Joined on 04/10/05
It works! Good Deal on the Combo Price. Hideous instructions.
Pros: For the CPU/MoBo/Memory Combo price NewEgg offered, I literally returned and upgraded from a Z97/1150 to this Z170/1151 for a few $ more. After reading the other reviews and speaking to friends/other ASUS customers, my primary concern was that the board would be DOA. It works! ... (whew) A couple other reviewers stated how ugly the board was. I could care less! I bought it for how it works. (I mean, really, get a life you guys.) Like other reviewers stated, the BIOS is AWESOME! . . . This is how All BIOSes should be written!!! Well done ASUS!!!
Cons: The instructions REALLY SUCK! Horrible. Haven't changed a bit since the last ASUS MoBo I used about 10 years ago. Also, and I know they're ALL guilty of this, but that little metal template that you have to squeeze the port through that you have to press outward on the back of the case? Why can't you MoBo makers have your machines cut the little pieces of metal flash off in btween all the holes? I had to do so with my clippers and actually cut one of my fingers finally getting it right. Not doing it because none of your compeditors do is not an excuse. Lead the Way!
Overall Review: I would STILL buy a BioStar over an ASUS or Gygabyte (in spite of what everyone else says) if someone (like N*wE*g or A*az*n or EB*y) would have had a Z170 (or a Z97) at a competitive price. (Why? Much easier to assemble AND GET WORKING. Compare their instructions ASUS or Gigabyte to BioStar, like night and day.) ASRock also looked promising (that was the the Z97 I returned) although I have not yet used them in a build.