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ASUS Locally Announces Upcoming Motherboards

By Martin James David - on 9 May 2014, 2:28pm

ASUS Locally Announces Upcoming Motherboards

Following the tech seminar that ASUS held in Bangkok, ASUS has just locally announced its upcoming motherboards that are powered by the brand new Intel Z97 Express and H97 Express chipsets. These new boards offer support for the current 4th generation, 4th generation refresh, and 5th generation Intel Core processors.

Mainstream Series

ASUS Z97-Deluxe (NFC & WLC)

For starters, ASUS has three motherboard series, namely the mainstream, TUF, and ROG series. The mainstream series caters to those looking to build an all-around PC, while the TUF series is targeted to those looking for better longevity and immense stability on their system. Lastly, the ROG series is there for the gamers and even overclocking enthusiasts.

First up, the upcoming mainstream series will be having entries that feature the Z97 and H97 chipsets. Those that will be using the Z97 chipset are as follows the Z97-Deluxe variants, Z97-Pro variants, Z97-A, Z97-C, Z97-K, Z97M-Plus, Z97I-Plus, and Z97-WS, while those using the H97 chipset will be the H97-Pro, H97-Plus, H97M-Plus, H97M-E, H97I-Plus.

The mainstream series is once again sporting a different look, shifting from the shiny yellow gold to a more toned-down champagne gold. The heat sinks on the board are also following a more subtle and zen-looking design.

It isn’t just about new looks for these boards as they also bring in new features such as the 5-Way Optimization that lets users easily up their system’s performance, efficiency, and reliability. Onboard audio also gets an upgrade with the introduction of the Crystal Sound 2 technology, which separates channel layers, provides better shielding, and uses premium components to deliver better sound. There’s also the inclusion of the latest SATA Express and M.2 storage interfaces on these boards. Lastly, NFC and wireless charging will also be supported and they are bundled on selected models, but can also be bought separately.

For more info regarding the new features of the upcoming ASUS Mainstream boards, visit this link.

TUF Series

ASUS Sabertooth Z97 Mark 1

TUF motherboards are renowned for their stability, durability, and armor accessory. Continuing this tradition are the new models with a powerful new military-inspired design and the use of premium components throughout. The robust TUF motherboards have upgraded thermal management with the brand new TUF ICe cooling for precise fan control and thermal monitoring. Other features include the comprehensive Thermal Radar 2 cooling control, including the innovative Dust Diverter reversible fan technology and VGA Fan Control, TUF Fortifier backplate for added support and also acts as a heat sink to keep the board cool.

Military-grade certified TUF components have been upgraded with new alloy chokes, running up to 13.6% cooler. TUF ESD Guards ensures electrostatic discharges are properly grounded to protect sensitive components. Along with server-grade system tests and over 7000 hours of compatibility checks with over 1,000 devices, TUF Z97 motherboards are solidly built to inspire confidence, which is why every board is covered by a 5-year warranty.

The new TUF lineup includes the Sabertooth Z97 Mark 1, Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2, and Gryphon Z97.

For more info regarding the new features of the upcoming TUF boards, visit this link.

ROG Series

ASUS Maximus VII Hero

Continuing the ROG legacy, the new Maximus VII series builds upon the previous series while donning a newer and sleeker look to them. Last generation, we saw the addition of the new Hero and Impact boards, and this generation, we’ll be seeing another addition in the form of the Ranger. So all in all, the current breakdown for the Maximus series includes the Extreme, Formula, Hero, Ranger, Gene, and Impact.

First to be released are the Maximus VII Gene, Maximus VII Hero, and Maximus VII Ranger. The Maximus VII series features premium components, black nickel coating on its onboard components, and improved circuit layouts. The Maximus VII series also boasts advanced networking and audio for gaming, along with an upgraded UEFI BIOS and M.2 (PCIe x2) with up to 10Gbps data transfer speeds.

For more info regarding the new features of the upcoming ROG boards, visit this link.

Pricing and Availability

The new ASUS motherboards will be available at the end of May 2014. For pricing, see the tables below:

Mainstream Series

Model Name SRP (in PhP)
Z97-Deluxe 16,990
Z97-Deluxe (NFC and WLC) 23,490
Z97-Pro (Wi-Fi ac) 13,190
Z97-A 9,290
Z97-K 7,590
Z97M-Plus 7,090
H97M-Plus 6,290
H97M-E 5,290

TUF Series

Model Name

SRP (in PhP)
Sabertooth Z97 Mark 1 15,190
Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2 10,990
Gryphon Z97 Armor Edition 11,490

ROG Series

Model Name  SRP (in PhP)
Maximus VII Hero 13,990
Maximus VII Gene 12,990
Maximus VII Ranger 11,590