The Deluxe versions of ASUS are always the benchmark brand for all other ranges. These plaques mark the way forward in component integration and are always a good choice for those looking for a versatile board that integrates more components more specialized series.
The new Intel chipset offers significant improvements, both new processors and will allow us to assemble more complex computers, storage systems surprising, more scalable and more integrated functions. The Z170 chipset will change the concept of mid-range PC.
The Z170 chipset largely we mark the capabilities of this motherboard. With processor are a total of 36 lines PCI Express 3.0 , 16 and 20 of the processor chipset, if you assemble two graphs are 32 lines at 16x but we all know that any modern graphics with 8x PCI Express 3.0 has sufficient bandwidth to develop their full potential. That leaves 20 lines for extraordinary assemblies. Something that the Z97 could never achieve.
This motherboard has therefore everything you need to have a platform socket 1151 complete. This includes the ability to mount these processors, up to 4 cores and 8 processing threads and up to 64GB of dual-channel memory DDR4 speeds as standard 2133MHz on. The ASUS Z170 Deluxe supports speeds over 3400MHz RAM, thanks to the XMP profiles, so we will not have problem in high-speed memory. We can mount up to four DDR4 memory modules on this motherboard, it will be standard designs ATX and MicroATX the most capable.
We can easily have widths greater than 40GB / s band with a dual channel memory. DDR4 memory price drops rapidly and is now easy to find quality reports 3000MHz onwards for less than 200 Euros.
Storage is one of the most advanced solutions to be found, not even the X99 boards have had to date, and is able to mount RAID BIOS level (still by software) of two connectors with M.2 socket3 4x links to 32Gbps.These slots, 110mm long, so NVMe support also have access to RAID high-performance SSDs. The downside is that one of the slots have to mount it in a PCI Express slot as it is not incorporated into plaque. However ASUS offers a NVMe M.2 adapter for 2.5 “drives with fast connection.
The remaining storage is comprised of six SATA connectors (4 chipset and a dedicated chip 2), also with RAID support and SATA Express connector (here we get two SATA ports more directly from the chipset) that share connectivity with M.2 slot if we use SATA drives in it.
As for expansion cards we can mount up to three simultaneous cards , two PCI Express 3.0 links 8x (4x maximum for the third), with its PEG slots mounted with double spacing between them, twice in the case of the two main. The other expansion slots are type 1x with a total of four slots more. Connectivity first combined with an excellent system of network connectivity.
The Deluxe ASUS Z170 has a dual Gigabit Ethernet connector , signed by Intel (i219 and I211), with link aggregation capacity, fault tolerance, etc. Additionally, the board has set up a wireless system Wireless-AC 3×3 capable of reaching transfer speeds of up 1300mpbs and adds Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.
Design and Layout
The ASUS Z170 Deluxe is a plate of conventional design. We will not find large differences in disposal over similar ranges of previous generations. I think this is good because it will allow rapid incorporation of this chipset in the market and in every type and format machines. From today we will motherboards more compact format, as Micro ATX and Mini ITX, and that will allow many options. The processor is certainly interesting in terms of temperature and adapt well to all kinds of machines.
The electrical design of the Z170 is superlative Deluxe with 16 digital stages for the processor, 4 separate phases for GPU and 2 phases for the four memory banks. The thermal design of the plate, as you can see, this pretty much dedicated to this area of processor power. The whole design of sinks, which has varied somewhat from the previous generation, is oriented mainly to these elements. It is a ASUS Digi + system so it really is quite efficient doing their job.
The chipset has its own passive heatsink. The design keeps the colors but the areas covered and heatsinks have changed. Now it is designed in layers of aluminum with a plastic cover in white that combines with the black PCB. The covered area goes from the rear connectors to PCB area where the integrated sound system is isolated.
It seems a somewhat loaded design, I do like the simplest solution, but certainly achieved a striking look and says much of the plate. The position of the elements is very classic with all the components you’d expect to find them. No major additions except for a few switches on board but basically dedicated to different control chips typically integrate ASUS as the TPU or EPU. Nothing we can not also manipulate software level.
