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ASUS Z170-WS (Intel Z170) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Mar 4, 2016 2:40 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: ASUS

Overclocking Results

 

CPU Overclocking

 

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This test applies 1.4v VCore measured, and then I try to get the highest possible validation frequency. The Z170-WS does 5GHz just like most other motherboards.

 

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On the Z170-WS, I was able to run 4.8GHz core, 4.2GHz cache, and DDR4 2666MHz as a stable overclock. This board overclocks very easily.

 

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I measured the VCore manually at the output capacitor of the CPU VRM; I measured at many different levels so you can reference them. I will say that CPU-Z is not accurate enough for this motherboard, it reports VCore lower than what is applied.

 

Compatible Memory Overclocking Kits

 

Test 1: 4x8GB (32GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX 2666MHz C16

 

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The board was able to boot up on four of these sticks at XMP without issue.

 

Test 2: 2x4GB (8GB) G.Skill Trident Z 3733MHz C17

 

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This motherboard booted this 3733Mhz TridentX kit up very nicely. I do recommend that users stick with ASUS's memory compatibility list when using memory with this motherboard because my Dominator Platinum 3200MHz kit did not work, but it also is not on the list.

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