ASUS LGA1151 DDR4 DisplayPort HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 H170 ATX Motherboards H170 PRO Gaming
- LGA1151 socket for 6th Gen Intel Core Desktop Processors
- Dual DDR4 2133 support
- Intel Gigabit Ethernet, LANGuard: Top-speed protected networking
- USB 3.1 Type-A/C and M.2
- Gamer's Guardian: Highly-durable components and smart DIY features
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So far, it has turned out to be the most excellent build to date for me. With no optical drive or Video card, it was very quick to assemble. Even the IO Shield, which was a royal pain in the ASUS Z170-A, was easy to install, and appears of much better quality. Once assembled, I made a point of doing nothing until I had updated the bios, in this case from 0403, which it came with, to 0703, from a thumb drive. Then I installed Windows 10 from a thumb drive. FYI my review of the ASUS Z170-A will clue you in to my reasons for this choice, should you be curious.
Absolutely zero issues so far, and it’s the fasted booting computer that I own – 17 seconds from turn on to windows desktop. It’s also super quiet, even with the stock CPU cooler that comes with the chip. Plus it runs so much cooler than my Core I7-6700K system that I can’t imagine a need for better cooling. I did throw in another case fan: a Scythe Gentle Typhoon 120mm Case Fan - 500 RPM that I had lying around.
Of course, only time will tell the whole story. But so far, it’s very impressive.
I have so far had two issues with this system, both having to do with unwanted noise. The first turned out to be the WD mechanical hard drive running flat out all the time, even though it is only used as a storage drive for photos, and making way too much noise! Real problem is that it did not do it initially, and I, very foolishly, threw away the box and wrappers for it. I first tried changing the setting in Windows 10 to turn it off after 1 minute instead of the default 20 minutes. It worked – once. But after a reboot, it never stopped spinning again. So I gave it to goodwill, and replaced it with a SanDisk Ultra II 480GB – twice the cost, half the size, but dead silent.
Second noise issue was traced to the cheap CPU cooling fan that comes with the Intel chip. I was about to replace the cooler with my favorite Noctua, but happened to have a Low-Noise Adaptor that comes free with the Noctua NF-F12 PWM Cooling Fan I bought for a different system, and decided to try that first. It worked, and it’s now dead silent again, and otherwise working perfectly. Will update, if that changes.
update 3-7-18: Remains the most reliable and trouble-free system I have built or owned. Zero complaints at this time.
I tried the other H170 boards from Gigabyte and MSI, and in my opinion it is worth paying a little bit extra to get the ASUS H170.
Build quality is top notch, this is exactly the same as the ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming with the only difference being the chipset (H170 as opposed to Z170) and the board has a good amount of 'weight' to it compared to boards from competing manufacturers.
The audio quality is SUPERB, the shielding on the board is fantastic - you know you have a good board when the noise from the internal components such as the GPU/Graphics card and other PCI/PCI-E devices don't cross talk into your analog signal going to your speakers (usually an annoying buzzing noise).
MotherBoard - ASUS H170 Pro Gaming
CPU - Intel I7-6700K
CPU cooler - Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Power Supply - Corsair RM650
Graphics - EVGA GeForce GTX 970 SSC 2.0+
HDD - WD Blue
SSD - Samsung SM951 128Gb
Case - Corsair Carbide 100R
RAM - Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000MHz