All-round protection provides the best quality, reliability, and durability
ASUS motherboards guard your PC with 5X PROTECTION. We use quality components like DIGI+ VRM digital power design for precise CPU power on demand, ESD units tested to strict standards that eliminate electrostatic interference, and resettable fuses around DRAM slots to prevent overcurrent and short-circuit damage. We also use corrosion-resistant back I/O shields, all examples of ASUS providing the best possible reliability and durability.
Precise power control and long-lasting stability
Voltage regulator modules (VRMs) are among the most essential motherboard components. A good VRM intelligently delivers CPU power based on actual needs at any given time. ASUS was first with digital power design featuring faster sensing and response to deliver precise CPU power on demand. This great accuracy reduces energy waste and of course improves system stability thanks to more consistent delivery.
Short-circuit damage prevention
Onboard resettable fuses prevent overcurrent and short-circuit damage. This extends beyond I/O ports to DRAM to safeguard system and device lifespan.
Strong ESD protection for extended component lifespan
Electrostatic discharges (ESD) can happen suddenly, and their damaging effects are often underestimated. ASUS ESD Guards offer an active protective circuit design that ensures electrostatic discharges are properly grounded, providing greater component longevity.
2.5X longer lifespan with excellent durability
ASUS high-quality solid state capacitors assure a 5,000-hour lifespan, equivalent to 2.5 times longer than traditional capacitors. All capacitors pass testing under temperatures as high as 105 degrees centigrade and meet Japanese industrial standards to provide excellent durability and enhanced thermal capacity.
3X more durable corrosion-resistant coating
ASUS motherboard back I/O panels are made from strong and corrosion-resistant stainless steel, which is bonded with a thin layer of chromium oxide to enhance anti-corrosive properties. Passing 72-hour spray salt endurance tests, ASUS stainless steel back I/O panels have a usage life three times longer compared to ordinary panels.
Full-scale performance tuning with easy BIOS Interface
Media-renowned UEFI BIOS from ASUS offers the first mouse-controlled graphical interface designed with a special theme for TUF boards, providing a user-friendly interface that goes beyond traditional keyboard-only controls. It also fully-utilizes 2.2TB and larger hard drives in 64-bit operating systems with native support.
ASUS-exclusive EZ Mode displays frequently-accessed info, so you can alter system performance settings and drag and drop boot priorities. Advanced Mode for performance enthusiasts includes detailed DRAM settings via a dedicated memory info page for complete insight.
Get all your favorite functions on one page
F4 or right click to add settings to My Favorites under Advanced Mode, which cuts time spent on searching and further speeds up system tuning.
One press to apply and access frequent settings
Now you can customize your own shortcut log by pressing F4 or right clicking to create shortcuts to frequently-used settings. Instantly access them by simply hitting the F3 hotkey.
You no longer need to have a pen and paper notepad around. Quick Note works inside the BIOS so you can just type remarks and ideas to help you remember important settings info and save time on trial and error.
Always forget those important BIOS changes you did? This friendly function creates a tuning log to track your BIOS settings history, which can be saved onto a USB drive.
You can rename your SATA ports for easy identification, including by usage scenario. Get greater convenience and spend less time on finding the right devices when you want to change settings.
Comprehensive controls for the perfect cool and quiet balance
Seeing an opportunity for more fine-tuned control, hardware-level ASUS Fan Xpert 2 featuring Fan Auto Tuning, providing an tailored fan speed setting for each fan with the exclusive, automatic fan speed detection to achieve the best balance of cooling performance and low noise. It even provides a "RPM Fixed Mode" for users who wish to reduce noise levels to near 0dB with a specific fan speed control.
Scans fan parameters through exclusive automatic speed detection to provide custom settings for each fan with a single click. This achieves the best cooling for your components beyond just the mere number of fans in your case.
Fan Xpert 2 provides individual data and control for each fan connected to your motherboard as well as built-in fan profiles to deliver cooling that is as automated or as customizable as you need it to be.
Fan Xpert 2 includes an RPM Fixed Mode for users who wish to reduce noise levels to near 0dB with highly specific fan speed control. It reacts to system loads for greater response.
Delivers complete information that allows you to take advanced control over each fan.
170% faster transfer speeds than traditional USB 3.0
ASUS USB 3.0 Boost technology supports UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) in Windows 8. With USB 3.0 Boost technology, a USB device's transmission speed is significantly increased up to 170%, adding to already fast USB 3.0 performance. ASUS software automatically accelerates data rates for compatible USB 3.0 peripherals without any user interaction.
Go to the limit with iGPU level up!
GPU Boost accelerates the integrated GPU for extreme graphics performance. The user-friendly interface facilitates flexible frequency adjustments. It easily delivers stable system-wide upgrades for every use.
