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Get started on your own computer build with this Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor & ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura LGA 1151 ATX Motherboard Kit from B&H.
Please note that this Intel processor does not come with a stock cooler. It is recommended that you purchase a CPU cooler separately.
Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor
The Core i5-6600K 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor from Intel is the sixth generation of the Core i5 product line that is now built using Skylake architecture. This processor features a base frequency of 3.5 GHz and, as with many Skylake technologies, it comes with features such as Intel Turbo Boost 2.0. With Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 technology, the maximum clock rate this processor can achieve is 3.9 GHz. Additionally, this processor also features four cores with four threads in a FCLGA1151 socket and has 6MB of Intel Smart Cache memory. Having four cores allows the processor to run multiple programs simultaneously without slowing down the system, while the four threads allow applications to complete tasks sooner by working in parallel. This processor also supports up to 64GB of DDR4-2133/1866 MHz and DDR3L 1600/1333 MHz RAM, has integrated Intel HD Graphics 530, and has SSE 4.1/4.2 & AVX 2.0 Extensions, as well as AES New Instructions.
This Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5 GHz Quad-Core processor is well suited for users who are interested in general-use tasks, such as Internet browsing, checking E-mail, document creation and editing, and multimedia playback, as well as more intensive tasks that are able to benefit from overclocking. This processor is also unlocked, meaning that it can be overclocked past its maximum turbo frequency and since this is the "K" version of this processor, it can be overclocked to run faster than the non-K version. However, overclocking past the maximum turbo frequency is not recommended. Not only will it cause the processor to run much hotter, it will also void the limited 3-year warranty.
Intel Quick Sync Video
Intel Quick Sync Video delivers fast conversion of video for portable media players, online sharing, and video editing and authoring
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology provides stereoscopic 3-D Blu-ray playback in full 1080p resolution over HDMI 1.4 and premium audio
Intel Wireless Display
Intel Wireless Display is technology that enables wireless streaming of movies, photos, websites, and more from an Ultrabook or PC to an HDTV
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology, like its predecessor, Intel Clear Video Technology, is a suite of image decode and processing technologies built into the integrated processor graphics that help improve video playback, delivering cleaner, sharper images with more natural, accurate, and vivid colors, and a clear and stable video picture. Intel Clear Video HD Technology adds video quality enhancements for richer color and more realistic skin tones
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel Clear Video Technology is a suite of image decoding and processing technologies built into the integrated processor graphics that help improve video playback, delivering cleaner, sharper images, more natural, accurate, and vivid colors, and a clear and stable video picture
Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology increases the processor's frequency as needed, by taking advantage of thermal and power headroom to give you a burst of speed when you need it, and increased energy efficiency when you don't
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x)
Intel Virtualization Technology allows one hardware platform to function as multiple "virtual" platforms. It offers improved manageability by limiting downtime and maintaining productivity by isolating computing activities into separate partitions
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O continues from the existing support for IA-32 (VT-x) and Itanium processor (VT-i) virtualization, adding new support for I/O-device virtualization. Intel VT-d can help end users improve the security and reliability of systems, and also improve performance of I/O devices in virtualized environments
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables, also known as Second Level Address Translation (SLAT), provides acceleration for memory-intensive virtualized applications. Extended Page Tables in Intel Virtualization Technology platforms reduce the memory and power overhead costs, and increase battery life through hardware optimization of page table management
Intel Transactional Synchronization Extensions New Instructions (Intel TSX-NI) are a set of instructions focused on multi-threaded performance scaling. This technology helps make parallel operations more efficient via improved control of locks in software
Intel 64 architecture delivers 64-bit computing on server, workstation, desktop, and mobile platforms when combined with supporting software. Intel 64 architecture improves performance by allowing systems to address more than 4GB of both virtual and physical memory
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology enables the wireless connection of an Ultrabook or laptop to be broadcast to Wi-Fi-enabled devices such as printers, stereos, etc
Idle States (C-states) are used to save power when the processor is idle. C0 is the operational state, meaning that the CPU is doing useful work. C1 is the first idle state, C2 the second, and so on, where more power saving actions are taken for numerically higher C-states
