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ASRock H170A-X1/3.1 LGA 1151 Intel H170 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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  • Intel H170
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1151)
  • DDR4 2133

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Based on the Intel H170 chipset, the ASRock H170A-X1/3.1 motherboard is a great foundation for users seeking to build a powerful machine while staying within budget. It supports 6th/7th generation Intel Core processors in LGA 1151 packaging and dual-channel DDR4 memory. And it features two 10Gbps USB 3.1 ports (Type A + Type C), and two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots that support AMD Quad CorssFireX. This motherboard also incorporates loads of premium components and performance-enhancing features, like ASRock Super Alloy component, five power phase design, and Full Spike Protection against surge, lightning and ESD. Therefore you can rest assured knowing your system has the ability to withstand any challenges and demanding situations, just like you.

General information
  • ASRock Super Alloy
  • Supports 7th and 6th Generation Intel Core Processors (Socket 1151)
  • 5 Power Phase
  • Supports DDR4 2133
  • 2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 3 PCIe 3.0 x1
  • Supports AMD Quad CrossFireX
  • Graphics Output Options: DVI-D
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec), ELNA Audio Caps
  • 6 SATA3
  • 2 USB 3.1 10Gb/s (1 Type-A + 1 Type-C), 8 USB 3.0 (2 Front, 6 Rear)
  • Supports Full Spike Protection, ASRock Live Update & APP Shop

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Premium 50A Power Choke

Compared to traditional chokes, ASRock’s premium 50A power chokes effectively make the saturation current up to three times better, thus providing enhanced and improved Vcore voltage to the motherboard.

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High Density Glass Fabric PCB

What you’ve never understood about your computer is that it is scared to death of water, H2O, humidity or whatever you’d like to name it. And even though you do not see the water, actually there may be lots of excessive moist in the air killing your motherboard silently and slowly. No, your motherboard doesn’t melt when in contact with water like the wicked witch of the west, but it dies of short circuit. Luckily, ASRock has a new High Density Glass Fabric PCB design that reduces the gaps between the PCB layers to protect the motherboard against electrical shorts caused by humidity.

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Overclocking DDR4 memory modules are no longer limited to Z170 models. With ASRock’s DDR4 Non-Z OC, users may overclock the memory of H170/Q170/B150/H110/C232 models using certain memory sticks, such as Kingston or Samsung memory DIMMs. The enhanced CAS latency brings up to 5% performance boost.

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Full Spike Protection

Some sensitive digital components on the motherboard are vulnerable to power surges, the excessive current may cause your system to malfunction immediately. ASRock Full Spike Protection includes various technologies to prevent your motherboard’s components from being damaged by these unexpected voltage spikes.

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USB 3.1 10 Gb/s Type-A + C

A pair of onboard Type-A and Type-C USB 3.1 connectors deliver up to 10Gbps data transfer rates.

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Supports NVIDIA Quadro and AMD FirePro Workstation Graphics Cards

Two PCIe Gen3 x16 slots not only support ordinary graphics cards, but are also fully compatible with professional NVIDIA Quadro and AMD FirePro workstation graphics solutions.

* This motherboard has passed SPECviewperf 12 tests using NVIDIA Quadro & NVS graphics cards.

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EZ mode is a dashboard which contains multiple readings of the system’s current status. You can check the most crucial information of your system, such as CPU speed, DRAM frequency, SATA information, fan speed, etc.

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Intel LAN

Intel LAN provides the best throughput performance, lower CPU utilization, enhanced stability and is able to deliver ultimate network experience to users!

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Supports DDR4 2133

The motherboard supports the latest DDR4 memory modules for the most extreme memory performance!

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ELNA Audio Caps

Who says high quality audio is only available on high-end motherboards? ASRock applied ELNA audio capacitors on mainstream and entry-level motherboards! Compared with traditional solid caps, the leakage current of ELNA audio caps is merely 3uA. This is the key to reduce noise level significantly and satisfy even the pickiest audiophiles.

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Solid Capacitor Design

ASRock applied solid capacitors on this motherboard. With these solid caps, this motherboard is allowed to perform more stably and ensures longer lifetime.

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Flexible PCIe Slots

A new flexible PCIe Gen3 x1 slot design allows users to install add-on cards of all kinds of sizes.

* The bandwidth of your devices will be limited to PCIe Gen3 x1.

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A-Tuning is ASRock's multi-purpose software suite with a new interface, more new features and improved utilities.

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Win 7 USB Patcher

Due to chipset limitation, when you want to install Windows 7 on this MB, you may need to use “Win 7 USB Patcher” to create a new ISO file.

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Live Update & APP Shop

ASRock Live Update & APP Shop is designed for your convenience. Various apps and support software is provided for users to download. You can also easily optimize your system and keep your motherboard up to date with ASRock Live Update & APP Shop.

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In a world where time is money, why waste precious time everyday typing usernames to log in to Windows? Why should we even bother memorizing those foot long passwords? Nobody has time for that! Just plug in the USB Key and let your computer log in to windows automatically!

