ASUS Z170 Deluxe Skylake Motherboard Review
Published: 29th October 2015 | Source: ASUS | Price: £224.99 @ OCUK |
There is a rumour that the easiest way to attain massive praise from OC3D is to make your product in either white or orange. Piffle. On the other hand, the Deluxe does look fantastic. The crisp white against the dark PCB is an eye-catching combination, and the cover for the IO section only adds to this feel of quality. It's far nicer than a generic stack of silver.
The CPU area is surprisingly full, although as the Deluxe isn't marketed as a major overclocking beast then we weren't expecting acres of nothingness to assist in getting a good seal on your LN2 pot.
The Deluxe has three PCI Express 3.0 slots for your graphics - and other - cards. There is plenty of space between them to assist in keeping them cool, and just about enough room below the heatsink to unlatch your GPU if need be.
Sometimes wholesale changes happen in the technology market without you fully grasping that a revolution has occurred. Whereas once we all worshipped at the altar of a 120mm tower CPU cooler, or even the monstrous twin-tower offerings, now we all run AIO water-cooling for our CPUs. This change in cooler solutions is most obvious when you see the Deluxe has a dedicated water-pump header. No longer do you have to hunt through the BIOS to make sure that your pump is receiving the full voltage.
"Deluxe" implies many things and the accuracy of this is best exemplified round the back, where we have 5 USB 3.1 ports alongside built-in WiFi and Bluetooth. The ASUS Z170 Deluxe wants for nothing.