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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 ExpressIntel Q170 Express
Memory4x DIMM, max. 64 GB DDR4, 2133 MHz4x DIMM, max. 64 GB DDR4, 2133 MHz2x DIMM, max. 32 GB DDR3, 1600 MHz4x 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, VGAHDMI, DVI, VGADP, HDMI, DVI, VGADP, HDMI, DVI, VGA
AudioRealtek  ALC887with ASUS audio featuresRealtek  ALC887with ASUS audio featuresRealtek ALC887Realtek ALC887
Gigabit LAN1 (Realtek)1 (Intel)1 (Intel)Intel vPro
SATA Express111N/A
SATA6x SATA 6 Gbit/s6x SATA 6 Gbit/s4x SATA 6 Gbit/s6x SATA 6 Gbit/s
M.21 (PCIe 3.0 x4) up to 22801 (PCIe 3.0 x4) up to 22801 (both PCIe and SATA modes) up to 2280N/A
Wi-FiN/AN/A2x2 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 2.01x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C 6x USB 3.0 Type-A 6x USB 2.08x USB 3.0 4x USB 2.010x USB 3.0 4x USB 2.0
U.2 SupportCompatible with Hyper Kit(purchased separately)Compatible with Hyper Kit(purchased separately)NN
RAIDYYNY
B150-PROD3B150M-PLUSD3H110M-PLUSD3H110I-PLUSD3
CPUIntel LGA 1151 for 6th-gen Intel Core i7/ i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron processors
ChipsetIntel B150 ExpressIntel H110 Express
Memory4x DIMM, max. 64 GB DDR3, 1866(OC) MHz4x DIMM, max. 64 GB DDR3, 1866(OC) MHz2x DIMM, max. 32 GB DDR3, 1866(OC) MHz2x 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 x161x PCIe3.0 x16
Output SupportHDMI, DVI, VAGHDMI, DVI, VGAHDMI, DVI, VGAHDMI, DVI, VGA
AudioRealtek ALC887 with ASUS audio featuresRealtek ALC887 with ASUS audio featuresRealtek ALC887Realtek ALC887
Gigabit LAN1 (Realtek)1 (Realtek)1 (Realtek)1 (Realtek)
SATA ExpressN/AN/AN/AN/A
SATA6x SATA 6 Gbit/s6x SATA 6 Gbit/s4x SATA 6 Gbit/s4x SATA 6 Gbit/s
M.2N/AN/AN/AN/A
Wi-FiN/AN/AN/AN/A
USB1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C 4x USB 3.0 Type-A 6x USB 2.01x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C 5x USB 3.0 Type-A 6x USB 2.02x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A 4x USB 3.04x USB 3.0   6x USB 2.0
U.2 SupportN/AN/AN/AN
RAIDNNNN

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-A1x 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
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  • IInuyasha74
    16562213 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.
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  • Nuckles_56
    16562474 said:
    16562213 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
    Reply
  • SteelCity1981
    see now i'm all confused does skylake's chipset support usb 3.1 gen1 only or usb 3.1 gen2
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  • IInuyasha74
    see now i'm all confused does skylake's chipset support usb 3.1 gen1 only or usb 3.1 gen2

    That is an excellent question, and you have the right to be confused. We did an article on this a few days ago. Long story short, USB 3.1 Gen 1 is essentially the same as USB 3.0. They just decided to rename it for some reason no one understands. USB 3.1 Gen 2 is the actually USB 3.1 which has been discussed over the last year, and the one with all the improved features.

    So, yes it supports USB 3.1 Gen 1, no it doesn't support USB 3.1 Gen 2. Any board you see (here or otherwise) that has USB 3.1 Gen 2 at this time is using a separate controller chip connected via the chipsets PCI-E 3.0 lanes to the system.
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  • MrAOK
    One of the boards are already being sold by Newegg. The H170-Pro is $129.
    Reply