The Z170-A's BIOS is well polished just like all of the other ASUS Z170 UEFIs. The UEFI is responsive, mouse control is decent, and there are two operation modes. One is an EZ Mode shown above, and the other is the advanced mode shown below. The advanced mode is very useful for extreme tweakers, even though this isn't an extreme tweaking motherboard you can still overclock it quite well.
There is built-in auto overclocking, and every setting you need for overclocking Skylake is present. There is one area where ASUS excels compared to the competition in this price range, and that is fan control. They not only provide seven headers that are above the call of duty for a $157 motherboard, but each header can be configured for DC or PWM mode, and full unfettered control is provided in the UEFI and Windows. There is even a temperature input header and a fan expansion card header.
ASUS provides an acceptable amount of software programs (but not as much as an ROG board). This includes ASUS's AI Suite and DIP 5 for auto tuning, fan control, and many other capabilities (see manual or their site).
ASUS also includes TurboLAN, which is like ASUS's version of cFOS for the Intel NIC. A special skin for the Realtek audio suite is included as is HyStream, ASUS's Boot Setting, ASUS Home Cloud, and ASUS WebStorage.
PRICING: You can find the ASUS Z170-A (Intel Z170) Motherboard for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The ASUS Z170-A (Intel Z170) Motherboard retails for $157 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The ASUS Z170-A (Intel Z170) Motherboard retails for Â£118 at Amazon UK.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and Z170-A Overview]
- Page 3 [ASUS Z170-A Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [ASUS Z170-A Circuit Analysis Continued]
- Page 5 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [Overclocking]
- Page 8 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [System IO Benchmarks]
- Page 10 [Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption]
- Page 11 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]
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