Asus Intel Z170 PREMIUM Skylake ATX Gaming Motherboard

Asus Z170 PREMIUM, Intel Z170, S 1151, DDR4, SATAe, U.2, M.2 (PCIe/SATA), SLi/CrossFire, 2x GbE, AC WiFi, USB3.1A+C, ATX

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Product Overview Unparalleled OC design and connectivity, with U.2 Thunderbolt 3 and 3x3 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

Overclock Your Way: One click overclock and cooling, done!
Get performance, efficiency, digital power, fan control and even networking and audio tuning tailored for you

5-Way Optimization at your disposal it takes just one click to tune complex settings — for instant, highly-controllable performance boosts! Our exclusive technology dynamically optimizes essential aspects of your system based on real-time use, so you get superb CPU performance, everyday energy savings, ultra-stable digital power, cool and quiet fans and even networking and audio settings that are tailored for the apps that you are using. In short, 5-Way Optimization ensures that your PC is perfect for gaming, entertainment, productivity or just about anything else!

• Games run swiftly and smoothly with high performance, prioritized bandwidth and vivid sound.
• Fans stay whisper-quiet for everyday computing, and ensure extreme cooling efficiency when gaming.
• Stutter is eliminated for smooth-running apps, even under heavy loading.
• Energy waste is reduced so you'll save money.

5-Way Optimisation

TPU: CPU performance boost
Unleash your PC's full performance with a simple two-phase onboard switch or the ASUS AI Suite 3 utility! The TurboV Processing Unit (TPU) offers precise voltage control and advanced monitoring for the CPU and the graphics card, enabling great freedom to adjust CPU frequencies and ratios for optimized performance and to exploit the potential out of your graphics card*.

EPU: All-round energy efficiency
With the Energy Processing Unit (EPU) you'll enjoy real-time, system-wide power savings. EPU detects and adjusts power consumption according to the PC's needs — automatically. It can also reduce CPU wattage to a set level and deliver even more savings with Away Mode. This creates an extreme energy-saving scenario by shutting down unused extra I/O controllers and reduces the graphics cards' power level while you're away, so the PC consumes only the energy it needs — and not a drop more!

Fan Xpert 3: Advanced fan and water-pump controls for ultimate cooling and quietness
With thermal sensors and hardware-level 4-pin/3-pin PWM/DC mode detection, Fan Xpert 3 makes sure every fan achieves the best balance of cooling performance and low noise!

• Dedicated water-pump header for best water-cooling efficiency.
• Auto-Tuning Mode: Scans and detects fan characteristics for single-click customization.
• Extreme Quiet Mode: Reduces CPU fan speed to below the default minimum, for extra-quiet operation and power savings during light loads.
• RPM Fixed Mode: Lowers noise levels to near-0dB silence, allowing you to fix the fan speed.

DIGI+ Power Control: Precise Digital Power Control
Power control is one of the most essential motherboard designs. Intelligent CPU-power-draw detection with ASUS DIGI+ Power Control is an innovative, industry-leading technology that fully complies with Intel® IMVP8 specifications, increasing overclocking potential, enhancing system stability, and improving power efficiency with superior flexibility and accurate control.

Turbo App: App specific optimization for professionals and gamers
Whether hardcore gamer or business professional, you'll feel the benefit of the ASUS-exclusive Turbo App every day. Its intuitive tuning panel boosts a range of hardware, overclocking your CPU, tuning your fans, prioritizing network data and optimizing audio settings — all with automated ease!

OC Design: ASUS PRO Clock technology
A dedicated base-clock (BCLK) generator designed for 6th-generation Intel® processors that allows overclocked base clock frequencies up to or beyond 400MHz*. This custom solution works in tandem with the ASUS TurboV Processing Unit (TPU), to enhance voltage and base-clock overclocking control — providing an exciting new way to boost performance to extreme heights.

Advantages of ASUS Pro Clock:
• Reduced boot up time.
• Lower jitter under extreme conditions for higher overclocks.
• Increased stability under heavy overclocking.

