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    Default ASUS Z87 WS Motherboard Review

    Introduction In the world of custom PC Building, consumers and builders frequently ask what the best motherboards are for Gaming PC Builds. While these are always valid questions, some folks are looking to build a high end rendering or workstation PC. The Z87 series chipset has plenty of options from the budget friendly models to enthusiast gaming motherboards; however, workstation motherboards are not as readily available. That changes today. We are going to be looking at a motherboard from ASUS, one of the few manufacturers who created a Z87 chipset based WS (workstation) motherboard to meet this niche market. We have the ASUS Z87 WS*on our test bench, and we are going to put this baby to through the ringer. As an interesting aside, one of the few features of this motherboard which immediately caught our attention is the available support of Quad SLI and Crossfire with 4 PCIe slots available. Not many Z87 motherboards offer this out of the box. There are also tons of other features that we typically don’t see with your “typical” Z87 chipset motherboard. Does this bode well for this unique new board? Read on to find out! Let’s get the review started by talking about the 8 Series chipset, but first here’s a quick word about Asus: * Origin of the Name “Asus” ASUS comes from the last four letters of Pegasus, the winged horse in Greek mythology that represents the inspiration of art and learning.*ASUS embodies the strength, creative spirit and purity symbolized by this regal and agile mythical creature, soaring to new heights of quality and innovation with each product it introduces to the market. *

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    Default Re: ASUS Z87 WS Motherboard Review

    Great review Kenny of a really nice board thanks for posting

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    Default Re: ASUS Z87 WS Motherboard Review

    Really good review Kenny, thanks for posting. This board is absolutely amazing, packed with lots of feature, good overclocker, UEFI BIOS, 4 way SLI!!! and as you said in the review, if I need to dislike something, this will be the color scheme of the board but its just the mater of taste (I'm mostly black-red/ROG oriented).

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    great review Kenny but i still dont know why Asus decided to go with that gold color scheme. i just dont like it.
    You don't know me and that's the way i like it!

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    Default Re: ASUS Z87 WS Motherboard Review

    Good read Kenny.

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    Default Re: ASUS Z87 WS Motherboard Review

    Nice review. Asus' claim was that they went with that color scheme to drive home the fact that they are "The Gold Standard" for motherboards, and also to break up the typically "cheap/budget" feel that black and blue boards tend to give off (which I totally agree with). Love it or hate it, at least there's more accessories out there now that will match it than what was around when the boards first dropped x-).

    All that being said, I still don't know that I'd pay all that much for this board. It's got some nice features and fairly strong performance results, but that's a bit rich even for what this is designed for with this socket.

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    I like the Rog theme but also understand the reason for the gold and like the gold as well

    Great review Kenny very well done with some great pics to go with it!
    Loved the summary

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    Default Re: ASUS Z87 WS Motherboard Review

    ASUS decided to stay away from the typical colors this time around due to the fact that everyone and their mama's were using red and black and blue and black theme, yes, those colors are in demand and have high aesthetic value, but ASUS has always strive to stand out from the crowd and be diff than the rest. Innovation at its best I guess you can call it. I really like this board and even the color, even tho I did leave remarks regarding color this is pretty subjective and although I am the review, I gave no bias towards the review. Also since I am not fan of any particular brand but ASUS Gigabyte, MSI, and ASRock are all solid options in the recent years, but if you put the capabilities of this board and the offerings of another board that can support just SOME of the features this board has, the price is pretty fair. I've payed upwards of $500 for a motherboard before. So this board is pretty good compared to what you get out of it...

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