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Z270 Extreme4 Intel Z270 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX MotherboardWell-Equipped Z270 Motherboard (ATX), with 3× PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16/x8/x4), 2× USB 3.1 (1× Type A & 1× Type C), 2× M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4) & 8× SATA 6G, 8× USB 3.0 / 6× USB 2.0, max. 64 GB RAM at 3.866 MHz, LED Lighting + Aura RGB LED Header The ASRock Z270 Extreme4 is an ATX motherboard utilising Intel's Z270 chipset for Intel processors from the 6th ("Skylake") and 7th ("Kaby Lake") generations on socket LGA 1151. The chipsets from the 200 series, known as "Union Point", come with up to 24 PCIe Express 3.0 lanes and bring more overall HSIO lanes (High Speed I/O) as well, thereby enabling more internal connections (such as SATA or PCIe slots) to be used simultaneously. As a Z270 motherboard, the ASRock Z270 Extreme4 enables overclocking of K-series CPUs, which offer completely unlocked multipliers.
The Features of the ASRock Z270 Extreme4 - An Overview:
- 3× PCIe (3.0) x16 (x16/x8/x4) & 3× PCIe (3.0) x1
- 2× USB 3.1 (Type A & Type C) / 6× USB 2.0 (internal)
- 8x USB 3.0 (4× Type A / 4× internal)
- 2× M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4) & 8× SATA 6G
- Supports up to 64 GB DDR4-RAM at 3.866 MHz
- LED Lighting + AURA RGB LED Header
- CPU Overclocking via Multiplier & Baseclock
The ASRock Z270 Extreme4 in DetailThe ASRock Z270 Extreme4 is a very well-featured ATX motherboard with Intel's Z270 chipset offering compatibility with Intel's processors from the 6000 and 7000 series. This black-themed board comes with three PCIe x16 slots, of which one comes with a full 16 lanes connected to the chipset, while the other PCIe x16 slots are connected electrically by 8 i.e 4 data links. For I/O and expansion cards the board provides three further PCIe x1 slots and supports NVIDIA's SLI as well as AMD's CrossFireX technology.
The motherboard provides DDR4 RAM compatibility over 4 DIMM slots in ultra-fast dual-channel mode. The memory banks take up to 64 GB RAM and, depending on the processor installed, supports memory clocks of either 2.133 MHz (with Skylake CPUs) or 2.400 MHz (with Kaby Lake CPUs), while overclocking allows memory modules of up to 3.866 MHz to be used.
In order to connect the very fastest data storage devices, the board comes with two M.2 slots for extreme NVMe M.2 SSDs, as well as six SATA 6G ports for 3,5" or 2,5" hard drives and SSDs (including RAID support). The M.2 ports are connected via four PCIe lanes on the 3.0 standard to the chipset and, in combination with the NVMe protocol, enable a data transfer rate of almost 4 GB/s. This allows M.2 PCIe SSDs to function up to eight times faster than SATA 6G SSDs! Counting among the special features of the Fatal1ty Z270 Extreme4 are the stylish LED lighting, an Aura RGB-LED header for LED strips, support for Intel Optane memory and the unusual black / white design.
The motherboard's I/O panel offers a new kind of USB port, USB Type C, which is particularly thin and is finally able to be plugged in both ways. Besides the Type C port the motherboard provides a backwards compatible USB 3.1 Type A port. USB 3.1 ports are capable of reaching speeds of up to 10 Gbit/s, twice as fast as previous USB 3.0 ports!
Besides the Gigabit LAN port the board can also utilise a WiFi-Module to connect to the internet, although this is not bundled in with the board. If no graphics card is available then, thanks to the integrated GPU of Skylake or Kaby Lake CPUs, monitors can be connected directly to the rear of the motherboard. HDMI, DVI-D and D-Sub ports are provided for this purpose.
Internally the motherboard offers, among other things, TPM, COM Port, Aura RGB-LED, Power LED, and speaker headers as well as a 4-pin CPU FAN connector, two 4-pin headers for PWM fans, two 4-pin pump headers, a front panel audio connector and two Thunderbolt AIC connectors.
- Format: ATX
- Chipset: Intel Z270 ("Union Point")
Socket: 1151 for 6th and 7th generation Intel CPUs ("Skylake"/"Kaby Lake")
- RAM: 4× DDR4 (Skylake: DDR4-2.133, Kaby Lake: DDR4-2.400, OC max. 3.866 MHz)
- Slots (physical):
1× PCIe 3.0 x16
1× PCIe 3.0 x16 (electrical x8)
1× PCIe 3.0 x16 (electrical x4)
Compatible multi-VGA configurations: 2-Way SLI (Quad-GPU), 3-Way CrossFireX (Quad-GPU)
3× PCIe 3.0 x1
- Internal Connectors:
8× SATA 6G (2x via ASMedia ASM1061)
1× M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4, 2230/2242/2260/2280)
1× M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4, 2230/2242/2260/2280/22110)
4× USB 3.0 (two headers)
6× USB 2.0 (two headers)
1× TPM Header
1× COM Port Header
1× Power LED & Speaker Header
1× Aura RGB-LED Header
1× CPU FAN Connector (4-Pin)
2x Case Fan Connectors (4-Pin)
2x Pump Connector
1× Front Panel Audio Connector
1× Thunderbolt AIC Connector (5-Pin)
1× Thunderbolt AIC Connector (10-Pin)
- External Connectors:
1× PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse
2× USB 3.1 (1× Type A and 1× Type C)
4× USB 3.0
1× RJ45 LAN-Port
2× WiFi-Antenna Slots
1× D-Sub (VGA)
1× S/PDIF (optical)
- Power Supply:
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