The Asus Z170 Pro Gaming Aura motherboard gives hardened PC builders and anyone building a gaming PC for the first time a massive range of features and customization options, including Asus’s patented Aura lighting system and the option to 3D-print your own parts for it. Let’s take a closer look at this Skylake gaming motherboard.
The Asus Z170 Pro Gaming Aura motherboard gives builders easy and stable overclocking options, and features support for the latest socket 1151 Skylake CPUs.
If you’re building a gaming PC for the first time, it’s definitely a motherboard you should consider if you want a Skylake CPU. Let’s take a closer look at its features.
The board features Asus’s black and silver styling, which complements the Aura LED lighting system, helping emphasise the 12-color schemes available really well.
It’s well built and uses Asus’s SafeSlot to reduce the danger of the motherboard PCIe slots cracking as you add expansion cards.
Here’s a Asus Z170 Pro Gaming PC to get you gaming for $940
The Asus Z170 Pro Gaming supports socket 1151 processors for 6th-generation Intel processors, meaning you can pair it with anything from a elite-level i7-6700k, to a more modestly powered i3 CPU, such as the i3-6100.
And with Intel’s 7th-generation of processors, codenamed Kaby Lake, also supporting socket 1151, spending your money on one of these motherboards now means you will be in a prime position to move to a Kaby Lake CPU when they’re released – expected early in 2017.
Take a look at the below PC build you can put together for $940.
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Build a Asus Z170 Pro Gaming PC – Parts
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Total price: $940.00
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The Asus Z170 Pro Gaming Aura supports up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, in its four memory slots, and supports RAM modules up to DDR4 3466MHz.
It boasts a range of other features too:
- Support for 4-way SLI and CrossFire multi GPU set-ups
- Intel USB 3.1 support
- Gamers Guardian technology, including durable PCIe slots
- Asus UEFI BIOS EZ mode, featuring a friendly GUI
- Asus Aura LED lighting, supporting 12-color schemes and a palette of 16 million colors to choose from
- 3D-printer friendly, allowing you to install your own 3D prints and designs, making your PC truly individual
It sounds good too
The Asus Z170 Pro Gaming motherboard features Asus’s SupremeFX technology.
This works alongside Asus Sonic Radar II technology which allows you to pinpoint enemies in games.
Sound circuits are EMI shielded from the rest of the motherboard, meaning that sound suffers no interference from other components.
This means you’re guaranteed great audio whatever you’re listening to, be it music, games or movies.
What about the BIOS?
The BIOS on the Asus Z170 Pro Gaming motherboard has been designed to be simple to use, and unlike many BIOSs can be operated with a mouse, meaning you can quickly zip through the menus and settings without messing around with the keyboard.
It’s a small point but makes a difference.
The BIOS features an EZ mode for beginners, as well as an advanced mode for enthusiasts and those who want to dabble with overclocking.
Both allow you to restore your PC to working order should you have issues with a corrupted BIOS, and helpfully you can also update to the latest BIOS directly, without having to download a new BIOS file, put it on a USB stick and load it up.
Again, a small but significant difference, that makes using the Asus Z170 Pro Gaming motherboard a joy.
The Asus Z170 Pro Gaming motherboard delivers great performance, is easy to use, and has plenty of features for the price.
It’s recommended to anyone building a gaming PC for the first time.
The motherboard is available now for around $150.
It’s Time to Build
If this Asus Z170 Pro Gaming build is your first PC, firstly congratulations! Building a gaming PC will save you a bundle of money, and you will learn some new skills too.
But if you’re a little unsure about where to start with a PC build, don’t worry!
I’ve pulled together a step-by-step guide, and a playlist of short, simple-to-follow videos, see the series of videos below.
If you’ve got any questions about building a gaming PC, let me know in the comments section below, or tweet me directly.
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