Asus launches Z87-Deluxe/Quad motherboard, first with Thunderbolt 2

By on August 21, 2013, 10:30 AM

It was only in June that Intel finalized Thunderbolt 2, the second generation of their data interconnet technology, with Intel promising it would enter production by the end of the year. In keeping with that promise, Asus has announced the first Thunderbolt 2-certified motherboard, the Z87-Deluxe/Quad.

Like its name might suggest, the Z87-Deluxe/Quad is a premium motherboard with a Z87 chipset for use with Intel's Haswell processors. But the key feature here is two Thunderbolt 2 ports capable of up to 20 Gbit/s transfers, significantly faster than what you can get out of either the eight USB 3.0 ports or eight USB 2.0 ports included on the motherboard.

The two Thunderbolt 2 ports, combined with an additional HDMI port, can power three 4K monitors simultaneously without a discrete graphics card. Although this is technically possible on the Z87-Deluxe/Quad, you'll probably want some serious GPU power to drive all those pixels at once, especially for gaming and other 3D tasks.

Other features of this motherboard include three PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, ten SATA 6 Gbps ports, four RAM slots, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports and Wi-Fi 802.11ac. In the box, Asus are also chucking in their NFC Express accessory, allowing you to communicate between your PC and mobile devices or NFC tags by simply tapping them against the unit.

Asus aren't saying at the moment how much the Z87-Deluxe/Quad will cost or when it'll reach store shelves, but expect it to be expensive. Their Z87-Deluxe/Dual, already on the market for those who want just Thunderbolt 1 support, costs $350, so expect this new model to set you at least the same or even a bit more.




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Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

They could've chucked in the ROG branding, dumped the yucky desert brown colour for red and charged even more but maybe they were already feeling guilty about the price they had in mind.

JC713 JC713 said:

Wow, $350. I could get a $150 mobo + a $200 GPU for that price. I guess you are just paying for TB2.

Ranger1st Ranger1st said:

MB pricing is getting out of hand.. you have to wonder if these PC component makers are aware of the general global recession and perhaps the stupid decision to make $1000 graphics cards and $350 MB's is probably not a wise one. They should be working on way to lower the per unit cost by innovating; TB2 is joke, how many TB1 product were actually made ? USB , eSATA, TOS link.. common, loads of options out there to innovate with

Ranger1st Ranger1st said:

I love the sabertooth colour scheme.. maybe because I lived in those colours for so long..

They could've chucked in the ROG branding, dumped the yucky desert brown colour for red and charged even more but maybe they were already feeling guilty about the price they had in mind.

mctommy said:

MB pricing is getting out of hand.. you have to wonder if these PC component makers are aware of the general global recession and perhaps the stupid decision to make $1000 graphics cards and $350 MB's is probably not a wise one. They should be working on way to lower the per unit cost by innovating; TB2 is joke, how many TB1 product were actually made ? USB , eSATA, TOS link.. common, loads of options out there to innovate with

While I agree for the most part, I think that there will always be a market for these... even if it's a niche market. There is a reason why Asus has mobos ranging from under $100 to over $350.

1 person liked this | cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I love the sabertooth colour scheme.. maybe because I lived in those colours for so long..
I like the colors as well. Actually on the motherboard, I don't care what the colors are. It is not as if I have a 100% transparent case to mount the motherboard in.

VitalyT VitalyT said:

$350 is a rip-off. One can get a Z87 MB for under $150, and there probably will be PCI Express 3.0 adapters with Thunderbolt 2 available at around the same time as this board. There was one from Asus ThunderboltEX, for the previous version.

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