Here we have a first look on the Asus Z170 Pro motherboard thanks to TechPowerUp. Asus showcased the said motherboard at Computex 2015, just like Gigabyte, ASRock, MSI and other companies who also showcased their upcoming Z170 motherboards. If you look at the motherboard you will immediately notice that it features a similar design scheme with the Asus X99 Deluxe motherboard, assuming that you are familiar with the X99 Deluxe. Let’s take a closer look on the Asus Z170 Pro below and see what Asus is up to.
First Look – Asus Z170 Pro Motherboard
For starters, the Asus Z170 Pro motherboard will feature Intel’s upcoming 100 Series Chipset, in this case the Z170. The motherboard sports a new LGA 1151 socket supporting the 6th Generation Intel Core Skylake processors and will now support DDR4 memory modules. The days of DDR3 memory modules are numbered and expect that prices of DDR4 memory will soon decline. It also sports a 16-phase VRM power design and four memory DIMM slots supporting up to 64GB of DDR4-3000 memory.
There’s also the standard 8-pin CPU power connector and 24-pin ATX power connector. I’m also seeing two USB headers and several switches and buttons on the motherboard. Onboard power, reset, CLR CMOS buttons as well as a Q Code debug display are also present. I really think that these handy-dandy buttons are a must feature specially on mainstream and high end motherboards. The Asus Z170 Pro has three PCIE x16 slots, 4x PCIE x4 slots, and an M.2 slot. As for SATA connectors, it has 8x SATA 6Gbps ports or 6x SATA 6Gbps + 1 SATA Express.
Back at the I/O ports, the Asus Z170-Pro has the following: Optical out, HDMI, DisplayPort, mini DisplayPort, WiFi 802.11 ac with BT 4.0, 4x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.1, 4x USB 3.0, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, and the usual audio ports. Asus is using Crystal Sound 2 as its audio component and you still get that LED path that “separates” the audio components from the rest of the motherboard.
The Asus Z170-Pro, along with other 100-series based motherboards, is expected to launch this coming August 2015, right after Intel officially release the Intel 100 series chipset and 6th Generation Intel Skylake processors.