Asus gryphon z87 overclock: Gryphon In The Box, Overclocking

Gryphon In The Box, Overclocking

by Ian Cutresson February 3, 2014 10:00 AM EST

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ASUS TUF Z87 Gryphon In The Box


Looking back on the original outset of the review, I guess I had no inclination as to what exactly the box of a TUF motherboard would have in it.  Given the market for the TUF is towards the longevity and stability of a product, one could argue that safety could be tacked on as well and some form of modified screws with a special screwdriver could be added.   Given that the Z87 Gryphon is a ~$162 motherboard, the box contains the following:


Driver DVD

Rear IO Shield

Manuals

Four SATA Cables

Flexi-SLI Bridge

Q-Connectors


Ultimately this is almost the bare minimum ASUS could have put in the box – remove a couple of SATA cables and the SLI bridge would be the minimum compared to what we have seen with lower price segmentation.  There is scope here for ASUS to have included something to represent the TUF brand, such as a sticker for a case or a poster.  Though I guess what ASUS want users to buy is the Armor Kit, available separately:


ASUS TUF Z87 Gryphon Overclocking


Experience with ASUS TUF Z87 Gryphon


As one might imagine, a motherboard built for stability might not necessarily pull out all the stops to become the best overclocking motherboard on the market.   This is probably seen best by the Gryphon’s lack of automatic overclock options – we only found two, and these were further down the overclocking page in the BIOS. 


That being said, if ASUS was attempting to escape overclocking, they would have used the H87 chipset.  Using some intuition and the manual overclock settings, our CPU still managed to hit the 4.6-4.7 GHz range similar to previous Z87 motherboards we have tested.  Motherboards built for longevity and overclocking motherboards are often cut from similar bits of cloth, although the testing applied to either will be different.


Methodology:


Our standard overclocking methodology is as follows.  We select the automatic overclock options and test for stability with PovRay and OCCT to simulate high-end workloads.  These stability tests aim to catch any immediate causes for memory or CPU errors.


For manual overclocks, based on the information gathered from previous testing, starts off at a nominal voltage and CPU multiplier, and the multiplier is increased until the stability tests are failed.   The CPU voltage is increased gradually until the stability tests are passed, and the process repeated until the motherboard reduces the multiplier automatically (due to safety protocol) or the CPU temperature reaches a stupidly high level (100ºC+).  Our test bed is not in a case, which should push overclocks higher with fresher (cooler) air. 


Automatic Overclock:


The automatic overclock settings are found in the OC Tuner option of AI Tweaker in the BIOS.  Selecting this gives two further options to select: Ratio First and BCLK First.


Selecting Ratio First gives a CPU multiplier of 43x/42x/42x/41x, meaning 4.3 GHz in single thread mode down to 4.1 GHz at full load.  Over the base CPU turbo, this means an extra 300 MHz on the single thread setting.  The BIOS still showed ‘Auto’ for CPU voltages and Load Line Calibrations, and in the OS this gave a load reading of 1.136 volts.  PovRay scored 1696.45, and OCCT gave a maximum temperature of 71C.   XMP was applied automatically also.


On the BCLK First option, the CPU was adjusted to the 125 MHz strap, giving a 34×125 scenario for all threads, or 4.25 GHz all over.  Again the BIOS reported an automatic setting for voltages, although in the OS this meant 1.174 volts during OCCT with a peak temperature of 75C.  PovRay scored 1757.7.


Manual Overclock:


For our manual overclock we stayed in the BIOS and started from 4.0 GHz and 1.000 volts.  When the system was stable (PovRay + 5 mins OCCT) the multiplier was raised, and for any failure the voltage was raised by +0.025 volts using a fixed voltage application.  The following results were achieved:


At 4.7 GHz the system was stable but failing our OCCT temperature tests, giving over 90C.  Despite using a TRUE Copper heatsink for this test, better cooling would be needed to push the CPU further.

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Asus Gryphon Z87 review | 74 facts and highlights

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Asus Gryphon Z87

Asus Gryphon Z87

Why is Asus Gryphon Z87 better than the average?

