The Asus H170 Pro Gaming is compatible with Intel processors with the LGA 1151 socket.
It has 64 GB DDR4 maximum RAM and conforms to the ATX form factor standard.
|CPU Socket||LGA 1151||USB 3.0 Rear||2|
|CPU Compatible Make||Intel||Graphics Card Interface||VGA|
|CPU Chipset||H170||SLI Support||1 graphics cards|
|Release Date||24 Aug 2015||Crossfire Support||1 graphics cards|
|Form Factor||ATX||Onboard GPU||yes|
|Max RAM||64 GB DDR4||PCI Slots|
|RAM Slots||4 x DDR4||SATA 1.0||0|
|Memory Channels||2||SATA 2.0||0|
|Compatible RAM Speeds||SATA 3.0||0|
|USB 2.0 Internal Slots||3||RAID Support||yes|
|USB 2.0 Rear||2||Internal I/O|
|USB 3.0 Internal||2||Back Panel I/O|
The Asus H170 Pro Gaming 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 3000 MHz, and 0 DDR4 slots allowing for a maximum total of 64 GB RAM.
Released on 24 Aug 2015, te Asus H170 Pro Gaming is over 2 years old, meaning it is based on aging technologies and will not have the level of support that you would find in a newer motherboard.
Conforming to the ATX standard, the Asus H170 Pro Gaming should fit into the majority of cases. ATX is the most common form factor, and as such has a high degree of compatibility with other components while providing a decent number of slots to widen your expansion options.
The Asus H170 Pro Gaming 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 H170 Pro Gaming supports onboard graphics. This allows for integrated graphics when paired with a compatible CPU that supports them. Integrated graphics are a cheap alternative to using a graphics card, but should be avoided when frequently using modern applications or games that require intense graphical processing. 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 VGA, 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 H170 Pro Gaming's VGA. The Asus H170 Pro Gaming does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.
The Asus H170 Pro Gaming has 5 USB 2.0 slots and 4 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.