In preparation for the upcoming new enthusiast based flagship processors from Intel, ASUS is the first to release their latest Z97 motherboard lineup. Of course, when mentioning about ASUS, none can forget about their high end Republic of Gamers series which has proved to many as the best made motherboard in the world.
Previously, ASUS ROG released the Maximus VI Hero Z87 motherboard for the Haswell Intel processors and saw the popularity of more budget Republic of Gamers motherboard as compared to higher end models. In response to their strong positive feedback from consumers, ASUS has decided to release another mainstream premium Republic of Gamers motherboard. Named the Maximus VII Ranger, this new Z97 will be the best choice for those seeking for ultimate performance at a reasonable price.
Aesthetics and I/O
SupremeFX Audio – Best Gaming Audio Solution
|SounStage button on motherboard|
Geared for gamers who uses headphones for their games, SupremeFX includes Sonic SenseAmp technology which auto detects headphone impedence and optimizes the amp level instantly. This ensures utmost clarity through headphones
Fear not from lightning strikes and static electricity hampering computer network speeds. With ASUS LANGuard, the LAN Ethernet ports are all properly grounded for minimal network interruption by external factors.
Gaming Protection – Gamer’s Guardian
10K Black Metallic Capacitors
As shown above, ASUS has equipped this motherboard with premium features for better reliability. The use of 10K Black Metallic Capacitors ensure 20% greater temperature endurance and 5x longer life-span than generic capacitors.
DRAM Over-Current Protection and Q-DIMM
Understanding the possibilities of static electricity and unstable electric currents are passed from the power supply to the motherboard, the ROG team has included an additional re-settable fuse to protect connection ports and DRAM against over current and short-circuit damage.
Q-DIMM feature is found on almost all ASUS motherboard. This ensures that memory slot’s clips will not be stucked even with the use of larger graphics card. Memory modules will still remain secure in their spots despite only using a single clip for each module.
ElectroStaticDischarge guards protect the motherboard from static electricity. Additionally, PS2 ports, USB ports, Audio and LAN ports are also covered by this protection.
Stainless Steel Black I/O and Black Nickel-coated Q shield
Maximus VII Ranger IO ports area are well plated with Stainless Steel, ensuring that they will not rust or oxidize even after years. The IO Shield is also nickel coated, ensuring that you won’t hurt your hands from nicks and cuts.