ASUS Z170-K ATX Motherboard

ASUS Z170-K ATX Motherboard

ASUS Z170-K ATX Motherboard

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ASUS Z170-K ATX Motherboard

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Product Highlights

  • ATX Form Factor
  • Intel LGA 1151 Socket
  • Intel Z170 Chipset
  • Supports 6th Gen Intel Processors
  • Supports DDR4-3466 (OC) Memory
  • 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 Slots
  • 2 x PCIe 3.0 x1 Slot
  • M.2 PCIe x4 Slot, SATA Express Slot
  • 1 x Gigabit LAN, 2 x USB 3.1 Ports
  • I/O Shield, SATA Cables
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ASUS Z170-K overview

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The ASUS Z170-K ATX Motherboard provides a suitable platform for building a solid PC system that uses a 6th-generation Intel processor and DDR4 RAM. Utilizing four DIMM slots, you can install up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, which can be overclocked up to 3466 MHz. The single PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 connector offers a data transfer rate up to 32 Gb/s to support a high-speed SSD. The rear of the motherboard sports two USB 3.1 ports so your system can experience data transfer speeds of up to 10 Gb/s. Additionally, it comes with a USB type-C port that features a reversible design.

This Z170-K ATX motherboard is outfitted with two PCI Express x16 slots for supporting dedicated graphics cards in an AMD CrossFireX configuration. In addition, there are two PCIe 3.0 x1 and two PCI slots. Storage and optical drives connect using the motherboard's six SATA 6 Gb/s connectors. Moreover, you get a SATA Express connector that is backwards compatible with up to two SATA drives. For printers or other peripherals, this motherboard has two USB 2.0 ports. Networking comes from the Realtek RTL8111H controller while audio is delivered from the Realtek ALC887 codec. It also comes with three video and three audio ports as well as a single PS/2 keyboard port and one PS/2 mouse port.

Hardware Safeguards
ASUS has designed this motherboard with 5X Protection II that employs reliable components and an efficient circuit design as well as exacting standards to provide long-term durability and all-round protection.
ASUS LANGuard is a hardware-level network protection that utilizes signal-coupling technology along with anti-EMI surface-mounted capacitors to help ensure a more reliable connection and better throughput. Additionally, electrostatically-guarded and surge-protected components provide greater tolerance to static electricity and greater protection against surges.
Overvoltage Protection
This motherboard comes with an exclusive circuit design along with built-in voltage regulators to protect your chipset, connectivity ports, and audio codecs from damage caused by unexpected voltages from unstable power supplies.
DRAM Overcurrent Protection
Onboard resettable fuses prevent over-current and short-circuit damage. This protection extends beyond the I/O ports to the DRAM to safeguard the lifespan of your system and connected devices.
ASUS DIGI+ VRM intelligently delivers power to the processor based on real-time demands, thereby reducing energy waste and improving system stability.
Stainless-Steel Back I/O
The corrosion-resistant stainless steel back I/O panels have been bonded with chromium oxide to ensure a lifespan that's three times longer than ordinary panels.
ESD Guards
ASUS employs an active protective circuit design that guards your system against electrostatic interference and damage. ASUS offers ESD Guards that are rated for up to +/- 10kV for air discharge and +/-15kV for contact discharge. These ESD Guards help protect the USB, VGA, keyboard, and mouse connectors as well as the LAN port.
ASUS provides a 2nd generation T-Topology that enables DDR4 memory to reach higher heights. You can overclock the memory modules up to 3466 MHz with all memory slots populated. Featuring a customized trace layout for reduced crosstalk and coupling noise, the 2nd generation T-Topology ensures a time-aligned signal transfer for improved memory stability and compatibility.
The BIOS offers a mouse-controlled graphical interface along with EZ and Advanced Modes so you can find your way quickly and easily.
  • EZ Flash 3 - lets you update the BIOS via the Internet and from within the BIOS
  • S.M.A.R.T - checks your device's Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology logs to gauge reliability and even determine if they're about to fail
  • EZ Tuning Wizard - OC and RAID - allow you to select your hardware and apply different scenarios to tune system performance, or streamline your RAID configuration
  • My Favorites - provides a list that contains your preferred tuning options and tools

EZ Mode
  • Intuitive Graphical Fan Control: Adjusts the spin speed for each fan by dragging a curve with the mouse
  • EZ XMP Settings: Improve DRAM performance
  • SATA Information: Each SATA port has details displayed, so you can easily recognize devices
  • Fast Clock Adjustment: Change the time and date in EZ Mode using the mouse

