Review of the ASUS PRIME Z270-A LGA1151

Asus is one of the most famous motherboard manufacturers, and at the launch of the new Intel Z270 chipset,  Asus was one of the first companies to offer a new motherboard for this chipset. The Asus PRIME Z270 motherboard is a mid-range card that takes full advantage of the Intel Z270. These benefits include improvements in 4K video compatibility, support for new storage devices such as Intel Optane, and more. The Asus Prime Z270 is nevertheless a standard ATX motherboard for the latest generation of socket 1151 processors (both Skylake and KabyLake) and is ideal for players who do not want to ruin themselves in the purchase of a motherboard top of the line.

The ASUS PRIME Z270-A LGA1151 also features a neutral and very classic color scheme, with a black circuit board and white accents. The rear input/output port and the Intel Z270 heat sink has a white color, with some silver lines that add a little color but the whole remains very sober. This motherboard tends to fit any color scheme you desire. The card also includes RGB LEDs for those who want to add some color to a set that is still quite monochromatic. Note also that there is enough room to maneuver on the motherboard and around the location reserved for the processor with the relatively small heatsinks. A good point when its time to mount your card in your CPU.

Technical Specifications

  • Processor: Intel 1151
  • Number of Supported CPUs: 1
  • Chipset: Intel Z270 Express
  • Memory Format: 4 X DIMM 288 pins (DDR4)
  • Memory Type:  DDR4
  • Memory Technology: Dual Channel
  • Maximum RAM Capacity Per Slot: 16 GB
  • Maximum RAM Capacity: 64 GB
  • CPU Integrated Graphics Core: Yes
  • Expansion Slots Graphic Connector (s): 1 X PCI Express 3.0 16x (8x)
  • Type of Multi-GPU: SLI
  • Number of Audio Channels: 8
  • USB Connector (s) (Max): 12
  • Connector (s) USB2.0 (Max): 6
  • USB3.0 Connector (s) (Max): 6
  • Advanced Overclocking Features: Yes
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Pros
  • Fast Storage
  • Great BIOS Setup
  • Proper Harnessing
  • Graphics Cards
  • Generation SSDs
  • High Fidelity Audio
  • Ethernet Controller
  • Connectivity
  • Efficient 5-Way Optimization

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Cons
  • Major Cons

Fast Storage

The Intel Z270 chipset includes many features for fast storage, as it has two M. 2 sockets on the card. There are also six SATA 3 connectors. The Asus Prime Z270 motherboard is, therefore, a good quality hardware. The card also supports embedded Intel GPUs but also supports dedicated graphics cards with AMD’s CrossFireX technology. The motherboard is overall very powerful, and it will satisfy the majority of gamers who desire speed.

Great BIOS Setup

The BIOS of the ASUS PRIME Z270-A LGA1151 is probably one of the best on the market, as it is simple to use and very intuitive. The BIOS is really designed for all levels of users, the “EZ Mode” allows you to activate the Intel XMP profile, change some startup parameters, set the level of automatic performance of the system and see a mine of very useful information. For those who want to go into great detail, the “Advanced” mode is where you want to pay attention.

Proper Harnessing

The next generation of Intel Kaby Lake processors and their architecture takes computing performance to new heights. The presence of the new Intel Z270 chipset ensures you make the most of the performance of this new architecture, especially the unlocked coefficient processors (K). The LGA 1151 socket ensures optimal compatibility with the previous generation Skylake.

Furthermore, the Mini ATX motherboard Intel is the perfect base for your Intel Kaby Lake-based configuration. Its design integrates the Intel Z270 chipset and an LGA 1151 socket , allowing to fully exploit the performance of new Kaby Lake processors while remaining compatible with Skylake processors.

This Mini ATX motherboard Intel offers advanced features to take off the performance of your PC: 3 PCI-Express 16x ports (including 2 enhanced), SLI and CrossFire compatible, 2 NVMe-compatible M.2 ports, Realtek S1220A audio processor 8 channels and an Intel i219V controller, ensuring an ideal Ethernet connection, for minimal on-line latency.

The included Aura feature also allows you to directly connect an RGB LED strip to the motherboard and control it from your system. You can match the color of all your Aura-compatible LED devices (LED strips, STRIX graphics cards, etc.) in a few clicks.

Graphics Cards

Build the multi-GPU configuration you’ve always dreamed of thanks to 3 PCI-Express 16x ports (including 2 enhanced), SLI and CrossFire compatible features of the Micro ATX Motherboard.

Generation SSDs

With the Mini ATX motherboard Intel, you can enjoy 2 NVMe compatible PCI-Express 3.0 4x M.2 ports to connect all your latest generation SSDs and enjoy peak performance.

High Fidelity Audio

Experience your favorite games and listen to your favorite songs with a high level of accuracy thanks to the embedded Realtek S1220A audio processor of the ASUS PRIME Z270-A LGA1151. This processor manages up to 8 channels of sound for ultimate immersion.

Ethernet Controller

Through the ASUS PRIME Z270-A LGA1151, your connection is provided by the powerful Intel i219V Ethernet Controller, ensuring minimal latency in online games and optimized throughput for your downloads.

Connectivity

Connect your motherboard to all of your equipment, thanks to a complete and modern connectivity feature of the Mini ATX motherboard Intel, including 4 external USB 3.0 ports , 1 USB 3.1 type C + 1 USB 3.1 Type A port, Ethernet connection , 1 HDMI 1.4b port , a DisplayPort 1.2 port as well as a DVI-D port.

Efficient 5-Way Optimization

With the 5-Way Optimization of the ASUS PRIME Z270-A LGA1151, your PC becomes smart. With one click, it optimizes in real time, various aspects of your system such as processor overclocking, power stability and power consumption, as well as cooling and silence.

Thus the Asus 5-Way Optimization allows you to play games in better conditions, watch your movies in silence and without jerks, and more effectively control consumption and electrical waste.

Major Cons

There is no major con associated with this product.

CONCLUSION:

In conclusion, the ASUS PRIME Z270-A LGA1151 is very cleverly designed and well balanced and performs well in applications and games. It comes as a great choice for those who are looking for an efficient and cheap motherboard that can also overclock. This also comes as a great option if you are looking for a high-end motherboard as highlighted above.

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