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ASUS Z97 Motherboards - Overview and Official Support Thread

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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:

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 :
Z97-PRO :
Z97-A :
Maximus VII Hero :
Maximus VII Gene :
Z97 Sabertooth Mk.1 :


5-Way Optimization User Guide

More guides on their way!

I'm having kind of a weird problem with my Z97-A. I added an Asus PCE-AC56 wireless adapter into the PCIEX16_3 slot. The card seems to work fine. I already have the PCIEX1_1 and PCIEX1_2 slots filled so that slot is my only option. I took Macrium Reflect image backups when I did the build. I am 99.9% sure the image backups are good. Once I tested the PCE-AC56 card I took the card out and restored my last Macrium Reflect Image backup. I wanted to catch up on my Windows updates and then take another backup. Then install the PCE-AC56 card and take a backup with it installed. I should add I am running Windows 7 X64 Ultimate. When I restore the Macrium Reflect backup and boot into Windows some of my systray icons are blank. Specifically the network, flag, Beyond TV, and Hauppauge TV tuner IR icons are blank. There is a space for the icons so I think the icons are there, just the graphic is missing. Everything does work and the icons come back if I reboot. But, I'm concerned because the icons were fine before I started playing with this card. I'm wondering if anything else could be messed up. I tried clearing CMOS, including taking the battery out and moving the jumper. I reflashed the BIOS, I was on 2801 which is the latest BIOS for the board. I tried going to BIOS 2012. I picked 2012 because it was the BIOS before 2205 which added support for the Asus USB 3.1 card which I think has to go into the PCIEX16_3 slot because it needs an X2 slot. I've run out of ideas to try. I was wondering if anyone else had any other ideas or has come across this problem. Thank you.

My latest image was done 2/16/2017. I decided to try setting the system date to 2/21/2017. When I did that and restored my latest image all the icons were there. So, I'm guessing Windows must want to periodically rebuild the icon file even if it is working. It also confirms as I suspected that my images were good. I re-flashed to the latest BIOS. I'll just restore the latest image, let it catch up on the Windows updates, reboot and rebuild the icon file and then take an image. I guess my problem is solved.

I posted this in "other motherboards" by accident. Hope that is not a problem. There has not been an answer in 3 days. Appreciate any help!
I have the Asus z97 pro wifi ac. It's been running the beta bios for it and working great.

Is Asus USA at work on fridays? I need advice about this.

Is this thread still monitored by Asus as an official support thread?

I just need to know what is v1 in the program hwinfo64 under the Asus EC Aii section,(picture in the link above) I was told only Asus knows what this is.
Thank you

Juggla wrote:
Is this thread still monitored by Asus as an official support thread?

I just need to know what is v1 in the program hwinfo64 under the Asus EC Aii section,(picture in the link above) I was told only Asus knows what this is.
Thank you

Actually, this is a user to user forum once in a while someone from Asus will show up.
I have the same Z97 Wi-Fi board and I have no idea what the VI is since your overclocking this board you might try in the overclocking subforum you may find some help over there.
G752VY-DH72 Win 10 Pro
512 GB M.2 Samsung 960 Pro
1 TB Samsung 850 pro 2.5 format
980m GTX 4 GB
32GB DDR 4 Standard RAM

Z97 PRO WiFi I7 4790K
Windows 10 Pro
Z97 -A
Windows 10 Pro

Thanks for the info Clintlgm. 😄

KSMerg wrote:

Anyone have success with this update(no ram voltage issues or anything)?also in particular with the z97-a/ar boards?

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Edit: "official support thread" they said :rolleyes:

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Hi, I have ASUS Maximus Hero Seven. I am currently running Windows 8.1 with BIOS: 2702 and My System is Super Stable.

I have some questions to ask:

1. Do you think my System is still good to move to Windows 10 (Activated/Original)?

2. Do you think I should update my BIOS before I install Windows 10? And, If yes then Which Version BIOS?

3. Do you think I can find some stability issues with Windows 10 and New BIOS (If you recommend for the above question)?

4. What sort of BIOS Settings I should make or change before I do all these steps?

System Specs:

Processor: Intel i7-4790K
Motherboard: Asus Maximus Hero Seven
RAM: 16 GB
SSD: 250 GB
GPU: GTX 970 4 GB.