Decency are maintained with the addition of a POST display, plate controls on or reset or reset CMOS.Buttons MemOK also continue as the present. It is the standard solution from which then other brand ranges specialize. For me, the best choices if you want something simple and powerful.
ASUS retains its subsequent reinforcement system.
Connectivity is extensive and fans in this generation find a Molex connector dedicated and specialized in pumps liquid cooling kits. This connector is designed for efficient control of these motors with control in both BIOS and software level.
The board has a total of eight USB ports for front cash. Four USB 3.0 type and connected directly to the chipset. The other four are type 2.0 and are also directly supported by the chipset.
The back of the plate is more complex. There are two USB ports, one 3.0 and another type of type 2.0, which are controlled by the chipset but then there is a whole catalog of USB 3.1 connectors that are added by ASMedia controller. There are six USB 3.1 ports in total of which one is of Type-C. We can activate a power extended to these connectors to speed up loading of mobile devices such as Smartphone or tablets.
The rear panel is more than just USB connectors. We also find the above two Ethernet ports, connectors, analog sound, SPDIF optical connection triple antenna connection 2.4 / 5GHz and video connectivity. ASUS has integrated a DisplayPort 1.2 connector with 4k support 60Hz and also a HDMI 2.0 with the same resolution capability. We can use the integrated graphics and added to control more monitors to a dedicated, if we so wish, and we will have technical problems using last generation screens.
ASUS introduces new series of plates its third generation of sound cards Crystal Sound. The Crystal Sound 3 stays true to previous designs PCB isolating the sound system from the rest of the plate, with stream lines in different layers of the PCB and using top quality components.
On this occasion it was enhanced cleaning power that reaches the sound card and the isolation of the same the other elements of the plate. The Realtek ALC1150 the DSP will find in the Crystal Sound 3, and a new system for EMI protection, a new pre-regulator and a new circuit that prevents “pop” unpleasant connection.All components oriented sound and Japanese manufacturing.
This board also has something that certainly has become fashionable and little utility will see it on a motherboard. I mean a system of RGB LEDs . Here they are hidden under the sink chipset and allow its regulation in many colors and effects like flicker with the sound of PC. As I say I do not see sense, and can be turned off.
BIOS and software
The BIOS has been touched something in color and design but remains essentially the UEFI BIOS that we like and which remains, obviously, the best on the market. Simple and accessible optimization systems, such as 5-roads, which facilitate access to any controlled overclocking and know how to exploit the potential of the acquired memories. We will even have a selector boot priority that is as simple to use as drag and sort the different elements.
We also continue to count on the excellent FanExpert3 system that optimize and control our fans in real time. Multiple profiles and detailed configuration and a Windows optimizer level that will make the job even more personalized.
The BIOS has no major changes, as you can see in the video that we ride given to all its functions, but incorporates some very interesting as is the ability to update the BIOS directly from the Internet as we did other brands, namely ASRock, for quite a few generations.
This system makes everything easier. Simple and control every aspect of our plate with ASUS AISuite 3 software. All software features added on this board a mouse click away. We can from overclocking hot, adjust our fans, set overclocking profiles for each application independently … and now other functions such as reprogramming the function keys on your keyboard with complex macros, launching applications are added, etc.
A powerful application now also allows us to send our computer screens to mobile devices or have control of the board also from them. Asus enhancements that make one of the most complete ecosystems custom PC.
Overclocking and Conclusion
Overclocking tests we have done in our analysis of the new Intel processors Skylake have been made on this motherboard and I think the success is quite interesting for the target PC should have a client Deluxe Asus Z170 . Overclocking able to controlled a good system of dissipation charge of the situation is made without converting our office or room in hell voltages.
All this is done well this plate and get it with an integration of high quality. Good results of overclocking, powerful storage, dual network interface, wireless-AC high-speed Bluetooth 4.0 integrated plate and the ability to mount graphics systems Last generation.
All in a set with an excellent bios, a good integrated sound system, software that close to perfection and plenty of added bonus that makes it a truly complete solution and is again a good example of what we should find in all this new generation of ASUS with chipset Z170.
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