Advanced Mode
  • GPU Port: Automatically detect selected ASUS graphics cards to view detailed information
  • Secure Erase: Restores your SSDs to the day you first received them
  • Last Modified Log: Track last change and save preferred profiles onto a USB drive
  • SATA Port Renaming: Rename the SATA ports for easy identification
SATA Express
This motherboard comes with a SATA Express connector that is backwards compatible with up to two SATA drives.
M.2 Slot
With x4 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 bandwidth, M.2 supports up to 32 Gb/s data-transfer speeds. It is suitable for use as an operating system or application drive connection, making your whole PC work that much faster.
USB 3.1 Onboard
The two USB 3.1 ports transfer data at a rate up to 10 Gb/s. These USB ports have a type-A form factor and are backwards compatible with previous versions of USB. In addition, ASUS offers USB 3.1 Boost technology that accelerates the USB 3.1 performance even further.
USB 3.0 Connection
This motherboard features USB 3.0 headers that support up to four USB 3.0 ports on the front panel of your chassis. USB 3.0 is plug-and-play compatible and transfers data up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0.
USB Type-C
This USB type-C port features a reversible design that lets you connect the first time. Additionally, it is a third smaller when compared to a type-A port. Once connected, it transfers data at a rate up to 5 Gb/s.
Gaming Audio
ASUS has provided audio shielding on this motherboard to help ensure analog/digital separation and reduce multi-lateral interference. The left and right audio tracks are separated so both channels can deliver consistent and equal quality. Japanese audio capacitors are included to provide a warm, natural, and immersive sound along with clarity and fidelity. Additionally, this path is illuminated with an LED.
Component-Free Areas
The areas around the case-mounting holes are free of components to help minimize the risk of damage and short circuits caused by contact.
The PCI slots feature large-winged clips so you can easily remove your PCI express cards.
The RAM slots have one-sided clips that can be push down for easily removing RAM modules.
Fan Xpert 3
With onboard thermal sensors and hardware-level 4-pin/3-pin PWM/DC mode detection, Fan Xpert 3 makes sure every fan achieves a better balance of cooling performance and low noise.
  • Auto-Tuning Mode: Scans and detects all fan characteristics for single-click customization
  • Extreme Quite Mode: Reduces the CPU fan speed to below the default minimum, for quiet operation and power savings during light loads
  • RPM Fixed Mode: Lowers noise levels to near-0dB silence, allowing to you fix the fan's speed
Additional Features
  • Push Notice - instantly sends an alert to your table or smartphone when your PC's status changes. It can also send a webpage or memo to your mobile device
  • Media Streamer - streams the content on your PC or online storage to your connected devices
  • AI Suite 3 - is an all-in-one app that consolidates all ASUS features, allowing you to supervise overclocking, energy consumptions, fan speeds, voltages, and more
  • Mobo Connect - allows you to share the PC's keyboard and mouse with your smart device or streams audio playback from a smart device to a PC. It even charges your mobile devices
  • PC Cleaner - cleans up unused, unwanted files and programs that take up space on your storage drives so you can work faster and startup quicker
Intel Z170 Express Chipset
The Intel Z170 Express features a single-chipset design that supports 6th-generation Intel LGA1151 Core i7, Core i5, Core i3, Pentium, and Celeron processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. It also supports integrated-graphics (iGPU) functions, so you'll enjoy Intel's integrated graphics performance. This motherboard has two USB 3.1 ports and two internal USB 3.0 connectors, which support four additional USB 3.0 ports. It features six SATA III 6 Gb/s ports, four dual-channel DDR4 DIMM slots, and four PCI Express 3.0 slots as well as a 32 Gb/s M.2 interface for faster data retrieval.
In the Box
ASUS Z170-K ATX Motherboard
  • I/O Shield
  • 2 x SATA III 6 Gb/s Cables
  • M.2 Screw Package
  • Support DVD
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    ASUS Z170-K specs

