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Asus H170M-Plus

The Asus H170M-Plus is compatible with Intel processors with the LGA 1151 socket.

It has 64 GB DDR4 maximum RAM and conforms to the Micro-ATX form factor standard.

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Asus H170M-Plus

help iconCPU SocketLGA 1151help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v3.0
help iconCPU Compatible MakeIntelhelp iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetH170help iconCrossfire Support2 graphics cards
help iconForm FactorMicro-ATXhelp iconOnboard GPUno
help iconMax RAM64 GB DDR4help iconPCI Slots
  • 2 x PCIe x1 v3.0
  • 1 x PCIe x4 v3.0
  • 1 x PCIe x16 v3.0
help iconRAM Slots4 x DDR4help iconSATA 1.00
help iconMemory Channels2help iconSATA 2.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR4 2133 MHz
help iconSATA 3.00
help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots4help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear2help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x 24 pin power connector
  • 1 x 8 pin power connector
  • 2 x fan header
  • 1 x S/PDIF connector
  • System Panel Connection
  • TPM Chip
help iconUSB 3.0 Internal4help iconBack Panel I/O
  • D-Sub Connector
  • DVI connector"
  • Line In Connector
  • Line Out Connector
  • Mic In connector
  • Audio Input Output
  • PS/2 keyboard connector
  • PS/2 mouse connector
help iconUSB 3.0 Rear3

Asus H170M-Plus compatibility review

The Asus H170M-Plus uses the Intel LGA 1151 CPU socket. Any compatible Intel CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR4 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 2133 MHz, and 0 DDR4 slots allowing for a maximum total of 64 GB RAM.

The Micro-ATX Asus H170M-Plus should fit into all ATX cases, but its smaller size allows you to downsize your system build as a whole. Its size comes at the cost of features, so there are likely to be far fewer connections and expansion options available than in a larger motherboard.

The Asus H170M-Plus has 6 SATA 3.0 hard drive slots. These allow for theoretical data transfer speeds of up to 6GB/s, as opposed to the 3GB/s of SATA 2.0. Generally speaking, only high performance hard drives, specifically solid-state drives, will be able to take advantage of the bandwidth potential of SATA 3.0 ports, though it is backwards compatible, so you do not have to take advantage.

The Asus H170M-Plus does not support onboard graphics. Any system build that uses this motherboard therefore requires a separate graphics card, or a processor that has a GPU on the same die, such as AMD APU processors. There are 1 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means it is perfectly capable of accommodating the latest graphics cards, although it is important to try and use a graphics card with the same graphics card interface of PCIe v3.0, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the Asus H170M-Plus's PCIe v3.0. The Asus H170M-Plus supports up to 2 AMD Crossfire connected graphics cards for improved overall graphical performance at the cost of multiplied graphics-based power consumption as well as the price of the cards themselves. Nvidia SLI is not supported.

The Asus H170M-Plus has 6 USB 2.0 slots and 7 USB 3.0 slots. USB 3.0 slots are theoretically capable of data transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbit/s, which is over 10 times faster than the USB 2.0 top speed of 480 Mbit/s. Although USB 2.0 slots alone currently serve as well as ever, an upgrade would better future-proof your system as more USB 3.0 compatible peripherals emerge. USB 3.0 is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0, which means you do not even have to use the newer slot functionality if you do not wish to.

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