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Restart to UEFI

Fast Boot is so fast that it is impossible for users to enter the UEFI setup utility during POST. Therefore, ASRock Restart to UEFI technology allows users to easily enter the UEFI setup utility automatically when turning on the PC next time. It is designed for those who constantly need to enter the UEFI setup utility.

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ASRock OMG (Online Management Guard)

Limit and control your children's time spent on the internet. ASRock OMG (Online Management Guard) technology allows you to establish an internet curfew or restrict internet access at specified times. Administrators are able to schedule the starting and ending hours of internet access granted to other users.

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UEFI Tech Service

Contact ASRock Tech Service by sending a support request from the UEFI setup utility if you are having trouble with your personal computer. Users may try to choose the category of the issue they have encountered, describe the problem in detail, and then attach an optional picture or log file for ASRock’s technical support team.

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Easy Driver Installer

For users that don’t have an optical disk drive to install the drivers from the support CD, Easy Driver Installer is a handy tool in the UEFI that installs the LAN driver to your system via an USB storage device, then downloads and installs the other required drivers automatically through the internet. Completely no CD or optical disk drive required!

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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Return Policies
    • Return for refund within: 30 days
    • Return for replacement within: 30 days
  • This item is covered by's Standard Return Policy.
Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
3/ 5
OK Motherboard

Pros: Easy setup/install
Ports/everything works

Cons: I have an I-5 6600k & I cannot get this thing as so much to overclock my GPU at all, not even a click OC button.. Had I known this I wouldn't have purchased the motherboard.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Nice budget board

Pros: - plenty of PCIE slots
- plenty of USB ports (incl. type c)
- boots fast

Cons: - none

Other Thoughts: Works as expected out of the box. Kaby Lake is supported but only with bios v P7.20 which is not installed by default. Keep that in mind if you make an order.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Stable, simple, lots of IO slots

Pros: -super stable
-supported by whatever i've put on it, no problems with chipset
-lots of pci-e slots
-tons of USB slots
-boots quickly, shows you a neat picture of the motherboard in the bios if you're into that.

Cons: -none

Other Thoughts: Great motherboard, rock solid stable for me, boots in seconds, works pretty well in linux. I tried using the IGP as a second video source to drive a second monitor, didn't work so well, but I didn't expect it to (I tried this with ubuntu linux 16.04, YMMV with windows). Doesn't matter anyway since I could have just hooked the monitor up to my main video card.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Generally it's okay

Pros: Too many USB ports. You won't use all the ports for sure

Cons: Memory is damm hard to insert. I thought that I had a problem with memory or graphic card when my computer has no signal from monitor but it was bad inserting of my memory.

Other Thoughts: Just make sure that your memory (especially the part that is not movable) and make sure that you hear the sound tick(2times). I don't know if it was only for me or not but for me, I had to push damm hard to insert. Also, to insert video card you need some forces but not like memory one(comparing with my old mother board it was very hard).

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Great Motherboard for beginners!

Pros: Has an awesome bios, not too flashy looking. Easy install.

Cons: - Limited fan connectors
- Makes scary crunchy noise when applying ram sticks
- Ram sticks require a LOT of force to install

Other Thoughts: This is a good product nevertheless, I'll be using this motherboard in my first PC build for the next few years hopefully.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Bought 2 both DOA

Pros: none

Cons: I tried every configuration including just a CPU i5 6600k but nothing happens except the CPU fan turns on. Never get to see any kind of POST screen. Reset BIOS using jumpers swapped out every component for alternates and nothing worked. There is no buzzer or led for indicating issues and asrock does not provide technical support...
The manual does not include any troubleshooting section at all.

Other Thoughts: It seems unimaginable to me that a motherboard is built without any way to indicate a problem i.e. buzzer or led.

I bought 2 of these and both are behaving the same.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Jamie,

Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you. We always do our best to support customers.
We do reply both email and phone promptly except on week-end and holidays.
In addition, we also provide LifeChat via Newegg (under products page).

Please trouble shoot the mainboard whether the issue is resolved.
• Unplug the ATX power, remove all components from mainboard.
• Remove the mainboard from chassis, place it on mainboard’s box.
• Clear the CMOS.
• Reseat the CPU and heatsink fan.
• Test with single memory module (on any slot).
• Test with onboard video (remove VGA card).
• Connect the monitor (to onboard video).
• Plug the 24 + 8 or 4 pins ATX power.
• Connect the chassis power switch to mainboard.
• Turn on the power to check if its post.

If you have any technical issues or warranty questions, please contact us at 909-590-8308 or
We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Works as Advertised

Pros: -Great Quality with No Issues

Cons: -Installation CD a bit confusing but overall not a real issue.

Other Thoughts: Would easily recommend this MB for anyone looking for a quality product at a reasonable price.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Good motherboard

Pros: -USB type C port is amazing
-Works as expected, which is good.

Cons: -Board only has 2 fan headers (3 if you count the CPU FAN), and while not necessarily a con, isn't a good thing.

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