ASUS Z170 Deluxe Motherboard Review


With the release of the Intel “K” series processors, Z170 chipset motherboards from various manufacturers are also available today. One of these versions is ASUS Z170-Deluxe, which we will take a good look at today.

Located on or near the ASUS Channel Series motherboards, the Z170-Deluxe has a number of unique features that make the most of this new platform.

Asus Z170 Deluxe Review


There are relatively few processors and motherboards running Intel Skylake today.

But it seems that Asus has made one of these problems available to others, with a number of pages with the main input of the home screen on our desks and the duration Enough to tear, has an entrance.

Asus Z170 Delux, the flagship of its new Signature series, seems to be the hallmark of what comes with the Asus Z170 Delux screen, with heavy heat tanks and some nasty beauties that make the white color scheme of the X99 mainstream boards look great.

In terms of raw features, there is not much difference in choosing it from a high-end Z97 board. It is behind the scenes that additional items have been entered.

Of course, there is support for M.2 / NVMe PCI-E, and Asus also has an NVMe U.2 adapter – the added bonus here is that you can RAID two M.2 / NVMe devices.

With faster SSDs now capable of scaling up to more than 2 Gbps, this is more of a shocking feature than something that will see real-world benefits for most people, but the Z170 has the ability to use these devices.

Without any bottlenecks in the PCI-E Z97 graphics paths. The Z170-Deluxe also includes a useful set of extras.

For the 1300Mbps 802.11ac adapter, there is a WiFi adapter, a Hyper M.2 x4 Mini PCI-E adapter for the additional M.2 port, as well as the aforementioned NVMe U.2 adapter.

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PCB is equipped with features. You have the full complement of overclocking / testing tools all located at the bottom of the PCB, including the power, reset and CMOS buttons along with the POST LED display.

There are also two USB 3 headers, although USB 3.1 is definitely the main point here.

Asus As well as Type-A and Type-C connectors, Asus offers a dual USB 3.1 (Type-C) dual add-on device that also offers 100 watts of charge, thanks to a Molex connection source.

A similar device offers Type A ports, but both connect to the SATA Express port otherwise it is largely redundant – ultimately a way to use them for something.

Another feature that we liked and seems to be included in the range of Asus Z170 boards is the water pump pump interface.

Unfortunately, this may only be used for all-in-one liquid cooler holders, ie a 3-pin fan header, but it eliminates the concern that motherboard fan control interferes with pump speed, which you usually do with such products. Ask 100% full time.

The sound has also been transformed and is now in Crystal Sound 3 – still a Realtek ALC1150-based processor but with a sound amplifier, top Japanese capacitors, and sound protection, as well as a superior power preset. Asus claims that all of this gives Crystal Sound 3 the lowest audio output in the industry.

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As if the pizazz is not enough of the color scheme, you can also change the color of the LEDs that turn on the PCH cooling light and also allow it to pulsate to music or just regularly and also in terms of temperature. The processor benefits.

The layout is generally excellent, and the only connector we found in the test is an 8-pin EPS 12V connector with a lock-down lock.

The proximity of the sinks makes it difficult to detach the connector, especially if you have big toes.

Other than that, there is little to complain about. The CPU M.2 slot is far from the original GPU, so unlike many Z97 boards, the use of a GPU dual or even triple GPU does not restrict port access.

The port supports a wide range of S.2 MSD sizes, and Asus expects to place one of the four PCI-E 1x slots on top of the main graphics slot – even if the two-way GPU setting Select, you can still use the M.2 adapter to PCI-E or sound card.

ASUS Z170-Deluxe up close


At the bottom left edge of the Z170-Deluxe you will see the front panel audio connection, Thunderbolt interface, Q-Code LED display and TPM header.

The two buttons here are related to the BIOS Flashback feature and CMOS wipe. Power switches and CPU resets can also be found here.

At the bottom right, we find the first of the two USB 3.0 front panel headers, followed by a pair of USB 2.0 front panel headers.

A 4-pin fan head and connectors for wiring are in the next row. Above the headers and connectors are three switches for EZ XMP, TPU, and EPU.

