Asus Intel Z170-WS Skylake ATX Workstation Motherboard

Asus Z170-WS, Intel Z170, S 1151, DDR4, SATA3 6Gbps, U.2, M.2 (PCIe/SATA), 4-Way SLi/CrossFire, Dual LAN, USB3.1A+C, ATX

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Product Overview Quad Strength Graphics with Ultimate Transfer Speeds

Workstation Exclusive

Quad Strength Graphic Power
The Intel Z170 chipset-based workstation motherboard features on-demand NVIDIA® GeForce® SLI™ and AMD CrossFireX™ technology, plus hassle-free troubleshooting features for minimized downtime.

Four PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots enable extreme graphics power
The Z170-WS can carry up to four dual-slot graphics. It supports 4-Way NVIDIA® Geforce® SLI™ and AMD CrossFireX™ x 16 slot, making it an excellent choice for graphics professionals who depend on powerful graphics in areas such as design and modeling, medical research, plus processing-intensive simulation and rendering applications. In addition to graphics cards, extensive Z170-WS expandability offers ample room for RAID cards, PCI Express-based solid state storage drives, video capture cards, and other components.

Server Grade Design
ASUS Z170-WS couples innovative thinking with premium components to deliver industry-leading power efficiency.

ASUS introduce the industry‘s most durable 12K solid capacitors, and exclusive ASUS ProCool power connectors. Z170-WS is built to stay cool under pressure — and boosts performance, power efficiency and product longevity into extreme levels! In addition, Z170-WS is designed and tested for professional VGA, RAID and LAN cards, providing optimized graphics, storage and internet connecting speed for users. If you are looking for the extreme performance, look no further than Z170-WS.

12K Hours Capacitors: Capacitors with World's Best Longevity
ASUS is the world's first motherboard manufacturer to introduce 12K solid capacitors, and X99-E WS is of course equipped. These Japanese-made capacitors are the most durable in the industry, able to endure up to 12K hours at 105 °C and 1.2M hours at 65 °C. This is far higher than the temperatures generated by everyday computing, so X99-E WS is built for endurance . Our 12k capacitors also boast lowered equivalent series resistance (ESR) for increased efficiency and minimized heat generation — improving overall performance!

ProCool Power Connectors
ASUS ProCool is the power connector reinvented! Compared with traditional power connectors, ProCool connectors ensure an exceptionally close and secure connection with the Z170-WS motherboard. This design is much stronger, and it also benefits power efficiency: the flush connection enables lower impedance and better heat dissipation, allowing cooler operating temperature.

Full-Validated for Professional VGA, RAID & LAN Cards
Z170-WS is equipped with for four PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, and has full-validated with NVIDIA® Quadro® and AMD CrossFireX™ series professional workstation graphic cards.

In addition, Z170-WS also supports server-level networking and RAID equipment, ensuring the best speeds, compatibility and upgrade flexibility.

Q-Code Logger: One-touch Status Checker
Q-code logger is your one-touch status checker that lets users easily check system status at any time. Plug a flash drive into adjacent USB port, press the motherboard's dedicated Q-Code logger button and all ASUS Q-Code event logs for the current live session will be copied to the drive even with the system off.

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 Optimization

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 DDR4-3733MHz 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.

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

U.2 Connector on Board: Enjoy 2.5-in NVMe Support Immediately
Z170-WS fit next-generation 2.5-inch NVM Express SSDs with an on-board U.2 connector. 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.

Dual M.2/NVMe PCIE RAID Support: Speed up with Onboard M.2 up to 32Gbit/s
With x4 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 bandwidth, dual M.2/NVMe PCIE RAID 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.

Ultimate-speed 10Gbit/s with 2 USB 3.1 Onboard
With one USB 3.1 Type-A ports, and one reversible USB 3.1 Type-C, you'll experience data-transfer speeds of up to 10Gbit/s — or twice as fast USB 3.0. USB 3.1 is completely backward-compatible with your existing USB devices, and you'll be all set for USB 3.1's breakneck speeds. And ASUS-exclusive USB 3.1 Boost technology automatically accelerates USB 3.1 performance even further!

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.
• EMI protection: Prevents electrical noise to preserve audio quality.
• 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.

Intel Ethernet: More throughput, less CPU usage and great gaming experiences
Z170-WS 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.

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.

Seamless Entertainment

Media Streamer: A digital PC hub perfect for sharing and home theater
Enjoy your PC's multimedia content —anywhere! Pipe music from your PC 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.

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 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 • Ultimate graphics power: Accommodates quad PCI Express 3.0 graphics cards at x16 speed.
• Ultimate Transfer Speeds: The latest 10Gb/s USB 3.1, Dual 32Gbit/s M.2 x4 and U.2 on board.
• Ultimate Server Design: 12K capacitors, ProCool connectors, diverse VGA, RAID and LAN cards support.
• 5-Way Optimization: One click optimizes your entire system with a dedicated water-pump header on board.
• ASUS Pro Clock Technology: Extends base clocks and improves stability for extreme overclocking.
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)
Maximum Memory Capacity 64GB (4x16GB)
Graphics Connectors
  • Display Port 1.2
  • HDMI 2.0
Graphics Interface PCIe 3.0 (x16)
SLI Support 4 Way SLi
Crossfire Support 4 Way CrossFireX
Audio Realtek ALC1150 7.1 HD Audio with Crystal Sound 3
Network Interface Type Dual Wired Gigabit LAN (10/100/1000)
Network Interface Chip/Modules
  • 1 x Intel® I210AT (Gigabit LAN)
  • 1 x Intel® I219LM (Gigabit LAN)
SATA M.2 6GB/s / SATA III 6Gb/s
RAID Support via SATA
Storage Mode Support
  • Intel Rapid Storage Technology Support
  • RAID 0
  • RAID 1
  • RAID 10
  • RAID 5
Water Cooled No
Expansion Slots
  • 2 x M.2, S3 (M), 2242/2260/2280/22110, PCIe/SATA
  • 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16
  • 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x8 Bandwidth)
  • 1 x PCIe 3.0 x4
Internal I/O
  • 1 x 24pin (V)
  • 1 x 5-pin EXT_FAN(Extension Fan) connector
  • 1 x 6pin (V)
  • 2 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
  • 6 x SATA III - 6Gb/s
  • 1 x SPDIF-Out Header
  • 1 x System panel(s) (Q-Connector)
  • 1 x Thunderbolt header
  • 1 x TPM Header (14-1 pin)
  • 1 x TPU Switch(es)
  • 1 x U.2 Connector
  • 1 x USB 2.0 Header
  • 2 x USB 3.0 Header
  • 1 x USB 3.0 Type-A - Vertical
  • 1 x Water Pump Header
Back Panel
  • 2 x 10/100/1000 (LAN)
  • 3 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 Q-Code Logger button
  • 1 x SPDIF Out (Optical)
  • 4 x USB 2.0
  • 4 x USB 3.0
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Type-A
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C
  • 1 x USB BIOS Flashback Button
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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0871 472 4747
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Asus Intel Z170-WS Skylake ATX Workstation Motherboard
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