Asus Z170-WS Review & Specifications

Asus Z170 WS ATX DDR4 LGA1151

- ASUS

LGA1151, Supports the 6th Generation Intel Core i7/ i5/ i3/ Pentium/ Celeron Processors; Supports 14nm CPU; Supports Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
Chipset: Intel Z170 Express
Memory: 4x DDR4-3733(OC)/ 3600(OC)/ 3466(OC)/ 3400(OC)/ 3333(OC)/ 3300(OC)/ 3200(OC)/ 3000(OC)/ 2800(OC)/ 2666(OC)/ 2600(OC)/ 2400(OC)/ 2133 DIMM Slots, Dual Channel, Non-ECC, Unbuffered, Max Capacity of 64GB
Slots: 4x PCI-Express 3.0/2.0 x16 Slots (Single at x16, dual at x16/x16, triple at x16/x8/x8 or dual x8/x8/x8/x8), 1x PCI-Express 3.0 x4 Slot (max at x4 mode)
SATA: 6x SATA3 Ports, Support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
Form Factor: ATX, 12.0 x 9.6 inch / 30.5 x 24.4 cm

Specs Overview

Model Z170 WS
Socket LGA1151
Form factor ATX
Chipset Intel Z170
Supported Memory DDR4:
2133Mhz 2400Mhz 2666Mhz 2800Mhz 3000Mhz 3200Mhz 3300Mhz 3333Mhz 3400Mhz 3466Mhz 3600Mhz 3733Mhz
SLI Support
CrossFire Support
RAID Support
Onboard USB 3.0
SATA 3 Gbps Ports 0
SATA 6 Gbps Ports 6
SATA Express Ports 0
M.2 Ports 2
mSATA Slots 0
RAM Slots 4
Maximum Supported RAM 64GB

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  • CPU

    Intel® Socket 1151 for 7th/6th Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors 
    Supports Intel® 14 nm CPU
    Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 
    * The Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 support depends on the CPU types.
    * Refer to www.asus.com for CPU support list

  • Chipset

    Intel® Z170

  • Memory

    4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR4 3733(O.C.)/3600(O.C.)/3466(O.C.)/3400(O.C.)/3333(O.C.)/3300(O.C.)/3200(O.C.)/3000(O.C.)/2800(O.C.)/2666(O.C.)/2400(O.C.)/2133 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory 
    Dual Channel Memory Architecture 
    Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
    * Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs. 
    * Refer to www.asus.com for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).

  • Graphic

    Integrated Graphics Processor- Intel® HD Graphics support 
    Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DisplayPort ports 
    - Supports HDMI with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 60 Hz / 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz*1
    - Supports DisplayPort with max. resolution 4096 x 2304 @ 24 Hz / 4096 x 2304 @ 60 Hz *2
    Maximum shared memory of 512 MB
    Supports Intel® InTru™ 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider™
    Supports up to 2 displays simultaneously
    DP 1.2 Multi-Stream Transport compliant, supports DP 1.2 monitor daisy chain up to 3 displays

  • Multi-GPU Support

    Supports NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ Technology 
    Supports NVIDIA® 4-Way SLI™ Technology 
    Supports AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology 
    Supports AMD 4-Way CrossFireX Technology

  • Expansion Slots

    4 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (single at x16, dual at x16/x16 mode, triple at x16/x8/x8 mode or quad x8/x8/x8/x8 mode) 
    1 x PCIe 3.0 x4 (max at x4 mode) *3

  • Storage

    Intel® Z170 chipset : 
    6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray, 
    2 x M.2 x4 Socket 3, with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (both SATA & PCIE mode)*4
    1 x U.2 connector, *5
    Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
    Intel® Rapid Storage Technology supports

  • LAN

    Intel® I219-LM , 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)
    Intel® I210-AT, 1 x Gigabit LAN
    Gigabit Intel® LAN Connection- 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) appliance
    ASUS Turbo LAN Utility

  • Audio

    Realtek® ALC1150 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC featuring Crystal Sound 3
    - Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel MIC Jack-retasking
    - High quality 112 dB SNR stereo playback output (Line-out at rear) and 104 dB SNR recording input (Line-in)
    Audio Feature :
    - DTS Connect
    - DTS Studio Sound
    - Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
    - BD Audio Layer Content Protection
    - Audio Shielding: Ensures precision analog/digital separation and greatly reduced multi-lateral interference
    - Audio amplifier: Provides the highest-quality sound for headphone and speakers
    - Premium Japanese-made audio capacitors: Provide warm, natural and immersive sound with exceptional clarity and fidelity
    - Top notch audio sensation delivers according to the audio configuration
    - Absolute Pitch 192khz/24bit true BD lossless sound
    Separate layer for left and right track, ensuring both sound deliver equal quality

  • USB Ports

    Intel® Z170 chipset : 
    5 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 port(s) (1 vertical Type A Connector, 4 at mid-board)
    Intel® Z170 chipset : 
    6 x USB 2.0/1.1 port(s) (4 at back panel, black, 2 at mid-board)
    ASMedia® USB 3.1 Gen 1 Hub : 
    4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 port(s) (4 at back panel, blue)
    ASMedia® USB 3.1 Gen 2 controller : 
    1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 port(s) (1 at back panel, teal blue, Type-A)
    ASMedia® USB 3.1 Gen 2 controller : 
    1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 port(s) (1 at back panel, , USB Type-CTM, Reversible)

