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Thread: ASUS Z97 Motherboards - Official Support Thread

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    ASUS Z97 Motherboards - Official Support Thread

    This thread is for the official support of the ASUS Z97 motherboard series.

    Lots of feature changes over the older platforms - from software, UEFI and aesthetics.

    Motherboard Info



    A comparison table containing all ASUS Z97 motherboard features can be found here: http://www.asus.com/us/site/motherbo...97/comparison/


    Key Features For ASUS 9 Series Motherboards




    New UEFI Features




    EZ Setup Screen - One-stop location for simple system setup..




    The EZ mode screen allows quick setup of storage BOOT priority, XMP for memory, RAID, overclocking presets via wizards, system time, fan control and many more features.











    Fan Controls are now far more intuitive with a graphical interface for setting the fan slope with 3 control points (more than enough to configure any fan) in manual mode as well as 4 preset modes. Full PWM and DC support is present on EVERY fan header across all ASUS Z97 motherboards from the Z97-A to Deluxe, ROG and of course the TUF series.

    We've also introduced the ability to map each fan to various temperature sensors on the board instead of having all system fans react to the CPU temp only. For example, the chassis inlet fans can be mapped to PCH temperature which allows the fans to react to temperature changes in that region - GPU environment temperatures for example.

    A fan calibration routine has also been added to UEFI advanced mode. The calibration routine determines the minimum rotational speed of each fan and then sets the fan slope minimum value accordingly.

    With these features, users can enjoy comprehensive fan control with any operating system as no software is required (although we still have Fan Xpert 3 in Windows - more on that later).





    Major Software Changes



    Graphically AI Suite 3 is the same as the Z87 series but there have been a lot of functionality refinements that take the software to the next level.




    5-Way Optimization - Auto Tuning (Mainstream and WS Only)




    Auto Tuning is an automated overclocking routine that tunes a system overclock for the end-user. We?ve had this feature for a few generations now and have been enhancing it year-on-year based upon end-user, media and our internal feedback.

    Auto tuning works by running a Prime based stress test on the system. Previously, there was no control over the duration of the stress test. We ran a quick 15 second test and then increased processor clock frequency in steps. For Z97, we've added the ability to set stress test duration up to 1 hour at each step (we can extend this further via an update). Plus we've added a memory stress test to the mix for more stringent overclock testing.

    Users can also target frequency or a temperature to tune to. Overall a far more comprehensive set of auto tuning parameters to help make overclocking easy for newcomers and help seasoned users evaluate the overclocking potential of a CPU effortlessly.





    Turbo App




    Turbo App is the 5th element of 5-Way Optimization. This nifty addition allows us to set dynamic overclocking profiles based upon the application being used.


    The advantage of this is two-fold:

    1) Overclocks no longer need to be limited by the hottest application we run on our system. Typically, we tune our maximum overclock to the hottest software we will run. With Turbo Ap, we can set higher overclocks for software/games that don?t load the CPU as heavily.

    2) The overclock is applied dynamically in real-time as we switch through applications ? no need to enter UEFI to change the overclock preset or navigate via various GUIs changing configurations. Turbo App also contains LAN priority and audio presets which will change to our desired setting when the application is active.

    Turbo App is simple to use and setup and helps get the most out of each CPU.





    Fan Xpert 3


    While we have added a comprehensive set of fan control features in UEFI, there?s more on offer in Fan Xpert 3.



    i) Full fan calibration for each fan connected to the motherboard.

    ii) The ability to control fan spin up and spin down response.

    iii) Setting lower speeds for fans that can spin at low duty cycles.

    iv) Look up tables for each fan to show RPM versus power or duty cycle.

    v) Renaming of each fan for easy reference.


    With all of these options at our disposal, just about any fan con be configured to be quiet and react to system temperature changes. Between UEFI and Fan Xpert 3, the options on offer are the most comprehensive ever seen for motherboard fan control. In fact, there?s no reason to invest in a dedicated fan controller at all.




    Push Notice




    Push notice is an application that teams a mobile device such as a phone or tablet to the PC in order to send system event, sensor or user messages to the remote device. Once a device is paired to the app (requires client software ? which is free to download and use) the alerts will work over a local network or via the internet. This means the messages will be received no matter where you are, provided internet access is available.









    System events such as configured restarts, system shutdown or sleep can be set and a message sent to the remote device at a user configured time before the event occurs.







    Power supply voltage and CPU package temp warnings can also be set to trigger an alert message to the paired remote device.






    Revised Audio deisgn (mainstream)




    Mainstream motherboard audio has been revised for 9 series ? physically similar layout techniques to the ROG boards to prevent crosstalk.

    Other changes include a RTL circuit to prevent DC thump for all outputs while the Deluxe model gets a buffer amplifier to drive either the front headphone jack or rear output jack. The buffer is only needed when connecting hedphones with an impedance over 120 ohms or so to provide additional voltage gain and prevent excessive roll-off at frequency extremes.






