ASUS Announces H170, B150, H110 and Q170 Motherboard Series

    ASUS Announces H170, B150, H110 and Q170 Motherboard Series
    Brands include ASUS Signature for exceptional everyday computing and Pro Gaming
    for value-packed entertainment
    KEY POINTS
    • ASUS Signature: H170, B150, H110 and Q170 chipsets in ATX, mATX and mITX, with 5X Protection II, USB Type-C, and LED-illuminated audio
    • ASUS Pro Gaming: High-value H170 and B150 boards with gaming-optimized audio and networking, USB 3.1 and M.2 connectivity, and smart DIY features
    Fremont, California (September 1st, 2015) - ASUS today announced Signature and Pro Gaming motherboards based on the latest Intel® H170, B150, H110 and Q170 chipsets for 6th-generation Intel Core™ processors, and available in a variety of popular board sizes for maximum build flexibility — including ATX, mATX and mITX.

    ASUS Signature motherboards span the four new chipsets, both DDR3 and DDR4 memory types, and all price ranges. They provide exceptional everyday computing, with advanced technologies including ultra-stable 5X Protection II, convenient USB Type-C connectivity, and beautiful LED-illuminated audio. ASUS Pro Gaming motherboards appeal to today’s modern value-conscious consumers, who demand affordability and the very best technology. Every Pro Gaming motherboard features multiple ASUS-exclusive innovations to unleash full performance potential, including SupremeFX gaming audio with Sonic Radar II, gaming-optimized networking with Intel Gigabit Ethernet, GameFirst technology and LANGuard, plus Gamer's Guardian and smart DIY features for superb durability and easier builds
    ASUS Signature: Packed with 5X Protection II, USB Type-C, and beautiful LED-illuminated audio
    Every ASUS Signature motherboard is engineered with multiple advanced hardware safeguards and next-generation connectivity, plus LED-illuminated audio.
    Industry-leading 5X Protection II employs the finest components, thoughtful circuit design, and exacting standards to guarantee quality and long-term durability with all-round protection for the motherboard,
    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 2.5X-greater surge tolerance.

    Overvoltage Protection is a world-class circuit-protecting power design with built-in voltage regulators to protect your chipset, connectivity ports, and audio codecs from damage caused by unexpected high-level voltages from unstable or inferior power supplies.

    The Digi+ VRM intelligently delivers power to the processor based on real-time demands, reducing energy waste and improving system stability; and DRAM Overcurrent Protection offers resettable fuses to prevent overcurrent and short-circuit damage to the DRAM area. Stainless-steel back I/O panels are bonded with chromium oxide to offer a lifespan that's three times (3X) longer than ordinary panels.

    ASUS Signature motherboards are also engineered with next-generation USB Type-C, SATA Express and M.2 connectivity. The latest USB Type-C (USB-C) standards guarantees both high-speed transfers and future device compatibility, plus the convenience and flexibility of a slim, reversible port for any-way-up connections. Backwardly-compatible SATA Express smashes through SATA’s 6Gbit/s saturation point to enable maximum speed from the fastest SSD drives, and M.2 with x4 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 bandwidth, supports up to 32Gbit/s speeds for lightning-fast transfers.

    Beautiful LED-illuminated trace paths brighten every ASUS Signature build, and serve to highlight the motherboards’ noise-isolated, precision-shielded, interference-eliminated onboard audio. ASUS Signature motherboards also come with a pack of user-friendly features, including EZ Flash 3 for quick BIOS update via the internet, both from and within the BIOS. They also have a safe motherboard-mounting design, with component-free areas around every case-mounting hole to minimize the risk of damage and short circuits caused by contact — so fitting and installing ASUS Signature motherboards is now safer than ever.

