ASUS Z170-Premium ATX Motherboard

ASUS Z170-Premium ATX Motherboard

ASUS Z170-Premium ATX Motherboard

ASUS Z170-Premium ATX Motherboard

ASUS Z170-Premium ATX Motherboard

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Product Highlights

  • ATX Form Factor
  • Intel Z170 Chipset
  • Intel LGA 1151 Socket
  • 4 x Dual-Channel DDR4-4000 (OC) Slots
  • 4x SATA III, 2x SATAe, 1x M.2, 1x U.2
  • 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 and 4 x PCIe x1 Slots
  • Realtek ALC1150 with Crystal Sound 3
  • Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.1 Type-C
  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • NFC and Qi Base, SLI/CrossFire Support
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ASUS Z170 overview

  • 1Description

The ASUS Z170-Premium ATX Motherboard lets you build a high-end PC system that supports a variety of technologies. It comes with a Z170 chipset as well as the LGA1151 socket for supporting Intel's 6th-generation of Skylake processors. You may populate the four DIMM slots with up to 64GB of DDR4 memory and overclock these memory chips up to 4000 MHz using the ASUS T-Topology engine. In addition to the motherboard, ASUS includes an M.2 to U.2 adapter, a PCI Express x4 add-in M.2 card, an NFC Express 2 base, a wireless QI charger, and a 3x3 dual-band antenna Wi-Fi module to offer you a flexible system build.

ASUS has equipped this motherboard with four SATA III 6 Gb/s ports as well as two 10 Gb/s SATA Express ports for connecting with hard drives and optical drives. This motherboard also supports PCIe-based storage drives by offering a U.2 port and an M.2 slot. Building a computer with PCIe-based drives gives you nearly instant access to your data at a rate of 32 Gb/s. There's also a low-profile PCIe card that occupies the motherboard's PCIe x4 slot to provide you with a second M.2 slot. If you need another U.2 port, the included M.2 to U.2 adapter converts an M.2 slot.

This Z170-Premium motherboard comes outfitted with three PCIe 3.0 x16 slots so you can install dedicated graphics cards linked via SLI or CrossFireX. Using integrated Intel HD graphics, it delivers 4K visuals through the DisplayPort and HDMI ports. Four PCI x1 slots are also available to expand the motherboard's capabilities. To complete the multimedia experience, Realtek ALC1150 with Crystal Sound 3 technology immerses you in 8-channel sounds using your speakers or headset.

ASUS offers many connectivity perks that are not normally available on typical motherboards such as dual LAN controllers along with an 802.11ac Wi-Fi module with Bluetooth 4.0. To connect with external peripherals, this motherboard has two USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports. For quicker access to external storage drives, it also comes with three 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 ports as well as a single USB Type-C port that utilizes Thunderbolt 3 technology, which delivers data at a rate of 40 Gb/s. Other notable features are the NFC Express 2 base and wireless charger for controlling your PC or refilling a smartphone's battery.