    Processor Supported Intel Socket 1151 for 6th Generation Core i7, Core i5, Core i3, Pentium, Celeron processors
    Supports Intel 14 nm CPU
    Supports Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
    Chipset Intel Z170
    Form Factor ATX
    Memory 64 GB max
    4 x DIMM DDR4 3466(O.C.), 3400(O.C.), 3333(O.C.), 3300(O.C.), 3200(O.C.), 3000(O.C.), 2800(O.C.), 2666(O.C.), 2400(O.C.), 2133(O.C.) MHz Un-buffered Memory
    Dual Channel Memory Architecture
    Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
    Graphics Integrated Intel HD Graphics supported
    Supports HDMI with max. resolution of 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz, 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
    Supports DVI-D with max. resolution of 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
    Supports VGA with max. resolution of 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
    Maximum shared memory of 1024 MB
    Supports Intel InTru 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider
    Multi-GPU Support Supports AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX technology
    Expansion Slots 1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 mode, gray)
    1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (max at x4 mode)
    2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x1
    2 x PCI
    Storage Intel Z170 chipset
    1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices supported (both SATA & PCIE mode)
    1 x SATA Express port, gray, compatible with 2 x SATA 6 Gb/s ports
    6 x SATA 6 Gb/s ports, gray
    Supports Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
    Supports Intel Smart Response Technology
    LAN Realtek RTL8111H Gigabit LAN controller
    Audio Realtek ALC887 8-channel high-definition audio codec
    Supports jack-detection and front panel jack retasking
    USB Intel Z170 chipset
    4 x USB 3.0/2.0 (4 x headers at mid-board)
    6 x USB 2.0/1.1 (2 x USB ports at back panel, type-A, 4 x headers at mid-board)
    1 x USB 5 Gb/s port at back panel, type-C, reversible, supports 3 A power output)

    ASMedia USB 3.1 controller
    2 x USB 3.1/3.0/2.0 ports (2 at back panel, teal blue)
    Supported Features ASUS 5X Protection II:
    - ASUS LANGuard - 2.5 X higher surge tolerance
    - ASUS Overvoltage Protection - circuit-protecting power design
    - ASUS DIGI+ VRM - 7 phase digital power design
    - ASUS DRAM Overcurrent Protection - prevents damage from short circuits
    - ASUS Stainless-Steel Back I/O - 3 X corrosion-resistance for greater durability
    ASUS Exclusive Features:
    - GPU Boost
    - AI Suite 3
    - Ai Charger+
    - M.2 & SATA Express
    - Anti-Surge
    - Low EMI Solution
    - USB 3.1 Boost
    - Disk Unlocker
    - Mobo Connect
    - PC Cleaner
    ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution:
    - Fanless design heat-sink solution & MOS heatsink
    - ASUS Fan Xpert 3
    - ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
    - ASUS EZ Flash 3
    - Push Notice
    ASUS Q-Design:
    - ASUS Q-Slot
    Media Streamer
    - LED-illuminated Design: Brighten up your build with an illuminated audio trace path
    - Audio Shielding: Ensures analog/digital separation and reduces multi-lateral interference
    - Dedicated Audio PCB Layers: Separate layers for left and right channels to guard the quality of the sensitive audio signals
    - Japanese-made Audio Capacitors: Provide warm, natural, and immersive sound with clarity and fidelity
    Operating Systems Supported Windows 10 64-bit
    Windows 8.1 64-bit
    Windows 7 32/64-bit
    Back I/O Ports 1 x PS/2 keyboard (purple)
    1 x PS/2 mouse (green)
    1 x DVI-D
    1 x D-Sub
    1 x HDMI
    1 x LAN (RJ-45)
    1 x USB 5 Gb/s Type-C (3 A power output)
    2 x USB 3.1 (teal blue) type-A
    2 x USB 2.0
    3 x Audio jacks
    Internal I/O Ports 2 x USB 3.0 connectors support additional 4 x USB 3.0 ports (19-pin)
    2 x USB 2.0 connectors support additional 4 x USB 2.0 ports
    1 x SATA Express connector: gray, compatible with 2 x SATA 6 Gb/s ports
    1 x M.2 Socket 3 for M Key, type 2242/2260/2280 devices
    1 x COM connector
    6 x SATA 6 Gb/s connectors
    1 x CPU fan connector (1 x 4-pin)
    2 x Chassis fan connectors (2 x 4-pin)
    1 x S/PDIF out header
    1 x 24-pin EATX power connector
    1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
    1 x Front panel audio connector (AAFP)
    1 x System panel
    1 x Clear CMOS jumper
    BIOS 128 Mb Flash ROM
    UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI3.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 3.0 ACPI 5.0, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 3, CrashFree BIOS 3, F11 EZ Tuning Wizard, F6 Qfan Control, F3 My Favorites, Quick Note, Last Modified log, F12 PrintScreen, and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information
    Manageability WfM 2.0, DMI 3.0, WOL by PME, PXE
    Dimensions 12.0 x 8.8" / 30.5 x 22.4 cm
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.0 x 10.7 x 2.1"

    ASUS Z170-K reviews

    Z170-K ATX Motherboard is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Nice MoBo I had other ASUS MoBo's, but this one is really nice!! The new technology with the USB 3.1, M.2 drive and DDR4 support is fantastic and you can't beat the price at B&H.
    Date published: 2016-03-13
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