ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming Motherboard Unboxing (UPDATED)




ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming Motherboard Unboxing

Today, a quick unboxing of the first parts I received this morning to build my new test setup for playing with Windows 10 (especially Direct3D 12), based on Intel Skylake processors and Z170 chipset.

The parts are the motherboard, an ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming, and the processor, an Intel Core i5 6600K. The DDR4 memory kit is not available yet (maybe tomorrow) so I won’t be able to post screenshots of the BIOS. I’ll update this article as soon as the memory will be there.

ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming is priced at around 170 CHF here in Switzerland (that should be equivalent to USD $160). This Z170 has all features I need for a testbed with a reasonable price: HDMI/DisplayPort outputs to test the HD Graphics 530 GPU, SLI and CrossFire support for NVIDIA and AMD multi-GPU support.

It’s a known fact now, but the box of the Intel Core i5 6600K (as well as the i7 6800K) does not include a CPU cooler:


Intel Core i5 6600K CPU

Not cool! For the first tests, the stock CPU cooler that is shipped with the Intel Core i7 4790K should do the job (the TDP of the i5 6600K is 91W while the i7 4790K has a TDP of 88W). This CPU cooler, designed for LGA 1150 sockets, is okay for the 1151 socket. Depending on the CPU temperatures, I will switch to a more efficient cooler in the near future.

Other pictures of the i5 6600K:


Intel Core i5 6600K CPU

Intel Core i5 6600K CPU

Intel Core i5 6600K CPU

Now let’s have a look at the Z170 motherboard:


ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming Motherboard Unboxing

ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming Motherboard Unboxing

ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming Motherboard Unboxing

The bundle is simple: two SATA 6GB connectors, a SLI bridge, some stickers and the manual + drivers:


ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming Motherboard Unboxing

The motherboard:


ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming Motherboard Unboxing




This motherboard comes with almost all possible IO connectors: DVI/VG/HDMI and DisplayPort 1.2 (allowing 4K rsolutions at 60Hz), 2 x USB 2.0 ports (rear panel), 4 x USB 3.0 ports (rear panel), 1 x USB 3.1 (type A) and 1 x USB 3.1 (type C, reversible) (rear panel):


ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming Motherboard Unboxing

ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming Motherboard Unboxing

Six SATA 6GB, one SATAExpress and one M2 (socket 3) ports are available:


ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming Motherboard Unboxing

The motherboard comes with four DDR4 (Double Data Rate 4) slots and supports up to 64GB (4 x 16GB):


ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming Motherboard Unboxing

ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming Motherboard Unboxing

The board is equipped with three PCI Express x16 slots and three X1 slots. SLI (NVIDIA GeForce) and CrossFire (AMD Radeon) multi-GPU technologies are supported:


ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming Motherboard Unboxing


UPDATE (2015.09.21)

I received the memory kit (Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB DDR4 @ 2666MHz):


Corsair Vengeance DDR4 memory kit

Corsair Vengeance DDR4 memory kit

I also updated the CPU cooler with an Hyper TX3 EVO, an ultra quiet (with a very reasonable price) model from Cooler Master:


Cooler Master Hyper TX3 EVO CPU cooler

Cooler Master Hyper TX3 EVO CPU cooler

The Z170 motherboard with CPU, CPU cooler and memory kit:


ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming Motherboard Unboxing

First power on: the Z170 Pro Gaming has some cool red lights:


ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming Motherboard Unboxing

The motherboard is shipped with an outdated BIOS: version 0231. The latest version is 0703.


ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming Motherboard - BIOS

I downloaded the BIOS 0703 from ASUS website, put it on an USB key. Then a little visit to the I went to the Tool > ASUS EZ Flash 3 Utility section and I flashed the BIOS without problem:


ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming Motherboard - BIOS

ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming Motherboard - BIOS

I installed Windows 10 64-bit and all necessary drivers without trouble.

Conclusion: nice Z170 motherboard!





4 thoughts on “ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming Motherboard Unboxing (UPDATED)”

  1. SMiThaYe

    The Bandwidth of Skylake with fast DDR4 is very nice, comes close to my Ivy Bridge E, interesting times. Use at least 3GHz RAM and DX12 is good to go 🙂 Any plans for M.2. / NVMe, will help compiling speeds?

    Typo Jegx: “the box of the Intel Core i5 6600K (and the 6800K too) does not include a CPU cooler” you obviously mean i7 6700K – AMD’s 6800K Richland includes a heatsink.

    1. JeGX Post Author

      Yes I meant the Core i7 6800K (post updated).
      No current plans for fast SSD units. I will look at NVMe disks later…

  2. Pim Grootenboers

    Is the ”SB PWR” led supposed to be solid red?

    Because i’ve done the exact same build as you have and my PC won’t boot.

    Any ideas?

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