letting 4-Way Optimization do it for you, you can of course dive into each subsection and fiddle about to your heart’s content, as this EPU settings screen shows.


Of course there are details adjustments for the CPU and Digi+ Power as well. These settings don’t duplicate absolutely everything in the BIOS, but they do have everything you’d want to adjust most of the time.


There are still other AI Suite features:

  • There are two USB fast-charge features: USB Charger+ and AI ChargerUSB Charger+ will provide fast charging on the USB BIOS Flashback port (the port is outlined in green on the I/O shield). AI Charger provides rapid charging on the ASMedia-supported USB 3.0 ports, and only works with Apple “i-devices” and BC 1.1 compliant devices.
  • WiFi Engine can operate in either of two modes: a client mode, where it connects your system to an existing WiFi network, and AP (Access Point) mode, which it can share an Ethernet network connection over WiFi.
  • USB 3.0 Boost uses two different protocols to speed up USB transfers: Turbo protocol will work with most USB 3.0 devices, while UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) provides even better performance for devices that support it. The proper protocol will be selected automatically depending on the device that’s plugged in.
  • Wi-Fi Go enables remote control of your system, as well as easy file transfers. All you need is the free Wi-Fi Go Remote application on your Android or iOS device:


As this next screen shows, transferring photos from my iPhone camera to the PC was trivial: just select the photos you want and click Send. Remote Desktop worked fine, although seeing a 2560×1600 screen on my 4″ iPhone display wasn’t actually very useful.


In the next section I’ll take a look at the included NFC Express box.


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  1. Nicely

    Thanks for your Excellent review
    I had read several reviews before buying, and was curious which Ethernet port was the Intel one.
    I just received my new ASUS Z87-Deluxe/Quad motherboard, and it has an “Intel” sticker that covers the top of the ethernet output port (the one closest to the BIOS feedback button), that states in three lines ” Intel Ethernet, Great Capability, GBit LAN”. Then by default, the Ethernet port next to the Analog port is the Realtek port !

  2. Dave

    I have recently purchased the ASUS Z87 and just read this excellent review.” I also purchased the Intel i7 4790 processor and question, how big of a deal is it not to have purchased the i7 4790K vs. the “boxed” version. I plan to use the PC for normal every day use and the occasional video editing. Should I really consider returning the i7 4790 for the “K” series? Finally, I am planning to puchase 16GB of RAM at 2133 Mhz.. Is this a smart move when the CPU supports only up to 1600 Mhz even though the motherboard will support much faster RAM?

    1. Olin Coles

      The Intel i7 4790K CPU comes unlocked from the factory at 4.4 GHz, while the i7 4790 is locked (not able to be overclocked) and runs at 4.0 GHz. Typically i7 4790K costs about $30 more than i7 4790. If you’re not overclocking, which is an enthusiast activity and doesn’t usually yield significant performance gains, there’s no reason the i7 4790 wouldn’t operate nearly the same as i7 4790K in day-to-day operations.

      As for the memory, the CPU can use RAM faster than 1600 MHz, but usually only if the clock settings are adjusted. With that much system memory you’re likely not utilizing more than 50% even under load, so data strobe cycles matter. Think of it this way: an instruction has to pass through all of the memory before returning to the processor. More memory equals a longer round-trip, but faster memory helps reduce the penalty.

      Personally, I would buy 8GB of 1600 MHz DDR3 and check the system resource monitor tool to see if more was really necessary. Oh- and use an SSD for the primary drive!

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