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ASUS Z97 Pro (Intel Z97) Motherboard - Circuit and Overclocking Guide (Page 1)

ASUS Z97 Pro (Intel Z97) Motherboard - Circuit and Overclocking Guide

A new feature TweakTown is Motherboard Circuit and Overclocking articles. Check out Steven Bassiri's first one covering the ASUS Z97 Pro motherboard.

By Steven Bassiri on Aug 11, 2014 at 09:12 am CDT - 1 min, 30 secs reading time for this page

Introduction

ASUS Z97 Pro (Intel Z97) Motherboard - Circuit and Overclocking Guide 1 | TweakTown.com

At first glance, the ASUS Z97 Pro is one loaded product; SATA Express, M.2, a robust VRM, and a plethora of exclusive ASUS features reside side by side at $187.99. Its glamorous heat sinks make you wish manufacturers made more champagne colored accessories, and that's coming from someone who doesn't care for gold anywhere, except in a safe or on a beautiful woman (or man if you prefer).

I will take a jump straight to the circuit level and show you how ASUS is able to expand the standard Z97 PCH bandwidth into enough lanes to support all these features, as well as explain the limitations that come with the expansion and how ASUS has dealt with some of them.

The ASUS Z97 Pro doesn't seem like it hides many secrets, but little anomalies arise while investigating the hardware, and those hold the key to understanding certain features. I will also cover exclusive ASUS features like 5-Way Optimization and TPU/EPU, as well as give you an in-depth look at overclocking this motherboard.

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The ASUS Z97 Pro features six fan headers, five of which can be controlled in the UEFI and can operate in either DC (3-pin) or PWM (4-pin) modes. ASUS says the CPU fan header can change its mode from 3 to 4 pin (DC mode to PWM mode) automatically, which is a nice feature. The CPU_OPT fan header has no control.

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United States: The ASUS Z97 Pro retails for $209.99 at Amazon.

Canada: The ASUS Z97 Pro retails for CDN$263.22 at Amazon Canada.

Last updated: Jan 30, 2019 at 10:26 pm CST

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Steven Bassiri

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Steven Bassiri

Steven went from a fledgling forum reader in 2003 to one of the internet's brightest stars by 2010. Armed with an information systems degree, a deep understanding of circuitry, and a passion for tech, Steven (handle Sin0822) enjoys sharing his deep knowledge with others. Steven details products down to the component level to highlight seldom explained, and often misunderstood architectures. Steven is also a highly decorated overclocker with several world records under his belt. He brings that knowledge and experience to TweakTown.

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