The EZ XMP switch automatically adjusts your memory to its XMP profile without the need to enter the BIOS.

The TPU switch offers two levels of automatic overclocking, while the EPU switch is used to adjust power consumption based on the current computer load.

All three switches have a corresponding LED that lights up when activated.

CPU surge arrester and ASUS Fan Extension header (available separately) are located just below the TPU switch.

Moving right, we land at SATA ports. There is a SATA Express port and six SATA 6 GB / s ports, all native to the Intel Z170 chipset.

Two other SATA 6 GB /s ports are also available (black) via the ASMedia controller.

On the top right you will find the second USB 3.0 front panel header, 24-pin ATX power connector, another 4-pin fan header and MemOK! Button.

MemOK! If you are in a situation where the memory is not compatible with the system, you can use the button.

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Using the button, the automatic memory adjustment starts in the hope of finding the settings that allow the system to send. Four DIMM slots that support 64GB of DDR4 memory can also be viewed here.

At the top edge of the motherboard, you will find three 4-pin fan headers. One is for use with a water pump, one is for a CPU fan, and one is for an optional CPU fan.

Unlike other fan headers on the motherboard, the water pump header offers 100% speed by default.

However, it can be changed in the UEFI BIOS or within the Fan Xpert 3 software. Having fan headers for the CPU and optional CPU makes an air conditioner with a pressure/traction design a snap to install and control.

On the left and left, not much happens except for the 8-pin 12V AUX processor connection.

On the left side of Asus Z170 Deluxe, we can see the input and output of the rear panel. From the beginning, we find the audio-visual output connections, HDMI, and DisplayPort.

Next to it is the place where the existing Wi-Fi antenna is installed. As mentioned earlier, USB ports on the back panel are affected by the USB 3.1 connection.

There are five Type A ports and one Type C USB 3.1 port. A USB 3.0 port and a USB 2.0 port are also available.

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Both dual LAN jacks are provided by Intel (I219V and I211-AT). Finally, you’ll see analog audio jacks that support up to 8 channels of HD audio. A plastic protector covers audio components

Looking at the PCI-E expansion slot area, we see three PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots and three PCI-E 2.0 x1 slots. A graphics card will run at high x16 slots.

Two cards in SLI / CrossFireX will run at x8 / x8. Behind the PCI-E slot is the onboard M.2 port, which supports SATA and PCI-E interface SSDs.

The PCH heatsink adds a nice aesthetic value to the motherboard. Looking at the CPU socket area, we see a relatively large space that accommodates almost every cooler imaginable.

After removing the plastic I / O / Audio cover, we can take a closer look at the audio components that make up Crystal Sound 3.

This audio solution uses Realtek ALC1150 CODEC, analog / digital shield, left and right channel separation, and an audio amplifier for headphones that require more current / voltage fluctuations.

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Japanese Premium audio capacitors are used to provide better sound quality, and a pop-up circuit is added to reduce the annoying output noise that is usually heard when the system is turned on or off.

The passive cooling scheme in the Z170-Deluxe includes four items:

A single heatsink is used to cover the other area of ​​the MOSFET and PCH.

All heatsinks use heat pads and were found to make very good contact with their target points. MOSFETs receive more cooling from the panels attached to the back of the PCB.

As the heatsinks come out, let’s take a look at the design of the massive 22-phase power phase.

20 steps are dedicated to the CPU, four steps to the GPU, and two steps to the memory. Voltage adjustment is no longer embedded in the CPU.

Technical Details

Wireless Type802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11g
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
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Other Technical Details

BrandASUS
Item model numberZ170-DELUXE
Item Weight1.76 pounds
Product Dimensions10.4 x 2.7 x 12.9 inches
Item Dimensions LxWxH10.4 x 2.7 x 12.9 inches
Processor Count1
Computer Memory TypeDDR4 SDRAM
Batteries1 Lithium Metal batteries required.
ManufacturerAsus
ASINB0126R1XNM
Is Discontinued By ManufacturerNo
Date First AvailableAugust 5, 2015
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