Overall Score 3.8  

Introduction

The ASRock Z270 Pro4 motherboard is a familiar site. ASRock is a familiar brand and since the birth of the ASRock company, it has secured a healthy and immediately identifiable place in the component market. With the recent launch of mainstream graphics cards, it’s also clear that ASRock is looking for more. The Intel Z270 is getting on a bit now, and though it wasn’t apparent at the time of launch, it has become a small part of Intel’s chipset masterplan, with the release of the 3xx and other chipset models.

To us, this is in response to AMD’s amazing resurgence, it’s almost caught the sleeping giant that is Intel, sleeping! We sourced the ASRock Z270 Pro4 motherboard for a project some time ago, so this is not a review sample.

Specifications 
CPUSupports 7th and 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium® / Celeron® Processors (Socket 1151)
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology
Supports Intel® K-Series unlocked CPUs
ChipsetIntel Z270 Express Chipset
Memory4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB Dual Channel Memory Architecture
DDR4 2133 - 3733MHz (O.C.)
Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
5μ Gold Contact in DIMM Slots
GraphicsSupports Intel® HD Graphics
Max. shared memory 1024MB
Three graphics output options: D-Sub, DVI-D and HDMI
Supports Triple Monitor
Supports HDMI with max. resolution up to 4K x 2K (4096x2160) @ 24Hz / (3840x2160) @ 30Hz
Supports DVI-D/D-Sub with max. resolution up to 1920x1200 @ 60Hz
Supports HDCP with DVI-D and HDMI Ports
Supports Full HD 1080p Blu-ray playback with DVI-D and HDMI Ports
AudioRealtek® ALC892 7.1 Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
LANGigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
Giga PHY Intel® I219V
Expansion Slots2 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slots (PCIE2: x16 mode; PCIE4: x4 mode)
3 x PCI Express 3.0 x1 Slots (Flexible PCIe)
1 x PCI Slot
Supports AMD Quad CrossFireX™ and CrossFireX™
1 x M.2 Socket (Key E), supports type 2230 WiFi/BT module
Storage Interface6 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s Connectors, support RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, Intel® Rapid Storage Technology 15 and Intel® Smart Response Technology), NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug
2 x Ultra M.2 Socket (M2_1/M2_2) M.2 SATA3 6.0 Gb/s module and M.2 PCIe up to Gen3 x4 (32 Gb/s)
Connectors1 x COM Port Header
1 x TPM Header
1 x Chassis Intrusion Header
1 x Power LED and Speaker Header
1 x CPU Fan Connector (4-pin)
2 x Chassis Fan Connectors (4-pin)
1 x Chassis Optional/Water Pump Fan Connector (4-pin)
1 x 24 pin ATX Power Connector
1 x 8 pin 12V Power Connector
1 x Front Panel Audio Connector
1 x Thunderbolt™ AIC Connector (5-pin)
1 x Thunderbolt™ AIC Connector (10-pin)**
3 x USB 2.0 Headers (Support 5 USB 2.0 ports)
1 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Header (Supports 2 USB 3.1 Gen1 ports)
Back Panel Connectors2 x Antenna Ports
1 x PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard Port
1 x D-Sub Port
1 x DVI-D Port
1 x HDMI Port
5 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A Ports
1 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C Port
1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)
HD Audio Jacks: Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone

So why would we even look at the Intel Z270? Well, the internet can be a volatile place, especially when keeping up with the Jones’s. The Intel Z270 is not an end of life product, and although there are newer chipsets, in CPU support and feature set, the Intel Z270 is not out of the running. It will probably go this way soon, but it is still a valid Chipset in 2018.

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