*BCLK overclocking range will vary according to CPU capabilities, cooling, motherboard support and tuning options. Ranges up to 650MHz are possible under select conditions.

DDR4 overclocking strength in numbers
Second-generation ASUS T-Topology enables DDR4 memory overclocking to reach new heights: over DDR4-4000MHz with all memory slots populated. Featuring a customized trace layout for reduced crosstalk and coupling noise, our second-generation T-Topology ensures time-aligned signal transfer for improved memory stability and compatibility.

Hardware upgrade zone

Hyper Kit: Enjoy 2.5-in NVMe support immediately
Hyper Kit is an M.2 to U.2 adapter that gives owners of ASUS motherboards freedom to fit next-generation 2.5-inch NVM Express SSDs with an U.2 interface. This exclusive technology exploits the maximum PCI Express 3.0 x4 bandwidth of 32Gbit/s for SSD transfer speeds that are up to 3.5X faster than traditional SSDs!

Hyper M.2 x4 Mini: Ultra-fast speed with PCIe slot flexibility
With a low-profile design that promotes the best-ever airflow to adjacent expansion cards, fit the PCI Express x4 add-in card to any slot that suits your PC build and pump M.2 performance up to a blistering 32Gbit/s — for unmatched performance. And upgrade without limitations, as any M.2 card between 30mm (2230) to full-length 110mm (22110) is supported.

3T3R 802.11ac Wi-Fi: Fastest onboard Wi-Fi up to 1300Mb/s
3x3 dual band 2.4/5GHz antennas included. 802.11ac* Wi-Fi up to 1300Mb/s** transfer speed.
*Wi-Fi Hotspot use up to 802.11 a/b/g/n. Windows 10 does not currently support Wi-Fi hotspot functionality. **Actual speed may vary due to networking conditions.

Native M.2/NVMe PCIe RAID support for lightning fast storage speeds!
Not satisfied with single storage device read/write speeds? Then join the fast lane and build a RAID 0 array using two PCIe storage drives to enjoy data transfers at lightning speed!

Ultrafast Transfer Speed

Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1, and up to 36W charging
Thunderbolt™ 3 means faster, bigger, better and more! At a breathtaking 40Gbit/s you'll experience faster transfers, with four times (4X) the data speeds of any other cable and twice (2X) the video bandwidth. And Z170-Premium with Thunderbolt 3 also offers compatibility with billions of USB devices, device docking and charging!

Join the NVMe revolution with built-in U.2 connector
Unlock the full potential of your storage with NVM Express (NVMe), the revolutionary specification that lets your SSDs scream at top speed. Just attach your drive to the built-in U.2 connector with plug-and-play ease to experience data-transfer speeds of up to 32Gbit/s — and free up a PCIe slot for another expansion card!

Fast storage speed with SATA Express
Current SSDs devour up to 550MB/s bandwidth, which is close to saturation point for SATA 6Gbit/s connections. Backwardly compatible with up to two SATA drives, SATA Express is the next-generation connectivity standard — and ensures that you and your system won't get left behind.

Speed up with onboard M.2 up to 32Gbit/s
With x4 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 bandwidth, M.2 supports up to 32Gbit/s data-transfer speeds. It is the perfect choice for an operating system or application drive, making your whole PC or professional apps work as fast as possible.

Media-acclaimed UEFI BIOS
The smoothest, slickest mouse-controlled graphical BIOS has been improved to make it even more appealing. Whether you're a PC novice or a seasoned overclocker, the EZ and Advanced Modes help you find your way, quickly and easily.

• EZ Flash 3: Update the latest BIOS via the internet, and from within the BIOS.
• S.M.A.R.T: Check up your storages devices' Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T) logs to gauge reliability, and even determine if they're about to fail.
• EZ Tuning Wizard– OC and RAID: Select your hardware and apply different scenarios to tune system performance, or streamline your RAID configuration for faster data retrieval and backups!
• My Favorites: Quickly find tuning options and add preferred tools to the list.

