Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Asus Z97 Deluxe - its problems and hidden traps

Preamble:  I`m back on Asus. Since my post where I wrote that I`m leaving Asus serious changes happens. Asus made a large work to lift up quality and engineering.   But there are still some "spots on the sun".
After about a year spent on Asus Z87 Deluxe/Dual that was about perfect  I moved to Z97 Deluxe WiFi &NFC. I thought upgrade will pass smooth since both systems about the same except  few small changes. But I was wrong. Looks like Asus made this board in a hurry and miss some pesky things. First of all strange accessory pack - why they put wireless charger to this motherboard  ? It does not have any relation to it. But the main mystery is Thunderbolt EX II /Dual PCI ex card.
Why they put this accessory board instead of placing those 5520 chip on main board.  Now its not only took one PCI ex port but also add dangling wires inside and outside. So , if you would like 3-way SLI or Crossfire you will have to decide - SLI or Thunderbolt ? Lets have a look on other surprised on this board:

A.  Weird SATA port configuration on board: