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Asus Haswell Motherboard

I'm looking for a motherboard, and I think I've narrowed it down to an Asus Z87, H87, or Q87 board.

Can anyone recommend a specific one, or narrow it down to the chipset for me?

Performance and stability are both important to me, and I have little interest in overclocking.

I was planning to get an Intel Core i7, and I already have the memory - Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3K4/16GX, which seems to be on the QVL for all the different boards.

The Z87 chipset has the Intel "Lake Tiny" technology, which apparently is interesting when running an SSD, which I will be. I have a Samsung 840 series SSD and a Seagate hybrid drive. The H87 chipset has Intel SBA (Small Business Advantage), which also seems interesting, but doesn't have Lake Tiny. And I'm not really sure what advantages the Q87 chipset has.

Any help is appreciated.
Julian Matz
Julian Matz
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>>  Performance and stability   <<  that is very general, don't you have other desires?
based only upon this, they are all ok
i would look at sata performance, max ram per slot, number of PCIe slots etc...
Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
The Q87 has vPro support, which provides better remote management features than the Z87 or H87, and has embedded Identity Protection Technology and SIPP, which is designed to make technology migration less costly for businesses with large numbers of systems.    All of the business-oriented chipsets also have the Small Business Advantage that's in the H87, which provides hardware support for auto turn-on/turn-off so it's easy to have systems turn themselves on for maintenance during off-hours.

But for most users, the Z87 and H87 are the chipsets of choice.   The Z87 allows 3-way splitting of the PCIe lanes, so boards using it can support triple SLI/Crossfire configurations; whereas the H87 can only support 2-way splitting, so it can only support 2 cards in SLI/Crossfire.    But they support the same total number of PCIe lanes, so there's no performance advantage otherwise.     The only other advantages of Z87 over H87 is the support for overclocking, and the Lake Tiny improvements in Intel's SRT (Smart Response Technology).     In my view, the H87 chipset boards are a FAR better value than Z87 boards if you don't need overclocking capabilities.     The only potential downside is that manufacturers tend to use Z87 in their "premium" boards simply because it's the higher end chipset ... so you may need to buy a Z87 board to get the features you want.

Personally, I think this board is an excellent choice for a nice Haswell system:
Julian MatzJoint ChairpersonAuthor Commented:
Thanks! I was going to go with the H87-PRO, but it was out of stock, so I went with the Z87-PRO instead. I think I'm pretty happy with my choice.

So I just finished building the new system and am now setting up the software. I got a 3.4 GHz Core i7, 16GB RAM, and a Samsung 840 SSD as my boot drive. The computer is like lightning, and extremely silent! I just performed a reboot, and in total, the whole process took less than 10 seconds, and that was with Windows updates. I'm amazed and delighted :)

Thanks for your help!
Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
"... the whole process took less than 10 seconds ..."  ==> Definitely nice :-)
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