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ASUS Z170-A (Intel Z170) Motherboard Review (Page 1)

ASUS Z170-A (Intel Z170) Motherboard Review

ASUS adds plenty of features into its new Z170-A (Intel Z170) motherboard, such as quality fan control which you only see in more expensive products.

Steven Bassiri | Jan 7, 2016 at 8:40 am CST - 1 min, 17 secs time to read this page
Rating: 91%Manufacturer: ASUS



Many know ASUS for their high-end motherboards, specifically the ROG series. ASUS's mainstream lineup has traditionally also been focused heavily towards the high-end, with only a few models in the $125-150 range. For Intel Skylake, ASUS has decided to expand into the more affordable price region, and the Z170-A sits a bit lower on the totem pole than most of their other Z170 offerings. At this price range, I don't set expectations as high as I might for a motherboard that costs over $200, but I will still put it through the same tests and analysis.

I have reviewed motherboards at this price range and below, and there is a lot of fierce competition in the market to win over people who want more affordable offerings with high-end features. ASUS also decided to include some legacy features, which are actually in demand. These include PCI slots for older sound cards and other devices, and a D-SUB (called VGA) onboard video output port, which Intel removed from the standard Z170 platform. So let's take a look and explore the Z170-A.


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The ASUS Z170-A has some premium features such as USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C, a 32Gb/s M.2 port, and an Intel Gbit NIC. There are also many legacy features such as a PCI slot, D-SUB (VGA), and PS/2 keyboard and mouse for those who will have older devices they might want to use.


The Z170-A is available from many large retailers for $156.99.

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