    ASUS Pro Gaming: Gaming audio and networking, USB 3.1 and M.2, plus Gamer’s Guardian

    ASUS Pro Gaming motherboards are equipped with SupremeFX technology to deliver high-fidelity, near-lossless 115dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) audio. The electromagnetically-shielded Realtek ALC1150 codec maximizes acoustic performance and eliminates interference — so only the very best audio is heard through gaming headsets and speakers. The red-line shielding is illuminated for beautiful aesthetics, and it’s even customizable, allowing users to create eye-catching lighting effects.
    Pro Gaming also include Sonic Radar II, a stealthy overlay that shows what opponents and teammates are up to on the battlefield — all managed via a simple control panel and customizable game list. Sonic Radar II shows both the direction and origin of key in-game sounds, enabling ASUS gamers to practice enemy-pinpointing skill.

    Pro Gaming motherboards are built with gaming-grade networking technologies, including tournament-level Intel Gigabit Ethernet, and ASUS-exclusive LANGuard and GameFirst technologies.

    Intel's LAN technology has the serious double advantage of reducing CPU overhead and offering exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput, significantly reducing the processor's workload to free up power for the game, while GameFirst prioritizes game-related packets and allocates more bandwidth to games, eliminating laggy gameplay, streaming stutters and file-sharing slowdown. LANGuard offers the same great protection as ASUS Signature motherboards.

    Gamers also benefit from uniquely-intelligent RAMCache technology. This effectively caches an entire storage device so that favorite games and apps launch at breakneck speeds, getting to work the moment it’s activated. RAMCache minimizes risk of data loss and turns milliseconds into microseconds — boosting game-load times to stratospheric levels.

    All Pro Gaming motherboards are protected by multiple self-defends called Gamer’s Guardian, including the Digi+ VRM for ultra-smooth and ultra-clean power delivery to the CPU, DRAM Overcurrent Protection, and durable capacitors engineered to resist extreme temperature variations of between -55°C and 105°C — 110% better than the industry standard. Pro Gaming’s stainless-steel input/output (I/O) panels lasts three times (3X) longer than ordinary panels.

    Smart DIY features include one-clip Q-Slot and Q-DIMM graphics-card and memory installation. Q-Shield prevents nicks and cuts during building, while four Q-LED lamps indicate problems with the CPU, memory, graphics card or boot device for quick diagnosis. ASUS ESD Guards actively protect against sudden electrostatic discharge (ESD), ensuring USB ports, audio and LAN port protection that's up to twice (2X) as resilient as industry standards.

    Pro Gaming motherboards provide gamers with the latest and fastest connectivity with USB 3.1 Type-A and reversible Type-C, plus M.2 on board.