  • Fan headers?
    7vs4. 85
  • PCIe 3.0 x16 slots?
    2vs1.59
  • USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports (USB-A)?
    4vs3.57
  • SATA 3 connectors?
    6vs5.51
  • Audio channels?
    8vs7.4
  • PCIe 2.0 x16 slots?
    1vs0.19
  • Audio connectors?
    6vs4.39
  • USB 2.0 ports (through expansion)?
    4vs3.8

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Memory

maximum memory amount

The maximum amount of memory (RAM) supported.

RAM speed

1866MHz

It can support faster memory, which will give quicker system performance.

overclocked RAM speed

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The motherboard supports overclocking the RAM to a higher speed. By increasing the speed at which the memory runs, you can boost the performance of your computer.

memory slots

More memory slots (also known as DIMM slots) allow you to add more RAM to your computer. It is also useful when upgrading, as you can add RAM to an empty slot instead of replacing an existing memory module.

DDR memory version

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DDR (Double Data Rate) memory is the most common type of RAM. Newer versions of DDR memory support higher maximum speeds and are more energy-efficient.

memory channels

More memory channels increases the speed of data transfer between the memory and the CPU.

Supports ECC memory

✖Asus Gryphon Z87

Error-correcting code memory can detect and correct data corruption. It is used when is it essential to avoid corruption, such as scientific computing or when running a server.

Ports

USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports (USB-A)

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USB 3.2 Gen 2 supports speeds of up to 10Gbps. It was formerly known as USB 3.1 Gen 2. These ports use the older USB-A connector.

USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports (USB-A)

USB 3.2 Gen 1 supports speeds of up to 5Gbps. It was formerly known as USB 3.1 Gen 1 and USB 3.0. These ports use the older USB-A connector.

USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports (USB-C)

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USB 3.2 Gen 2 supports speeds of up to 10Gbps. It was formerly known as USB 3.1 Gen 2. These ports use the USB-C connector.

USB 3. 2 Gen 1 ports (USB-C)

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USB 3.2 Gen 1 supports speeds of up to 5Gbps. It was formerly known as USB 3.1 Gen 1 and USB 3.0. These ports use the USB-C connector.

USB 2.0 ports

More USB 2.0 ports allow you to connect more devices to your computer that support USB 2.0.

USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 ports

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USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 was introduced in 2019. It supports speeds of up to 20Gbps and uses the USB-C connector.

USB 4 40Gbps ports

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This version of USB 4 supports very high speeds of up to 40Gbps. Unlike USB 3.2, USB 4 can dynamically allocate bandwidth to video and data. These ports use the USB-C connector.

USB 4 20Gbps ports

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This version of USB 4 supports speeds of up to 20Gbps. Unlike USB 3.2, USB 4 can dynamically allocate bandwidth to video and data. These ports use the USB-C connector.

Thunderbolt 4 ports

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The number of USB ports that are compatible with Thunderbolt 4. These ports support speeds of up to 40Gbps, including a minimum of PCIe 32Gbps. This guarantees that it can support two external 4K displays (or one external 8K display).

Connectors

USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports (through expansion)

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The number of USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports that can be added by using the USB headers (connectors) on the motherboard.

USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports (through expansion)

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The number of USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports that can be added by using the USB headers (connectors) on the motherboard.

USB 2. 0 ports (through expansion)

The number of USB 2.0 ports that can be added by using the USB headers (connectors) on the motherboard.

SATA 3 connectors

SATA is an interface used to connect mass storage devices such as hard drives and Blu-ray drives. SATA 3 has a native transfer rate of 6 Gbit/s, which is twice as fast as SATA 2, the previous revision. This is particularly useful if you use an SSD as it can perform at higher speeds.

fan headers

Fan headers are connection points on the motherboard that cooling fans can be connected to. Fans can also be connected straight to the power supply, but when connected to the motherboard you gain much finer control over them through software.

USB 3.0 ports (through expansion)

The motherboard has USB 3.0 headers, which are pin connections that you can connect additional USB ports to.

M. 2 sockets

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M.2 is an interface used to connect different types of devices, mainly mass storage devices like M.2 SSDs. It is a revision of mSATA and can support much higher data transfer rates.

Has TPM connector

✖Asus Gryphon Z87

Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is a component that significantly increases security. One example is that it allows encryption keys to be created in a secure environment, minimizing the risk of a hacker gaining access.

