( 4.1 Average / 20 Ratings )
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Motherboard. I've waited their mini-itx for a long time until I gave up and got this matx when it was on sale. I guess it is still a good choice since there is an extra pci lane for a future upgrade (not planning on crossfire)
Fan header can be placed in a better place for cleaner cable routing.
This is a good board with a lot of features. I don't completely understand all of them. For example, it has a parallel and serial header (but hey if you don't need them just don't use them). A little frustrated that it only has 2 chassis fan headers. Other than that, the CPU power connector is not oddly placed which is always a good thing.
I love everything about this motherboard, it's personal taste probably but I'm all about those golden finishes, they are beautiful, the board has tons of expansion and ports, and at only 129 euros, I thought I scored a deal. The BIOS is very intuitive. You can't go wrong with ASUS!
Great BIOS and has everything you could possibly need. No other words
Packed with features, awesome BIOS, good tools. USB C? Sure lol.
Great MOBO. The fan controller is a nice tool to play with. The HDMI port did not work when using on board HD graphics 530 (the DVI was OK). I decided not to RMA as using the Firepro.
Motherboard - This is the one area of the build that I am second-guessing. The BIOS is pretty, and the board has some nice features, but most of the issues I have had are rooted in the mobo. Given the application it was selected for, I may upgrade to a dedicated gaming board at some point. If this board can perform a little more consistently for me, I will be fine with it. But it has been plagued with boot-up after power loss issues, and cannot hold a simple RAM overclock. It may be my lack of experience, but I think there may be issues with this piece that will result in an RMA soon.
The first one I got had a VGA problem and I had to RMA as it would not POST. The second mobo worked fine. Generally I haven't had an issue with ASUS in the past, and this mobo is fantastic if you get one that works. I think since Z170 is relatively new and these mobos are newer products there are bound to be more bugs. But my system is stable now and working just fine. I have not tried overclocking yet, however. Bios and software for controlling fans works well!
Great board. Supports xfire so I guess dual R9 390s are in my future?
This was a solid board for the price I got it for. It looks well put together, has a spread of SATA and fan connectors. XMP profiles on RAM were recognized right away, and once the OS is set up this is a pretty solid and reliable board. Fan profiles are also built in and easy to set up (a huge plus for noise control).
My biggest issues don't necessarily relate to the board itself. For example, how MBR is abandoned on skylake - so Win7 installation doesn't come easily. I ended up going to Windows 10 anyway, but the lack of explanation as to why drives may not boot or appear to boot would probably be discouraging to newbies.
I gave the auto OC tool a shot and I wouldn't call it that useful, it put my RAM and CPU at pretty odd speeds and occasionally caused my PC to hiccup on startup (power up twice before posting). I'm leaving the CPU speeds alone for now but it definitely seems capable of BCLK OC. As a final nitpick, the USB3 headers were really tough to remove, so make sure to secure your board well while removing said header cable.