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ASRock Z270 Extreme 4 LGA 1151 Motherboard Review

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PRODUCT INFO

ASRock Z270 Extreme 4

3rd January 2017
Type Motherboard
Price $149.99 US

ASRock Z270 Extreme 4 Motherboard - Features

The Z270 Extreme 4 is part of ASRock's 200-series ATX lineup which include 7 additional motherboards. The board is aimed at the mainstream market and will be aiming a price of $149 US, just like its predecessor. It comes with a range of features which are listed below:

  • Supports Intel 7th and 6th Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron Processors
  • Chipset Intel Z270
  • Power Phase 12 (Digi Power)
  • Caps 12K Caps
  • Memory 4 x DDR4 3866
  • CPU Performance (10% boost compared to SKL)
  • 7.1 CH ALC 1220 ( 5 + 1 Jacks), Purity Sound 4
  • LAN Intel I219V GLAN
  • More M.2 Slots
  • Intel OptaneTM Memory Ready
  • AURA RGB LED
  • Onboard WiFi (with module or M.2 Key E)
  • AQUANTIA 5Gb/s LAN
  • D-Sub Onboard
  • Outlook Design (new IO Cover, Heatsink, PCB artwork)

ASRock Z270 Extreme 4 Product Gallery:

ASRock Z270 Motherboards With AURA RGB LED

ASRock implements their latest AURA RGB LED on the Z270 Express chipset motherboards. With the ability to display over 16.8 million colors, AURA RGB LED offers users wide customization support. The boards also come with AURA RGB LED headers. Users can connect LED or RGB LED light strips and customize them as per needs.

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ASRock Z270 Motherboards With M.2 Key E For WiFi

ASRock provides users the option to slip inside a WiFi 802.11ac wireless card in one of the dedicated M.2 WiFi slots that is located near the I/O port. This can be used for wireless connectivity in addition to the onboard LAN port. It should be pointed that ASRock doesn't ship the WiFi card with the boards so users will have to purchase them seperately.

ASRock Z270 Motherboards With Optane Memory Support

The latest Z270 motherboards are ready with Optane Memory support out of the box. Intel Optane devices will offer a significant leap in system performance and responsiveness through fast storage and memory products that will be available in 2017. The M.2 slots on the new motherboards will feature support for Optane memory and would utilize PCI-E lanes for interconnectivity.

ASRock Z270 Motherboards_Optane Memory

ASRock Z270 Motherboards With Dual USB 3.1

ASRock motherboards feature Dual USB 3.1 ports on the I/O port. These come in both Type-A and Type-C versions. The USB 3.1 ports can deliver link speeds of up to 10 Gbps and can support a wide range of next generation I/O devices.

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ASRock Z270 Motherboards With Water Pump Header

Another new feature for ASRock 200-series motherboards aiming the top spectrum of enthusiasts is dedicated water pump header. This is not only a standard CPU fan header, but also supports water pumps! This header provides a maximum of 1.5A power for supporting the most popular water pumps. User also can adjust the voltage of water pump to get higher cooling performance with lower noise.

ASRock Z270 Motherboards_Water Pump Header

ASRock Z270 Motherboards With Purity Sound 4

ASRock has updated the 200-series boards with their fourth generation Purity Sound 4 system. Purity Sound4 is a combination of several hardware, software audio solutions. 7.1 CH HD audio with the latest Realtek ALC1220 audio codec, individual PCB layers for R/L audio channel, 120dB SNR DAC and other technologies to deliver the crispest sound effects.

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ASRock Z270 Motherboards With PCI-E Steel Slots

The new motherboards adopt up to three PCIe Steel Slots, which are built with more solder points on the PCB for better performance and preventing any signal interference with graphics cards. This allows the graphics cards with enhanced signals and to be well-installed in the PCIe slots. Due to increased weight of modern day cards, the PCI-e slots can bend down and eventually break. PCI-e steel slots offer higher durability with such cards.

ASRock also bundles these boards with their new SLI HB Bridge which is compatible with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 graphics cards to double the available transfer bandwidth, thus delivering rock stable game play and experiencing surround gaming in the best way.

ASRock Z270 Motherboards With New UEFI Theme and EZ Mode

ASRock has developed a fancy new UEFI theme to match your unique taste of computing. EZ mode is a dashboard which contains multiple readings of the system’s current status.

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