U.2 sockets

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U.2 is an interface used to connect different types of devices, mainly mass storage devices. It has the same performance as M.2, but U.2 SSDs come in the form of regular 2.5″ SATA drives and could therefore support much higher capacities than mSATA drives.

Expansion slots

PCIe 3.0 x16 slots

PCIe slots allow you to connect various components to the motherboard, such as graphics cards and sound cards. The number after the ‘x’ represents the number of lanes, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates. PCI Express 3.0 has a bit rate of 8 GT/s, delivering 985 MB/s per lane.

PCIe 4.0 x16 slots

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PCIe slots allow you to connect various components to the motherboard, such as graphics cards and SSDs. The number of data-transmission lanes (specified by the number after the ‘x’) determines the data transfer rate. PCIe 4.0 provides a 16 GT/s bit rate that doubles the bandwidth provided by PCIe 3.0.

PCIe x1 slots

Using PCIe slots, you can connect different components to your motherboard, such as graphics cards and RAID cards. The number after the ‘x’ represents the number of data-transmission lanes. More lanes result in faster data transfer rates. A PCIe x1 slot has one lane and can move data at one bit per cycle.

PCI slots

PCI slots allow you to connect peripherals to the motherboard, most commonly graphics cards but also others such as sound cards and network cards. PCI has been superseded by PCI Express which offers faster data transfer rates, but many cards today still use PCI.

PCIe 2.0 x16 slots

PCIe slots allow you to connect graphics cards, SSDs, and other components to the motherboard. The number after the ‘x’ represents the number of lanes, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates. PCI Express 2.0 has a transfer rate of 5 GT/s, providing 500 MB/s per lane.

PCIe x4 slots

PCIe slots enable you to connect various components to your motherboard, for example, graphics cards, RAID cards, SSDs. The number of data-transmission lanes (specified by the number following ‘x’) determines the data transfer rate. A PCIe x4 slot has 4 lanes, with a speed of 4 bits per cycle.

PCIe x8 slots

PCIe slots allow you to connect components such as graphics cards and sound cards to the motherboard. The number after the ‘x’ represents the number of data-transmission lanes. More lanes result in faster data transfer rates. A PCIe x8 slot has 8 lanes and can move data at 8 bit per cycle.

Audio

Signal-to-Noise ratio (DAC)

When a digital signal is converted to an analog one (for example when playing audio through speakers or headphones), a certain amount of noise is carried in the signal. A higher SNR means that there is less noise and the audio quality is better.

audio channels

Each channel is a separate stream of audio information. More channels can provide a more realistic experience, such as providing surround sound.

Has S/PDIF Out port

✔Asus Gryphon Z87

S/PDIF is an interface used to transmit digital audio with high fidelity.

audio connectors

More connectors means that more audio devices such as speakers or microphones can be connected.

Storage

Supports RAID 1

✔Asus Gryphon Z87

RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 1 mirrors the data across the drives. This gives you greater data security as if one drive fails, the data will still be accessible from another.

Supports RAID 10 (1+0)

✔Asus Gryphon Z87

RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 10 (1+0) stripes and mirrors the data across the drives. It gives increased capacity and performance compared to a single disk. It also provides greater data security as if one drive fails, the data will still be accessible from another.

Supports RAID 5

✔Asus Gryphon Z87

RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 5 stripes the data across the drives, giving increased performance compared to a single disk. It also provides greater data security as if one drive fails, the data will still be accessible from another due to the use of parity.

Supports RAID 0

✔Asus Gryphon Z87

RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 0 stripes the data across the drives, giving increased performance and capacity compared to a single drive. The drawback is that if one drive fails, you lose the data on all drives.

Supports RAID 0+1

✖Asus Gryphon Z87

RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 0+1 stripes and mirrors the data across the drives. This gives increased capacity and performance compared to a single disk. It also provides greater data security in case one drive fails, as the data will still be accessible from another.

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The motherboard is made in the colors familiar from the previous products of The Ultimate Force series.

There are almost no elements on the back of the motherboard, except for a few chips and transistors. In the center you can see the standard backplate of the processor socket (the same for motherboards based on Socket 1150 and Socket 1155).

On the back panel there is a set of connectors, among which you can find 4 pieces of USB versions 2.0 and 3.0, DVI and HDMI outputs for connecting a monitor, a connector for connecting a network interface and 7 connectors for connecting an audio system.

