Asus has announced Signature, Pro Gaming and TUF Trooper, a comprehensive line-up of new motherboards based on the latest Intel H170, B150, H110 and Q170 chipsets for 6th-generation Intel Core processors, and available in a variety of popular board sizes for maximum build flexibility — including ATX, mATX and mITX.
Asus Signature motherboards span the four new chipsets, both DDR3 and DDR4 memory types, and all price ranges. They provide exceptional everyday computing, with advanced technologies including ultra-stable 5X Protection II, convenient USB Type-C connectivity, and beautiful LED-illuminated audio.
Asus TUF Trooper motherboards are pumped with pure TUF spirit to assure 24/7 durability under the most rigorous conditions and heavy loading, with TUF LANGuard and TUF ESD Guards 2 and military-grade components. They also feature LED-illuminated audio and the Thermal Radar Core cooling system.
Asus Pro Gaming motherboards appeal to today’s modern value-conscious consumers, who demand affordability and the very best technology. Every Pro Gaming motherboard features multiple ASUS-exclusive innovations to unleash the full gaming-performance potential, including SupremeFX gaming audio with Sonic Radar II, gaming-optimized networking with Intel Gigabit Ethernet, GameFirst technology and LANGuard, plus Gamer’s Guardian and smart DIY features for superb durability and easier, safer builds.
Every Asus Signature motherboard is engineered with multiple advanced hardware safeguards and next-generation connectivity, plus LED-illuminated audio.
Industry-leading 5X Protection II employs the finest components, thoughtful circuit design, and exacting standards to guarantee quality and long-term durability with all-round protection for the motherboard,
LANGuard is hardware-level networking protection that employs signal-coupling technology and premium anti-EMI surface-mounted capacitors ensuring a more reliable connection and better throughput, plus electrostatically-guarded and surge-protected components for greater tolerance to static electricity and 2.5X-greater surge tolerance..
Overvoltage Protection is a world-class circuit-protecting power design with built-in voltage regulators to protect your chipset, connectivity ports, and audio codecs from damage caused by unexpected high-level voltages from unstable or inferior power supplies.
The Digi+ VRM intelligently delivers power to the processor based on real-time demands, reducing energy waste and improving system stability; and DRAM Overcurrent Protection offers resettable fuses to prevent overcurrent and short-circuit damage to the DRAM area. Stainless-steel back I/O panels are bonded with chromium oxide to offer a lifespan that’s three times (3X) longer than ordinary panels.
Asus Signature motherboards are also engineered with next-generation USB Type-C, SATA Express and M.2 connectivity. The latest USB Type-C (USB-C) standards guarantees both high-speed transfers and future device compatibility, plus the convenience and flexibility of a slim, reversible port for any-way-up connections. Backwardly-compatible SATA Express smashes through SATA’s 6Gbit/s saturation point to enable maximum speed from the fastest SSD drives, and M.2 with x4 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 bandwidth, supports up to 32Gbit/s speeds for lightning-fast transfers.
Beautiful LED-illuminated trace paths brighten every ASUS Signature build, and serve to highlight the motherboards’ noise-isolated, precision-shielded, interference-eliminated onboard audio. ASUS Signature motherboards also come with a pack of user-friendly features, including EZ Flash 3 for quick BIOS update via the internet, both from and within the BIOS. They also have a safe motherboard-mounting design, with component-free areas around every case-mounting hole to minimize the risk of damage and short circuits caused by contact — so fitting and installing ASUS Signature motherboards is now safer than ever.
The new Asus TUF Trooper motherboards incorporate many exclusive TUF features certified for tough duty, including military-grade TUF LANGuard, TUF ESD Guards 2, TUF Audio and TUF Thermal Radar Core.
Every TUF Trooper board has military-certified components and undergoes multi-day burn-in tests at up to 60°C with up to 90% humidity, plus rigorous thermal-shock tests. ASUS TUF engineers have conducted over 7,000 hours of compatibility checks with more than 1500 devices,
TUF LANGuard is made even tougher for TUF Trooper boards and tested to military standards for seriously-strong protection against lightning strikes and static electricity — surge tolerance is 2.5X higher than traditional LAN ports.
TUF ESD Guards 2 defends numerous ports against sudden electrostatic discharge. Engineered to be two times (2X) stronger than before, TUF ESD Guards 2 covers all USB sockets and audio connectors — and exclusive pin-level testing on specific rear input-output (I/O) connectors is 30% higher than the previous TUF standard.
With LED-illuminated TUF Audio, TUF Trooper motherboards make short work of optimizing audio settings for any type of listening, from online chat to watching movies and relaxing to favorite music. The professionally-engineered hardware design features physical shielding and premium components to ensure precise separation of analog and digital signals, as well as minimizing crosstalk interference. The result is sound output that has exceptional clarity and fidelity, enhanced visually by the gorgeous LED-illuminated trace path.
TUF Trooper motherboards also have built-in TUF Thermal Radar Core for complete and easy management of system cooling. Customizable controls allow users to adjust fan speeds, enabling temperatures to be tuned with a single click.
Asus Pro Gaming motherboards are equipped with SupremeFX technology to deliver high-fidelity, near-lossless 115dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) audio. The electromagnetically-shielded Realtek ALC1150 codec maximizes acoustic performance and eliminates interference — so only the very best audio is heard through gaming headsets and speakers. The red-line shielding is illuminated for beautiful aesthetics, and it’s even customizable, allowing users to create eye-catching lighting effects.
Pro Gaming also include Sonic Radar II, a stealthy overlay that shows what opponents and teammates are up to on the battlefield — all managed via a simple control panel and customizable game list. Sonic Radar II shows both the direction and origin of key in-game sounds, enabling ASUS gamers to practice enemy-pinpointing skill.
Pro Gaming motherboards are built with gaming-grade networking technologies, including tournament-level Intel Gigabit Ethernet, and ASUS-exclusive LANGuard and GameFirst technologies.
Intel’s LAN technology has the serious double advantage of reducing CPU overhead and offering exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput, significantly reducing the processor’s workload to free up power for the game, while GameFirst prioritizes game-related packets and allocates more bandwidth to games, eliminating laggy gameplay, streaming stutters and file-sharing slowdown. LANGuard offers the same great protection as Asus Signature motherboards.
Pro Gaming gamers also benefit from uniquely-intelligent RAMCache technology. This effectively caches an entire storage device so that favorite games and apps launch at breakneck speeds, getting to work the moment it’s activated. RAMCache minimizes risk of data loss and turns milliseconds into microseconds — boosting game-load times to stratospheric levels.
All Pro Gaming motherboards are protected by multiple self-defends called Gamer’s Guardian, including the Digi+ VRM for ultra-smooth and ultra-clean power delivery to the CPU, DRAM Overcurrent Protection, and durable capacitors engineered to resist extreme temperature variations of between -55°C and 105°C — 110% better than the industry standard. Pro Gaming’s stainless-steel input/output (I/O) panels lasts three times (3X) longer than ordinary panels.
Smart DIY features include one-clip Q-Slot and Q-DIMM graphics-card and memory installation. Q-Shield prevents nicks and cuts during building, while four Q-LED lamps indicate problems with the CPU, memory, graphics card or boot device for quick diagnosis. ASUS ESD Guards actively protect against sudden electrostatic discharge (ESD), ensuring USB ports, audio and LAN port protection that’s up to twice (2X) as resilient as industry standards.
Pro Gaming motherboards provide gamers with the latest and fastest connectivity with USB 3.1 Type-A and reversible Type-C, plus M.2 on board.