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ASUS Z87-C Motherboard Motherboard Review

ASUS Z87-C Motherboard

ASUS Z87-C Review

Asus has a series of motherboards named Pro, LX, LK, V, V-Pro, Deluxe, etc. It's been redesigned and renamed. There is a vast variety within this range; however, they are region-specific, so the buyer may not receive their preferred board. This line includes the Z87-C, Pro, Plus, and Z87i-Deluxe mini-ITX. The Z87-C isn't the lowest-end motherboard, but it's close.
The color scheme has changed from black/blue to brown/gold/yellow, which I'm not crazy about. I was never a fan of ECS's golden boards, and Asus looks to have borrowed a page from their book, but they have made it more subtle, which is wonderful to see, but I believe these boards will have to vary geographically since the gold color scheme won't be embraced everywhere, particularly in Western societies. Before getting into performance, we'll look at the box and accessories. After that, we may examine the board's design and functionality, notably the new Z87 chipset. Once this is done, we can look at stock performance and overclock ability on this budget/mainstream board. 

Asus 287-C Motherboard

While the aesthetic of the board has changed, Asus has kept the professional, no-frills packaging with a huge model name and essential features such as TPU, EPU, USB 3.0, etc. There are two SATA data cables with locking clips included, as well as a rear I/O panel shield plate, the driver installation CD, and a case badge sticker. Getting Started Guide / User Manual You won't find anything unusual on this board, yet it has everything you need. In the past, we've used Asus boards in our graphics card and memory tests because of my liking for them. However, with this new line of boards, I believe Asus has lost its way a little. In our opinion, the gold is not good, especially when paired with mustard-colored connectors.

In terms of features, this is a good value for the price, with plenty of fan headers to keep things cool, USB 3.0 support, and a nice selection of expansion slots, including x1, x16, and legacy PCI, which it has three. We're not thrilled about this, but the legacy PCI connector is still widely used in the markets we mentioned above. There is a distinct lack of sophistication in this board's design, which indicates that it isn't targeted at the top end of the market. Asus has taken full use of the Intel Z87 chipset by providing lots of SATA ports, all of which support 6Gb/s speeds, as well as RAID technology and IRST.

ASUS Z87-C Overview

Even for a lower-end board, Asus has added TPU, Digi+ VRM's, USB 3.0 boost, Fan Xpert 2, GPU boost, and much more, plus it has a substantially upgraded UEFI BIOS. All of these improvements improved the board's performance, which surprised us. With USB 3.0 results at the top of the stack, anybody desiring robust connection choices should choose this board. But overclocking truly made our jaws drop. We were anticipating mid-to-high-end overclocks, but not 4.9GHz at 1.36V. We were shocked, and our charts show that the overclocking was right because of the performance gains.
Due to the low voltage, temperatures were reasonable and, therefore, this could be used inside a chassis 24/7 with full stability with no issue. As long as you're using a cooling solution similar to what we did with the Corsair H100i, or any other strong contender of AIO water cooling, or a high-end air cooler from Noctua/Phanteks or the like, then you will have no problem with an overclock like this. With that in mind, we do have to stick by what we've said about the styling, but if you plan to put this board inside a chassis with no window and forget about it, then you won't have any issue. However, in my honest opinion, you won't want this mustard yellow and brown board glaring at you through a side-panel window, at least not for me.

ASUS Z87-C Overclocking

We didn't have high expectations for overclocking on this board because of the single 8-pin power connector to the CPU socket and the lack of extreme cooling around the VRMs, but we did what we do best and went straight into the BIOS to see how far we could push our i7 4770k processor, and boy was we in for a surprise.

Overclocking CPUZ
We knew that 4.6GHz was doable with our chip following thorough testing with a number of boards, so we began our overclocking trip by simply raising the multiplier one notch at a time while maintaining the voltage at 1.375V to see how far things could be pushed without temps rising too high. The 47x multiplier was our next step, which was handled with ease, and our overclocking stability tests were a breeze, as was the 48x multiplier, which had 100 percent stability. We then moved on to the 49x multiplier, expecting it to crash, but to our surprise, this board easily handled 4.9GHz, and after more tweaking, we were able to claw the voltage back to a respectable 1.360V, which meant that temperature changes were even lower and stability was still powerful throughout the whole of our tests, no matter what we tried to throw at it.

This board has blown me away in terms of overclocking; I thought 4.7GHz would be difficult, but 4.9GHz was unthinkable. This board surprised me, therefore I'm eating my words. We next tried for 5GHz, and although we booted into Windows and ran half of our benchmarks, 3DMark 11 and Cinebench proved too much for the board, and even at 1.40V, we knew we were defeated, and 4.9GHz was our final overclock.

ASUS Z87-C Benchmarks

CINEBENCH is a real-world cross-platform performance test suite. CINEBENCH is based on MAXON's award-winning animation program CINEMA 4D, which is widely utilized for 3D content development. Spider-Man, Star Wars, The Chronicles of Narnia, and others utilized MAXON software. CINEBENCH compares CPU and graphics performance across platforms (Windows and Mac OS X). It's free!

ASUS Z87-C Manual

The user handbook (manual ) is the specialized communication document (as well as the part of the list) meant to help users of a specific organization. Primarily concentrates on jobs that can be done through the interface. The word used is matched to the intended audience, with vocabulary held to the limit or explained well. API (Application Programming Interface) software describes what services the API provides and how to use those services, aiming to protect everything the customer would want to know for useful purposes. It is traditionally seen in support files but may also be seen in social media, e.g., blogs, forums, and Q&A sites. It is often used by companies to communicate information about products and services. Click Here to Free download Asus Z87-C Manual in PDF.

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