5-Way Optimization
The Z170-Premium motherboard dynamically optimizes essential aspects of your system based on real-time use to provide CPU performance, everyday energy savings, ultra-stable digital power, and cool and quiet fans. It even adjusts the networking and audio settings for the apps that you are using. In short, 5-Way Optimization ensures that your PC is suitable for gaming, entertainment, productivity, or just about anything else.
  • Games run swiftly and smoothly with high performance, prioritized bandwidth, and clear sound
  • Fans stay whisper-quiet for everyday computing and ensure cooling efficiency when gaming
  • Helps prevent stutter when running professional apps and heavy loading
  • Energy waste is reduced so you'll save money
TurboV Processing Unit
Increase the system's performance by using the two-phase on-board switch or the AI Suite 3 utility software. The TurboV Processing Unit (TPU) offers precise voltage control and advanced monitoring for the CPU and graphics card, enabling you to adjust CPU frequencies and ratios for optimized performance and exploit the potential out of your graphics card.
Energy Processing Unit
This Energy Processing Unit (EPU) automatically detects and adjusts the power consumption based upon the system's needs. It can reduce the CPU wattage to a set level or even provide more savings with Away Mode, which creates an extreme energy-saving scenario by shutting down unused extra I/O controllers and reduces the power level in graphics cards.
Fan Xpert 3
With thermal sensors and hardware-level 4-pin/3-pin PWM/DC mode detection, Fan Xpert 3 helps ensure each fan achieves the best balance of cooling performance and low noise.
  • Dedicated water-pump header for water-cooling efficiency
  • Auto-Tuning Mode: Scans and detects all fan characteristics for single-click customization
  • Extreme Quiet 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
DIGI+ Power Control
The ASUS DIGI+ Power Control complies with Intel's IMVP8 specifications to intelligently detect the processor's power draw so you can increase its overclocking potential, enhance system stability, and improve power efficiency with flexibility and accurate control.
Turbo App
ASUS offers an exclusive Turbo App that features an intuitive panel, which lets you adjust your hardware. You can use it to automatically overclock the processor, tune the fans, prioritize network data, and optimize audio settings.
ASUS PRO Clock technology
ASUS offers a dedicated base-clock (BCLK) generator designed for 6th-generation Intel processors so you can overclock the base clock frequencies up to or beyond 400 MHz. This custom solution works with the ASUS TurboV Processing Unit to enhance voltage and base-clock overclocking control.
Second-generation ASUS T-Topology enables DDR4 memory overclocking to reach over 4000 MHz with all memory slots populated. Featuring a customized trace layout for reduced crosstalk and coupling noise, this T-Topology ensures time-aligned signal transfers for improved memory stability and compatibility.
Hyper Kit
This motherboard comes with built a single U.2 port and includes an M.2 to U.2 adapter that converts the PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slot into additional U.2 ports. This adapter allows your 2.5" NVMe SSDs to connect with the system's 32 Gb/s bandwidth.
Hyper M.2 x4 Mini
A low-profile PCI Express x4 add-in card provides an extra M.2 slot for this motherboard. This card supports M.2 drives in the size of 1.2" (2230) to 4.3" (22110).
3T3R 802.11ac Wi-Fi
The included 3x3 dual band 2.4/5 GHz antennas transfer data at a rate up to 1300 Mb/s.
M.2/NVMe PCIe RAID Support
This motherboard allows you to build a RAID 0 array using two PCIe storage drives.
Thunderbolt 3
One of the USB Type-C ports is built with Thunderbolt 3 technology that offers up to 40 Gb/s data transfer speeds. In addition, this port provides docking and charging capabilities.
SATA Express Support
Some SSDs can transfer up to 550 MB/s, which is close to saturation point for SATA III 6 Gb/s connections. The SATA Express port provides faster transfer rates than SATA III and is backwards compatible, which can support 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.
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
Crystal Sound 3
  • Power pre-regulator - reduces power-input noise to ensure consistent performance
  • Audio shielding - ensures analog/digital separation and reduces multi-lateral interference
  • Separate layers for left and right tracks deliver consistent and equal quality
  • Audio amplifier - produces quality sound for headphone and speakers
  • De-pop circuit - reduces start-up popping noise to all audio outputs
  • Japanese-made audio capacitors - provide warm, natural, and immersive sound with clarity and fidelity
Onboard HDMI
The built-in HDMI port is capable of displaying resolutions of up to 4096 x 2160 at 60 Hz when an integrated graphics processor is installed.
Intel Ethernet
The built-in Intel Ethernet controller reduces the processor's overhead and offers high TCP and UDP throughput.
Turbo LAN
This network-optimization software features cFosSpeed traffic-shaping technology that provides lag-reducing support as well as an intuitive user interface. It allows a basic user to lower lag up to 1.45 times and offers an Advanced mode for experts.
Signal-coupling technology and premium anti-EMI surface-mounted capacitors improve throughput and a more reliable connection, while surge-protected and electrostatically-guarded components protect your motherboard from surges and static electricity.
Key Express
