Motherboards
    ROG STRIX X99 GAMING

    Best Features Award

    While the motherboard has some great features, it isn't without its pitfalls. If you want to run three cards in SLI, you will need to think about the spacing, and you can only use U.2 or M.2, not both. Like most X99 motherboards, PCH and CPU IO is limited compared to Z170, but ASUS has done a decent job of prioritizing certain features over others. Overall, this motherboard is impressive, and I am glad ASUS has created a motherboard to fit almost everyone's aesthetic preferences. more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/1340/10212.png TweakTown
    UNITED STATES
    TweakTown
    06/22/2016

    Motherboards
    Z170-PRO

    Dam Good Value

    So where does this leave the ASUS Z170-Pro? In a pretty decent position actually. It may no longer reside in the driver's seat among its peers but for buyers who absolutely cannot stretch their budget another $30 to afford the ASUS RoG Hero or Genes of the marketplace, the Z170-Pro is still a very good choice. Just be aware of the still competition around its price point.  more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/2511.gif Hardware Canucks
    UNITED STATES
    Hardware Canucks
    06/08/2016

    Networking
    RT-AC88U

    Tweaktown Best Features Award

    Overall, the ASUS RT-AC88U is a high-end solution for those looking to upgrade without becoming obsolete within a few months. At the pace the wireless market is moving, you can rest assured this AC3100 solution will give you years of reliability and look great while doing it. more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/1340/10212.png TweakTown
    UNITED STATES
    TweakTown
    04/18/2016

    Motherboards
    Z170-WS

    9.7/10

    Top Tier performance and tons of options and features boost the Z170 WS into the premium category. This motherboard is loaded with features that give you options for your workstation build and allow expansion later. more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/1340/12529.jpg Serve The Home
    UNITED STATES
    Serve The Home
    04/13/2016

    Servers & Workstations
    Z170-WS

    9.7/10

    Top Tier performance and tons of options and features boost the Z170 WS into the premium category. This motherboard is loaded with features that give you options for your workstation build and allow expansion later. more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/1340/12529.jpg Serve The Home
    UNITED STATES
    Serve The Home
    04/13/2016

    Graphics Cards
    MATRIX-GTX980TI-P-6GD5-GAMING

    Gold Award

    Given the fact that a video card of this caliber is currently priced under its MSRP, and at much better pricing than the MSI LIGHTNING the ASUS MATRIX 980 Ti Platinum is clearly the better deal. It provides a similar amount of performance overclocked, for a much lower price, at least for now. The price could jump, and if it does it puts both video cards into a price range neither have any business of occupying. In terms of performance, design, quality and pricing the ASUS GTX 980 Ti MATRIX Platinum is easily worthy of our [H] Editor's Choice Gold Award more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/1111.jpg HardOCP
    UNITED STATES
    HardOCP
    04/11/2016

    Motherboards
    MAXIMUS VIII EXTREME

    Recommended

    But honestly, neither of these boards are for the budget builder who's merely looking to slap together an average PC. The Asus Z170 ROG Maximus VIII Extreme motherboard is for the tireless system builder who can't or won't stop tuning and tweaking, who is always on the hunt for increased performance. For you, we can attest, this premium motherboard will keep you entertained for a good long while. more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/2541.jpg Hot Hardware
    UNITED STATES
    Hot Hardware
    04/08/2016

    ROG
    MAXIMUS VIII EXTREME

    Recommended

    But honestly, neither of these boards are for the budget builder who's merely looking to slap together an average PC. The Asus Z170 ROG Maximus VIII Extreme motherboard is for the tireless system builder who can't or won't stop tuning and tweaking, who is always on the hunt for increased performance. For you, we can attest, this premium motherboard will keep you entertained for a good long while. more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/2541.jpg Hot Hardware
    UNITED STATES
    Hot Hardware
    04/08/2016

    Notebooks & Ultrabooks
    ASUS ZenBook UX305CA

    4/5

    ..The Asus ZenBook UX305CA is arguably one of the highest value Ultrabooks currently on the market. more
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    UNITED STATES
    GadgetReview
    03/24/2016

    Motherboards
    970 PRO GAMING/AURA

    Approved

    Overall I had a very good experience with the ASUS 970 PRO Gaming/AURA. It's a well rounded motherboard with some updated features such as USB 3.1 and M.2 SSD connectivity. This should help bridge the gap until ZEN arrives and give AMD enthusiasts a much needed refresh. The 970 Pro has enough power for decent overclocks and handled itself quite nicely in my opinion. Keep in mind this is a 125W board so even running the FX-9370 at stock is impressive, let alone at 5GHz. more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/1340/5625.jpg Overclockers.com
    UNITED STATES
    Overclockers.com
    03/22/2016

