Pros: Wow! So many options. Versatile. Great for Over clockers. I like that all the SATA ports are 6.0. I like the power button on the MB. Makes it a breeze to test everything before final install. I love the looks of the boards. Much better than the Blue previous to this.
Pros: This is a high quality board with enough extras to make anyone happy. I bought this primarily for processor speed and the SATA III support. I checked the QVL for memory options and bought accordingly. This is the smoothest upgrade I have ever had, and I am perfectly content that things went so well.
Cons: The motherboard defaults to AHCI, which I know someone might not catch right off the bat. If you are upgrading (as I was) then just change it to IDE and you will be fine. AHCI is probably only needed for SSDs, but if you are configuring a fresh install of Windows then make sure you start off with AHCI active.
Pros: Lots of features, plenty of PCIe/SATA/USB ports, easy and straight forward BIOS. Comes with software to overclock the CPU and to control fans. Oh, and this board is beautiful. I love the gold on black look.
Cons: None that I have come across yet. This doesn't have Wifi or Bluetooth like the regular z87-Pro. But It saves you about $30 in the meantime until you have extra cash to buy a wifi card if you want one.
Summary: After hours of troubleshooting, I realized I was dealing with at least two issues. First, my PC used an SSD. The boot time with the SSD was so short that the BIOS was not recognizing the "DEL" key to enter the BIOS. Second, I was using a very efficient CPU cooler (Noctua) that resulted in a low CPU fan speed. The low fan speed triggered a boot error and hung the machine during the POST cycle.
Pros: I've used ASUS motherboards for over 15 years and I've found that their motherboards perform well and last a long time. So, ASUS was my first choice when I decided to build a new PC based on a Haswell i5 CPU. I selected the Z87 Pro because I wanted a solid, general purpose motherboard with the latest features. Some of the advantages I found with the Pro model include:
Cons: Setting up the machine the first time was surprisingly difficult. When I first booted the PC, I received a "99" error in the on-board LED. The monitor also displayed a CPU fan speed error during the POST. I was not able to by-pass the fan error and wasn't able to enter the BIOS.