Asus Announces 10 New Motherboards Based On Latest 100-Series Intel Chipsets

With the announcement of Intel's 100 series chipsets, OEMs are hard at work rolling out new motherboards for the LGA 1151 platform. Asus announced a total of 10 of these boards, which will fall into its Gaming Pro and Signature product lines.

In the Signature product line, Asus pushed out a total of eight boards, designed for durability and long-term use. Asus utilizes its 5X Protection II technology on these boards, and has claimed to use the finest components to provide long-term durability. It also included LANGuard, a hardware-level of protection against EMI and a claimed 2.5 times greater tolerance against power surges.

All of the motherboards in the Signature line also take advantage of a Digi+ power design, which is more efficient and gives better control than traditional analog power designs. Although these boards lack support for the USB 3.1 Gen 2 standard, some boards do feature a Type-C interface using the USB 3.1 Gen 1 protocol. Only one of the five motherboards in the Signature line that has a Type-C interface utilizes the USB 3.1 Gen 2 protocol with 10 Gbps data rates.


As these boards aren't targeted at the enthusiast community, Asus opted to use the DDR3 standard on the majority of these motherboards. As a relatively new memory standard, DDR4 is considerably more expensive than older DDR3 memory. Using DDR3 will reduce the overall cost of a system, but will also reduce system performance -- though how much performance you'll miss out on has yet to be determined.

H170-PROH170M-PLUSH170I-PLUSD3Q170M-C
CPUIntel LGA 1151 for 6th-gen Intel Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron processors 
ChipsetIntel H170 Express  Intel Q170 Express
Memory4x DIMM, max. 64 GB DDR4, 2133 MHz 4x DIMM, max. 64 GB DDR4, 2133 MHz 2x DIMM, max. 32 GB DDR3, 1600 MHz 4x DIMM, max. 64 GB DDR4, 2133 MHz 
PCIe x16 Slots1x PCIe3.0/2.0 x16
1x PCIe3.0 x16 (x4)
1x PCIe3.0/2.0 x16
1x PCIe3.0 x16 (x4)
1x PCIe3.0 x161x PCIe3.0 x16
Output SupportHDMI, DVI, VGA HDMI, DVI, VGA DP, HDMI, DVI, VGA DP, HDMI, DVI, VGA 
AudioRealtek  ALC887
with ASUS audio features 
Realtek  ALC887
with ASUS audio features 
Realtek ALC887 Realtek ALC887 
Gigabit LAN1 (Realtek) 1 (Intel) 1 (Intel) Intel vPro   
SATA Express111  N/A 
SATA6x SATA 6 Gbit/s 6x SATA 6 Gbit/s 4x SATA 6 Gbit/s 6x SATA 6 Gbit/s 
M.21 (PCIe 3.0 x4)
up to 2280 
1 (PCIe 3.0 x4)
up to 2280 
1 (both PCIe and SATA modes)
up to 2280 
N/A 
Wi-FiN/A N/A 2x2 dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4/5 GHz) N/A 
USB1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C
6x USB 3.0 Type-A
6x USB 2.0 
1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C
6x USB 3.0 Type-A
6x USB 2.0 
8x USB 3.0
4x USB 2.0 
10x USB 3.0
4x USB 2.0 
U.2 SupportCompatible with Hyper Kit
(purchased separately) 
Compatible with Hyper Kit
(purchased separately) 
RAID
B150-PROD3B150M-PLUSD3H110M-PLUSD3H110I-PLUSD3
CPUIntel LGA 1151 for 6th-gen Intel Core i7/ i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron processors 
ChipsetIntel B150 Express  Intel H110 Express 
Memory4x DIMM, max. 64 GB DDR3, 1866(OC) MHz 4x DIMM, max. 64 GB DDR3, 1866(OC) MHz 2x DIMM, max. 32 GB DDR3, 1866(OC) MHz 2x DIMM, max. 32 GB DDR3, 1600 MHz 
PCIe x16 Slots1x PCIe3.0/2.0 x16
1x PCIe3.0 x16 (x4) 
1x PCIe3.0/2.0 x16
1x PCIe3.0 x16 (x4) 
1x PCIe3.0/2.0 x16 1x PCIe3.0 x16  
Output SupportHDMI, DVI, VAG HDMI, DVI, VGA HDMI, DVI, VGA HDMI, DVI, VGA 
AudioRealtek ALC887 
with ASUS audio features 
Realtek ALC887 
with ASUS audio features 
Realtek ALC887 Realtek ALC887 
Gigabit LAN1 (Realtek) 1 (Realtek) 1 (Realtek) 1 (Realtek) 
SATA ExpressN/A N/A N/A N/A 
SATA6x SATA 6 Gbit/s 6x SATA 6 Gbit/s 4x SATA 6 Gbit/s 4x SATA 6 Gbit/s 
M.2N/A N/A N/A N/A 
Wi-FiN/A N/A N/A N/A 
USB1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C
4x USB 3.0 Type-A
6x USB 2.0  
1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C
5x USB 3.0 Type-A
6x USB 2.0  
2x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
4x USB 3.0 
4x USB 3.0  
6x USB 2.0 
U.2 SupportN/A N/A N/A 
RAID
Asus announced just two motherboards in the enthusiast-oriented Pro Gaming product line. These motherboards are based on the H170 and B150 chipsets, and as such lack overclocking support.

The boards do have many features that you would expect to find on gaming motherboards, such as Asus's proprietary SupremeFX audio technology in conjunction with a Realtek ALC1150 codec. Both motherboards also support two USB 3.1 Gen 2 enabled ports, and both also utilize the faster DDR4 memory standard.

These motherboards only have two major differences between them. The H170 Pro Gaming board supports a single SATA Express connection and higher clocked DDR4 memory, while the B150 Pro Gaming D3 lacks SATA Express and is rated for slightly slower DDR4 RAM.

H170 PRO GAMING  B150 PRO GAMINGD3
ChipsetIntel H170 Express Intel B150 Express
Memory4xDIMM, max. 64 GB DDR4, 2133 MHz 4xDIMM, max. 64 GB DDR3, 1866(OC) MHz
PCIe x16 Slots1x PCIe3.0 x16
1x PCIe3.0 x16 (x4)
1x PCIe3.0 x16
1x PCIe3.0 x16 (x4)
Output SupportDP, HDMI, DVI, VGA HDMI, VGA
AudioSupremeFX
Realtek ALC1150 
SupremeFX
Realtek ALC1150
Gigabit LAN1 (Intel) 1 (Intel)
SATA Express1 N/A  
SATA4x SATA 6 Gbit/s 6x SATA 6 Gbit/s
M.21 (both PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA modes)
up to 22110
1 (both PCIe and SATA modes)
up to 22110
Wi-FiN/A N/A
USB1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C
6x USB 3.0
1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C
6x USB 3.0
U.2 SupportCompatible with Hyper Kit (purchased separately) Compatible with Hyper Kit (purchased separately)
RAIDN/A N/A

There is currently no word on pricing or release date for any of these systems.

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  • Nuckles_56
    It would have been nice if you had put what size each of the motherboards were as well
  • IInuyasha74
    Anonymous said:
    It would have been nice if you had put what size each of the motherboards were as well


    Ordinarily I would have. These charts, however, are almost verbatim what we received from Asus. Form factor isn't listed, because Asus didn't tell us what form factors the motherboards were.
  • Nuckles_56
    Anonymous said:
    Anonymous said:
    It would have been nice if you had put what size each of the motherboards were as well


    Ordinarily I would have. These charts, however, are almost verbatim what we received from Asus. Form factor isn't listed, because Asus didn't tell us what form factors the motherboards were.


    Ah, fair enough, I just assumed that they got overlooked rather than the fact that they actually weren't supplied