    Motherboards
    Z170-WS

    Approved

    ASUS has been churning out a lot of solid boards in their Z170 lineup of which the Z170 WS is one. This motherboard is a refreshing departure on color scheme from the last two generations, removing the black/gold and going to black/grey. Coming in at an MSRP of $350, as seen on Newegg, there aren't many boards more expensive than the Z170 WS, but even the vastly more expensive Maximus VIII Extreme doesn't support quad GPU's. In fact, the only other Z170 boards I see which support quad GPU's are the Z170 OC Formula and Z170X SOC Force. more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/1340/5625.jpg Overclockers.com
    UNITED STATES
    Overclockers.com
    03/21/2016

    Servers & Workstations
    Z170-WS

    Approved

    ASUS has been churning out a lot of solid boards in their Z170 lineup of which the Z170 WS is one. This motherboard is a refreshing departure on color scheme from the last two generations, removing the black/gold and going to black/grey. Coming in at an MSRP of $350, as seen on Newegg, there aren't many boards more expensive than the Z170 WS, but even the vastly more expensive Maximus VIII Extreme doesn't support quad GPU's. In fact, the only other Z170 boards I see which support quad GPU's are the Z170 OC Formula and Z170X SOC Force. more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/1340/5625.jpg Overclockers.com
    UNITED STATES
    Overclockers.com
    03/21/2016

    Motherboards
    ROG MAXIMUS VIII FORMULA

    Gold Award

    The ASUS Maximus VIII Formula motherboard is damn near a work of art. Coming in at $400, it is not for the budget conscious however. If having a great overclocking motherboard with a feature set second to none all with a near-perfect look, the Maximus VIII Formula is certainly worth your attention the next time you go to purchase a motherboard. more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/1111.jpg HardOCP
    UNITED STATES
    HardOCP
    03/15/2016

    ROG
    ROG MAXIMUS VIII FORMULA

    Gold Award

    The ASUS Maximus VIII Formula motherboard is damn near a work of art. Coming in at $400, it is not for the budget conscious however. If having a great overclocking motherboard with a feature set second to none all with a near-perfect look, the Maximus VIII Formula is certainly worth your attention the next time you go to purchase a motherboard. more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/1111.jpg HardOCP
    UNITED STATES
    HardOCP
    03/15/2016

    Motherboards
    Z170-PRO

    91%

    The ASUS Z170-Pro provides a healthy amount of features with premium controllers and a good amount of hidden quality. more
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    UNITED STATES
    TweakTown
    03/09/2016

    Motherboards
    ROG MAXIMUS VIII FORMULA

    Recommended

    Performance lands where it should, it has all the options the Z170 chipset offers, and it has the ability to fully customize the color scheme. It's a great choice if you are looking for a high- end gaming board. If you need or want to make it the center of your themed build, the Maximus VIII Formula is the board for you and is Overclockers.com approved! more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/1340/5625.jpg Overclockers.com
    UNITED STATES
    Overclockers.com
    02/29/2016

    ROG
    ROG MAXIMUS VIII FORMULA

    Recommended

    Performance lands where it should, it has all the options the Z170 chipset offers, and it has the ability to fully customize the color scheme. It's a great choice if you are looking for a high- end gaming board. If you need or want to make it the center of your themed build, the Maximus VIII Formula is the board for you and is Overclockers.com approved! more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/1340/5625.jpg Overclockers.com
    UNITED STATES
    Overclockers.com
    02/29/2016

    Phones
    ZenFone Zoom (ZX551ML)

    Approved

    We need to give ASUS some kudos for stepping outside the box and offering something that's truly unique in the smartphone space. more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/2579.jpg Hot Hardware
    UNITED STATES
    Hot Hardware
    02/24/2016

    Tablets & Mobile
    ZenFone Zoom (ZX551ML)

    Approved

    We need to give ASUS some kudos for stepping outside the box and offering something that's truly unique in the smartphone space. more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/2579.jpg Hot Hardware
    UNITED STATES
    Hot Hardware
    02/24/2016

    Motherboards
    B150 PRO GAMING/AURA

    DAM GOOD

    Now there are certainly Z170 motherboards in the same price range as the B150 PRO GAMING/AURA, but none have similar onboard audio or networking capabilities, or USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C, or water pump and thermal sensors headers, or high-end aesthetics with fully adjustable AURA RGB LED lighting. If you can live with its limitations, and can make use of its advantages, this is definitely a motherboard worth considering. more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/2666.jpg Hardware Canucks
    UNITED STATES
    Hardware Canucks
    02/08/2016