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology is an advanced means of enabling high performance while meeting the power-conservation needs of mobile systems. Conventional Intel SpeedStep Technology switches both voltage and frequency in tandem between high and low levels in response to processor load. Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology builds upon that architecture using design strategies such as Separation between Voltage and Frequency Changes, and Clock Partitioning and Recovery
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Fast Memory Access is a Graphics Memory Controller Hub (GMCH) backbone architecture that helps improve system performance by optimizing the use of available memory bandwidth and reducing the latency of the memory accesses
AES New Instructions
Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (AES-NI) are a set of instructions that enable fast and secure data encryption and decryption. AES-NI are valuable for a wide range of cryptographic applications, such as applications that perform bulk encryption/decryption, authentication, random number generation, and authenticated encryption
Intel Secure Key consists of a digital random number generator that creates truly random numbers to strengthen encryption algorithms
Intel SGX (Software Guard Extensions)
Intel SGX (Software Guard Extensions) provides applications the ability to create hardware enforced trusted execution protection for their applications' sensitive routines and data. Run-time execution is protected from observation or tampering by any other software (including privileged software) in a system
Execute Disable Bit
Execute Disable Bit is a hardware-based security feature that can reduce exposure to viruses and malicious-code attacks, and prevent harmful software from executing and propagating on the server or network
Intel Anti-Theft Technology (Intel AT) helps keep your laptop safe and secure in the event that it's ever lost or stolen. Intel AT requires a service subscription from an Intel AT-enabled service provider
ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura LGA 1151 ATX Motherboard
The Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura LGA 1151 ATX Motherboard from ASUS combines all your internal components together to create a 6th-generation Intel-based system that is capable of supporting up to three dedicated graphics cards. The motherboard comes with an Intel Z170 chipset along with an LGA 1151 socket to support Intel's Core, Pentium, and Celeron processors. For personalizing the style of the motherboard, ASUS provides 3D designs so you can print custom parts with your 3D printer and lets you mount the 3D-printed part to where an M.2 drive would go. Additionally, it comes built with RGB LEDs that illuminate the insides of the computer with various color-changing effects.
The Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura motherboard is outfitted with four DDR4 DIMM slots that can hold up to 64GB of memory modules. For optical and storage drives, six SATA ports are on board. In addition, the motherboard is equipped with an M.2 socket 3 slot for your PCIe- or SATA-based SSD.
This motherboard provides native 4K support with an integrated Intel GPU via the DVI, VGA, DisplayPort, and HDMI ports. To render detailed 3D visuals, you may install dedicated graphics cards to the three PCIe 3.0 x16 slots and link them with AMD CrossFireX or NVIDIA SLI technology. There are also three PCIe 3.0/2.0 x1 slots to grant your system with extra capabilities. Moreover, you can listen to music or movies with 8-channel surround sound once you connect speakers to the motherboard's six audio jacks.
Other ports offered are four USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports as well as a single PS/2 port. Aside from these ports, the motherboard has two USB 3.1 ports that transfer data at 10 Gb/s speeds, and one of these ports sports a USB Type-C interface. Furthermore, networking is handled by the Gigabit Ethernet port.
Intel Z170 Chipset
The Intel Z170 single-chipset design is compatible with 6th-generation Intel LGA 1151 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. Additionally, the Z170 chipset supports a maximum of ten USB 3.0 ports and six SATA 6 Gb/s ports along with 32 Gb/s M.2 and PCIe 3.0 lane speed support for faster data retrieval. It also provides integrated-graphics (iGPU) functions.
Ready for 6th-Generation Processors
This motherboard supports 6th-generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processors in the LGA 1151 package. For visuals, it has 16 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 lanes for dedicated graphical chipsets and onboard video outputs to support integrated graphics. In addition, it is compatible with two-channel (4-DIMM) DDR4 memory.
3D Printing Friendly
The Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura is a 3D printing-friendly motherboard, offering a patent-pending mounting design that enables easy mounting of your own 3D-printed parts. You can download, design and print your own 3D parts and then integrate them seamlessly into your Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura build. ASUS lets you create and print personalized nameplates to brand your rig or design your own protection armor or cable-management solution.
Aura Lighting Control
Customize your own favorite LED effects with Aura, a lighting-controlled software design casts a multi-color glow across your build via the motherboard's built-in RGB LEDs. It comes with 12 lighting schemes and lets you customize frequency and direction and sync your lighting style with optional Aura-capable gear.
With a shielded design, electromagnetic-interference (EMI) cover, and voltage-protected 5V power supply, SupremeFX technology delivers high-fidelity, near-lossless audio with a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 115dB. It is built Nichicon audio capacitors along with a Realtek ALC1150 codec and a 300-ohm headphone amplifier for acoustic performance. Moreover, Sonic Radar II software is included so you can pinpoint enemies before they spot you.
