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Aug 22, 2013

ASUS Z87-Deluxe/Quad ATX Motherboard

The Thunderbolt connectivity interface hasn't seen much success, adoption-wise, but the new mainboard from ASUS is one of the platforms that possesses it: Z87-Deluxe/Quad.

Thunderbolt 2 is the evolution of the first Thunderbolt technology. Compared to the four separate transfer channels, the new one merges them into two 20Gbit/s bi-directional channels. Thus, their 40 Gbps transfer speed is superior to USB 3.0 by a factor of 4. It won't steal the thunder of USB, since USB has a much greater product base and is much more widespread, but it's still a significant bragging right. Also, the bandwidth is important because it allows high-resolution video (4K 4096 x 2160 resolution) to be streamed, while communicating with HDDs and other devices through the same port. In fact, each of the two Thunderbolt ports can communicate with 6 devices at the same time (daisy-chained). Besides Thunderbolt, the ASUS Z87-Deluxe/Quad has NFC, Dual Intelligent Processors technology 4 with 4-Way Optimization, UEFI BIOS, four DDR3 memory slots, seven PCI Express slots (presumably, the yellow ones are PCIe 3.0), a bunch of SATA III/SATA II ports, and gold-colored heatsinks.

Needless to say, connectivity is top notch as well, with various USB 3.0, USB 2.0, video and audio ports at the back, plus pin headers for front/top case I/o panels. "Z87-Deluxe/Quad has been subjected to a tremendous amount of compatibility, BIOS, as well as video/audio and other tests to verify its quality and design," said Joe Hsieh, ASUS corporate vice president and general manager of the motherboard and desktop system business unit. "Being the world's first certified motherboard for Thunderbolt 2 technology also means setting the standard for all of the upcoming products, which is something that ASUS has always done." Sadly, in its press release, ASUS did not say what price the ASUS Z87-Deluxe/Quad would be shipped for.

ASUS Z87-Deluxe/Quad
Image credits to Asus


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