Real-time network bandwidth management
One click to prioritize network traffic for applications you're currently using or set up favorite profiles to run at specific times. Avoid network congestion, speed up downloading, and make sure online gaming runs optimized, all through an intuitive user interface.
Twice the Bandwidth
PCI Express 3.0 uses improved encoding that provides twice the performance of PCI Express 2.0. Total bandwidth for an x16 link reaches 32GB/s, delivering unprecedented data speeds combined with the convenience and seamless transition offered by complete backward compatibility.
Double USB access, double the convenience
ASUS facilitates USB 3.0 accessibility for both the front and rear panel. Experience the latest plug n play connectivity at speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0. Our motherboards afford greater convenience with high speed connectivity.
Twice the speed
ASUS provides SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports with enhanced scalability, faster data retrieval, and double the bandwidth of SATA 3Gb/s.
Modern SSD Drives can easily saturate SATA 3.0Gbs bandwidth and suffer slower transfer rates. Uncork your SATA 6.0 Gbs SSDs with this motherboard and maximize your storage data transfer rates.
Easy memory removal
Even if you work with a smaller case, plugging in memory is easy with one-sided clips that are right at the edge of the board and always accessible. Just push down on the clip and push or pull RAM modules in or out – couldn't be simpler!
Effortless PCI Express component removal
Press the Q-Slot clip lightly, and graphics cards just pop out. The large winged clip is easy to reach so you don't have to struggle with installing or removing even the biggest graphics cards.
Thanks to ASUS Windows 8 hardware optimization, ASUS Boot Setting provides better flexibility in customizing your PC's startup process. You can shorten system boot-up time to 2-seconds* for a smoother user experience under Windows 8, and even previous versions of Windows.
Also, you can enter the BIOS directly with one click through a user-friendly interface, and quickly select your preferred system boot up method: either get to the OS in seconds or opt for regular boot up. Whatever your choice, settings are saved and persistent, with no need to choose every time you power on. (On select models.)
Popular ASUS real-time system monitoring software now available for Windows 8. It helps you supervise your entire PC through a live tile on the Windows 8 start screen, and make quick adjustments. Probe II Sense is a free app available from the Windows Store.
One-stop access to innovative ASUS features
ASUS AI Suite 3 offers a brand new user experience through a clearer and more attractive interface with support for larger monitors. It consolidates all exclusive ASUS features into one simple-to-use package, allowing you to supervise overclocking, energy consumption, fan speeds, voltages and more.
This all-in-one app offers diverse and easy to use functionality, with no need to switch back and forth between different utilities.
All-round energy efficiency and detailed CPU wattage settings
Tap into the world's first real-time PC power saving chip through the AI Suite 3 utility. Get total system-wide energy optimization by automatically detecting current PC loadings and intelligently moderating power consumption. It can directly reduce CPU wattage to an indicated level on demand and manually switch to Max Power Saving Mode for further energy savings, creating a more efficient PC.
Restore corrupted BIOS data via USB Drive
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 allows users to restore your corrupted BIOS Data by uploading a fresh BIOS from your USB flash drive or support CD containing a BIOS file.
This utility saves you the wasted time, cost and hassle of special ordering a replacement BIOS chip, or replacing the affected Motherboard with a new one.
Easy BIOS updates from USB outside the OS
Quickly update your BIOS from uploaded files from your USB flash drive before entering the OS. It only takes a few clicks, with no floppy disk and associated Floppy Drive or an OS-based flash utility.
Life just became easier with this long time hassle finally defeated. The days of knowing about an important bios update and being afraid to upload it are over.
Discover future visual experiences
Following up on popular 1080p full HD, 4K Ultra HD is the next big thing, and you're ready for the upgrade thanks to integrated graphics that natively support up to 4096 x 2160 via HDMI or DisplayPort. That's four times the pixel count of 1080p (1920 x 1080), offering incredible visual clarity, detail, and realism.
Connect up to three independent monitors at once using video outputs such as DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, or VGA. Choose your outputs and set displays to either mirror mode or collage mode.
Intel® LGA1150 4th Gen Core™ i7, i5, i3, Pentium® and Celeron® CPU Ready
This motherboard supports Intel® 4th Gen Core™ i7, i5, i3, Pentium® and Celeron® processors in the LGA1150 package, with iGPU, memory and PCI Express controllers integrated to support onboard graphics output with dedicated chipsets, 2-channel (4 DIMM) DDR3 memory and 16 PCI Express 3.0 / 2.0 lanes.
This provides great graphics performance. Intel® 4th generation Core™ i7, i5, i3, Pentium® and Celeron® processors are among the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world.
The Intel® H87 Express Chipset is a single-chipset design that supports socket LGA1150 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7, i5, i3, Pentium® and Celeron® processors.
This advanced chipset also provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability.
Additionally, H87 provides a maximum 6 USB 3.0 ports and 6 SATA 6Gb/s ports for faster data retrieval. Moreover, the Intel® H87 Express Chipset also supports iGPU functions, letting users enjoy the latest Intel integrated graphics performance.
SSD speed with HDD capacity
Uses an installed fast SSD (18.6+ GB capacity required) as a cache for frequently-accessed data. Key benefits include reduced load and wait times, and lower power consumption through the elimination of unnecessary hard drive spin.
This technology combines SSD performance with hard drive capacity, operating up to 6X faster than a hard drive-only system.
Auto application refresh and shorter wait times
Your computer can receive web updates with fresh content for selected applications, even when the system is in sleep mode.
This means less time waiting for applications to update and sync with the cloud, leading to a more efficient computing experience.
Instantly awaken your PC from sleep mode
Allows your computer to quickly resume from a low-power hibernate state in seconds. Saving your system memory to the designated SSD, it provides your computer a faster wake-up response time, while still keeping energy use low.
Motherboards are EU Energy-related Products (ErP) ready, which requires products meet high efficiency standards with regards to energy consumption.
This is in line with the ASUS vision of creating environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient products through design and innovation that reduce the carbon footprint of products and thus mitigate ecological impact.
|CPU Support||LGA1150 socket for 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7, i5, i3, Pentium® and Celeron® Processors
Supports Intel® 22nm CPU with Intel® Turbo Boost 2.0 (support depends on CPU model.)
|Memory||4x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 1600, 1333, 1066MHz
Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory, Dual Channel Memory
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
Hyper DIMM support is subject to individual CPUs.
(w/ compatible CPUs)
|Integrated Graphics Processor:
Multi-VGA output support : HDMI, DVI and D-Sub ports
HDMI: up to 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
DVI: up to 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
D-Sub: up to 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
Maximum shared memory of 1024 MB
Supports Intel® InTru™ 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider™
|Multi-GPU Support||Only 1x PCI-E x16 Video Card slot|
|Expansion Slots||1x PCIe 3.0 / 2.0 x16
3x PCIe 2.0 x1
|Storage||Intel® H87 Express Chipset:
6x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and Intel Rapid Storage Technology, Intel® Smart Response, Intel® Rapid Start and Intel® Smart Connect, depending on CPU.
|LAN||1x Realtek® 8111G, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller|
|Wireless Support||Not included|
|Audio||Realtek® ALC887 7.1 High Definition Audio CODEC
w/ Jack detection, Multi streaming, Front Panel retasking
|USB||Intel® H87 Express Chipset
4x USB 3.0 / 2.0 ports at back panel
2x USB 3.0 / 2.0 ports at mid-board
2x USB 2.0 / 1.1 ports at back panel
6x USB 2.0 / 1.1 ports at mid-board
|Back Panel I/O Ports||1x PS/2 keyboard (purple)
1x PS/2 mouse (green)
1x HDMI port
1x DVI-D port
1x D-Sub Port (VGA)
1x LAN (RJ45) port
4x USB 3.0
2x USB 2.0
3x Audio 3.5mm jacks
|Internal I/O Connectors||1x USB 3.0 connector supports additional 2 USB 3.0 ports
3x USB 2.0 connectors support additional 6 USB 2.0 ports
1x Serial Com port
6x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
1x CPU fan connector
2x Chassis fan connectors
1x S/PDIF out header
1x 24-pin EATX power connector
1x 8-pin EATX 12V power connector
1x Front panel connector
1x Internal Speaker connector
1x Clear CMOS jumper
1x System panel
|ASUS Exclusive Features||ASUS 5X PROTECTION:
ASUS DIGI+ VRM - Phase digital power design
ASUS Enhanced DRAM Overcurrent Protection - Short circuit damage prevention
ASUS ESD Guards - Enhanced ESD protection
ASUS All 5K-Hour Solid Capacitors - 2.5x long lifespan with excellent durability
ASUS Stainless Steel Back I/O - 3x more durable corrosion-resistant coating
AI Suite 3
ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode w/ graphics user interface
USB 3.0 Boost
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution:
Stylish Fanless Design Heat-sink solution
ASUS Fan Xpert 2
ASUS EZ DIY:
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
ASUS EZ Flash 2
|BIOS||64 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3, My Favorites, Quick Note, Last Modified log, F12 PrintScreen, F3 Shortcut functions|
|Manageability||WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, PXE|
|Form Factor||microATX Form Factor|
|Dimensions (LxW)||244 x 193mm (9.6 x 7.6")|