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ASUS TUF Z270 Mark I review: Armor of fortitude

By Chester Labaco - 30 Jan 2017

Introduction

With the arrival of Intel’s 7th generation processors (codenamed Kaby Lake) are their partners’ 200-series motherboards. Much like Skylake’s Z170 chipset, Kaby Lake’s Z270 platform is made tailored for PC enthusiasts. The biggest change on Intel’s Z270 chipset, however, is the addition of four more PCIe 3.0 lanes. This enables the Z270 platform to support 24 PCIe 3.0 lanes. These lanes, however, are purely optional. It is up to motherboard manufacturers to apply the changes.

As you might know, Kaby Lake is still based on 14nm manufacturing process. Intel, however, has optimized the process. Kaby Lake is now based upon what Intel calls a 14nm+ process. With both Skylake and Kaby Lake processors sharing the same 14nm foundation and LGA 1151 socket, Both Skylake and Kaby Lake processors and motherboards are interchangeable.

Additional improvements in Kaby Lake processors and Z270 chipsets are its support for Intel’s new Optane Memory. At this point, however, we’re still holding our breath for the first batch of products equipped with 3D XPoint memory. Unfortunately, Skylake and Z170 chipset owners will not be able to use this particular feature as it requires a Kaby Lake processor and a Z270 motherboard to be paired together for Intel’s Optane Memory to work.

We’ll be checking out what ASUS has been making the past year. They are famous for making many motherboards that fit every price segment. For this particular review, we’ll be taking a look at one of their more high-end motherboards in the form of the ASUS TUF Z270 Mark I. You can check out its complete specification in the table below:

ASUS TUF Z270 Mark I
Suggested Retail Price PhP 16,710
Chipset, Processor Support Z270, Kaby Lake and Skylake
Memory 4x DDR4 memory slots, supports up to 64GB DDR4 3866MHz, Dual Channel Architecture, supports Intel XMP
Storage

6x SATA III ports

2x M.2 slots, support up to PCIe 3.0 x4, SATA III, NVMe, M.2 slot 1 with M Key Type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices, M.2 slot 2 with M Key Type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices

Audio Realtek ALC S1220A 8-Channel High Definition Audio featuring Crystal Sound 3
Expansion Slots

2x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (supports 2-way NVIDIA SLI or AMD CrossFire)

1x PCie 3.0 x16 (runs at x4)

3x PCIe 3.0 x1

Networking

Intel I219V LAN Controller

Intel I211 Gigabit LAN

ASUS Turbo LAN Utility

Rear I/O

1x DisplayPort

1x HDMI

2x RJ-45 LAN

2x USB 3.1 Gen2 (Type-A and Type-C)

2x USB 3.1 Gen1

4x USB 2.0

1x S/PDIF out

5x 3.5mm audio jacks

1x USB BIOS Flashback button

1x TUF Detective USB port

Internal Connectors

1x 24-pin ATX main power connector

1x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector

1x AAFP connector

2x USB 3.1 Gen1 connectors

2x USB 2.0 connectors

1x COM port connector

1x CPU Fan connector

1x CPU OPT Fan connectors

5x Chassis Fan connectors

1x Assistant Fan connectors

1x Thunderbolt connectors

1x 5-pin EXT_FAN connector

1x MemOK! button

1x CPU OV

1x Power-on button

1x Clear CMOS jumper

1x 14-1 pin TPM connector

1x High AMP Fan header

3x T_Sensor Connector

Form Factor ATX
Other Features

ASUS TPU

ASUS EPU

TUF Engine! Power Design

Ultimate COOL! Thermal Solution

Safe & Stable! Guardian Angel

AURA

ASUS EZ DIY

Special Memory O.C. Design

Turbo APP

 

9.0
  • Performance 9
  • Features 9
  • Value 8
The Good
TUF Armor
Good Overclocker
Tons of options for expansion
The Bad