Asus has introduced a new Gamer-series product.
The LGA1150 socket is wired to four DDR3 memory slots that can be filled with up to 32 GB of memory. For expansion, there are two PCI-Express x16 slots, one of which has merely four PCI-Express 2.0 lanes. As a result, this motherboard is only good for using a single graphics card. Further expansion can be accomplished by populating the two PCI-Express x1 slots along with three legacy PCI slots.
Fortunately, the terrible PCI-Express expansion situation is somewhat made up for with storage connectivity. Next to four of the standard SATA3 (6 Gb/s) ports, the motherboard also has a single SATA-Express connector as well as an M.2 socket. These are driven by two PCI-Express 2.0 lanes, so it is good for up to 10 Gb/s.
We are curious why Asus hasn't simply made this a Micro-ATX motherboard.
Rear I/O connectivity is covered by two USB 2.0 ports, a legacy PS/2 port, four USB 3.0 ports, 8-channel audio, an Intel-driven Gigabit Ethernet port, VGA, DVI, HDMI, and optical SPDIF out. The analog audio hardware is driven by Asus's SupremeFX, which includes a headphone amplifier capable of driving up to 300 ohm headphones.
Overall, this motherboard, despite its questionable choice of expansion slots, looks like a decent offering from Asus. If you're not interested in overclocking or features exclusive to the Z platform, this might be a good way to save a couple of bucks.