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ROG Strix Z270E Gaming Intel Z270 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX MotherboardZ270 Motherboard (ATX) for Gamers, With 3× PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16/x8/x4), 2× USB 3.1 (1x Type A & 1x Type C), 2× M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4) & 6x SATA 6G, 6× USB 3.0 + ac-WiFi, 1× RGB-LED-Header & ASUS Aura RGB LEDs The ASUS STRIX Z270E 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 ASUS STRIX Z270E enables overclocking of K-series CPUs, which offer completely unlocked multipliers.
The Features of the ASUS STRIX Z270E - An Overview:
- 3× PCIe (3.0) x16 (16/8/4) & 4× PCIe (3.0) x1
- 2× USB 3.1 (Type A & Type C) / 6× USB 3.0
- 2× M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4) / 6× SATA 6G
- Supports up to 64 GB DDR4-RAM at 3.866 MHz
- Includes ac-WiFi Module and Antennas
- ASUS AURA RGB-LED Lighting
- Expandable via RGB-LED Header (4-Pin)
- CPU Overclocking via Multiplier & Baseclock
The ASUS STRIX Z270E in DetailThe ASUS STRIX Z270E 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 is connected to the chipset via 16 full lanes, while the other two are connected with four data links each i.e eight. For I/O and expansion card support, the board provides four PCIe x1 slots and furthermore comes with support for NVIDIA's SLI and 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), and overclocking also allows memory modules rated at speeds of up to 3.866 MHz.
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! Featured among the unique features of the ASUS STRIX Z270E is the ASUS Aura RGB-LED lighting and a header for RGB-LED strips.
The I/O panel of this motherboard offers connectivity to the new USB specification, USB Type C, a port with a new slim profile and the ability to be plugged in either way. Apart from the Type C port the motherboard also offers backwards compatibility with USB 3.1 Type A. USB 3.1 ports are rated for a maximum achievable throughput of 10 Gbit/s, twice as fast as traditional USB 3.0 ports! As far as input devices and other gaming peripherals are concerned, the I/O panel also offers four USB 3.0 ports.
Besides the Gigabit LAN port the board comes with a WiFi-Module that even supports the fast ac-standard. If no graphics card is available, the integrated GPU on the Skylake or Kaby Lake CPU allows for monitors to be connected directly to the rear of the motherboard – HDMI, DisplayPort and DVI are available.
Internally the motherboard offers - among other functions – buttons to clear CMOS, a COM port header-, TMP, four 4-pin headers for PWM fans, a 4-pin pump header, a 5-pin header for external fans, a ROG- EXT front panel connector as well as XMP support as well as an array 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. 3.866 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: 3-Way SLI (Quad-GPU), 3-Way CrossFireX (Quad-GPU)
1× PCIe 3.0 x1
1× WiFi/Bluetooth Module (incl. 802.11ac)
- Internal Connectors:
6× SATA 6G
1× M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4, 2242/2260/2280/2110)
1× M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4, 2242/2260/2280/)
2× USB 3.0 (one header)
6× USB 2.0 (three headers)
2× Aura RGB-LED Strip Header
1× ROG Front Panel Header
1× Serial Port (COM Header)
1× TPM Header
1× Thermal Sensor Header
1× external fan (5-Pin)
1× Pump Connector (4-Pin)
1× Clear CMOS Jumper
- External Connectors:
1× PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse
2× USB 3.1 (1× Type A and 1× Type C)
4× USB 3.0
1× Gigabit-LAN (Intel I219-V)
2× WiFi-Antenna (ASUS WiFi-GO!, with MU-MIMO, in bundle)
1× HDMI 1.4b
1× DisplayPort 1.2
1× S/PDIF (optical)
5× Audio (7.1 ROG SupremeFX S1220A)
- Power Supply:
1× 24-Pin EATX
1× 8-Pin ATX 12V
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"When looking at the Asus ROG Strix Z270E Gaming on its own it’s undeniably a great Gaming based Z270 Motherboard. The board is well laid out and it’s beautifully put together, there’s a whole host of features including a WiFi adapter, 3D Printing support and great Aura illumination."Award