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CPU, Chipset and Graphics Features
||LGA1156 Intel Lynnfield/Clarkdale Processor Ready
This motherboard supports the latest Intel Lynnfield and Clarkdale processors in LGA1156 package, which has memory and PCI Express controller integrated to support 2-channel (4 DIMMs) DDR3 memory and 16 PCI Express 2.0 lanes providing great graphics performance. Intel Lynnfield and Clarkdale processors are the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world. Moreover, Intel Clarkdale integrated Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) processors which goes with Intel H55 chipset with VGA out can bring you to the whole new experience of the next generation VGA performance. It also provides separated 3D, 2D and Video Engines to execute different graphic control in hardware.
The Intel H55 Express Chipset is the latest one-chipset design to support latest 1156 socket Intel Core i7/ Core i5/Core i3/ Pentium Processors. Intel H55 chipset provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. Using Intel Core i5 6 Series, Core i3 5 Series and Pentium CPU with H55 Express Chipset to enjoy the latest Intel integrated graphic performance!
Double Speed; Double Bandwidth. This motherboard supports the latest PCIe 2.0 devices for double speed and bandwidth which enhances system performance.
|Dual-Channel DDR3 2200(O.C.) / 2133 / 2000/ 1866 / 1800/ 1600/ 1333/ 1066 support
The motherboard supports DDR3 memory that features data transfer rates of 2200(O.C.) / 2133 / 2000/ 1866 / 1800/ 1600/ 1333/ 1066 MHz to meet the higher bandwidth requirements of the latest 3D graphics, multimedia, and Internet applications. The dual-channel DDR3 architecture enlarges the bandwidth of your system memory to boost system performance.
Easy, Real-Time O.C. Tunings. Feel the adrenaline rush of real-time O.C. - now a reality with the ASUS TurboV. This easy O.C. tool allows you to overclock without exiting or rebooting the OS; and its user-friendly interface makes overclock with just a few clicks away. Moreover, the ASUS OC profiles in TurboV provides the best O.C. settings in different scenarios.
Touch-n-Boost! ASUS Turbo Key allows the user to turn the PC power button into a physical overclocking button. After the easy setup, Turbo Key can boost performances without interrupting ongoing work or games - with just one touch!!
Instant iGPU Level Up! GPU Boost overclocks the integrated GPU in real time for the best graphics performance. User-friendly UI facilitates flexible frequency and voltage adjustments. Its ability to deliver multiple overclocking profiles also provides rapid and stable system-level upgrades.
|ASUS Express Gate
0 to Internet in Seconds! Express Gate is an ASUS exclusive OS that provides you with quick access to the Internet and key applications before entering Windows
Enjoy Full HD 1080p Multimedia Home-Theater Entertainment. High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is a set of digital video standards that delivers multi-channel audio and uncompressed digital video for full HD 1080p visuals through through a single cable. Supporting HDCP copy protection such as Blu-ray Discs, HDMI provides you with the highest-quality home theater experience.
System Level Energy Saving. The new ASUS EPU—the world’s first power saving engine, has been upgraded to a new 4 engine version, which provides total system power savings by detecting current PC loadings and intelligently moderating power in real-time. With auto phase switching for components (which includes the CPU, VGA card/ integrated GPU, hard drives and CPU cooler / system fans), the EPU automatically provides the most appropriate power usage via intelligent acceleration and overclocking—helping save power and money.
|ASUS 4+2 Phase Power Design
Longer Life & Higher Efficiency! Unleashes ultimate memory performances with independent power to core components, while providing fast transient response and stability for the CPU under heavy loading or overclocking modes.
|ASUS Fanless Design - Heatsink solution
The crystal-shaped heatsink features 0-dB thermal solution that offers users a noiseless PC environment. Not only the beautiful shape upgrades the visual enjoyment for motherboard users, but also the heatsink design lowers the temperature of the chipset and power phase area through high efficient heat-exchange. Combined with usability and aesthetics, the ASUS crystal-shaped heatsink will give users an extremely silent and cooling experience with the elegant appearance!
|8 Channel Audio
Enjoy high-end sound system on your PC! The onboard 8-channel HD audio (High Definition Audio, previously codenamed Azalia) CODEC enables high-quality 192KHz/24-bit audio output, jack-sensing feature, retasking functions and multi-streaming technology.
