Asus' Z170I Pro Gaming Is A Stylish Mini ITX Motherboard For Skylake

Subject: Motherboards | September 26, 2015 - 01:08 AM |
Tagged: Z170, Skylake, SATA Express, mu-mimo, mini ITX, M.2

Small Form Factor (SFF) enthusiasts will soon have another Mini ITX option for Skylake-based builds in the form of the recently launched Asus Z170I Pro Gaming motherboard. The Z170I Pro Gaming packs a ton of features for its size including all of the latest storage and networking technologies.

Asus is not wasting any space on the PCB with this new board. The LGA 1151 socket is surrounded by two red and black heatsinks covering the Digi+ VRMs (which looks to be 10-phase power delivery which isn’t bad for a SFF board), two DDR4 memory slots (up to 32GB at 3400 MHz), the PCH/Southbridge (part of the Z170 chipset), and a single PCI-E x16 slot along the bottom edge.

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Storage options include two SATA III (6Gbps) ports, a single SATA Express port (which holds two SATA III ports of its own), and a M.2 slot on the underside of the motherboard supporting four PCI-E 3.0 lanes.

Other components on the board include an ASMedia USB 3.1 controller, and an EMI shielded SupremeFX 8-channel audio solution that is comprised of the Realtek ALC1150 audio codec, isolated circuitry and an EMI cover, Nichicon capacitors, a dedicated 5V power supply, and a 300-ohm headphone amplifier. Asus is further including a 2x2 MU-MIMO capable 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 radios, and an Intel 1219V Gigabit Ethernet NIC.

Rear IO on the Z170I Pro Gaming includes:

  • 1 x PS/2
  • 1 x DVI
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Type-A (ASMedia controller)
  • 4 x USB 3.0 (2 additional ports via internal header)
  • 2 x USB 2.0 (2 additional ports via internal header)
  • 5 x Analog audio ports
  • 1 x Optical audio out

The Z170I Pro Gaming is a nice looking board that incorporates many of the features of its Z170 Pro Gaming (ATX) brother. This miniaturization comes at a price, however. While Asus has not yet released official pricing and availability, expect it to be out soon at least $200 USD.

Check out more Mini ITX hardware at PC Perspective!

Also, if you have not already, please consider reading our review of the Intel Core-i7 6700K "Skylake" Processor

Source: Asus

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September 26, 2015 | 08:21 AM - Posted by kent1146

Holy cow. This is one sexy motherboard.

USB 3.1, NVMe support, high quality capacitors, an upgraded onboard audio solution, probably around $200, and in MiniITX form factor? Yes, please!

November 14, 2015 | 04:21 PM - Posted by Mac (not verified)

Is there a way to determine if a board is nvme?

September 26, 2015 | 12:50 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I'll be waiting for the Maximus VIII Impact.

October 2, 2015 | 01:39 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

When is this coming out any ideas or rumors etc.. i can't find anything for this itx

September 26, 2015 | 01:37 PM - Posted by Simms (not verified)

"LGA 1150"?

September 27, 2015 | 12:15 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

Yeah, sorry about that. I made a "typo." It is the LGA 1151 socket, I've updated the article.

September 27, 2015 | 09:32 AM - Posted by Simms (not verified)

I was like, this could be awesome

October 2, 2015 | 01:40 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

when is this Maximus VIII Impact itx going to be released?

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