The southbridge of the Intel Z87 PCH has an ASUS branded heatsink and 6 SATA ports running at 6Gb/s next to it.

There are four DDR3 slots for installing RAM.

The distance from the processor socket to the memory slots and to the top PCI Express x16 slot is standard. When using large-sized cooling systems on the processor, you have to make a choice between installing a discrete graphics card in the top x16 slot or installing memory modules with tall heatsinks. Both cannot be used together. But this is a common limitation inherent in mATX form factor motherboards, and therefore is not a disadvantage of the ASUS Gryphon Z87 specifically.

Another heatsink is installed on the power system to cool the transistors. Unlike the heatsink on the southbridge, it barely heats up, even when under load.

There are four PCI Express slots (x16/x1/x8/x4) for installing expansion cards. The first and third connectors (counted from the top) are connected to the PCI Express controller in the processor and support Gen3 mode. The second and fourth are implemented using the southbridge and support only modes no higher than Gen2.

There are two buttons at the bottom of the board — BIOS_FLBK and DirectKey. The first is for flashing the BIOS image from a connected USB drive. The second one is used to enter the BIOS after rebooting the computer, but as an alternative, it can also be used instead of the Power button that is missing on this board. The DirectKey operating mode is changed by the corresponding option in the BIOS.

The board has seven connectors for connecting the CPU cooler and case fans, which is quite a lot considering its form factor. Four of them are located at the top, above the processor socket and two more at the bottom of the board.

The power system consists of eight phases for the voltage on the processor (CHiL Semiconductor controller with the marking changed to Digi + ASP1251) and two phases for the voltage on the RAM (controller Digi + ASP1103).

From the external view of the board, let’s move on to the possibilities hidden in its BIOS.

The motherboard was tested with BIOS version 3009 dated May 24, 2013.
After resetting the settings, we get into a simplified mode called EZ BIOS, in which only information about the installed processor and memory is available, settings for the operating modes of the fans connected to the motherboard and the choice of the order of devices for booting the system.
After switching to advanced mode, there are many more settings available to change, and they are all divided into seven sections.
The first section of My Favorites is intended for quick access to BIOS options that the user has placed here using the F4 key or the right mouse button.
The Main section contains information about the system and it is possible to change the language, as well as the system time and date.
AI Tweaker section: settings for overclocking — frequencies, multipliers, dividers, voltages and timings.
Advanced section: settings for the processor, southbridge and various controllers.
Monitor section: monitoring of various temperatures, voltages and fan speed control.
Boot section: selection of devices for booting and their order, selection of the DirectKey button operation mode, selection of the BIOS mode (simplified or advanced), and other settings regarding the system boot process and the POST stage.
Tool section: working with profiles, information from the SPD of memory modules and calling the ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility from which you can update the BIOS version.

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Asus Gryphon Z87 vs Asus Z87-Pro: What is the difference?

57 Ballla

ASUS Gryphon Z87

78 BALLLA

ASUS Z87-PRO

Winner when compared to

VS

74 facts compared to

ASUS GRYPHON Z87

ASUS Z87-PRO 9000. PRO Asus Z87 Pro?

  • 266MHz higher RAM speed?
    1866MHz vs 1600MHz
  • 1 more fan connectors?
    7 vs 6
  • Does it have integrated graphics?
  • 61mm narrower?
    244mm vs 305mm

Why is Asus Z87-Pro better than Asus Gryphon Z87?

  • Is there a TPM connector?
  • Has Wi-Fi?
  • Bluetooth available?
  • 10 more USB 3.2 Gen 1 (USB-A) ports?
    14 vs 4
  • 2 more SATA 3 connectors?
    8 vs 6
  • 20dB higher signal to noise ratio (SNR)?
    115dB vs 95dB
  • 1 supports more GPUs?
    3 vs 2
  • 1 more DisplayPort outputs?
    1 vs 0

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RAM speed

1866MHz

1600MHz

Can support faster memory which speeds up system performance.

RAM speed

Unknown. Help us offer a price. (Asus Gryphon Z87)

3000MHz

The motherboard supports overclocking the RAM to a higher speed. By increasing the memory speed, we increase the performance of the computer.

memory slots

The more memory slots (DIMMs), the more RAM you can add to your computer. This is relevant for the upgrade, because. The memory bar can be installed in an empty slot, rather than replacing an already installed one.

