Overall Score 4  

Introduction

Asus are calling this their “Flagship micro-ATX Z170 with 5X Protection II for dependable stability, fantastic DDR4 performance, and reversible USB Type-C connectivity”. It’s a rather odd claim for this motherboard, Asus have flagship product lines, the Rampage and ROG series for example. Why would they call Z170M Plus motherboard a flagship?

Anyway, another Intel Z170 Chipset motherboard for review and this one is a little more conventional. A micro-ATX motherboard supporting M.2, DDR4 and AMD Crossfire amongst other things, it is looking like a good feature choice for anyone who just wants a solid Z170 Chipset without the gaming frills or a bunch of features you just won’t use.

This doesn’t have a feature most would want however, Asus have kept SLi out of the equation for this range, but you will still get two Fury’s in there for VR heaven! Ok, so Asus can do what they want with their range, and they do have enough motherboards in their product line to satisfy most, let’s see if this has enough to satisfy the rest.

Specifications 
CPUIntel Socket 1151 for 6th Generation Core i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium/Celeron Processors
Supports Intel® 14 nm CPU
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
ChipsetIntel Z170 Express Chipset
Memory4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB Dual Channel Memory Architecture
DDR4 2133 - 3466MHz (O.C.)
Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
Multi-GPU SupportSupports AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX Technology
On-board GraphicsIntegrated Graphics Processor- Intel® HD Graphics support
Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DVI/DVI-D/RGB ports
Maximum shared memory of 1024 MB
Supports Intel® InTru™ 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider™
Supports up to 3 displays simultaneously
AudioRealtek® ALC887 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
LANIntel® I219V, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)
Intel® LAN- Dual interconnect between the Integrated LAN controller and Physical Layer (PHY)
Expansion Slots1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 mode, gray)
1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (max at x4 mode)
2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x1
Storage Interface1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (both SATA & PCIE mode)
1 x SATA Express port, gray, compatible with 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports
6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology
USB6 x USB 2.0/1.1 port(s) (2 at back panel, black, Type-A, 4 at mid-board)
6 x USB 3.0/2.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue, Type-A, 4 at mid-board)
1 x USB 5Gb/s port(s) port(s) (1 at back panel, black, Type-C, Reversible, Support 3A power output)
Back Panel Connectors1 x PS/2 keyboard (purple)
1 x PS/2 mouse (green)
1 x DVI-D
1 x D-Sub
1 x HDMI
1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
1 x USB 5Gb/s port(s) Type-C ( support 3A power output )
2 x USB 3.0 (blue) Type-A
2 x USB 2.0
3 x Audio jack(s)

Product Gallery

Flagship or not, accessories are at the budget to mid range level, though everything you need to get going from a motherboard point of view.

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