EZ Mode:
• Intuitive Graphical Fan Control: Fine-tune individual fans simply by dragging a curve with the mouse.
• EZ XMP: Improve your DRAM performance with a click.
• SATA Information: View SATA port details for easy device recognition.
• Fast Clock Adjustment: Use mouse controls to change the time and date.

Advanced Mode:
• GPU POST: Automatically detect selected ASUS graphics cards to view detailed information.
• Secure Erase: Restore your SSDs to factory-fresh condition.
• Last Modified Log: Track last change and save preferred profiles onto a USB drive.
• SATA Port Renaming: Rename SATA ports for easy identification.

Game with Confidence

Crystal Sound 3: Flawless audio that makes you part of the game

Clean Power: Power pre-regulator
Reduces power-input noise to ensure consistent performance.

Noise Isolation:
• Audio shielding: Ensures precision analog/digital separation and greatly reduced multi-lateral interference.
• Separate layer for left and right tracks: Ensures both channels deliver consistent, equal quality.

Audio Enjoyment
• Audio amplifier: Produces the highest-quality sound for headphone and speakers.
• De-pop circuit: Reduces start-up popping noise to all audio outputs.
• Premium Japanese-made audio capacitors: Provides warm, natural, and immersive sound with exceptional clarity and fidelity.

Be in the game!: Onboard HDMI for 4K/UHD at 60Hz!
Immerse yourself in gaming reality as never before, with 4K/UHD resolutions of up to 4096 x 2160 via HDMI with 60Hz smoothness — that's four times (4X) the pixel count of 1080p Full HD, for incredible visual clarity and detail. Don't just play your game: live your game!

Intel Ethernet: More throughput, less CPU usage and great gaming experiences
Z170-Premium features the very latest Intel® Ethernet for faster, smoother gaming — always. Intel's LAN has the serious double advantage of reducing CPU overhead and offering exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput. This significantly reduces the processor's workload, so there's more power for your game and your gameplay!

Turbo LAN: Network-optimization software for customizable packet prioritization
Turbo LAN with cFosSpeed traffic-shaping technology adds even more lag-reducing support and intuitive user interface. It allows you to lower lag with no expert knowledge – by up to 1.45X! If you're a tweaker, use Advanced Mode for hardcore controls.

• Real-time speed monitor.
• Grouping your own favorite list.
• Set priority to speed up for your application.

LANGuard: Pumped-up throughput. 2.5X higher surge tolerance.
ASUS LANGuard is hardware-level networking protection that employs signal-coupling technology and premium anti-EMI surface-mounted capacitors ensuring a more reliable connection and better throughput, plus electrostatically-guarded and surge-protected components for greater tolerance to static electricity and improved protection against surges.

Key Express: Extend your keyboard to infinity and beyond!
Fancy a free keyboard upgrade? Just plug your existing keyboard into the dedicated USB socket to activate the exclusive microprocessor onboard. Use the easy-to-use utility to assign macros to function keys F1-F10 to launch any application with a single press, power on your PC or flash your BIOS in S5.

• Function keys: Assign to everyday functions, like switching between rear speaker and front headset, or securely remove USB drives.
• Macro keys: Program and store up to 15 sequential keystrokes.
• Shortcut: Assign any application or folder to launch.

Lighting Control: Brighten up your build
Customize your own favorite LED effect to cast a stunning multi-color rainbow glow across your build, change shades to indicate CPU temperature, or pulsate in time to the beat of your favorite tunes.

Six control schemes
• Static: Always on.
• Breathing: Fades in and out.
• Strobing: Flashes on and off.
• Color cycle: Fades between the colors of the rainbow.
• Music effect: Pulses to the beat of your music.
• CPU temperature: Changes color with CPU load.

Seamless Entertainment

Total control anytime, anywhere with Wi-Fi GO!
Wi-Fi GO! gives you complete control of your PC — even when you're away from home. Access your forgotten files at home, and work on your PC from almost anywhere. Plus, it takes just one click to manage all your public clouds or sync files across your PC and devices!