  • Workstation Feature

    4 x PCIe x 16 slot(s)
    12K hours Capacitors
    ProCool Power Connector
    Q-Code Logger

  • Special Features

    OC Design - ASUS PRO Clock Technology
    - Full BCLK range for extreme overclocking performance
    5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5
    - 5-Way Optimization tuning key perfectly consolidates TPU, EPU, DIGI+ VRM, Fan Xpert 3, and Turbo App
    ASUS TPU :
    - Auto Tuning
    - GPU Boost 
    - TPU switch
    ASUS EPU :
    - EPU 
    - EPU switch
    ASUS Digital Power Design :
    - Industry leading Digital 8 + 4 + 2 Phase Power Design
    ASUS Exclusive Features :
    - USB BIOS Flashback
    - MemOK!
    - Ai Charger 
    - Ai Charger+
    - Anti-Surge
    - Front Panel USB 3.0 Support
    - ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface 
    - USB 3.1 Boost
    - Turbo LAN
    - Crystal Sound 3
    - EZ XMP ASUS Exclusive Features
    Remote Entertainment
    - Media Streamer
    ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution :
    - Stylish Fanless Design Heat-pipe solution
    - ASUS Fan Xpert 3
    ASUS EZ DIY :
    - DirectKey
    - ASUS USB BIOS Flashback 
    - ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode
    - Multi-language BIOS
    - Push Notice
    ASUS Q-Design :
    - ASUS Q-Shield
    - ASUS Q-Code
    - ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, HDD LED)
    - ASUS Q-Slot
    - ASUS Q-DIMM 
    - ASUS Q-Connector
    Special Memory O.C. Design
    Overclocking Protection :
    - ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
    Fan Xpert 3
    Turbo APP
    Key Express

  • Operating System Support

    Windows® 10 , 64bit
    Windows® 8.1 , 64bit *6
    Windows® 7 *6

  • Back I/O Ports

    1 x DisplayPort
    1 x HDMI
    2 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
    1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 (teal blue)Type-A
    1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 USB Type-CTM
    4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (blue) 
    4 x USB 2.0 
    1 x Optical S/PDIF out
    1 x USB BIOS Flashback Button(s)
    1 x Q-Code Logger button
    1 x 8-channel Audio I/O

  • Internal I/O Ports

    1 x AAFP connector
    2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 3.1 Gen 1 port(s) (19-pin)
    1 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 2.0 port(s)
    2 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key design, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (Supports both SATA & PCIE SSD)
    6 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
    1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin, 4 -pin)
    1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin, 4 -pin)
    4 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin, 4 -pin)
    1 x S/PDIF out header(s)
    1 x Thunderbolt header(s)
    1 x 24-pin EATX 12 V Power connector
    1 x 6-pin EATX 12 V_1 Power connector(s)
    2 x 8-pin ATX Power connector
    1 x EZ XMP switch
    1 x System panel(s) (Q-Connector)
    1 x 5-pin EXT_FAN(Extension Fan) connector
    1 x DRCT header(s)
    1 x MemOK! button(s)
    1 x TPU switch(es)
    1 x EPU switch(es)
    1 x Power-on button(s)
    1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
    1 x Water Pump header (4-pin)
    1 x 14-1 pin TPM connector
    1 x vertical type A USB 3.1 Gen 1 connector
    1 x U.2 connector

  • Accessories

    User's manual
    ASUS Q-Shield
    1 x COM port cable(s)
    6 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
    2 x M.2 Screw Package
    1 x CPU installation tool
    1 x Supporting DVD
    1 x 3-Way SLI bridge(s)
    1 x 4-Way SLI bridge(s)
    1 x SLI bridge(s)
    1 x Q-connector(s) (2 in 1)

  • BIOS

    128 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI3.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 3.0, ACPI 5.0, Multi-language BIOS, 
    ASUS EZ Flash 3, CrashFree BIOS 3, F11 EZ Tuning Wizard, F6 Qfan Control, F3 My Favorites, Quick Note, Last Modified log, 
    F12 PrintScreen and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information

  • Manageability

    WfM 2.0, DMI 3.0, WOL by PME, PXE

  • Support Disc

    Drivers
    ASUS Utilities
    EZ Update 
    Anti-virus software (OEM version)

  • Form Factor

    ATX Form Factor 
    12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )

  • Weight

    Color Box (5-in-1) 
    Net Weight : 8.05 KG
    Gross Weight : 11.8 KG

    Bulk Pack (5-in-1)
    Net Weight : 6.2 KG
    Gross Weight : 8.2 KG

  • Note

    *1: HDMI 2.0 60Hz resolution support requires necessary drivers update
    *2: DP 1.2 Multi-Stream Transport compliant, supports DP 1.2 monitor daisy chain up to 3 displays 
    *3: Max. at x4 mode, compatible with PCIe x1, x2 and x4 devices
    *4: The M.2_1 socket shares SATA ports with SATA6G_56 ; the M.2_2 socket shares bandwidth with U.2 connector, and shares SATA ports with SATA6G_12 when using SATA mode
    *5: Support NVMe device
    *5: Support U.2 NVMe device
    *6: Windows® 8.1 64-bit and Windows® 7 are only supported when using 6th Generation Intel® Processors

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