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.
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.
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:34 pm CDT
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- Page 2 [Packaging and Z170-A Overview]
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- Page 5 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
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- Page 8 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
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