Asus Z87-C (Z87) Motherboard Review



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You may remember with Asus, they had a range of motherboards branded as their core series which consisted of Pro, LX, LK, V, V-Pro, Deluxe and so forth. This has now had a complete overhaul with a new design and new naming system. There is a large selection within this range, but it is worth noting that these will be region specific, so that the consumer may not be able to get their board of choice, depending on their territory.

Within this range we find lots of different models with a slight rename, including Z87-C, Pro, Plus and even a mini-ITX offering known as the Z87i-Deluxe. The board we have with us today is the Z87-C which isn’t quite the lowest-end board, but does sit towards that end of the scale.

The first most noticeable thing that you will find is that the colour scheme has completely changed from the black/blue combo to a brown/gold/yellow trio, which being honest I’m a bit weary of. I was never a massive fan when ECS had their golden boards, and Asus seems to have taken a leaf out of their book, though they have made it a bit more subtle which is nice to see, but I can honestly say that I think these boards will have to differ regionally as I don’t think the gold colour scheme will be welcomed everywhere, especially in Western cultures.

So before we get straight into the performance side of things, we have a few other things to do first, which includes looking at the box and included accessories. After we’ve done that, we can take a detailed look around the board and what it has to offer in terms of design and features, especially with the new Z87 chipset at the heart of it. Once we’ve got this out of the way, we can start looking at stock performance as well as overclockability and how far our Haswell i7 4770k can be pushed on this budget/mainstream board.

While the style of the board may have changed, the packaging hasn’t too much and Asus have stuck with the professional looking, no frills design with a large model name and key features highlighted on the front including TPU, EPU , USB 3.0 and so forth. Inside we find a modest bundle suitable for the board including quick guide, user guide, two SATA data cables with locking clips, rear I/O panel shield plate, driver installation CD and casebadge sticker. Nothing out of the ordinary, and everything you need to get up and running with a board of this nature.

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  • Wayne

    I couldn’t agree more with you on the nauseating colour scheme and the abundance of legacy PCI slots. I also find the VRM heatsinks shape/pattern too ostentatious (read dreadful). It’s not a problem though if you bolt in a case without a side panel window (i wouldn’t dream of putting it in a windowed case). Although it seems a solid offering from Asus (can’t comment on price) i’d look elsewhere if I was in the market for this type of board. (I’m going on looks alone)

  • rzr1911

    On the other hand, having legacy PCI is attractive for people who still
    really need it. You get a decent, modern, fast hardware architecture and
    still you can use older hardware components that (1) are too expensive
    to upgrade (e.g.audio equipment) (2) are not available as PCIe version.
    In my opinion the availability of PCI on this board can be an advantage.

    In the meanwhile price has gone down. Sold for about £95 .

  • mits

    PROBLEM “” usb over current status detected “” with a asus
    Z87-C………….i unplug averithing and still the same…..Any
    solutions

  • Ronnie

    Asus provides the same quality for a lower-range board as its upper models. The only difference is the scarcity of high-end features in the cheaper ones. This board is as well made as any Deluxe and that is probably why it overclocks like a champion..

    • http://www.eteknix.com/ Ryan Martin

      Or it overclocks like a champion because Z87 overclocks are determined entirely by the CPU and the motherboard makes no difference :P