Asus has announced its Z87-Deluxe/Quad motherboard – the first motherboard to be officially certified with 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 standard. Asus has combined two 10Gbps Thunderbolt ports to come up with one bi-directional 20Gbps port.
Asus has equipped its Z87-Deluxe with two of these 20Gbps ports meaning that now users will be able to use two 4K displays simultaneously and if you have an HDMI capable monitor, you can add one more and have three simultaneous displays. The Thunderbolt 2 standard is twice as fast as the current Thunderbolt standard and four times faster than USB 3.0.
Some of the other connectivity options on the newly announced motherboard are an HDMI port, eight USB 3.0 ports, eight USB 2.0 ports, ten SATA III ports, four RAM slots, and three PCIe 3.0 slots. The Z87-Deluxe supports Intel Haswell chips and is probably the best motherboard from Asus till date.
Thunderbolt 2 supports daisy chained connections as well and thanks to the two ports aboard the Z87-Deluxe, users can connect up to 12 devices at once thereby reducing clutter around their desktop systems.
Beyond these connectivity options, the new motherboard also comes with NFC Express accessory which would allow users to automate common PC tasks by simply tapping on the supplied NFC tag or NFC compatible smart devices.
Thunderbolt fans would have been expecting Apple to come out with products featuring Thuderbolt 2 but, Asus has announced a motherboard first and that too for Windows.
ASUS introduces first Intel Thunderbolt 2 certified motherboard
Fremont, CA (August 19, 2013) – ASUS is excited to announce the world’s first motherboard certified by Intel® with Thunderbolt™ 2 technology, the Z87-Deluxe/Quad. Based on the new Intel Z87 chipset and ready for the latest 4th generation Intel Core™ processors, the ASUS Z87-Deluxe/Quad ATX motherboard has two Thunderbolt 2 ports which allow for up to 12 simultaneously connected devices. Each port is capable of up to a 20Gbit/s transfer rate and is backward compatible with first generation Thunderbolt.
“Z87-Deluxe/Quad has been subjected to a tremendous amount of compatibility, BIOS, as well as video/audio and other tests to verify its quality and design,” said Joe Hsieh, ASUS Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Motherboard and Desktop System Business Unit. “Being the world’s first certified motherboard for Thunderbolt 2 technology also means setting the standard for all of the upcoming products, which is something that ASUS has always done.” GeForce® GTX 780 DirectCU II OC Graphics Card.
Twice the Thunderbolt Performance and Full4K Display Support
The first generation Thunderbolt standard has four separate transfer channels – two upstream and two downstream – with a maximum transfer rate of 10Gbit/s per channel. Thunderbolt 2 combines these four channels into two 20Gbit/s bi-directional channels, providing 4X the bandwidth of USB 3.0. Together with DisplayPort 1.2 support, Thunderbolt 2 enables simultaneous delivery of extremely high-resolution video to the latest 4K/2K (4096 x 2160 and 3840×2160) displays while still offering communication with other bandwidth-hungry devices such as hard drives. Additionally, the ASUS Z87-Deluxe/Quad’s onboard HDMI port means that it can drive a total of three 4K UHD displays at once.
Thunderbolt 2 also supports daisy-chained connections with up to six devices on each port. With two Thunderbolt 2 ports, the ASUS Z87-Deluxe/Quad can connect to up to 12 devices at once, reducing the need for separate hubs and helping to maintain a clutter-free workspace.
Cutting Edge Accessories and Apps
The ASUS Z87-Deluxe/Quad includes a number of exclusive ASUS technologies. Dual Intelligent Processors 4 with 4-Way Optimization is an easy-to-use tuning tool that dynamically adjusts performance and cooling for reduced noise and increased efficiency with a single click. The UEFI BIOS presents a friendly graphical interface, making it easier than ever to set up shortcuts and favorites for quick access to the options that are used most often.
The ASUS Z87-Deluxe/Quad also includes the NFC Express accessory, which can automate common PC tasks simply by tapping the supplied NFC tag or NFC-compatible smart devices to the box. NFC Express can be used to securely login to your Windows user account without the need to type in a password, and also provides the ability to launch multiple applications to create a particular workflow. Using the free Wi-Fi GO! & NFC Remote companion apps for NFC-compatible smart devices, users can also wirelessly synchronize photos and videos with their PC and remotely control their system by tapping the NFC Express box.
ASUS Z87-Deluxe/Quad Specifications:
2 x Intel Thunderbolt 2 ports
1 x HDMI port
4 x DIMM slots
3 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 slots
10 x SATA 6Gbit/s ports
8 x USB 3.0 ports with USB 3.0 Boost
8 x USB 2.0 ports ATX form factor
Specifications and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors.