ASUS Z170 Deluxe Review

Published by Marc Büchel on 10.09.15
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General   + -
The Z170 Deluxe from ASUS means business. Already at launch day, ASUS has a mature motherboard in its portfolio. Compared to the predecessor the motherboard maker changed the color scheme from black/gold to black/white, which in our opinion is quite a bit more attractive. As usual you get a plethora of features with ASUS's Deluxe motherboard. In this regard it doesn't matter wheter you're looking for a beefed-up audio solution or the possibility to install setup a multi card system. Apart from that we also like it that there are several ways to connect storage media to this board. There are SATA and SATA Express connectors, there is an M.2 slot and through an adapter you can even connect NVMe drives.   - Design
- Layout
- Features
Layout   + -
The ASUS Z170 Deluxe'sl layout has been very well thought. Once more practical are the angled SATA connectors as well as the power- and reset-buttons. There is also a debug display which is very useful in case you should have issues with a component in your system or the board itself. Apart from that also the placement of the PCI-Express x16 slots is very well chosen. There is a total of three full sized PCI Express slots and between the first two PCI Express x16 slots there are two PCIe x1 slots. This means that there is plenty of space for graphics card in multi GPU setups to breathe. Should you want to do that you can go ahead and build a triple-GPU system using this board as a basis. As we already mentioned we also like the flexibility regarding storage connectors.   - Angled SATA connectors
- Space around the CPU socket - Placement of PCIe slots - Number of different storage connectors
Performance   + -
Calculating the average of all 3D benchmarks results we ran, we see that this is the second fastest board. When taking the average of all 2D results, this board comes in on a good third spot. On another note, we had a look at power consumption and since this is a board with many features, power consumption is rather high.  

- 3DMark Fire Strike
- PCMark 08
- Tomb Raider

- UC Bench
- SuperPi 1M
- wPrime
Overclocking / BIOS   + -
ASUS has a beautiful looking BIOS when it comes to their Signature series motherboards. The UEFI BIOS gets a black background and there are a few additional blue and white design elements. Meanwhile it's almost normal that a BIOS is complete, offering countless features. If you're looking for overclocking options you'll find a great many of them and they are equally practical for novices and extreme overclockers. We always love the pre-defined profiles, which make overclocking quite a bit more efficient. Boosting our CPU to 5.0 GHz was absolutely no problem at all.   - Sheer amount of options
- Design
Recommendation   + -
The Z170 Deluxe is a very well equipped Z170 motherboard, which features good perfomance. Currently this board costs 283 Euro and at that price it's definitely not cheap. Nevertheless the price is adequate justified by the many features and as well as the great looking design.   - Gaming
- Enthusiast
- Overclocking
We give the ASUS Z170 Deluxe excellent 4 out of 5 stars.

Page 1 - Introduction Page 14 - SiSoft Sandra 2
Page 2 - Specs and Delivery Page 15 - UC Bench
Page 3 - Features Page 16 - Super Pi 1M / 32M
Page 4 - Layout Page 17 - wPrime 1024M Multi Core
Page 5 - Connectors and I/O Page 18 - Cinebench
Page 6 - BIOS Page 19 - Tomb Raider
Page 7 - Test setup Page 20 - Metro Last Light
Page 8 - Preview / Gallery Page 21 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 9 - 3D Mark Page 22 - Power Consumption
Page 10 - 3D Mark 11 Page 23 - Performance Rating
Page 11 - 3D Mark Vantage  Page 24 - Price Comparison
Page 12 - PC Mark 8 Page 25 - Conclusion
Page 13 - SiSoft Sandra 1  

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