ASUS never seems to rest. Following the reveal of an entire lineup of motherboards based on the Intel® Z87 chipset for 4th Generation Core™ processors last month, ASUS today announced additional information on specific product features.
According to ASUS press materials, as ASUS Z87 motherboards officially launch worldwide, they bring with them exclusive innovations that greatly improve the user experience. Dual Intelligent Processors 4 with 4-Way Optimization dynamically detects and adjusts the best PC configuration based on actual usage. An updated UEFI BIOS improves usability by adding access to a wealth of new user-friendly functions while Wi-Fi GO! includes new generation 802.11ac wireless connectivity and cloud-dedicated capabilities. NFC EXPRESS is also included and allows for convenient wire-free pairing of desktop PCs with Android smart devices for quick content sharing and remote PC control, all with one tap.
ASUS is also proud to share that the Z87-DELUXE/DUAL is the first Intel® 8 series-based motherboard certified for Intel® Thunderbolt™, shipping with two ports of the advanced connectivity standard. The previously unannounced Z87-EXPERT was unveiled today, joining the ASUS Z87 motherboard range and featuring Thunderbolt™ technology.
“Intel and ASUS have worked closely on the implementation of Thunderbolt technology onto ASUS motherboards over the last year”, said Jason Ziller, Intel's Director of Thunderbolt Marketing. “The Z87-DELUXE/DUAL is the first Thunderbolt-certified Intel 8 Series motherboard in the industry, once again demonstrating their solid design and compatibility.”
NFC EXPRESS: innovation redefines convenient access
Based on near field communication technology, the external NFC EXPRESS accessory enables instant pairing with Android smart devices and the included NFC tag through simply touching them to the sensor box.
Content such as photos and videos can be transferred from smart devices to desktop PCs with a tap and NFC EXPRESS can automatically backup content added to Android devices since last syncing them with a desktop PC. The Remote Desktop function allows for viewing and controlling PCs via Android smartphones and tablets. NFC EXRPESS also allows for password-free Windows 8 login so users can quickly log into the operating system.
With NFC EXPRESS, simplified Windows 8 access and interaction become available to a wider audience, whether for personal or professional use. As an added bonus, the device includes two USB 3.0 ports that transfer data at up to ten times the speed of USB 2.0. The Z87-DELUXE/DUAL motherboard ships with NFC EXPRESS, which is also available to purchase as a separate accessory.
Wi-Fi GO!: faster networking
Onboard Wi-Fi GO! support for new generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi translates into desktops that are ready-made for three times faster connectivity than 802.11n standards. Contributing to truly connected living, ASUS Z87 motherboards employ dual-band 2.4GHz/5GHz 2T2R antennas with up to 867Mbit/s bandwidth. New Wi-Fi GO! updates make ASUS Z87 boards perfect for cloud computing, thanks to Cloud GO! functionality. It offers a detailed yet user-friendly file management interface, which syncs and backs up content from desktops to ASUS WebStorage, Dropbox, and Google Drive™ with one click.
UEFI BIOS: upgraded with new functions and even smoother performance
Redesigned especially for ASUS Z87 motherboards, the latest version of media-acclaimed ASUS UEFI BIOS is even more accessible to customers, irrespective of skill level. ASUS' exclusive UEFI features are unmatched and once again lead the industry.
Shortcuts lead to favorite BIOS pages and frequently-accessed settings, and a simple but useful Quick Note feature allows users to write down performance tuning ideas and information for future reference. ASUS UEFI BIOS now has a Last Modified activity log that records setting changes, and allows naming SATA ports for instant storage device identification.
UEFI BIOS EZ Mode has received a major makeover, now supporting additional system fan controls, XMP (extreme memory profile) settings, and extra-quick mouse-controlled system clock adjustments, which are as easy as changing the time on a smartphone or tablet.
The ASUS Z87 motherboard event site can be found at this link: http://www.asus.com/microsite/2013/MB/Z87series/
AVAILABILITY & PRICING
ASUS Z87 motherboards are now shipping worldwide. Availability and pricing details vary by territory. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.