ASUS H97-Pro Gamer LGA 1150 Motherboard Review

Unlike the ASUS ROG boards, the H97-Pro gamer is a board that’s catered for gamers, with a bit of overlocking features.

ASUS H97-Pro Gamer LGA 1150 Motherboard Review

While it isn’t an ROG board, the color scheme is almost ROG, only difference is that the color combo is maroon and black instead of red and black.

ASUS H97-Pro Gamer LGA 1150 Motherboard Review

The board comes with much smaller heatsinks compared to their ROG counterparts.

ASUS H97-Pro Gamer LGA 1150 Motherboard Review

Looking at the area around the DIMM slots, it’s plain as the board isn’t on that’s overclockers would be looking at.

ASUS H97-Pro Gamer LGA 1150 Motherboard Review

The board comes with an M.2 socket, sandwiched between the CPU socket and the PCI-E slot.

ASUS H97-Pro Gamer LGA 1150 Motherboard Review

SATA EXPRESS is available for those with a need for speed.

ASUS H97-Pro Gamer LGA 1150 Motherboard Review

Connector panels, nothing out of the ordinary.

ASUS H97-Pro Gamer LGA 1150 Motherboard Review

The board comes with Multi-GPU support but it only runs on x16 / x4 configuration, very limiting.

ASUS H97-Pro Gamer LGA 1150 Motherboard Review

Lastly, the I/O panel that would satisfy most consumers.

ASUS H97-Pro Gamer LGA 1150 Motherboard Review

Gamer Features? Yes it comes with those. The H97-Pro Gamer board comes with ASUS’

– SupremeFX – Flawless audio that makes you part of the game
– Intel Gigabit Ethernet & GameFirst II – Networking that just goes faster
– Sonic Radar ll – Scan and detect to dominate
– M.2 & SATA Express – Top-speed transfers for faster gaming
– Gamer’s Guardian – for real-world protection

Sorry, Keybot not available on this model.

More details at the official product page.

User Experience

As what I mentioned, this board targets the gamer market. Overclocking potential is limited with the H97 chipset, though ASUS made it such that it is possible to overclock with the H97-Pro Gamer.

Those with a more discerning taste in overclocking features should be looking elsewhere, like say the ROG MAXIMUS series.

The Verdict

The ASU H97-Pro Gamer motherboard retails at RM 459, certainly not the price of an average H97 board but what you get are the goodies featured in the higher range ASUS gamer board.

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