ASUS Z87M-PLUS LGA 1150 Intel Z87 Motherboard Schematic Circuit Diagram with Review

ASUS Z87M-PLUS LGA 1150 Intel Z87 Motherboard Schematic Circuit Diagram with Review

Asus Z87M-PLUS Motherboard Unboxing

Asus Z87M-Plus  Motherboard Review

The Asus Z87M-Plus motherboard color scheme is awesome in all of its glory. I do want to say that this is a very standard motherboard in terms of the platform that's on the Z87 chipset. We have a lot of the standard features that come with that and nothing else. But then again, as I said sometime earlier, the Asus Z87M-Plus motherboard price was $130. I want to imagine that for anyone that's in the range, you know, in this price range for this motherboard, this is going to have a lot of those awesome features for you.

So I really quickly just get into the meat analysis of the motherboard circuit. We have the processor socket on the motherboard. Again, we have CPU socket 1150 and it will support Intel Core i3 i5 and i7 processors.  You can even use a Xeon in here, so like I said, this is going to be used as a server, but for me, it's more of a learning lab. So I just have a little Intel Core i3 processor that's going to go in the CPU socket and that will work with no problems. However, if you're really serious about having a server on your home network that maybe is a file server or something.

You may want to consider the Asus Z87M-Plus motherboard But no for me personally. Like I said, it's just a little learning lab machine and so an Intel core i3 processor will do me just fine to the right of that. We do have our RAM slots. This, once again, is a very standard platform. We have support for up to 32 gigabytes of RAM and that RAM can actually run all the way up to 2800 megahertz.

So that's some very fast overclocked RAM once again for a $130 motherboard. That's going to be more than plenty for most people out there just below the RAM. We have our little heatsink for our chipset, and to the right, I guess lower right of that, we have our sad options.  now brings native support for up to six SATA 3 ports. I am sure most people will be happy with having six SATA ports. So once again, they're all SATA 3. You can plug in a solid-state drive to any one of these and get, you know, theoretically the maximum throughput of that.

Asus Z87M-PLUS Motherboard with  Back IO

Along the bottom of the motherboard, we do have three USB 2.0 headers and all the way up the RAM slot, which is a very typical spot for it these days. We do have a single USB 3.0 header, so you know, if you wanted some USB 3.0 and 2.0 on the front of your case, you could absolutely do that with the USB header. No problems. Our PC options on this motherboard are a little restricted, but moving up top from the bottom, we have a PCI Express 3.0 by 16 slot. So you know, if you have a dedicated GPU, this is going to be the slot. 

We have two PCI 1x slots, which are good for like a little wireless card or any similar accessory, and down there we have a PCI Express 2.0 by 16 slot. Now I know this motherboard does support crossfire. I believe it also supports SLI, but of course, you're not going to get those fantastic speeds as if both of these slots were generation 3. So that's definitely something to keep in mind if you're a gamer. You're probably not gonna want to go for a motherboard like this, but if you're just someone that you know has a single GPU or even if you're using the onboard graphics, then these PCI options really are not that big of a concern for you right above the top PCI slot.

We have a front panel audio header, so there's that as well as a fan header. Now on this motherboard, by the way, that's a 4-pin fan header and on this motherboard, right next to that audio port, we also have two additional ones right up at the top right here. So once again, these are all four-pin connections, so you know if you have a case fan, those RPMS or the fans will adjust depending on how much your CPU is being utilized, which is a nice feature. To the left of the CPU socket, we find a single heatsink. There are no heat pipes or anything like that, so that's definitely something to keep in mind if you want to maybe do some video editing or something on this board that requires I know a lot of CPU usage if you want to use a core i7 processor in here and have it running a lot cooler. Moving up, we find a heatsink and, speaking of heat, an 8-pin CPU power header. You can overclock on this motherboard. The Z87 chipset does a lot for that. However, as I previously discussed, the cooling around the CPU socket is not great, and therefore, if you have to use a 4770k, you're probably going to want to overclock.

That's not necessarily something that I would recommend on this motherboard, at least not at particularly high frequencies, but then again, that kind of defeats the point of having a processor. The first place you can overclock on this motherboard, you do have the option to give that CPU some more high-generation.

However, it's not something that I would particularly recommend. That's about all there is for the face of the motherboard, but really quick before I scoot on out of here. I'm going to give you guys an overview of the front I/O. We have a PS2 port, USB 2.0 ports, two of them with optical audio, HDMI VGA and DVI video outputs, four USB 3.0 ports, and a single Ethernet port, which, by the way, is controlled by an Intel chipset. Our various audio outputs are basically found on every single motherboard.

Asus Z87M-PLUS Motherboard Schematic Circuit Diagram

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