DDR memory version

Unknown. Help us offer a price. (Asus Gryphon Z87)

Unknown. Help us offer a price. (Asus Z87-Pro)

DDR (Double Data Rate Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory) is the most common type of RAM. New versions of DDR memory support higher maximum speeds and are more energy efficient.

memory channels

More memory channels increase the speed of data transfer between memory and processor.

Supports Memory Error Code

✖Asus Gryphon Z87

✖Asus Z87-Pro

Memory Error Code can detect and repair data corruption. It is used when necessary to avoid distortion, such as in scientific computing or when starting a server.

Ports

USB 3.2 Gen 2 (USB-A) ports

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Unknown. Help us offer a price. (Asus Z87-Pro)

USB 3. 2 Gen 2 supports speeds up to 10Gbps. It was previously known as USB 3.1 Gen 2. These ports use the older USB-A connector.

USB 3.2 Gen 1 (USB-A) ports

USB 3.2 Gen 1 supports speeds up to 5 Gbps. It was previously known as USB 3.1 Gen 1 and USB 3.0. These ports use the old USB-A connector.

USB 3.2 Gen 2 (USB-C) ports

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Unknown. Help us offer a price. (Asus Z87-Pro)

USB 3.2 Gen 2 supports speeds up to 10Gbps. It was previously known as USB 3.1 Gen 2. These ports use a USB-C connector.

USB 3.2 Gen 1 (USB-C) ports

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Unknown. Help us offer a price. (Asus Z87-Pro)

USB 3.2 Gen 1 supports speeds up to 5 Gbps. It was previously known as USB 3.1 Gen 1 and USB 3.0. These ports use a USB-C connector.

USB 2. 0 ports

The more USB 2.0 ports, the more USB 2.0 compatible devices you can connect to your computer.

USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 ports

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Unknown. Help us offer a price. (Asus Z87-Pro)

USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 was introduced in 2019year. It supports speeds up to 20Gbps and uses a USB-C connector.

USB 4 40Gbps ports

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Unknown. Help us offer a price. (Asus Z87-Pro)

This version of USB 4 supports very high speeds up to 40Gbps. Unlike USB 3.2, USB 4 can allocate bandwidth for video and data. These ports use a USB-C connector.

USB ports 4 20Gbps

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Unknown. Help us offer a price. (Asus Z87-Pro)

This version of USB 4 supports speeds up to 20Gbps. Unlike USB 3.2, USB 4 can allocate bandwidth for video and data. These ports use a USB-C connector.

Thunderbolt 4 ports

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Unknown. Help us offer a price. (Asus Z87-Pro)

Number of Thunderbolt 4 compatible USB ports. These ports support speeds up to 40 Gb/s, including a minimum PCIe speed of 32 Gb/s. This ensures that it can support two external 4K screens (or one external 8K screen).

Connectors

USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports (via expansion)

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Unknown. Help us offer a price. (Asus Z87-Pro)

The number of USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports that can be added using the USB connectors on the motherboard.

USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports (via expansion)

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Unknown. Help us offer a price. (Asus Z87-Pro)

The number of USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports that can be added using the USB connectors on the motherboard.

USB 2.0 ports (pass-through expanders)

Number of USB 2.0 ports that can be added via pins (USB headers) on the motherboard.

SATA 3 connectors

SATA is an interface used to connect storage devices such as hard drives and Blu-ray discs. The native data transfer rate of SATA 3 is 6 Gb/s, which is twice as high as that of SATA 2. It can be useful to use an SSD, because it improves the speed.

fan headers

These are the contact surfaces on the motherboard to which fans can be connected. Fans, of course, can also be connected directly to the power supply, but by connecting them through the motherboard, we get the ability to control devices through software.

USB 3.0 ports (pass-through expanders)

The motherboard has pins in the form of male connectors, which can be connected to additional USB ports.

M. 2 connectors

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Unknown. Help us offer a price. (Asus Z87-Pro)

M.2 is an interface used to connect various devices, mainly storage devices such as M.2 SSD. It is a revision of mSATA and supports much higher data transfer rates.

