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New ASUS Z97 ROG motherboards

New ASUS Z97 ROG motherboards

May 3, 2014 8:02 am0 comments

For a number of years, ASUS ROG has offered within the family, various components and devices for the gaming enthusiasts and power in the PC devices. With the new Intel Z97 chipset just around the corner, the company could not miss your appointment and has introduced three new motherboards ROG MAXIMUS VII with different formats to suit all kinds of configurations.

ASUS Z97 ROG motherboards

All these boards include differentiated technologies while keeping in mind what PC gamers need, such as network connections for minimum latency, with integrated Intel LAN cards, which reduce the CPU usage while increasing performance compared to previous series or optimizing the performance in small size packet transmission, most used for online play; this integrated LAN modules integrate systems of protection against static electricity and lightning that can reach the line. These integrated network cards are complemented with the ASUS GameFirst III software to prioritize the bandwidth to gaming.

Nor theres need for a high quality technology sound thanks to the Impact SupremeFX II cards or technologies such as BRAVO -3D that emulate surround sound on stereo headphones. New features are added to the full sound control center, the ASUS ROG AUDIO SUITE.

ASUS Z97 ROG motherboards

There is a new series in the ROG MAXIMUS family, which opens with the Z97 chipset, the MAXIMUS VII RANGER, an ATX board standing as the average range (within the ROG range in which we are), with a lower price than the MAXIMUS VII Hero. Both are ATX format.

Stepping down in size, we have the new version of the popular GENE family, MAXIMUS VII GENE, a motherboard in mATX format with all the technologies of its big brothers, but designed to integrate into more compact computers that do not want to give up powerful components and be able to squeeze the most of the new Intel Haswell Refresh processors.

ASUS Z97 ROG motherboardsThese motherboards do not miss the latest that brings Intel Z97 chipset, as we saw in the review that we dedicated to the ASUS Z97 Deluxe. One of the most important is undoubtedly the inclusion of M.2 port natively, achieving a bandwidth of 10 Gb / s Peripheral or SSD disks for example. In this case, ASUS has opted for the use of PCIe 2.0 X” , more than enough to get the 10 Gb / s , while it is true that using 4 PCIe lanes can achieve the theoretical figure of 32 Gb / s, any device would fail to that bandwidth and lead to a limitation of available PCIe lines to other components.

We also have SATA Express, a way to get the identical bandwidth of a smaller M.2, using two normal SATA connectors attached to a port, creating a rather large connector that can meet the M.2, however the requirement of a specific cable and it’s large size compared with M.2, makes the SATA Express split into distinct disadvantage.

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