Overclocking and Conclusion
To give a feel for the Z97 Deluxe's overclocking performance potential, we attempted to push the board to known CPU-supported performance parameters with minimal tweaking. I was able to get the board running stable for over 4hrs at a 4.67GHz CPU speed, a 1780MHz memory speed, and a 4.0GHz ring bus speed with a 167MHz base clock. System stability was tested running the AIDA64 stability test in conjunction with EVGA's OC Scanner X graphical benchmark running at 1280×1024 resolution and 8x MSAA in stress test mode.
Note that this is is meant only as a quick preview of the board's performance potential. With more time to tweak the settings to a greater extent, pushing to a higher base clock and ring bus speed may have been achievable, in addition to an overnight stability run without issue.
The Z97-Deluxe performs exactly as we've come to expect from high-end ASUS boards – flawlessly. At both stock and overclocked settings, the board took everything we threw at it with blinking.
As of May 02, the ASUS Z87-Deluxe motherboard was available at Newegg.com for $399.99.
Before continuing with our final thoughts on the Z97-Deluxe, we would like to take this opportunity to give our friends at ASUS a hearty “Thank You” for allowing us the opportunity and pleasure to review this board. The Z97-Deluxe is a great example of what a flagship board should be – stellar performance with every feature under the sun integrated including the kitchen sink. Ok, so maybe it didn't include the kitchen sink, but it really does have every other conceivable integrated feature you could ever ask for. The Z97-Deluxe is from ASUS' Channel line of motherboards, those boards that are used by OEM system builders and mid-tier enthusiasts. As such, I wouldn't have expected the design innovations present in the Z97-Deluxe's implementation. It sports a full 16+2 phase power delivery system with high-end 10K capacitors. ASUS even included the separate audio PCB that is normally reserved for their ROG line. The most obvious updates to the board when compared with the Z87-based model is in its aesthetics. ASUS perfectly matched the color scheme with the Z97-Deluxe to give the board a visual appeal that matches its performance punch. The BIOS redesign was also a very welcomed addition with much more thought put into the layout of the UEFI features as well as the use of graphical interfaces.
- Stock performance
- Overclocking performance
- Board layout and design
- Accessible PCI-Express x1 slot with multiple PCI-Express x16 slots filled
- UEFI BIOS design and usability
- Motherboard manual information on base features
- Dual Intel GigE NICs
- Quality of included power circuitry
- CMOS battery placement
- ThunderboltEX II PCIe card
- NFC Express 2 modules
- Performance of SATA drives connected to ASMedia controllers