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ASUS Z97- Deluxe ( NFC & WLC)

This full ATX board from ASUS is a prime ex­am­ple of a jack- of-all-trakdes de­sign. From re­li­a­bil­ity to per­for­mance, it also of­fers a gen­er­ous bun­dle of ac­ces­sories with all the bells and whis­tles thrown in. The board sports a gold- on-black color scheme that was first in­tro­duced in 2013 with the In­tel 8 se­ries. In ad­di­tion, the heatsinks cool­ing the power de­liv­ery com­po­nents around the CPU socket fea­ture a brushed alu­minum fin­ish, with three heatsinks con­nected via a heat­pipe for bet­ter heat dis­si­pa­tion.

The board fea­tures ASUS 5-way Op­ti­miza­tion tech­nol­ogy for bet­ter re­al­time per­for­mance tweak­ing. The ben­e­fits in­clude power sav­ings in-be­tween tasks, sta­ble dig­i­tal power de­liv­ery over the board’s 16 + 2 power phases to the volt­age reg­u­la­tion mod­ules, and a cen­tral­ized man­ner to con­trol cool­ing fans for ef­fi­cient and quiet op­er­a­tions. It even boasts of be­ing able to ad­just net­work and au­dio sys­tems to suit the ap­pli­ca­tions be­ing used on the sys­tem.

There is a pair of PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, plus a third x16 slot run­ning at PCIe 2.0 x4 mode. With this setup, the board sup­ports 2-way SLI or 3-way CrossFireX. You also get two SATA Ex­press con­nec­tors and an M.2 socket. One SATA Ex­press con­nec­tor is di­rectly linked to the Z97 PCH, while the other is tied to a third party ASMe­dia con­troller.

Its gen­er­ous bun­dle of ac­ces­sories also set it apart from the crowd. It has an ASUS Wi- Fi GO! on­board mod­ule that sup­ports Wi- Fi 802.11ac and Blue­tooth v4.0. It also comes with a 2T2R dual-band Wi- Fi an­tenna. There is a Thun­der­boltEX II/ Dual ex­pan­sion card that can fit into any PCIe 2.0 x1 slots. The card sup­ports up to 12 daisy- chained Thun­der­bolt 2 de­vices, as well as up to six dis­plays sup­port­ing Dis­playPort 1.2.

A truly unique bun­dle is the new ASUS NFC Ex­press 2 pack­age that con­nects via a USB port. The pack­age houses an NFC re­ceiver and also dou­bles up as a USB 3.0 hub with two ports. If you don’t have any NFC de­vices, the board is bun­dled with an NFC tag for you to try out. The last ac­ces­sory is the ASUS Wire­less Charger that al­lows charg­ing of de­vices that sup­port the Qi in­duc­tive power stan­dard, even when the sys­tem is turned off.

Thanks to its spe­cial T-topol­ogy de­sign, the board claims to be able to sup­port DDR3 mem­ory rated up to 3,300MHz! Cou­pled with its dig­i­tal power de­liv­ery sys­tem and a well laid out UEFI BIOS util­ity, the ASUS Z97Deluxe, to­gether with its abun­dant bun­dle of ac­ces­sories, is a truly im­pres­sive all-in- one moth­er­board.

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