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 400 MHz. This custom solution works with the ASUS TurboV Processing Unit to enhance voltage and base-clock overclocking control. The technology offers your system reduced boot times, lower jitter under extreme conditions for higher overclocks, and increased stability under heavy overclocking.
With a single click, you can adjust the ASUS TPU (TurboV Processing Unit), EPU (Energy Processing Unit) and Digi+ voltage-regulator module (VRM), Fan Xpert 3, and Turbo App technologies for enhanced performance and efficiency.
The mouse-controlled graphical BIOS includes EZ mode that helps you get set up very quickly by applying the date and time, fan profiles, and Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory profiles. Switch to Advanced Mode to set up favorites and shortcuts, record and review recent changes with Last Modified, or make notes in Quick Notes.
Protect your graphics card investment with SafeSlot, which is a PCIe slot that is engineered to provide improved retention and shearing resistance. The slot is manufactured in a single step using an injection-molding process, which integrates the slot with a fortifying metal for an inherently stronger slot. It is then firmly anchored to the PCB through additional solder points.
LANGuard: Provides electrostatically-guarded and surge-protected components (ESD Guards) for 1.9X-greater tolerance to static electricity and 2.5X-greater protection (up to 15KV) against surges
GameFirst IV: Optimizes network traffic for faster, lag-free online gaming
Stainless Steel Back I/O - last three times longer than typical panels
Second-generation ASUS T-Topology - enables DDR4 memory overclocking to reach 3466 MHz bandwidths with all memory slots populated
GPU Boost - accelerates the integrated GPU for improved graphics performance safely and easily via a user-friendly interface
ESD Guards - provide two times greater electrostatic protection for extended component lifespan
CPU Installation Tool - protection from socket-pin damage
Q-Shield - protects your hands from nicks and cuts
Q-Slot - the PCI slots feature large-winged clips so you can easily remove your PCI express cards
Q-DIMM - one-sided clips can be pushed down for easily removing RAM modules
Q-LED - four LEDs indicate problems with the CPU, memory, graphics card or boot device
DRAM Over-current Protection - an additional resettable fuse protects the connection ports and DRAM against overcurrent and short-circuit damage
FAN Xpert3 - offers five 4/3 pin (PWM/DC) combo fan connectors and five onboard thermal sensors to help ensure the best balance of cooling performance and low noise
AI Suite 3 - one-stop control panel that lets you fine-tune almost every aspect of the motherboard
USB 3.1 Boost - a utility that automatically accelerates USB 3.1 for sequential read/write speeds of up to 854.6/863.9 MB/s
CrashFree BIOS 3 - lets you restore a PC to working order - even when it won't boot
EZ Flash 3 - Update the latest BIOS via the internet from within the BIOS
RAMCache - intelligently caches the critical files on a particular storage drive so your favorite games and apps launch at quicker speeds
Sonic Radar II - a stealthy overlay that maps battlefield sounds so you can locate opponents and teammates at a glance
Integrated Graphics Processor- Intel HD Graphics support Multi-VGA output support: HDMI/DVI/DVI-D/DisplayPort ports - Supports HDMI with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz - Supports DVI-D with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz - Supports RGB with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz - Supports DisplayPort with max. resolution 4096 x 2304 @ 60 Hz Maximum shared memory of 1024 MB Supports Intel InTru 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider
2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (single at x16, dual at x8/x8) 1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (max at x4 mode) 3 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x1 Supports NVIDIA Quad-GPU and 2-Way SLI Technologies Supports AMD Quad-GPU and 3-Way CrossFireX Technologies
Back I/O Ports
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port 1 x DVI 1 x D-Sub 1 x DisplayPort 1 x HDMI 1 x Intel I219V Gigabit Ethernet port 1 x USB 3.1 Type-A (red) 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C 4 x USB 3.0 2 x USB 2.0 1 x Optical S/PDIF out 5 x Audio jacks
Internal I/O Ports
1 x USB 3.0 connector supports additional two USB 3.0 ports (19-pin) 3 x USB 2.0 connectors support additional six USB 2.0 ports 1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key design, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (supports both SATA & PCIE) 1 x COM port 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) 3 x Chassis Fan connectors (3 x 4-pin) 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 Thermal sensor connector 1 x CPU OV 1 x Clear CMOS jumper 1 x 5-pin EXT_FAN (Extension Fan) connector 1 x ROG extension (ROG_EXT) header 1 x 14-1 pin TPM connector
Operating System Support
Windows 10, 64-bit Windows 8.1, 64-bit Windows 7, 32-bit/64-bit