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ASUS Z97-WS Workstation (Intel Z97) Motherboard Review (Page 1)

ASUS Z97-WS Workstation (Intel Z97) Motherboard Review

ASUS' new Z97-WS is very fresh out of the gate, so be sure to get yourself a cup of coffee before you start this review - you won't want to miss a thing.

By William Harmon on Apr 28, 2014 11:13 am CDT
Rating: 98%Manufacturer: ASUS



We have reviewed other ASUS workstation motherboards before, but this time around, we have one using the new Intel Z97 chipset and revamped UEFI BIOS and utilities to look at.

The motherboard look simple enough but it has a lot under the hood. Let us look at the feature list for this motherboard.

Key features are native third generation PCI Express x16 that also supports NVIDIA 4-Way SLI and AMD 4-Way CrossFireX. ProCool Power Connector eliminates the hollow areas in traditional power connectors, is much stronger, and has better power efficiency. It also allows for better heat dissipation, which allows the connector to run cooler.

Q-code logger lets you log events right to a USB flash drive. The log includes all ASUS Q-Codes in a handy text file. An improved UEFI BIOS includes enhanced overclocking abilities.

There are also new SATA Express ports, M.2 Socket 3, four Memory DIMM's which support 3300MHz O.C./3200MHz O.C./1600MHz up to 32Gb, and improved ASUS SUITE III utility includes enhanced overclocking abilities and 5-way Optimization.

Let us look at the exclusive features of this motherboard:

  • ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 5 with 5-Way Optimization
  • CPU Power with 8-phase power design & ASUS CPU power utility.
  • DRAM Power with digital 2-phase DRAM power design.
  • Fan Xpert 3 featuring auto tuning and multiple thermistors.
  • ASUS Graphics card tuning featuring ASUS video cards power level and fan functions.
  • Network iControl featuring instant network bandwidth for top network programs in use.
  • USB 3.0 Boost
  • USB Charger+ featuring quick charging function for all smart devices.
  • Ai Charger+, Disk Unlocker, AI Suite 3, Anti Surge and MemOK!

Now let's take a close look at the package on the next page.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - William Harmon

William Harmon started working with computers back in 2005 and began overclocking all kinds of different setups. My focus back then and even now is extreme cooling using Single Stage Phase units, Cascades and Liquid Nitrogen. During this time I was also in several competitions that GIGABYTE had sponsored, GOOC 2009 and 2010. Using technics in overclocking and cooling that I have learned over the years I started building high speed workstations and servers for clients who needed higher performing systems. Many of these systems are used in high frequency trader companies and work stations used in all kinds of professions. At TweakTown, I provide and develop accurate test and benchmark methods for servers and other equipment to help make purchasing decisions easier.

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