Yesterday, Geoff told you about the all new MSI Skylake motherboard that might just blow your mind. He then totally went back on everything he said when he wondered if Skylake was worth it (disclaimer: I don’t understand anything he said, so I might be totally wrong about this). But ASUS also has a Skylake offering, and it might be more to your taste, and budget.
ASUS promises unparalleled performance for gaming, professional and overclocking users. But allow me to just copy and paste a part of their press release here to explain this:
ASUS Pro Clock technology has a dedicated base-clock (BCLK) generator designed for 6th-generation Intel® processors for overclocked base clock frequencies of up to 400MHz and beyond. It works in tandem with the ASUS TurboV Processing Unit (TPU) to enhance voltage and base-clock overclocking control, and boosts performance up to 5.2GHz or more.
Second-generation ASUS T-Topology takes DDR4 memory overclocking to new heights. A customized trace layout reduces crosstalk and coupling noise to ensure time-aligned signal transfer for improved memory stability and compatibility. There is also enhanced DDR3/3L support on select motherboards for additional flexibility and compatibility.
5-Way Optimization, another ASUS-exclusive technology, dynamically optimizes essential aspects of the system based on real-time use, ensuring superb processor performance, everyday energy savings, ultra-stable digital power, cool and quiet fans and networking and audio settings that are tailored for preferred apps — perfect for gaming, entertainment, productivity or just about anything else. This latest iteration now includes a dedicated water-pump header so users can tweak pump speeds via the UEFI BIOS or Windows.
This meant that they broke a bunch of world records with the new boards; the Z170 range of motherboards grabbed 8 world records and 12 global first places. Not too shabby. Of course, with all the awards and high tech jargon, you might be thinking that it will be mighty pricey – ASUS is known for being a premium brand with some pretty high price points. However, the pricing sent to me from their PR doesn’t look that terrible.
- MAXIMUS VIII HERO = R4 399
- MAXIMUS VIII GENE = R4 099
- MAXIMUS VIII RANGER = R3 699
- Z170-DELUXE = R5 199
- Z170 PRO GAMING = R3 099
- Z170-K = R2 199
- Z170M-PLUS = R2 199
The ASUS Z170 motherboards will be available locally from tomorrow via Pinnacle South Africa, so be sure to contact them if you are keen to follow an ASUS upgrade. We should hopefully have our review up for you in the next week or two, once Sandy stops drinking beer in Germany and comes home to the trusty Lagzatron 3000.
Last Updated: August 6, 2015