ASUS Z87I-PRO (Intel LGA 1150) Review 14

ASUS Z87I-PRO (Intel LGA 1150) Review

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The last mITX board I looked at was pretty decent, to say the least, and affordable, but what if you have a larger budget and are looking for a slightly higher feature set? Who can give you that? The quickest answer many are going to respond to that question with is ASUS.

ASUS is actually nearly my favorite company out there, purely based on the level of BIOS functionality and the feature sets that meet my needs, particularly as an enthusiast that gravitates towards products with a higher price tag, whatever reasons there may be to motivate me in such a way. I like to tweak and play around with my memory overclocks, and ASUS was one of the first to provide a huge level of tweak-ability on a wide scale. That same level of customization is possible with nearly all of their products now and has been refined to truly impressive levels, which brings us to the board we are looking at today, the ASUS P87I-PRO.

The ASUS P87I-PRO comes out of ASUS's mainstream line-up, clad in their return to black and gold that has caused many enthusiasts to react - few seem to remember that "old-school" mainstream ASUS boards going back to the '90s commonly included yellowish to golden PCBs and black DIMM slots. Fitted with a 12+2 VRM design, unbelievable for a mITX product, and sporting WiFi, Bluetooth, and a host of other ASUS-specific features, the ASUS P87I-PRO is purposely designed for the high-end mini-PC connoisseur wanting everything the Intel Z87 platform has to offer, including that decent overclock.


CPU SUPPORT:4th Gen Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processor family for the LGA 1150 Socket
POWER DESIGN:CPU Power: 12 Phases
Memory Power: 2 Phases
CHIPSET:Intel Z87 Express
INTEGRATED GRAPHICS:Dependant on installed CPU
MEMORY:2 x DIMM, Max. 16 GB, DDR3 1333 to DDR3 3000+(OC)
SLOTS:1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot
HDD CONNECTVIITY:6 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (Intel Z87)
NETWORKING:1 x Intel I217V Gigabit LAN
PORTS:8 x USB 3.0 ports (2 at front panel, 6 at rear panel)
6 x USB 2.0 ports (2 at front panel, 4 at rear panel)
1 x RJ45 LAN connectors
1 x Audio block with 3 audio jacks
1 x Optical S/PDIF port
1 x HDMI port
1 x DisplayPort
1 x DVI
1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
1 x ASUS Wi-Fi GO! module
AUDIO:Realtek ALC1150 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
FORM FACTOR:Mini ITX Form Factor (170 mm x 170 mm)
  • USB BIOS Flashback
  • MemOK!
  • AI Suite 3
  • Ai Charger+
  • USB Charger+
  • USB 3.0 Boost
  • Disk Unlocker
  • ASUS 5x Protection
  • ASUS DIGI+ VRM - 12 Phase digital power design
  • ASUS Enhanced DRAM Overcurrent Protection - Short circuit damage prevention
  • ASUS ESD Guards - Enhanced ESD protection
  • ASUS High-Quality 5K-Hour Solid Capacitors - 2.5x long lifespan with excellent durability
  • ASUS Stainless Steel Back I/O - 3x more durable corrosion-resistant coating
  • ASUS Precision Tweaker 2
  • ASUS O.C. Profile
  • ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
  • ASUS EZ Flash 2
  • ASUS Q-Design
  • ASUS Q-Shield
  • ASUS Q-Code
  • ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
  • ASUS Q-Slot
  • ASUS Q-Connector
  • ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
  • ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 4 with 4-Way Optimization
  • ASUS Wi-Fi GO!
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