( 4.7 Average / 23 Ratings )
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Got it for $180 at Microcenter - fantastic all-rounder motherboard that has just about every damn thing a self-respecting system builder could want (except, perhaps, more fan headers - there are only 2 CHA_FAN headers but that's such a petty complaint I won't dock a star).
The power supply side of things looks good, with more power phases than I can count (fairly sure it's around 10) and very substantial VRM heatsinking. No complaints there.
Expansion slots are all accounted for - six SATA with SATAe (even though SATAe products don't exist), and dual M.2 with M.2 RAID support and up to 22110 size on the back slot. I do wish that they'd lended this board their M.2 heatsink (the one that's present on boards like the Z270i) because our bare-chip 600p is getting up to 55C after just a couple installers, but it's still well within Intel's thermal spec and anyone who's going to be heavily stressing their SSDs will be smart enough to buy heatsinked ones anyway.
Aesthetically, it's fabulous - RGB lighting on the PCH heatsink (out of the box, it cycles through colors smoothly but can be configured with the AURA software), polished aluminum heatsinks, matte PCB and steel reinforced GPU slots. No complaints there.
The BIOS is intuitive and easy to use, but it's just a BIOS - if you know what you're doing, very little differential between manufacturers. The Q-Fan control is very handy though and works well on the DC fans that came with the case, so that's a plus.
++ micro-ATX form factor ( 24.4 cm x 24.4 cm )
++ two M.2 slots
++ on board Wifi
++ Asus EZ tuning wizard
-- Asus AI suite 3 software -> at the first look the frontend looks nice but when you go in deep you will be disappointed -> e.g. the Fan Xpert 4 software looses the fan setup from time to time -> take a look at the Asus forum and you'll see that there are many troubles reported with that bad software
-- Asus sonic studio 3 software for on board sound solution
-> when using the optical S/PDIF connector the sonic device routing software feature will not work
-> when using the HDMI connector my 5.1 AVR will be dedected correctly as 5.1 device but sonic studio 3 effects can not be used
=> Now I have uninstalled corresponding useless Asus software
=> I'm deeply disappointed by the Asus AI suite & Sonic Studio software. I was dazzled by the Asus marketing / product website ...
Update Feb 2018:
Asus Fan Xpert 4 software still looses fan settings from time to time ... the last / newest Asus Ai Suite 3.00.13 update hasn't fixed this problem ... no bugfix since the last 12 months ... Asus Fan Xpert 4 software = scrap.
by far best looking best performing mATX Kaby Lake ready you can get! BUY IT! zero problems! only fantastic surprises!
Beautiful mobo with all the options I was looking for. Works like a champ. I made use of the RGB header to do some nifty desk lighting too!
Runs perfectly fine. The neutral colours of the motherboard is a definite 10/10 from me.
Great features and 2x m.2 slots on a micro atx provides further upgrade paths.
The only mATX 1151 motherboard with built in wifi and bluetooth. If you're willing to buy a cheap adapter, you can probably get the same functionality for a lower price, but if you're willing to shell out this has everything you need, and the extra software gives you a lot of bells and whistles to play with, including an automatic overclocker that doesn't suck. Every feature worked right out of the box, so no annoying drivers that keep the wifi and bluetooth from working.
I wish they got rid of two of the USB 3.0 ports on the back in favor of another 3.0 header though, and one of the 3 non-CPU fans is reserved as a "water block" fan, although you can probably use it for a chassis fan anyways without issue. Overall, good board but too expensive for its own good.
Good color neutral look. Lots of features. RGB header. Asus again thinking a bit too far ahead. They moved the usb 3.0 header to a terrible bottom position and in its place put the hot new usb 3.1 header. The issue is almost no cases use that or will be using that for a while. Also, from what I can tell there's no simple usb 3.0 to 3.1 header adapters.
Audio quality is also pretty bad. Their maximus line actually has pretty good DACs in them, but these do not. Luckily I got my external dac finally for the very purpose of not having to rely on motherboard onboard audio anymore.
Not much to say. Good looking board, no issues. Nice bios. Could use one additional fan header though and a IO shield considering the price.
Nice looking board with a great feature set. Aura Sync was a must to get that nice unified RGB control. I also just love Asus boards! They have never failed me yet!