3x3 dual band 2.4/5GHz antennas included. 802.11ac* Wi-Fi up to 1300Mb/s*transfer speed.
*Actual speed may vary, and Wi-Fi Hotspot use 802.11 a/b/g/n. Windows 10 does not currently support Wi-Fi hotspot functionality.

• Cloud GO!: Gather your ASUS WebStorage, Dropbox® , Google Drive™, and OneDrive® accounts in one place and even back up to PC at the same time.
• Remote Desktop: Easily access and control your PC, anytime and anywhere!
• File Transfer: Sync files between your PCs and smart devices with just a click!
• Remote Keyboard & Mouse: Control media playback from your sofa!

Media Streamer: Your digital PC hub for sharing and home theater
Enjoy your PC's multimedia content —anywhere! Pipe music from your PC or cloud storage, including ASUS WebStorage, Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive while sipping coffee in a café, or sit back with friends and stream a favorite movie to a smart TV. With ASUS Media Streamer, your entertainment goes wherever you go.

HyStream: Watch your smart device content on the big screen
With HyStream you'll enjoy the ease and freedom of streaming HD content from your supported* Android or Apple iOS smartphone or tablet straight to your bigger screen!

Mobo Connect: All-in-one control between your PC and smart device
Work with your PC and smart device at the same time through a single keyboard-and-mouse set. A simple hot key lets you switch between your PC and smart device quickly. It even charges your mobile device at the same time.

Touch the future: NFC EXPRESS 2 & Wireless Charger
Interact with your PC and smart devices wirelessly and efficiently with NFC Express 2 and Wireless Charger! Tap to control your PC or pop down your mobile gadget and charge, as if by magic. Wires are so last century.

Extreme Stability

5X Protection
• Surge-Protected Networking
• Overvoltage Protection
• Stable Power Supply
• Overcurrent Protection
• Stainless-Steel Back I/O

Industry-leading 5X Protection II employs the finest components, excellent circuit design, and exacting standards to guarantee quality and long-term durability of your motherboard with all-round protection. For you, that means exceptional protection and stability for your build — the result of decades of engineering experience from the world's leading motherboard brand.

LANGuard: Pumped-up throughput. 2.5X higher surge tolerance.
ASUS LANGuard is hardware-level networking protection that employs signal-coupling technology and premium anti-EMI surface-mounted capacitors ensuring a more reliable connection and better throughput, plus electrostatically-guarded and surge-protected components for greater tolerance to static electricity and improved protection against surges.

Overvoltage Protection: World-class circuit-protecting power Design
An exclusive circuit design with built-in voltage regulators to protect your motherboard from damage caused by unexpected high-level voltages from unstable or inferior power supplies.

DIGI+ VRM: Precision control for stable power!
ASUS-exclusive DIGI+ VRM intelligently delivers power to the processor based on real-time demands, reducing energy waste and improving system stability.

DRAM Overcurrent Protection: Short-circuit damage prevention
Onboard resettable fuses prevent overcurrent and short-circuit damage. This extends beyond I/O ports to DRAM to safeguard the lifespan of both your system and connected devices.

Stainless-Steel Back I/O: 3X corrosion-resistance for greater durability
Corrosion-resistant stainless steel back I/O panels bonded with chromium oxide have a lifespan that's three times (3X) longer than ordinary panels.

ESD Guards: Electrostatic discharge protection
ASUS ESD Guards prevent damage from electrostatic discharge, up to +/- 10kV for air discharge and +/-15kV for contact discharge, arranged in an active-protective-circuit design that prolongs the life of components.

Easy PC DIY

You will love DIY!
We understand how you use your PC. From assembly, system setting and monitoring, and to firmware and hardware updates — we're all about making your life easier. That's why we never stop developing new and exciting DIY opportunities to make PC DIY easy, fun and free from hassle!

CPU Installation Kit: Three-step simplicity and safety
One mistake during fitting could damage your processor or socket — but not with the ASUS CPU Installation Kit. Just pop your CPU in the special tool, insert the tool directly into the CPU socket, close the latches positions and you're good to go!