There is a TPM connector

✖Asus Gryphon Z87

✔Asus Z87-Pro

Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is a component that greatly improves security. For example, it enables the creation of RSA keys in a secure environment, minimizing the risk of hackers.

U.2 connectors

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Unknown. Help us offer a price. (Asus Z87-Pro)

U.2 is an interface used to connect various types of devices, mainly storage devices. It is equal in performance to M.2, but U.2 SSD drives are made in the format of regular 2.5″ SATA drives, and because of this they support much larger volumes than mSATA drives.

Expansion slots

PCIe 3.0 x16 slots

PCIe slots are designed to connect peripherals to the motherboard, mainly graphics cards, less often other cards: for example, sound and network cards. «x16» indicates the number of tracks. The more tracks, the higher the data transfer rate. PCIe 3.0 offers faster speed than PCIe 2.0 and better performance.

PCIe 4.0 x16 slots

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Unknown. Help us offer a price. (Asus Z87-Pro)

PCIe slots allow you to connect various components such as video cards and SSDs to the motherboard. The number of data lanes (determined by the number after the «x») determines the data rate. PCIe 4.0 provides transfer speeds of 16GT/s, doubling the bandwidth provided by PCIe 3.0.

PCIe x1 slots

PCIe slots are designed to connect peripherals to the motherboard, mainly graphics cards, less often other cards: for example, sound and network. «x1» indicates the number of tracks. The more tracks, the higher the data transfer rate.

PCI slots

PCI slots are designed to connect peripherals to the motherboard, mainly graphics cards, less often other cards: for example, sound and network cards. PCI technology has been superseded by PCI Express technology, which offers higher data transfer speeds, but there are still many cards using PCI slots these days.

PCIe 2.0 x16 slots

PCIe slots are designed to connect peripherals to the motherboard, mainly graphics cards, less often other cards: for example, sound and network cards. «x16» indicates the number of tracks. The more tracks, the higher the data transfer rate.

PCIe x4 slots

PCIe slots are designed to connect peripherals to the motherboard, mainly graphics cards, less often other cards: for example, sound and network. «x4» indicates the number of tracks. The more tracks, the higher the data transfer rate.

PCIe x8 slots

PCIe slots are designed to connect peripherals to the motherboard, mainly graphics cards, less often other cards: for example, sound and network. «x8» indicates the number of tracks. The more tracks, the higher the data transfer rate.

Audio

Signal-to-noise ratio (SNR)

When a digital signal is converted to analog (for example, when playing sound through speakers or headphones), a certain amount of noise is carried in the signal. Higher SNR means less noise and better audio quality when converting.

audio channels

Each channel is a separate stream of audio information. The more channels, the more realistic the experience, such as surround sound.

S/PDIF out port available

✔Asus Gryphon Z87

✔Asus Z87-Pro

S/PDIF is an interface used to transmit high quality digital audio.

audio connectors

The more connectors, the more audio devices (speakers, microphones) you can connect.

Memory

RAID 1 support

✔Asus Gryphon Z87

✔Asus Z87-Pro

RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks in one array. RAID 1 is a technology of mirror duplication of information on disks. Provides increased data storage security, as if one drive fails, the data will be available from another drive.

Support for RAID 10 (1+0)

✔Asus Gryphon Z87

✔Asus Z87-Pro

RAID is a data storage technology that combines multiple drives in one array. RAID 10(1+0) is a technology of striping and mirror duplication of information on disks. Has higher processing capacity and performance compared to a single drive. It also provides enhanced data storage security, as if one drive fails, the data will be available from another drive.

RAID 5 support

✔Asus Gryphon Z87

✔Asus Z87-Pro

RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks in one array. RAID 5 is a disk striping technology. It has higher performance compared to a separate disk. It also provides enhanced data storage security, as if one disk fails, the data will still be available on the other, thanks to the use of non-dedicated parity disk technology.

RAID 0 support

✔Asus Gryphon Z87

✔Asus Z87-Pro

RAID is a data storage technology that combines multiple disks in one array. RAID 0 is a disk striping technology. Has higher processing capacity and performance compared to a single drive. The disadvantage is that if one drive fails, data will be lost on all drives.

RAID 0+1 support

✖Asus Gryphon Z87

✖Asus Z87-Pro

RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple drives into a single array.