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The ASUS Z170-AR LGA 1151 ATX Motherboard features an LGA 1151 socket and an Intel Z170 chipset to support Intel's 6th-generation of Skylake processors. For memory, it has four DIMM slots that can hold up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM. To utilize SSDs above 500 MB/s reads and writes, an M.2 PCIe slot and two SATA Express connectors are available to deliver faster transfer rates than the six onboard SATA III ports. Furthermore, you can use integrated Intel HD graphics and the motherboard's DisplayPort and HDMI ports for 4K visuals or install up to three dedicated graphics cards.
ASUS has equipped the Z170-AR motherboard with a Realtek ALC892 audio processor along with six audio jacks to surround you in 8-channel sounds. For connectivity with external devices, this motherboard sports two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports as well as two USB 3.1 ports, which deliver 10 Gb/s speeds, and one of them has a Type-C interface. Accessing the Internet can be accomplished with the onboard Gigabit Ethernet port. In addition, the Z170-AR comes with a PS/2 combo port along with a PCI slot and three PCIe 3.0 slots.
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 chipset provides a maximum of ten USB 3.0 ports, six SATA 6 Gb/s ports, 32 Gb/s M.2, and PCIe 3.0 lane speed support for faster data retrieval.
This motherboard is compatible with 6th-generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processors in the LGA 1151 package, with graphics, memory, and PCI Express controllers integrated to support onboard graphics output with dedicated chipsets, two-channel (4-DIMM) DDR4 memory, and 16 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 lanes.
With 5-Way Optimization at your disposal, the computer's performance can be boosted with just one click. This technology optimizes the essential aspects of your system based on real-time use so you can experience increased CPU performance, everyday energy savings, ultra-stable digital power, cool and quiet fans, and tailored networking and audio settings for the apps that you are using.
The UEFI BIOS comes with a mouse-controlled graphical interface that provides EZ and Advanced modes to help manage your computer's components. This interface lets you monitor the status of the processor, drive, and more. You can fine-tune the performance of the CPU or graphics card as well as adjust the speed of your fans. Additionally, the UEFI BIOS can be upgraded via a USB drive or the Internet.
Crystal Sound 3
This motherboard comes with a Realtek ALC892 8-channel audio processor that delivers high-definition sounds through the five audio jacks. To help ensure a clear sound, it comes armed with a pre-regulator, De-pop circuit, audio shielding, and EMI protection along with separated layers for the left and right tracks. It also sports Japanese-made capacitors as well as an audio amplifier to enhance the sounds.
TurboV Processing Unit (TPU) - offers precise voltage control and advanced monitoring for the CPU and the graphics card
Energy Processing Unit (EPU) - automatically detects and adjusts power consumption according to the PC's needs
Fan Xpert 3 - provides thermal sensors and a hardware-level 4-pin/3-pin PWM/DC mode to control the speed of your fans
DIGI+ Power Control - increases overclocking potential, enhances system stability, and improves power efficiency
USB 3.1 Ports - provide data at a rate of up to 10 Gb/s
LANGuard - delivers hardware-level networking protection that employs signal-coupling technology and anti-EMI surface-mounted capacitors to ensure a reliable connection and better throughput
5X Protection II - features components to provide long-term system durability
CPU Installation Kit - helps you install the processor correctly to prevent socket-pin damage
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 case's wires to the motherboard
Q-LED Lights - indicate problems with the CPU, memory, graphics card, or boot device
Turbo App - an intuitive tuning panel overclocks your CPU, tunes your fans, prioritizes network data, and optimizes audio settings
Turbo LAN - features an intuitive user interface and cFosSpeed traffic-shaping technology, which reduces lag
Wi-Fi GO! - lets you control the PC and share media files while you're away
PC Cleaner - eliminates unwanted files to speed up your PC
Integrated Graphics processor Multi-VGA output support: HDMI/DisplayPort ports - Supports HDMI with max. resolution of 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz - Supports DisplayPort with max. resolution of 4096 x 2304 @ 60 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 Supports NVIDIA Quad-GPU SLI Technology Supports AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX Technology
2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8) 1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (max at x4 mode) 3 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x1 1 x PCI
Realtek ALC892 8-Channel high-definition audio CODEC featuring Crystal Sound 3 - Supports : jack-detection, multi-streaming, front panel MIC jack-retasking
Operating System Support
Windows 10, 8.1, and 7 (64-bit)
Back I/O Ports
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo 1 x DisplayPort 1 x HDMI 1 x Intel I219V Gigabit LAN 1 x USB 3.1 (Type-C) 1 x USB 3.1 (teal blue, Type-A) 2 x USB 3.0 (blue) 2 x USB 2.0 1 x Optical S/PDIF out 5 x Audio jacks
Internal I/O Connectors
2 x USB 3.0 connectors support additional 4 USB 3.0 ports (19-pin) 2 x USB 2.0 connectors support additional 4 USB 2.0 ports 1 x SATA Express connector, compatible with 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports 1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, 2242/2260/2280/22110 compatible (SATA & PCIE mode support) 1 x TPM header 1 x COM connector 6 x SATA 6 Gb/s connectors 1 x CPU Fan connector (1 x 4-pin) 1 x CPU OPT Fan connector (1 x 4-pin) 4 x Chassis Fan connectors (4 x 4-pin) 1 x S/PDIF out header 1 x Thunderbolt header 1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector 1 x 8-pin ATX 12 V Power connector 1 x EZ XMP switch 1 x Front panel audio connector (AAFP) 1 x System panel (Q-Connector) 1 x DRCT header 1 x MemOK! button 1 x TPU switch 1 x Power-on button 1 x Clear CMOS jumper 5 x 5-pin EXT_FAN (Extension Fan) connector 1 x USB BIOS flashback card header 1 x Water pump header (4-pin) 1 x 14-1 pin TPM connector