PC Cleaner: Work faster, start quicker and smoother
Your computer is running slow? PC Cleaner cleans up unused and unwanted files and programs that take up spaces in your storage drives, eliminating the clog It also accelerates PC start-up with a click!

Q-DIMM: Easy memory removal
Even if you work with a smaller case, just push down on the one-sided clip and push or pull RAM modules in or out – couldn't be simpler!

Q-Slot: Effortless PCI Express component removal
The large winged clip is easy to reach and easy to operate. Just press the Q-Slot clip lightly, and graphics card just pop out. Installing or removing even the biggest graphics cards is no sweat!

Q-Connector: Easy, quick, and accurate connections
You no longer need to worry about which front-panel wire goes where. Just pop the wires into Q-Connector's one-piece plug and you're good to go.

Q-Shield: Easy and safe on fingers
Unlike other I/O shields, with their sharp edges, the exclusive Q-Shield is soft and pliable to protect your hands from cuts.

Q-LED: Easy PC diagnostics
Q-LED indicates problems with the CPU, memory, graphics card or boot device, so you can quickly diagnose and remedy any issues — and wave goodbye to endless frustrations!

Q-Code: Detailed PC status display and diagnostics
Instantly recognizes and displays the POST status for precise troubleshooting. Just check the code in the user guide to solve your problem.

Intel CPU and chipset features

Intel® Z170 Express Chipset
Intel® Z170 Express is a single-chipset design that supports 6th-generation Intel LGA1151 Core™ i7/Core i5/Core i3/Pentium®/Celeron® processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. Additionally, Z170 provides a maximum of ten USB 3.0 ports, six SATA 6Gbit/s ports, 32Gbit/s M.2 and PCIe 3.0 lane speed support for faster data retrieval. Intel Z170 Express also supports integrated-graphics (iGPU) functions, so you'll enjoy the very latest Intel integrated graphics performance.

Ready for 6th-generation Intel LGA1151 Core i7/Core i5/Core i3/Pentium/Celeron processors
This motherboard supports 6th-generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processors in the LGA1151 package, with graphics, memory and PCI Express controllers integrated to support onboard graphics output with dedicated chipsets, two-channel (4-DIMM) DDR4 memory and 16 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 lanes for great graphics performance. Features • 5-Way Optimization: One click optimizes your entire system.
• Thunderbolt 3: Breathtaking 40Gbit/s speed, USB 3.1 compatible and up to 36W charging.
• Dual 32Gbit/s U.2 support: Flexible options for ultra-fast PCIeE RAID.
• USB 3.1 onboard: 3 Three Type-A ports and 1 one reversible Type-C port.
• 3x3 802.11ac Wi-Fi: Fastest onboard Wi-Fi up to 1300Mbit/s.
• NFC Express 2 bundled included: Tap to control your PC and charge up with ease.

