ASUS has been pretty quiet when it comes to their Z87 motherboards as other manufactuers have been teasing their boards the past couple of weeks. Well the wait is over and we are not just teasing ASUS’s Z87 motherboards we have photos and information on ASUS’s entire lineup of Z87 motherboards! Read on as this is quite a large post!
ASUS’s Z87 lineup will include 10 motherboards which of course extends from enthusiasts boards all the way down to business motherboards. To start off we have the flagship overclocking lineup which is made up of three Maximus VI boards: Maximus VI Extreme, Maximus VI Hero and Maximus VI GeneZ.
ASUS Maximus VI Extreme
Keeping with their current color scheme the Maximus VI Extreme has a red and black theme. There are five PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, a single PCI Express 3.0 x4 slot and also a mini PCI Express combo slot located near the rear I/O. There are a total of 10 SATA 3 ports for a large amount of storage. Looking at the board we can see voltage measurement points, on and off buttons, clear CMOS button and dip switches for the PCI Express slots. Also besides the normal 8pin CPU power connection there is a additional 4pin CPU power connection.
ASUS Maximus VI Hero
The Maximus VI Here is a slimmed down version of the Maximus VI Extreme. It only has three PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots and three PCI Express 3.0 x1 slots. Storage is cut down to only eight SATA 3 ports. It looks like the voltage measurement points, PCI Express dip switches as well as additional CPU power is gone.
ASUS Maximus GeneZ
The Maximus VI GeneZ is the mATX board that is made for overclockers. While smaller it still will have all of the overclocking features you will find in the large boards. It has two PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots and a single PCI Express 3.0 x4 slot. For a mATX board there is quite a lot of storage in 8 SATA 3 ports. Both this board and and Hero board have ASUS’s THX audio chips included.
ASUS Z87 Sabertooth
ASUS would not come out with Z87 motherboards without a Sabertooth version with its TUF third generation thermal armor, so we have the ASUS Z87 Sabertooth. There is a single cooling fan by the electrical components of the board to keep everything nice and cool. There are two PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots and three PCI Express x1 slots. As far as storage goes you have six SATA 6 GB/s ports and two SATA 3GB/s ports. ASUS keeps the same Sabertooth theme and color with this board.
ASUS Z87 Gryphoon
Now this is what many people have been waiting for. The Z87 Gryphoon is made to be a mATX version of the Z87 Sabertooth. It features an 8-phase VRM, two PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots and two PCI Express x1 slots. Six SATA 3 ports give you plenty of storage options. The board also features TUF components and TUF thermal radar to ensure stability.
ASUS Z87 Deluxe & ASUS Z87 Pro
Now we are moving into the more mainstream motherboards in ASUS’s Z87 lineup. The flagship of this series is the Z87 Deluxe Pro. This board features the 4th generation of ASUS’s DIGI+ engine for great power delivery. You have three PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots and four PCI Express 3.0 x1 slots. Storage comes in the form of ten SATA 6GB/s ports. The board does have dual 8pin CPU power conenctions making it the most enthusiast minded board in ASUS’s Z87 lineup. The board also had a lot of additions like EPU, DIGI+ VRM, DIGI+ DRAM and WiFi onboard. Also new to ASUS is the black and gold color scheme you see. The Z87 Deluxe and Z87 Pro will have the same main feature set, with a few features missing to make them two separate products.
Mini-ITX systems have become extremely popular over the past year and ASUS has a pretty nice board in the Z87i-Deluxe. This mini-ITX board saves space on the actual board by making use of a VRM board that packs 10 VRM phases. The board also features a single PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot, six SATA 3 ports and two DDR3 DIMM slots.
No word yet on pricing but expect all of these boards to launch June 3rd at Computex.