( 4.6 Average / 35 Ratings )
This is one place I absolutely needed to pick properly so that all my craziness in picking other parts can come together. I needed a 2280 m.2 slot that runs in SATA mode for my SSD, I needed a minimum four midboard USB3 ports for my case (which I'll in turn need for the VR headset I'm buying at the end of the year), I needed at least 6 SATA 3 6Gb/s ports so I can populate all of the case's hard drive bays, and I needed a good UEFI implementation for my quickboot. On top of all of this, I wanted a ridiculously long warranty so I can carry the motherboard forward for a few side-builds in the future. I didn't opt for the Shield from the Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 simply because I personally think it's superfluous. This motherboard is a monster, I wasn't building carefully at all with it and was pushing and tugging on parts all over the place and it never gave way. That TUF moniker is really well earned in this case, and both the design and OLED lights are fantastic!
This MotherBoard is nice. I got it because it was white and it went with my build. When I found out that it was Wifi and Bluetooth capable, I was sold plus it has a sleek design.
This was the one and only motherboard that had a white PCB at the time of purchase, and aside from being a super awesome mobo that can overclock super easily, cool itself amazingly, and be awesome, it looks great!
I had no problems at all with this motherboard, even though it was the first motherboard I ever dealt with, the whole installation and first boot executed flawlessly.
There's a lot of fan plugs everywhere, which would be probably super useful in the event of making a custom water cooling loop with some 400+mm radiators.
About the temperature sensors: There are a few built in ones, for the RAM, CPU, MOFSET area, and PCIe area, then there's plugs on the edges so that you can plug in your own temperature sensors. With those cabled sensors, you can put them on any surface you want to monitor the temperature of, for example a hard drive, and all you gotta do is to stick the sensor on the surface, and then you see the temperature readings in the Asus AI Suite 3. As far as I've seen, the motherboard doesn't come with those external temperature sensors.
I’ve always been intrigued by the Tuf series boards that ASUS has had for a while now. My old PC’s get handed down to relatives so they are in service for a long time. The idea of military grade components and a five year warranty was attractive, not to mention I was going for a white build. When this board was announced it was love at first sight. The UEFI is easy to work with. I’ve used others and this is my favorite. Cons: This board has a few tan colored connectors left over from their other military series boards. ASUS software sucks. Four stars if you intend on using the ASUS software, five stars if not.
Wonderful motherboard, lots of fan headers and places to connect your own temperature sensors - the software allows you to customise your fan profiles dependent upon any of these sensors and bias them accordingly so that say CPU is a more important factor than some of your other areas for one fan, but another might ramp up more dependent on RAM heat, for example. Digital Camo styling is very nice for a white build and is a welcome difference from the propensity of black and red gaming motherboards. Only issue is the automatic turn off of the iGPU outputs when a graphics card is inserted - I'd like to be able to connect my 21:9 monitor to the motherboards display port and have my 4k only running of my R9 295x2 - haven't figured out how to get this combination working yet.
This was a key piece of my build as I really wanted to go with as much white as I could to fit into my "whitefox" theme. This delivered!
The white/blueish PCB looks incredible. The amount of features this has is great and should fit the need for almost anyone out there.
I will say that I didn't catch the "Languard" that is a cover over the LAN port to keep nasty things out of there.. I had already assembled the entire thing before I noticed and looks like I will have to take it back out of the I/O plate to remove it.
The software for updating BIOS and making changes is really nice and makes it easy and user friendly to keep things up to date
This motherboard is great. It has a ton of fan headers, all the ports I need, and the white camo PCB looks amazing. Only thing is that I had issues with the IO shield of all things - the padding made it not fit in my case, so I had to rip it off.
The assistant fan for cooling VRMs is really nice too - less to worry about, can set fans to respond based on other things now. Works great.
I upgraded a little bit for this MB. I was worried about the weight of my fan/cpu-cooler, and I liked the idea of extra prevention/safeguards for electric static discharge.
Note: I've noticed something unusual. Three times recently, when I attached a USB device to the front case's 2.0 USB ports the PC will reboot. There's no error, no BSOD, just an IPL reboot. I'm going to monitor this more. Is it a case problem or motherboard problem?
Ok, so the Z170 S is a little bit of a marmite motherboard. Luckily if combined with the right components and case (Dominator/Evolv Glass) it can truly shine. While motherboard performance is negligible between Z170 competitors the one difference you will find it motherboard outputs, This has plenty! Nobody will need the excessive amount of ports found on models double the price. If you are going to be a port *****, go X99/2011.
This case ticks all the boxes for me and personally would recommend it to anyone who is after something different. One downside I have noticed is the motherboard is covered in little 'tramp stamps', Also, the motherboard diagnostics display is covered by the GPU but you can actually get the BIOS readout on your phone using the TUFPORT USB on the back! Very useful if you need to diagnose any issues but a bit of a faf to setup
Looks a monster.
Has everything you need for a motherboard.