Simply update BIOS from a USB flash disk before entering the OS. EZ Flash 2 is a user-friendly BIOS update utility. Simply launch this tool and update BIOS from a USB flash disk before entering the OS. You can update your BIOS only in a few clicks without preparing an additional floppy diskette or using an OS-based flash utility.
|CrashFree BIOS 3
The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 allows users to restore corrupted BIOS data from a USB flash disk containing the BIOS file. This utility saves users the cost and hassle of buying a replacement BIOS chip.
Conveniently store or load multiple BIOS settings. Freely share and distribute favorite overclocking settings The motherboard features the ASUS O.C. Profile that allows users to conveniently store or load multiple BIOS settings. The BIOS settings can be stored in the CMOS or a separate file, giving users freedom to share and distribute their favorite overclocking settings.
|S/PDIF-out on Back I/O Port
This motherboard provides convenient connectivity to external home theater audio systems via coaxial and optical S/PDIF-out (SONY-PHILIPS Digital Interface) jacks. It allows to transfer digital audio without converting to analog format and keeps the best signal quality.
The motherboard and its packaging comply with the European Union's Restriction on the use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). This is in line with the ASUS vision of creating environment-friendly and recyclable products and packaging to safeguard consumers' health while minimizing the impact on the environment.
|Form Factor||Micro ATX form factor|
|Compatible Processors||Core i7 Processor
Core i5 Processor
Core i3 Processor
Supports Intel Turbo Boost Technology
|Socket Type||Intel Socket 1156|
|Chipset Type||Intel H55 Express Chipset|
|RAM Installed / Max Capacity||0 GB / 16 GB|
|RAM Slots||4 x DDR3 DIMM|
|Supported RAM Technology||Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM|
|Supported RAM Speeds||DDR3 2200(O.C.)*/2133/1866/1800/1600/1333/1066 Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
To reach DDR3 2200 MHz, you are required to use with Intel Core i7/Core i5 CPU without iGPU and install a discrete graphics card.
|Expansion Slots Total (Free)||1 x PCIe 2.0 x16
2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 (2.5GT/s, gray slots)
1 x PCI
|Video Controller||Multi-VGA output support: HDMI and RGB ports
Supports HDMI with max. resolution 1920x 1200 @ 60Hz
Supports RGB with max. resolution 2048x 1536 @ 75 Hz
|Ports Present & Quantity||1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Combo port
1 x D-Sub
1 x HDMI
1 x S/PDIF Out (Optical)
1 x LAN(RJ45) port
6 x USB 2.0/1.1
3 x Jack (8-channel) Audio I/O
|Ports Present & Quantity||3 x USB connectors support additional 6 USB ports
1 x IDE connector
6 x SATA connectors
1 x CPU Fan connector (1x4-pin)
1 x Chassis Fan connector (1x3-pin)
1 x LPT connector
1 x S/PDIF Out Header
Front panel audio connector
1 x COM connector
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
1 x 24-pin ATX Power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
|Intel H55 Express Chipset built-in||6 x SATA 3 Gb/s connectors supporting up to 6 SATA 3 Gb/s devices|
|VIA VT6415 PATA controller||1 xUltraDMA 133/100 for up to 2 PATA devices|
|Ports||1 x RJ-45|
|Controller/Codec/Information||Realtek ALC887 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
Support Jack-dectection, Multi-streaming,Front Panel Jack-Retasking (Only in Mic in port)
Optical S/PDIF out ports at board & back I/O
|Feature List||ASUS GPU Boost
ASUS Turbo Key
ASUS Express Gate
ASUS Fanless Design: Heat-sink solution
ASUS O.C. Profile
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
ASUS EZ Flash 2
ASUS MyLogo 2