    AVAILABILITY & PRICING
    ASUS Signature and Pro Gaming motherboards will be available from ASUS authorized resellers and distributors soon.
    PR Contacts:
    Rajinder Gill
    Snr. Technical Marketing Specialist
    ASUS Computer International
    Rajinder_Gill@ASUS.COM
    SPECIFICATIONS1
    H170-PRO H170M-PLUS H170I-PLUS D3 Q170M-C
    CPU Intel® LGA1151 for 6th-generation Intel® Core™ i7/ i5 / i3 / Pentium® / Celeron® processors
    Chipset Intel® H170 Express
    Memory 4 x DIMM, max. 64GB, DDR4, 2133MHz 4x DIMM, max. 64GB DDR4, 2133MHz 2 x DIMM, max. 32GB DDR3, 1600MHz 4 x DIMM, max. 64GB DDR4, 2133MHz
    PCIe x16 Slots 1 x PCIe® 3.0/2.0 x16
    1 x PCIe® 3.0 x16 (@x4)
    1 x PCIe® 3.0/2.0 x16
    1 x PCIe® 3.0 x16 (@x4)
    1 x PCIe® 3.0 x16 1 x PCIe® 3.0 x16
    Output Support HDMI/DVI/VGA HDMI/DVI/VGA DP/HDMI/DVI/VGA DP/HDMI/DVI/VGA
    Audio Realtek® ALC887 with ASUS audio features Realtek® ALC887 with ASUS audio features Realtek® ALC887 Realtek® ALC887
    Gigabit LAN 1 (Realtek®) 1 (Intel®) 1 (Intel®) Intel® vPro™
    SATA Express 1 1 1 N/A
    SATA 6 x SATA 6Gbit/s 6 x SATA 6Gbit/s 4 x SATA 6Gbit/s 6 x SATA 6Gbit/s
    M.2 1 (PCIe 3.0 x4)
    up to 2280
    1 (PCIe 3.0 x4)
    up to 2280
    1 (both PCIe and SATA modes)
    up to 2280
    N/A
    Wi-Fi N/A N/A 2x2 dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz) N/A
    USB 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C
    6 x USB 3.0 Type-A
    6 x USB 2.0
    1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C 6 x USB 3.0 Type-A
    6 x USB 2.0
    8 x USB 3.0
    4 x USB 2.0
    10 x USB 3.0
    4 x USB 2.0
    U.2 Support Compatible with Hyper Kit (purchased separately) Compatible with Hyper Kit (purchased separately) N N
    RAID Y Y N Y
    B150-PRO D3 B150M-PLUS D3 H110M-PLUS D3 H110I-PLUS D3
    CPU Intel® LGA1151 for 6th-generation Intel® Core™ i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium® / Celeron® processors
    Chipset Intel® B150 Express Intel® H110 Express
    Memory 4 x DIMM, max. 64GB, DDR3,1866(OC)MHz 4 x DIMM, max. 64GB DDR3,1866(OC)MHz 2 x DIMM, max. 32GB DDR3, 1866(OC)MHz 2 x DIMM, max. 32GB DDR3, 1600MHz
    PCIe x16 Slots 1 x PCIe® 3.0/2.0 x16
    1 x PCIe® 3.0 x16 (@x4)
    1 x PCIe® 3.0/2.0 x16
    1 x PCIe® 3.0 x16 (@x4)
    1 x PCIe® 3.0/2.0 x16 1 x PCIe® 3.0 x16
    Output Support HDMI/DVI/VAG HDMI/DVI/VGA HDMI/DVI/VGA HDMI/DVI/VGA
    Audio Realtek® ALC 887 with ASUS audio features Realtek® ALC 887 with ASUS audio features Realtek® ALC887 Realtek® ALC887
    Gigabit LAN 1 (Realtek®) 1 (Realtek®) 1 (Realtek®) 1 (Realtek®)
    SATA Express N/A N/A N/A N/A
    SATA 6 x SATA 6Gbit/s 6 x SATA 6Gbit/s 4 x SATA 6Gbit/s 4 x SATA 6Gbit/s
    M.2 N/A N/A N/A N/A
    Wi-Fi N/A N/A N/A N/A
    USB 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C 4 x USB 3.0 Type-A
    6 x USB 2.0
    1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C 5 x USB 3.0 Type-A
    6 x USB 2.0
    2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A 4 x USB 3.0 4 x USB 3.0
    6 x USB 2.0
    U.2 Support N/A N/A N/A N
    RAID N N N N
    H170 PRO GAMING B150 PRO GAMING D3
    Chipset Intel® H170 Express Intel® B150 Express
    Memory 4 x DIMM, max. 64GB, DDR4, 2133MHz 4 x DIMM, max. 64GB DDR3, 1866(OC)MHz
    PCIe x16 Slots 1 x PCIe® 3.0 x16
    1 x PCIe® 3.0 x16 (@x4)
    1 x PCIe® 3.0 x16
    1 x PCIe® 3.0 x16 (@x4)
    Output Support DP/HDMI/DVI /VGA HDMI/VGA
    Audio SupremeFX
    Realtek® ALC1150
    SupremeFX
    Realtek® ALC1150
    Gigabit LAN 1 (Intel®) 1 (Intel®)
    SATA Express 1 N/A
    SATA 4 x SATA 6Gbit/s 6 x SATA 6Gbit/s
    M.2 1 (both PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA modes)
    up to 22110
    1 (both PCIe and SATA modes)
    up to 22110
    Wi-Fi N/A N/A
    USB 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2
    Type-A 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C 6 x USB 3.0
    1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C 6xUSB 3.0
    U.2 Support Compatible with Hyper Kit (purchased separately) Compatible with Hyper Kit (purchased separately)
    RAID N/A N/A
    1 Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may.
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    About ASUS
    ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,326 awards in 2014 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 13,600 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 4,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2014 was approximately US$14.5 billion.