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The Asus Z170-A is an ATX motherboard for Intel's Skylake-S processor platform. It offers a solid mix of features and lower cost, making it a great value - while still providing Asus' respected quality.

In terms of connectivity, this board is very well rounded. It has a wide range of video outputs, with VGA, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort all present. For memory it has four DDR4 slots, allowing up to 64GB of RAM. Drive connectivity includes SATA III, SATA Express, and M.2. It also has both analog and digital audio outputs, Gigabit Ethernet, a variety of USB ports, and even a legacy PS/2 port. It also features a legacy PCI slot, alongside six PCI-Express slots in varying sizes. SLI and Crossfire are supported as well.
William George (Puget Labs Technician)
William George (Puget Labs Technician) Says:
This is a great, affordable motherboard for the Z170 platform - with all four video output standards. Since you can use up to three of those outputs at a time, this is also a great platform for running two or three monitors without needing a dedicated video card! It also still has a legacy PS2 port for older keyboards or mice, and a mix of all three USB standards (2.0, 3.0, and 3.1).
Jeff Stubbers (Technology Consultant)
Jeff Stubbers (Technology Consultant) Says:
This motherboard comes with single-link DVI, which supports up to 1920x1200 resolution max, HDMI 1.4b, which can carry a 3D 1080p video signal at 120 Hz, and support up to 4096x2160 resolution at 24 Hz, and DisplayPort 1.2, which can support 3840x2160 resolution at 60 Hz.

This motherboard comes with (1) USB 3.1 Type A (usual type), and (1) USB 3.1 Type C (new type) connection available in the back of your system. USB 3.1 Type C is how they should have made USB ports in the first place. They will work regardless of the direction you plug them into the port, unlike how Type A needs to be put in a certain direction to fit and operate properly.
Model: Asus Z170-A

Socket  1151
CPU Compatibility  Intel Socket 1151 for 6th Generation Processors
Form Factor  ATX
Chipset Manufacturer  Intel
Chipset  Z170
Front Side Bus  DMI 3.0
Network Connectivity  Gigabit Networking
Network Controller  Intel I219-V
Audio Controller  Realtek ALC892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC featuring Crystal Sound 2
Cooling System  Heatsink
Color  Black
Memory Support
Type  DDR4
Maximum Speed  2133 MHz
Number of Slots  4
Maximum Size per Slot  16 GB
Maximum Amount Supported  64 GB
Onboard Video
Chipset Manufacturer  Intel
Processor Type  CPU Integrated Graphics
Maximum Shared Memory  512 MB
Maximum DVI Resolution   1920x1200
Maximum HDMI Resolution   4096x2160
Maximum DisplayPort Resolution   3840x2400
DVI  1
VGA  1
HDMI Version  1.4b
DisplayPort  1
DisplayPort Version  1.2
External Connections
USB 2.0  2
USB 3.0  2
USB 3.1  1
USB 3.1 Type C  1
PS/2 Keyboard  Yes
Audio Out  Surround Sound (7.1)
Audio In  Line-In/Microphone
S/PDIF  Optical
LAN (RJ45)  1
Internal Connections
USB 2.0  2 (providing 4 ports)
USB 3.0  2 (providing 4 ports)
SATA III 6.0Gbps  4
SATA Express  1
M.2 Connector  1
M.2 Support  Socket 3 for M Key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 devices
Serial (Com)  1
TPM (module sold separately)  1
TPM Pinout  14-1
SATA Controllers
SATA III 6.0Gbps Controller 1  6 port - Intel Z170
Expansion Slots
Slot 1  PCI Express 3.0 x1
Slot 2  PCI Express 3.0 x16
Slot 3  PCI Express 3.0 x1
Slot 4  PCI
Slot 5  PCI Express 3.0 x8 in a x16 size
Slot 6  PCI Express 3.0 x1
Slot 7  PCI Express 3.0 x4 in a x16 size
Additional Information
SLI Compatible  Yes
Crossfire Compatible  Yes
RAID Support  0,1,5,10
Bluetooth  No
Dual GPU Slot Spacing  3-Slot
BIOS Features
EZ Flash  Yes
OC Profiles  Yes
Height  305 mm (12.0 in)
Width  223.5 mm (8.8 in)

-PCIe 3.0 x16 slots run at single x16/- or x8/x8 mode
-The bottom PCIe 3.0 x4 (x16 size) slot shares bandwidth with SATA 6G_56 ports. Using this slot in x4 mode disables these ports.

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