( 4.5 Average / 8 Ratings )
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Got it for $180 at Microcenter - fantastic all-rounder motherboard that has just about every damn thing a self-respecting system builder could want (except, perhaps, more fan headers - there are only 2 CHA_FAN headers but that's such a petty complaint I won't dock a star).
The power supply side of things looks good, with more power phases than I can count (fairly sure it's around 10) and very substantial VRM heatsinking. No complaints there.
Expansion slots are all accounted for - six SATA with SATAe (even though SATAe products don't exist), and dual M.2 with M.2 RAID support and up to 22110 size on the back slot. I do wish that they'd lended this board their M.2 heatsink (the one that's present on boards like the Z270i) because our bare-chip 600p is getting up to 55C after just a couple installers, but it's still well within Intel's thermal spec and anyone who's going to be heavily stressing their SSDs will be smart enough to buy heatsinked ones anyway.
Aesthetically, it's fabulous - RGB lighting on the PCH heatsink (out of the box, it cycles through colors smoothly but can be configured with the AURA software), polished aluminum heatsinks, matte PCB and steel reinforced GPU slots. No complaints there.
The BIOS is intuitive and easy to use, but it's just a BIOS - if you know what you're doing, very little differential between manufacturers. The Q-Fan control is very handy though and works well on the DC fans that came with the case, so that's a plus.
++ micro-ATX form factor ( 24.4 cm x 24.4 cm )
++ two M.2 slots
++ on board Wifi > no additional card needed
++ Asus EZ tuning wizard
-- Asus AI suite 3 software ... looks nice but has some bugs
-- on board sound (Realtec ALC1220A) & Asus sonic studio 3 software
-> when using the optical S/PDIF connector my 5.1 Onkyo AVR will be dedected as 2.0 device and also the device routing software feature will not work
-> when using the HDMI connector my 5.1 AVR will be dedected correctly as 5.1 device but sonic studio 3 effects can not be used
=> I'm not realy happy with this overpriced motherboard
=> Next time I'll choose a MSI motherboard
by far best looking best performing mATX Kaby Lake ready you can get! BUY IT! zero problems! only fantastic surprises!
Beautiful mobo with all the options I was looking for. Works like a champ. I made use of the RGB header to do some nifty desk lighting too!
Runs perfectly fine. I am still a noob at overclocking and frankly a bit paranoid of messing things up so having a motherboard that can do the job for me is more than welcomed. Yes, I am aware that doing it manually might yield better results. I might give that a go someday...
Great features and 2x m.2 slots on a micro atx provides further upgrade paths.
The only mATX 1151 motherboard with built in wifi and bluetooth. If you're willing to buy a cheap adapter, you can probably get the same functionality for a lower price, but if you're willing to shell out this has everything you need, and the extra software gives you a lot of bells and whistles to play with, including an automatic overclocker that doesn't suck. Every feature worked right out of the box, so no annoying drivers that keep the wifi and bluetooth from working.
I wish they got rid of two of the USB 3.0 ports on the back in favor of another 3.0 header though, and one of the 3 non-CPU fans is reserved as a "water block" fan, although you can probably use it for a chassis fan anyways without issue. Overall, good board but too expensive for its own good.
Good color neutral look. Lots of features. RGB header. Asus again thinking a bit too far ahead. They moved the usb 3.0 header to a terrible bottom position and in its place put the hot new usb 3.1 header. The issue is almost no cases use that or will be using that for a while. Also, from what I can tell there's no simple usb 3.0 to 3.1 header adapters.
Audio quality is also pretty bad. Their maximus line actually has pretty good DACs in them, but these do not. Luckily I got my external dac finally for the very purpose of not having to rely on motherboard onboard audio anymore.