Tuesday, August 20th 2013

ASUS Announces Z87 Deluxe Quad Motherboard

ASUS is excited to announce the world's first motherboard certified by Intel with Thunderbolt 2 technology, the Z87-Deluxe/Quad. Based on the new Intel Z87 chipset and ready for the latest 4th generation Intel Core processors, the ASUS Z87-Deluxe/Quad ATX motherboard has two Thunderbolt 2 ports which allow for up to 12 simultaneously connected devices. Each port is capable of up to a 20Gbit/s transfer rate and is backward compatible with first generation Thunderbolt.

"Z87-Deluxe/Quad has been subjected to a tremendous amount of compatibility, BIOS, as well as video/audio and other tests to verify its quality and design," said Joe Hsieh, ASUS Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Motherboard and Desktop System Business Unit. "Being the world's first certified motherboard for Thunderbolt 2 technology also means setting the standard for all of the upcoming products, which is something that ASUS has always done."

Twice the Thunderbolt Performance and Full4K Display Support
The first generation Thunderbolt standard has four separate transfer channels - two upstream and two downstream - with a maximum transfer rate of 10Gbit/s per channel. Thunderbolt 2 combines these four channels into two 20Gbit/s bi-directional channels, providing 4X the bandwidth of USB 3.0. Together with DisplayPort 1.2 support, Thunderbolt 2 enables simultaneous delivery of extremely high-resolution video to the latest 4K/2K (4096 x 2160 and 3840×2160) displays while still offering communication with other bandwidth-hungry devices such as hard drives. Additionally, the ASUS Z87-Deluxe/Quad's onboard HDMI port means that it can drive a total of three 4K UHD displays at once.

Thunderbolt 2 also supports daisy-chained connections with up to six devices on each port. With two Thunderbolt 2 ports, the ASUS Z87-Deluxe/Quad can connect to up to 12 devices at once, reducing the need for separate hubs and helping to maintain a clutter-free workspace.

Cutting Edge Accessories and Apps
The ASUS Z87-Deluxe/Quad includes a number of exclusive ASUS technologies. Dual Intelligent Processors 4 with 4-Way Optimization is an easy-to-use tuning tool that dynamically adjusts performance and cooling for reduced noise and increased efficiency with a single click. The UEFI BIOS presents a friendly graphical interface, making it easier than ever to set up shortcuts and favorites for quick access to the options that are used most often.

The ASUS Z87-Deluxe/Quad also includes the NFC Express accessory, which can automate common PC tasks simply by tapping the supplied NFC tag or NFC-compatible smart devices to the box. NFC Express can be used to securely login to your Windows user account without the need to type in a password, and also provides the ability to launch multiple applications to create a particular workflow. Using the free Wi-Fi GO! & NFC Remote companion apps for NFC-compatible smart devices, users can also wirelessly synchronize photos and videos with their PC and remotely control their system by tapping the NFC Express box.
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7 Comments on ASUS Announces Z87 Deluxe Quad Motherboard

#1
ssdpro
Does this mean in 2-4 weeks MSI will release a motherboard with Thunderbolt 2 and say "We are proud to announce the WORLD'S FIRST motherboard certified by Intel with Thunderbolt 2 technology"?

:roll:
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#2
tigger
I'm the only one
Thunderbolt 2, apple will be spitting chips.

I bet it's expensive.
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#3
Hood
by: ssdpro
Does this mean in 2-4 weeks MSI will release a motherboard with Thunderbolt 2 and say "We are proud to announce the WORLD'S FIRST motherboard certified by Intel with Thunderbolt 2 technology"?

:roll:
Yes, followed by Gigabyte's
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#4
Octavean
by: tigger
Thunderbolt 2, apple will be spitting chips.

I bet it's expensive.
Expensive,....

Well lets see,.....

The current Asus Z87 Deluxe goes for about ~$289.99 USD and the Thunderbolt equipped Asus Z87 Deluxe / Dual goes for about ~$349.99 USD. Add to that the Asus NFC Express which goes for about ~$39.99 USD.

Carry the one,....

Yeah,.... you're looking at about ~$400 USD ,.....if you consider the FU we were first to Thunderbolt 2 tax,...
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#5
m1dg3t
by: nerdyjem
Now if only Asus would give us an mITX board with dual thunderbolt 2.0 I'd be sold. Really the Maximus VI Impact is perfect for dual thunderbolt already, but it seems like Asus doesn't care to put thunderbolt on ROG boards this generation like they did with Ivy/Z77 boards.
So you want a $300 iTX board? :roll::roll:
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#6
purecain
@OP - my future board me thinks.... ;)
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#7
Hood
by: purecain
@OP - my future board me thinks.... ;)
What about the "Premium" board? Should be along any week now, if Z87 launches mimic the Z77 rollout. And cost even more than the Quad.
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