This motherboard comes equipped with a microprocessor that lets you use a software utility to assign macros to function keys F1 to F10 for launching any application with a single press, powering on your PC, or flashing your BIOS in S5. You can assign everyday functions such as switching the audio between speakers and a headset or securely removing USB drives. In addition to this, each key can store up to 15 sequential keystrokes.
LED Lights
ASUS provides onboard LEDs that can change color based upon the processor's temperature or pulsate to the beat of your favorite music. ASUS offers six control schemes that include:
Static - always on
Breathing - fades in and out
Strobing - flashes on and off
Color cycle - fades between the colors of the rainbow
Music effect - pulses to the beat of your music
CPU temperature - changes color with CPU load
Wi-Fi GO
Wi-Fi GO gives you control of your PC, even when you're away from home. Access your forgotten files on your PC with an Internet connected device while you are in traffic or outside. Plus, there is only one step if you'd like to manage all your public clouds or sync files among your PC and devices in a click.
  • CloudGO!: Gather your ASUS WebStorage, Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive accounts in one place and even backup to PC at the same time
  • File Transfer: Sync files between your PCs and smart devices with just a click
  • Remote Desktop: Easily access and control your PC, virtually anytime and anywhere
  • Remote Keyboard and Mouse: Control media playback from the comfort of your bed or couch
  • Media Streamer: Streams the content on your PC or online storage to your connected devices
  • HyStream: Delivers on-screen content from your Android or iOS device to you HDTV
  • 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
External NFC Express 2 and Wireless Charger
Wirelessly and efficiently interact with your PC and smart devices utilizing the NFC Express 2 and wireless charger. With the external NFC Express 2 base, you may use your NFC-enabled device to log into the Windows operating system, launch frequently-used apps, back up multimedia files, tap to transfer movie clips, and play music. There's also a section that refills a Qi-certified smartphone's battery. Moreover, this base offers two USB 3.0 ports for easier access than the rear ports on motherboard.
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.
  • CPU Installation Kit: Helps ensure your processor is installed correctly
  • 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
  • Q-DIMM: One-sided clips can be pushed down for easily removing RAM modules
  • Q-Slot: The PCI slots feature large-winged clips so you can easily remove your PCI express cards
  • Q-Connector: This one-piece plug helps you connect the wires to the motherboard
  • Q-Shield: This rear I/O panel is soft and pliable to protect your hands from cuts
  • Q-LED: Informs you of problems with the CPU, memory, graphics card, or boot device
  • Q-Code: The built-in LED display offers visual codes that you can check in the manual to find out the motherboard's status and diagnostic message
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 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and four USB 3.1 ports. It features four SATA III 6 Gb/s ports, four two-channel DDR4 DIMM slots, and three PCI Express 3.0 slots as well as 32 Gb/s and 40 Gb/s interfaces for faster data retrieval.
In the Box
ASUS Z170-Premium ATX Motherboard
  • ASUS Q-Shield
  • 6 x SATA 6 Gb/s Cables
  • 2 x M.2 Screw Packages
  • CPU Installation Tool
  • Support DVD
  • NFC Express 2 Box with 2 Extra USB 3.0 ports + NFC Express tag + ASUS NFC Express Utility
  • ASUS 3T3R Dual-Band Wi-Fi Moving Antenna (Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Compliant)
  • Hyper M.2 x4 Low-Profile Card with M Key Design
  • 47.2" (120 cm) External USB 3.0 Cable for NFC Express 2
  • Wireless Charger
  • 47.2" (120 cm) Micro-USB to USB Cable for Wireless Charger
  • Power Adapter for Wireless Charger (5VDC, 2A, 10W)
  • SLI Bridge
  • Q-connector (1 in 1)
  • ASUS Hyper U.2 Kit
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    ASUS Z170 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 4000 (O.C.), 3866 (O.C.), 3800 (O.C.), 3733 (O.C.), 3600 (O.C.), 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 Memory
    Dual Channel Memory Architecture
    Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
    Graphics Integrated Graphics Processor
    Multi-VGA output support: HDMI/DisplayPort ports
    - Supports HDMI 2.0 with max. resolution of 4096 x 2160 @ 60/24 Hz
    - Supports DisplayPort 1.2 with max. resolution of 4096 x 2304 @ 60/24 Hz
    Maximum shared memory of 512 MB
    Supports Intel InTru 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider
    Supports up to 2 displays simultaneously
    DP 1.2 Multi-Stream Transport compliant, supports DP 1.2 monitor daisy chain up to 3 displays
    Multi-GPU Support Supports NVIDIA Quad-GPU/2-Way SLI technology
    Supports AMD Quad-GPU/3-Way CrossFireX technology
    Expansion Slots 2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8)
    1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (max at x4 mode)
    4 x PCIe x1
    Storage Intel Z170 chipset
    2 x SATA Express ports, compatible with 4 x SATA 6 Gb/s ports
    1 x M.2 x4 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices supported (both SATA & PCIE mode)
    6 x SATA 6 Gb/s ports (gray, four from SATA Express)
    Supports Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
    Intel Rapid Storage Technology supported
    1 x U.2 port
    Support Intel Smart Response Technology

