Z170-A

    Z170-A

    One click for superb performance, with USB 3.1 support

    • 5-Way Optimization: One click to optimize your entire system; plus a dedicated onboard water-pump header
    • ASUS Pro Clock Technology: Extends base clocks and improves stability for extreme overclocking
    • Crystal Sound 3, Intel LAN and Turbo LAN: Flawless audio and low-latency networking
    • USB 3.1 onboard: One Type-A port plus a reversible Type-C port
    • 5X Protection II: Advanced hardware safeguards
    Product Image
    1 DisplayPort
    2 HDMI
    3 2 x USB 3.0
    4 Intel® LAN
    5 2 x USB 3.1
    (1 x Type-A and 1 x Type-C)
    68CH Audio with DTS Support
    7

    3 x PCle 3.0 (GEN3)

    SLI & 3-WAY CFX Support
    8

    Crystal Sound 3

    • Power pre-regular
    • Top notch audio profile
    • Audio shielding
    • De-pop circuit
    • Audio amplifier
    • Separate layer for left and right tracks
    • Premium Japan-made audio capacitors
    9DIGI+ VRM
    10EPU
    11Intel® LGA 1151 Socket
    12DDR4 3400(O.C.)Support
    134 x Front USB 3.0
    14SATA Express
    154 X SATA 6Gb/s
    1632Gb/s M.2 x 4 Support
    17TPU
    Multi-GPU Support

    Multi-GPU Support

    HDMI 2.0059

    Work with up to 3 Display

    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.
    Overclock CPU

    Testing configuration: 
    Intel LGA1151 i7 6700K | Z170-A | DDR4 G.Skill 3400C16 | ENERMAX 1050W | Corsair H100i | Intel SSD 80G| Win 8.1
    • CPU performance boost
    • All-round energy efficiency
    • Advanced fan controls
    • Precise Digital Power Control
    • Game faster, rank higher
    CPU performance boost

    TPU

    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*.

    *Please see the graphics card QVL
    All-round energy efficiency

    Cut off add-on IC power

    EPU

    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!
    Advanced fan and water-pump controls for ultimate cooling and quietness

    Fan Xpert 3

    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.
    Precise Digital Power Control

    DIGI+ 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.
    App specific optimization for professionals and gamers

    Turbo App

    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.
    Testing configuration: 
    Intel LGA1151 i7 6700K | Z170-A | DDR4 G.Skill 3400C16 | ENERMAX 1050W | Corsair H100i | Intel SSD 80G| Win 8.1
    DDR4 overclocking strength in numbers
    Second-generation ASUS T-Topology enables DDR4 memory overclocking to reach new heights: over DDR4-3400MHz 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
    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. 
    Ultimate-speed 10Gbit/s with USB 3.1 onboard
    With one USB 3.1 Type-A port and one reversible USB 3.1 Type-C for the very fastest USB connections, 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

    Flawless audio that

    makes you part of the game

    Crystal Sound 3
    1
    Clean Power
    Power pre-regulator
    Reduces power-input noise to ensure consistent performance.
    2
    Noise Isolation
    Audio shielding
    Ensures precision analog/digital separation and greatly reduced multi-lateral interference.
    3
    Separate layer for left and right tracks
    Ensures both channels deliver consistent, equal quality.
    4
    EMI protection
    Prevents electrical noise to preserve audio quality.
    5
    Audio Enjoyment
    Premium Japanese-made audio capacitors
    Provides warm, natural, and immersive sound with exceptional clarity and fidelity.
    6
    De-pop circuit
    Reduces start-up popping noise to all audio outputs.
    7
    Audio amplifier
    Produces the highest-quality sound for headphone and speakers.
    Intel Ethernet
    More throughput, less CPU usage and great gaming experiences
    Z170-A 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.
    1Real-time speed monitor
    2Grouping your own favorite list
    3Set 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.
    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!
    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!
    Your digital PC hub for sharing and home theater
    Media Streamer
    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.
    Watch your smart device content on the big screen
    HyStream
    With HyStream you'll enjoy the ease and freedom of streaming HD content from your supported* Apple iOS smartphone or tablet straight to your bigger screen!

    * Contact your device vendor for support information.
    All-in-one control between your PC and smart device
    Mobo Connect
    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.
    Extreme Stability
    Surge-ProtectedNetworking
    OvervoltageProtection
    StablePower Supply
    OvercurrentProtection
    Stainless-SteelBack 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.

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    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!
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    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!
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    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!
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    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!
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    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!
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    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.
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    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!
    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. 

    Overview Content

    • Overclock Your Way
    • Game with Confidence
    • Seamless Entertainment
    • Extreme Stability
    • Easy PC DIY