Includes:
• User's manual
• ASUS Q-Shield
• 6x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
• 1x Feature manual
• 2x M.2 Screw Package
• 1x CPU installation tool
• 1x Supporting DVD
• 1x NFC EXPRESS 2 box with 2 extra USB 3.0 ports + NFC EXPRESS tag + ASUS NFC EXPRESS utility
• 1x ASUS 3T3R dual band Wi-Fi moving antennas (Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compliant)
• 1x HYPERM.2 X4 with M Key design, type 2230/2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (Support PCIE SSD only)
• 1x external USB 3.0 cable for NFC EXPRESS 2 (120cm)
• 1x Wireless Charger
• 1x micro USB-to-USB cable for Wireless Charger (120cm)
• 1x power adapter for Wireless Charger (5V DC, 2A, 10W)
• 1x SLI bridge(s)
• 1x Q-connector(s) (1 in 1)
• 1x ASUS Hyper Kit
Specifications
Specifications
Form Factor ATX
CPU Socket 1151
QPI Speed N/A
Chipset Intel Z170
Memory Type DDR4
Memory Channel Dual
Memory Type (ECC) Non-ECC
Memory Type (R/U) Unbuffered
Memory Speed (Mhz)
  • *
  • DDR4 - 2133
  • DDR4 - 2400(OC)
  • DDR4 - 2666(OC)
  • DDR4 - 2800(OC)
  • DDR4 - 3000(OC)
  • DDR4 - 3200(OC)
  • DDR4 - 3300(OC)
  • DDR4 - 3400(OC)
  • DDR4 - 3466(OC)
  • DDR4 - 3600(OC)
  • DDR4 - 3733(OC)
  • DDR4 - 3800(OC)
  • DDR4 - 3866(OC)
  • DDR4 - 4000(OC)
Maximum Memory Capacity 64GB (4x16GB)
Graphics Connectors
  • Display Port 1.2
  • HDMI 2.0
Graphics Interface PCIe 3.0 (x16)
SLI Support 2 Way SLi
Crossfire Support 3 Way CrossFireX
Audio Realtek ALC1150 7.1 HD Audio with Crystal Sound 3
Network Interface Type
  • 802.11ac WiFi LAN
  • Dual Wired Gigabit LAN (10/100/1000)
Network Interface Chip/Modules
  • 1 x ASUS 1300Mb/s ac WiFi 2.4/5GHz + BT 4.0
  • 1 x Intel® I211AT (Gigabit LAN)
  • 1 x Intel® I219V (Gigabit LAN)
SATA SATA Express/ SATA3 / M.2
RAID Support via SATA
Storage Mode Support
  • Intel Rapid Storage Technology Support
  • Intel® Smart Response Technology
  • NVMe Boot (via M.2 Slot)
  • NVMe Boot (via PCIe 3.0 Slot)
  • RAID 0
  • RAID 1
  • RAID 10
  • RAID 5
Water Cooled No
Expansion Slots
  • 1 x M.2, S3 (M), 2242/2260/2280/22110, PCIe/SATA
  • 4 x PCIe 2.0 x1
  • 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16
  • 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x4 Bandwidth)
  • 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x8 Bandwidth)
Internal I/O
  • 1 x 24pin (V)
  • 1 x 5-pin EXT_FAN(Extension Fan) connector
  • 1 x 8pin (V)
  • 1 x AAFP Connector
  • 4 x Chassis Fan Connector (4-pin)
  • 1 x Clear CMOS Button
  • 1 x CPU Fan Header (4-pin)
  • 1 x CPU OPT Fan Connector
  • 1 x DRCT Header
  • 1 x EPU Switch(es)
  • 1 x EZ XMP Switch
  • 1 x MemOK! Button
  • 1 x Power button
  • 1 x Reset Button
  • 2 x SATA Express (Compatible with 2x SATA 6.0 Gbps)
  • 4 x SATA III - 6Gb/s
  • 1 x SPDIF-Out Header
  • 1 x System panel(s) (Q-Connector)
  • 1 x Thermal sensor connector
  • 1 x Thunderbolt header
  • 1 x TPM Header
  • 1 x TPM Header (14-1 pin)
  • 1 x TPU Switch(es)
  • 1 x U.2 Connector
  • 2 x USB 2.0 Header
  • 2 x USB 3.0 Header
  • 1 x USB BIOS Flashback button
  • 1 x Water Pump Header
Back Panel
  • 2 x 10/100/1000 (LAN)
  • 1 x ASUS Wi-Fi GO! module (802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0)
  • 2 x Audio I/O
  • 1 x DisplayPort 1.2
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0
  • 1 x Line In
  • 1 x Line Out
  • 1 x Mic-In
  • 1 x SPDIF Out (Optical)
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Type-A
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Type-C
Warranty

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Details
Duration:
36 months
Type:
Return to base
DOA Period:
28 days
RTB Period:
36 months
Manufacturer Contact Details
Manufacturer:
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Telephone:
0871 472 4747
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Asus Intel Z170 PREMIUM Skylake ATX Gaming Motherboard
Asus Intel Z170 PREMIUM Skylake ATX Gaming Motherboard