    ASMedia SATA 6 Gb/s controller
    2 x SATA 6 Gb/s ports, black
    LAN Intel I219V Gigabit LAN controller
    Intel I211-AT Gigabit LAN controller
    Gigabit Intel LAN Connection- 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) appliance
    Wireless Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
    Supports dual-band frequency 2.4/5 GHz
    Supports ASUS Wi-Fi Go Utility
    Up to 1300 Mb/s transfer speed

    Bluetooth v4.0
    Audio Realtek ALC1150 8-Channel high-definition audio codec featuring Crystal Sound 3
    Supports Multi-streaming, Front Panel MIC Jack-retasking
    112 dB SNR stereo playback output (Line-out at rear) and 104 dB SNR recording input (Line-in)
    USB Intel Z170 chipset
    6 x USB 3.0/2.0 (2 x USB ports at back panel [blue, Type-A], 4 x headers at mid-board)
    6 x USB 2.0/1.1 (2 x USB ports at back panel [black, Type-A], 4 x headers at mid-board)

    Intel Thunderbolt 3 controller—supports ASUS USB 3.1 Boost and 36 W charging
    1 x USB 3.1/3.0/2.0 port @ back panel (teal blue, Type-A)
    1 x USB 3.1/3.0/2.0 port @ back panel (Type-C)

    ASMedia USB 3.1 controllers—support ASUS USB 3.1 Boost and 3 A of power
    1 x USB 3.1/3.0/2.0 port @ back panel (teal blue, Type-A)
    1 x USB 3.1/3.0/2.0 port @ back panel (Type-C)
    Operating Systems Supported Windows 10 64-bit
    Windows 8.1 64-bit
    Windows 7
    Back I/O Ports 1 x DisplayPort
    1 x HDMI
    2 x LAN (RJ-45)
    2 x USB 3.1 (teal blue) Type-A
    2 x USB 3.1 Type-C
    2 x USB 3.0 (blue)
    2 x USB 2.0 (black, one supports Key Express, one supports USB BIOS Flashback)
    1 x Optical S/PDIF out
    1 x ASUS Wi-Fi GO! module (Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth v4.0)
    1 x 8-channel Audio I/O panel
    Internal I/O Ports 1 x U.2 port
    1 x AAFP connector
    2 x USB 3.0 connectors support additional 4 USB 3.0 ports
    2 x USB 2.0 connectors support additional 4 USB 2.0 ports
    2 x SATA Express connectors
    1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key design, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (Supports both SATA & PCIE SSD)
    1 x TPM header
    4 x SATA 6 Gb/s connectors
    1 x CPU Fan connector (4-pin)
    1 x CPU OPT Fan connector (4-pin)
    4 x Chassis Fan connectors (4-pin)
    1 x S/PDIF out header
    1 x Thunderbolt header
    1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector
    1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
    1 x EZ XMP switch
    1 x System panel (Q-Connector)
    1 x 5-pin EXT_FAN (Extension Fan) connector
    1 x DRCT header
    1 x MemOK! button
    1 x Thermal sensor connector
    1 x TPU switch
    1 x EPU switch
    1 x Power-on button
    1 x Reset button
    1 x Clear CMOS button
    1 x USB BIOS Flashback button
    1 x Water Pump header (4-pin)
    1 x 14-1 pin TPM connector
    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
    Compliance 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) appliance
    Dimensions 12.0 x 9.6" / 30.5 x 24.4 cm
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 7.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.6 x 12.3 x 4.4"

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