Socket / CPU
White / Gray
- 2-Way SLI Capable
- CrossFire Capable
SATA 3Gb/s Ports
SATA 6Gb/s Ports
SATA Express Ports
PCI-E x16 Slots
PCI-E x8 Slots
PCI-E x4 Slots
PCI-E x1 Slots
Depends on CPU
Onboard USB3.0 Headers
SATA 6 Gb/s
- 125 points
- 30 months ago
from completed build W.O.B. BLACKOUT
Great motherboard. Easy to use BIOS, easy to install, provides all the connections I needed and I love the white colour as it adds to my accented build.
- 76 points
- 36 months ago
from completed build DeepBlueII
I’ve always been intrigued by the Tuf series boards that ASUS has had for a while now. My old PC’s get handed down to relatives so they are in service for a long time. The idea of military grade components and a five year warranty was attractive, not to mention I was going for a white build. When this board was announced it was love at first sight. The UEFI is easy to work with. I’ve used others and this is my favorite. Cons: This board has a few tan colored connectors left over from their other military series boards. ASUS software sucks. Four stars if you intend on using the ASUS software, five stars if not.
- 47 points
- 34 months ago
from completed build Arctic Sabertooth
Perfect for my theme, had all the connections I needed and will need for future additions. Solid board!
- 31 points
- 35 months ago
from completed build Winter's Bite.
Looks a monster. Has everything you need for a motherboard.
- 27 points
- 19 months ago
from completed build Isenhjärta
Personally I LOVE the aesthetics of this motherboard. It looks amazing as it always did in pics that I saw prior to purchase. It has most of the features I wanted and all of the ones I wanted at its price range. However I will say that I still prefer MSI's Click Bios to Asus'. Probably more of a personal preference.
- 26 points
- 40 months ago
from completed build Kilimanjaro
This is one place I absolutely needed to pick properly so that all my craziness in picking other parts can come together. I needed a 2280 m.2 slot that runs in SATA mode for my SSD, I needed a minimum four midboard USB3 ports for my case (which I'll in turn need for the VR headset I'm buying at the end of the year), I needed at least 6 SATA 3 6Gb/s ports so I can populate all of the case's hard drive bays, and I needed a good UEFI implementation for my quickboot. On top of all of this, I wanted a ridiculously long warranty so I can carry the motherboard forward for a few side-builds in the future. I didn't opt for the Shield from the Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 simply because I personally think it's superfluous. This motherboard is a monster, I wasn't building carefully at all with it and was pushing and tugging on parts all over the place and it never gave way. That TUF moniker is really well earned in this case, and both the design and OLED lights are fantastic!
- 26 points
- 36 months ago
from completed build Elysium
Wonderful motherboard, lots of fan headers and places to connect your own temperature sensors - the software allows you to customise your fan profiles dependent upon any of these sensors and bias them accordingly so that say CPU is a more important factor than some of your other areas for one fan, but another might ramp up more dependent on RAM heat, for example. Digital Camo styling is very nice for a white build and is a welcome difference from the propensity of black and red gaming motherboards. Only issue is the automatic turn off of the iGPU outputs when a graphics card is inserted - I'd like to be able to connect my 21:9 monitor to the motherboards display port and have my 4k only running of my R9 295x2 - haven't figured out how to get this combination working yet.
- 25 points
- 35 months ago
from completed build W A R S P I T E
Ok, so the Z170 S is a little bit of a marmite motherboard. Luckily if combined with the right components and case (Dominator/Evolv Glass) it can truly shine. While motherboard performance is negligible between Z170 competitors the one difference you will find it motherboard outputs, This has plenty! Nobody will need the excessive amount of ports found on models double the price. If you are going to be a port *****, go X99/2011.
This case ticks all the boxes for me and personally would recommend it to anyone who is after something different. One downside I have noticed is the motherboard is covered in little 'tramp stamps', Also, the motherboard diagnostics display is covered by the GPU but you can actually get the BIOS readout on your phone using the TUFPORT USB on the back! Very useful if you need to diagnose any issues but a bit of a faf to setup
- 23 points
- 32 months ago
from completed build The Arctic seal
Hard to install but after that it was simple. The lights help you troubleshoot and the board has enough writing so you know exactly where to but stuff. In my opinion it and it's brothers are the only option for a white build.