With the Skylake boards already on shore, the Haswell boards seems almost irrelevant in the market today but the introduction of USB 3.1 ports to these old chipset boards does bring a new lease of life to it, or at least extends it a little.
The ASUS Z97-Deluxe / USB 3.1 is such a board, even with the term “USB 3.1” being part of the product name. USB 3.1 aside, the board comes with the usual ASUS goodness such as the 5-way Optimization.
The board is solid, being an ASUS mainstream board it is in black and gold accent. While the board’s target market are mainstream users, overclockers and gamers wouldn’t feel left out with it. Full details at the official product page.
The board comes with sufficiently large heatsinks, the placement can be quite close to heatsink mounts so take note of that when it comes to using large heatsinks.
4 DIMM slots aside, the board comes with 2 socket for USB extension, EZ XMP switch and DRAM check button.
The Z97-Deluxe/USB 3.1 comes with 2x 10Gbit/s SATA Express and 1x 10Gbit/s M.2 connectivity, along with a host of SATA3 ports.
The board supports multi-GPU setup with x8 / x8 configuration on dual-card configuration. It also comes with ASUS CrystalSound 2 for enhanced audio experience.
Debug LED and quick POWER / RESET buttons are at the bottom of the board though the placement could’ve been better as it’s easily blocked once a 2nd medium to large sized GPU is in place.
The I/O ports at the back aren’t lacking as well, here are they
– 1 x DisplayPort
– 1 x HDMI
– 2 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
– 2 x USB 3.1 (teal blue)
– 4 x USB 3.0 (blue)
– 4 x USB 2.0
– 1 x Optical S/PDIF out
– 6 x Audio jack(s)
– 1 x Mini DisplayPort(s)
– 1 x ASUS Wi-Fi GO! module (Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth v4.0
Included as the ASUS Wi-Fi GO! module is the Wi-Fi adapter.
More details at the official product page.
The key highlight of the Z97-DELUXE/USB 3.1 is obvious ………… .the USB 3.1 capability! 😀 And from my test it works great with USB 3.1 flash drive, you get 2x USB 3.1 Type-A ports.
That aside the board’s Wi-Fi connection works well out of the box while the overclocking features are all there, it should be more than enough for most enthusiasts unless you demand the tweaking capacity of that found on an ASUS ROG board.
Not included in this review is the NFC capability, the NFC component for the board is available separately.
The ASUS Z97-DELUXE/USB 3.1 board retails at around RM 1400 range, the board holds final stand for the fort of ASUS Z97 line-up. The price might set the board beyond most people’s affordability but for what it’s worth, it’s an excellent board if you need a replacement and willing to fork out for something of great quality, or if you just happen to found a cheap Intel Haswell range processor.