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Hello everyone. I'm contemplating getting an ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming for a Skylake build for a friend.

Questions:
i) How is the general user experience with this motherboard?
ii) What are the prevalent issues with this motherboard that I should be aware of?
iii) Is there a better alternative to this board for the same price?

Thank you.
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Originally Posted by ahnafakeef View Post

Hello everyone. I'm contemplating getting an ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming for a Skylake build for a friend.

Questions:
i) How is the general user experience with this motherboard?
ii) What are the prevalent issues with this motherboard that I should be aware of?
iii) Is there a better alternative to this board for the same price?

Thank you.

I don't own it, but the guy who posted right above your's does. biggrin.gif
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Is it possible for a driver on my ASUS Z170 Support DVD, to be newer than what's available on the ASUS Support website? I'm asking because if I update my Chipset drivers via the Support DVD, I'm unable to update afterwards from the ASUS website (don't remember the exact error message). However if I first update my driver from the ASUS website it's successful, and when I open the Support DVD, it doesn't recognize that it's installed.

All other drivers that I update from the ASUS website first, ARE recognized when I check the ASUS Support disk.

Hope that makes sense,
Kix
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Originally Posted by ahnafakeef View Post

Hello everyone. I'm contemplating getting an ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming for a Skylake build for a friend.

Questions:
i) How is the general user experience with this motherboard?
ii) What are the prevalent issues with this motherboard that I should be aware of?
iii) Is there a better alternative to this board for the same price?

Thank you.

1) No probs so far, but I'm only 3 days in. Played some Battlefield 4, Titanfall - no issues. PC sleeps fine as well. Silly LEDs need Asus Suite software to disable.
2) The only weirdness I've experienced, is when I set my ram with the XMP profile, it did not actually take - I had to go back in and set it again to make it stick. I'm not overclocking though so I can't speak to fine tuning with this board.
3) I specifically got this board because of the value quotient. I wanted the ALC1150 audio, Intel NIC, and USB 3.1 stuff. Going up in price starts to nail stuff to the board that I don't really want, and lower price starts to get into compromises I don't like. So far I'm pretty happy. Almost got the Asus Z170-A, but that has an older audio part. I gambled with the open box, but had to spend $15 to get an IO shield, cutting my savings down to $14 over new.
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Originally Posted by KixNGrins View Post

Is it possible for a driver on my ASUS Z170 Support DVD, to be newer than what's available on the ASUS Support website? I'm asking because if I update my Chipset drivers via the Support DVD, I'm unable to update afterwards from the ASUS website (don't remember the exact error message). However if I first update my driver from the ASUS website it's successful, and when I open the Support DVD, it doesn't recognize that it's installed.

All other drivers that I update from the ASUS website first, ARE recognized when I check the ASUS Support disk.

Hope that makes sense,
Kix

Maybe; because the Asus website may not have the newest drivers that actually exists (i.e. Intel will have newer chipset drivers yet, than either the support DVD or Asus's website.) It is a pain, but I do prefer to get drivers straight from the source when I can. I'm not in front of my home PC now, but I'll try to remember to see what revision I found and installed for you. Intel Download center is very obtuse and difficult to get what you want from it.
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Unless experiencing problems it's best to stick with the drivers on the site. These will be the latest ones certified by ASUS. Although obviously rare anything untoward will happen if you don't.
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Originally Posted by KixNGrins View Post

Is it possible for a driver on my ASUS Z170 Support DVD, to be newer than what's available on the ASUS Support website? I'm asking because if I update my Chipset drivers via the Support DVD, I'm unable to update afterwards from the ASUS website (don't remember the exact error message). However if I first update my driver from the ASUS website it's successful, and when I open the Support DVD, it doesn't recognize that it's installed.

All other drivers that I update from the ASUS website first, ARE recognized when I check the ASUS Support disk.

Hope that makes sense,
Kix
I've found station-driver.com to be very helpful with finding all the up to date drivers in one place.

Here's a link to Asus Z170 motherboards.

http://www.station-drivers.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=168&Itemid=169&lang=en
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Sigh, i don't know if it's my luck or not but Asus boards and i don't get along...this is my 4th, FOURTH Asus Z170 board and none of them boots in under a minute. I have 2 computers with the exact same specs on both other than the mobo and my Gigabyte Z170N would be at the desktop while my Asus board is still at the ROG splash screen, it splashes 3 times then goes blank for 10 seconds then boot up. Am i doing something wrong? i'm currently using the Maximus Gene VIII, just built an MATX platform. Bios up to date, fast boot enabled, no OC...



Anyone with the same issues please shed some light

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cliff note, boots slow AF
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BOOT delay like that is usually due to a USB device.
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BOOT delay like that is usually due to a USB device.


Hi, there's nothing connected to my USB port. This is just booting off the 950 M.2...is there a way to make the splash screen flash only once? Mine flashes 3 times then goes blank like it losf all power then it finally boots up. It goes blank for about 10 seconds before the initial splash screen too.
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