Look no further if you’re hunting for a compact board that’s feature rich and don’t mind shelling out some moolah for it, the ASUS Z97I-PLUS is the all-in-one board that could just be the solution to your needs.
The ASUS Z97I-PLUS is a Mini-ITX sized board with Intel’s Z97 chipset for use with the 4th Generation Intel processors.
Being a Mini-ITX board, there isn’t much real estate when it comes to placement of key components. On the ASUS Z97I-PLUS the CPU12V socket is just next to the heatsink while the fan connectors are placed at a centralized location.
At the front there are 2 DIMM slots, ATX socket and 2 SATA ports on both sides of the DIMM slot.
The key feature of this board is that it comes with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.
At the back, a host of I/O ports for you to utilize.
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)
1 x DVI-D
1 x D-Sub
1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI
1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
4 x USB 3.0 (blue)
4 x USB 2.0 (one port can be switched to USB BIOS Flashback)
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
3 x Audio jack(s)
2 x Wi-Fi antenna port(s)
More details at the official product page.
As for the UEFI BIOS interface, ASUS is no slouch in this department. The UEFI comes with EZ mode.
For the advanced users, there’s the Advanced mode.
Being a board with Z97 chipset, the ASUS Z97I-PLUS is one that you are able to overclock your Intel K processors with. I managed to get my Intel Core i5-4670K to 4.4Ghz with ease, just like how I did with the ROG Maximus VII Ranger board.
The ASUS Z97I-PLUS retails at RM 728, it may seem to be a rather steep price to pay for a board but bear in mind that you’re getting a power-packed feature-rich board with excellent build quality that fits into a Mini-ITX casing.