Tuesday, June 2nd 2015

ASUS Z170 Motherboard Lineup to Retail Design Scheme from X99 Series

ASUS' mainline motherboard lineup based on the upcoming Intel Z170 chipset could retain the black + glossy white design scheme from the company's X99 mainline motherboard series. The company showed off its premium upper-mid segment Z170-Pro motherboard, which could be sold around the $170-$190 price range. This socket LGA1151 motherboard offers a 16-phase CPU VRM, a new high-capacity VRM heatsink design; and four DDR4 DIMM slots, supporting up to 64 GB of dual-channel DDR4-3000 memory.

Expansion slots include three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 (x16/NC/NC or x8/x8/NC or x8/x4/x4), and four PCI-Express 2.0 x1. Storage connectivity includes eight SATA 6 Gb/s, from which two wire out as a SATA-Express 16 Gb/s slot; and an M.2 slot. Other modern connectivity includes two USB 3.1 ports, eight USB 3.0 ports, two Intel-driven gigabit Ethernet interfaces, 802.11 ac WLAN with Bluetooth 4.0, and Crystal Sound 2 audio (115 dBA SNR CODEC, ground-layer isolation, audio-grade capacitors, EMI shielding, and DTS Ultra PC II).
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7 Comments on ASUS Z170 Motherboard Lineup to Retail Design Scheme from X99 Series

#1
Chaitanya
Finally Asus is getting rid of those gold heatsinks. These new boards should be easy to match to PC systems and mods.
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#2
Ferrum Master
Shame the upper PCIE gets in a way with the pseido north bridge cooler...

Otherwise... I like it... they should get rid of the white decals on the heatsinks too. They look childish.
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#3
Ciric
Ferrum Master said:
Shame the upper PCIE gets in a way with the pseido north bridge cooler...

Otherwise... I like it... they should get rid of the white decals on the heatsinks too. They look childish.
Looks like the HS is low enough for a card to pass above it ;)
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#4
Octavean
It does indeed look like an X99 series board or rather the design scheme (colors) looks similar. At first glance I almost thought it was the Asus X99 motherboard I have. PCIe clearance over the heatsinks looks fine on this board.
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#5
CrAsHnBuRnXp
WTB green and black color scheme motherboards.
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#6
RickH
You know, this board looks exactly like the Z97-Deluxe/USB 3.1 with new heatsinks attached. And by exactly, I mean I can't see a single different component or layout change from this Z97 Deluxe pic anywhere, except for the heatsinks and the Z170 text. Even the notch in the DIMM slots is exactly the same, and I know they moved the notch for DDR4. I wonder if ASUS ran out of time before the show and had to slap together a stand-in?
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#7
hoover91125
The new white+blue design is sexier than the old one :)
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