    Product Page Links




    Z97-Deluxe : http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Z97DELUXENFC_WLC/
    Z97-PRO : http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Z97PRO/
    Z97-A : http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Z97A/
    Maximus VII Hero : http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/MAXIMUS_VII_HERO/
    Maximus VII Gene : http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/MAXIMUS_VII_GENE/
    Z97 Sabertooth Mk.1 :http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/SABERTOOTH_Z97_MARK_1/







    Guides



    5-Way Optimization User Guide



    UEFI Fan Control and Fan Xpert 3 Guide







    Latest UEFI Releases (090* series)


    Z97-Deluxe: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz2...it?usp=sharing

    Z97 Sabertooth Mk.1: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz2...it?usp=sharing

    Z97-Pro: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz2...it?usp=sharing

    Z97-A: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz2...it?usp=sharing

    Maximus VII Hero: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz2...it?usp=sharing

    Maximus VII Gene: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz2...it?usp=sharing

    Patch list:


    1. Update uCode for new Anniversary Edition CPU support.
    2. XMP DRAM frequency reset after load optimized defaults.
    3. Enhance security setting.
    4. Enhance compatibility for ASUS ThunderboltEX II series cards.
    5. Enhance stability for OC profile function.
    6. Enhance legacy storage support for the RAID wizard in EZ Tuning Wizard function.
    7. Change ?Next Boot after AC Power Loss? setting to speed up PC boot time.

    These builds will be up on the support site shortly.


    Maximus VII series Updates for XP


    OC Pack
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/hlldjn9lmej43qw/
    please update OC panel fw to 0402 on M6 MB first before using on M7 MB


    chipset driver/MEI
    XP
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/a5w1ql5ttdkdu2j
    Install manually via device manager

    Win7
    http://www.mediafire.com/?z5p9epz1xl3ymiw


    M7G BIOS 0001
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/um2y9yp3vm2e9yr/


    M7G 0025:

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz2...it?usp=sharing
    Last edited by Raja@ASUS; 05-22-2014 at 07:17 AM.
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    Will the Maximus VII Ranger have the same type of memory OC profiles that the Maximus VI boards had?

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    Board is not due in North America or a couple of months so won't know until then.
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    interested to try the gene for sure
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    Hero and Ranger in my hands B-)
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    gene here,running smooth
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    seems I didnt make the cut XD I'll knab one they are in stores
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    Quote Originally Posted by Splave View Post
    interested to try the gene for sure
    I grabbed one from Newegg today.
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    Why do you always have to bring two sockets into everything?
    Quote Originally Posted by Movieman View Post
    Because a one socket system is only 1/2 a system..
    You got two balls don't you?
    I rest my case!


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    maybe someone at asus can fix ACPI TABLE to work fine with WINDOWS XP?

    0x00000A5 code,if trying to reinstall windows xp it requires acpi driver?

    New bios needed

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    Very interesting bios. time will show
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex-Ro View Post
    maybe someone at asus can fix ACPI TABLE to work fine with WINDOWS XP?

    0x00000A5 code,if trying to reinstall windows xp it requires acpi driver?

    New bios needed
    Unfortunately it is doubtful this will happen. With the combination of XP being EOL and the platform not supporting it there is little incentive for any XP fix.

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    Seriously doubt that,we can,t bench spi or 2001 or other benches in windows 7 lol.plus it's a simple fix nothing spectacular

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    Quote Originally Posted by Praz View Post
    Unfortunately it is doubtful this will happen. With the combination of XP being EOL and the platform not supporting it there is little incentive for any XP fix.

    If they want anyone to bench their boards it will be fixed promptly, XP being EOL has no affect as all of the legacy benchmarks require it to have a competitive score.

    I'll hold off for the little brother
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    maybe you can share some XP fixed iso for others. This we had in AMD subforum from Stilt, some tweaked ISO OS for fans
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlanK3r View Post
    maybe you can share some XP fixed iso for others. This we had in AMD subforum from Stilt, some tweaked ISO OS for fans
    I think it was Windows 7 Professional that was available for a limited time via Torrent for AMD fans. Which actually worked, go figure .

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    UEFI update will come for XP.
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    good info Raja . For 2D records is XP still important and not many guys know how get XP to Z87/Z97 boards
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    That is indeed good news Raja.
    Best news I have heard this week

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    For the Z87 it was not a problem for me, but with the Z97 I'am just not able to do it.
    It can be done, I have seen it working on the Gigabyte Z97 board, but I'am indeed not able to realize it with the Maximus VII Gene.
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    Ok, there is small teraser for us ...
    Both are nice looking, but Im focused a bit higher, so Hero is my favourite (and later of course Extreme board)






    Hero or Ranger or together:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Raja@ASUS View Post
    UEFI update will come for XP.
    Thanks so much Raja, you are a life saver

    Can't wait to bench the little one when it's out.
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    4790 imc test on XP next...
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    Raja: can this new version of AI Suite 3 available for download with one of the H97M boards be used with my H87M-PRO? mainly interested in Fan Xpert 3 and EPU features which are bundled in Performance and Power Saving Utilities! not using much of the other features yet, besides USB Charger+.

    if related hardware is not changed that much between H87M and H97M this might be possible?

    also, would be nice to get this new uefi features (fan control) also for h87 boards - if hardware permits...
    Last edited by fgw; 05-15-2014 at 02:13 AM.
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    My and friend unboxing video of Hero
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    @Dumo: How far did you get with those sticks on Z87?
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    my Gene VII arrives tomorrow, or Monday

    let's see what it does on my 4770k
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