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Z270 Gaming K4 Intel Z270 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard
Well-Equipped Z270 Motherboard (ATX), with 2× PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16/x4), 2× M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4), 8× USB 3.0 / 7× USB 2.0 / 6× SATA 6G, max. 64 GB RAM up to 3.733 MHz, LED lighting + Aura RGB LED Header The ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K4 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 Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K4 enables overclocking of K-series CPUs, which offer completely unlocked multipliers.
The Features of the ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K4 - An Overview:
- 2× PCIe (3.0) x16 (16/4) & 4× PCIe (3.0) x1
- 8× USB 3.0 (1x Type C / 3x Type A / 4x internal)
- 7x USB 2.0 (1x Type A / 1x Fatal1ty Mouse Port / 5x internal)
- 2× M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4) & 6× SATA 6G
- Supports up to 64 GB DDR4-RAM at 3.733 MHz
- LED Lighting + AURA RGB LED Header
- CPU Overclocking via Multiplier & Baseclock
The ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K4 in Detail
The ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K4 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 two PCIe x16 slots, of which one comes with a full 17 lanes connected to the chipset, while the other PCIe x16 slot is connected electrically via four data links. For I/O and expansion cards the board provides four PCIe x1 slots and supports 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 3.733 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 Gaming K4 are the stylish LED lighting, an Aura RGB-LED header for LED strips, support for Intel Optane memory and the legendary Gaming Armor which lends the board an aggressive look.
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 comes with three backwards-compatible USB 3.0 Type A ports. For input devices and other gaming peripherals the I/O panel comes with two USB 2.0 ports, one of which being the Fatal1ty mouse port for maximum mouse performance.
If no graphics card is present, the integrated GPU on the Skylake or Kaby Lake CPU allows for monitors to be connected directly to the rear of the motherboard - HDMI, DVI and VGA ports are available for this purpose.
Internally the motherboard offers - among other functions - TPM and COM ports, Chassis Intrusion detection, Power LED and speaker headers as well as a 4-pin CPU FAN connector, two 4-pin headers for PWM fans, a 4-pin pump header, a front panel audio connector and two Thunderbolt AIC connectors (5- pin / 10-pin). Furthermore the board offers XMP support and a wide variety of overclocking features.
- 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. 3.733 MHz)
- Slots (physical):
1× PCIe 3.0 x16
1× PCIe 3.0 x16 (electrical x4)
Compatible multi-VGA configurations: 4-Way CrossFireX (Quad-GPU)
4× PCIe 3.0 x1
- Internal Connectors:
6× SATA 6G
2× M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4, 2230/2242/2260/2280)
4× USB 3.0 (two headers)
5× USB 2.0 (three headers)
1× COM Port Header
1× TPM Header
1× Chassis Intrusion Header
1× Power LED & Speaker Header
1× Aura RGB LED Header
1× CPU-FAN Connector (4-Pin)
2× Chassis FAN Connector (4-Pin)
1× Pump Connector (4-Pin)
1× Front Panel Audio Connector
1× Thunderbolt AIC Connector (5-Pin)
1× Thunderbolt AIC Connector (10-Pin)
- External Connectors:
1× PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse
1× USB 3.0 (Type C)
3× USB 3.0 (Type A)
2× USB 2.0 (1× Fatal1ty Mouse Port)
1× Gigabit LAN
2× WiFi Antenna Slot
1× D-Sub (VGA)
1× S/PDIF (optical)
- Power Supply:
1× 24-Pin EATX
1× 8-Pin ATX 12V
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