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ASUS Prime Z270-A Launch Preview

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: ASUS

Introduction

Introduction

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The Prime Z270-A motherboard is one of ASUS' initial offering integrating the Intel Z270 chipset. The board features ASUS' Channel line aesthetics with a black PCB and white plastic accents. The board's integrated Intel Z270 chipset integrates support for the latest Intel LGA1151 Kaby Lake processor line as well as Dual Channel DDR4 memory. Offered at a price-competitive MSRP of $164, the Prime Z270-A offers a compelling price point with respect to its integrated features and performance potential.

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ASUS does not cut corners on any of their boards with the Prime Z270 sharing similar power component circuitry as its higher tiered siblings, featuring a 10-phase digital power delivery system. ASUS integrated the following features into the Prime Z270-A board: six SATA 3 ports; two M.2 PCIe x4 capable ports; an Intel I219-V Gigabit NIC; three PCI-Express x16 slots; four PCI-Express x1 slots; on-board power and MemOK! buttons; an EZ XMP switch; Crystal Sound 3 audio subsystem; integrated DisplayPort, HDMI, and DVI video ports; and USB 3.0 and 3.1 Type-A and Type-C port support.

Continue reading our preview of the ASUS Prime Z270-A motherboard!

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ASUS enhanced several design aspects with the Prime Z270-A including integrated RGB support, mount points for custom 3D printed panels along the top of the board, and metal reinforced PCIe x16 slots for the primary and secondary slots.

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The Prime Z270-A's rear panel was enhanced with an integrated plastic cover plate and all the ports you've come to expect in an ASUS channel board, including USB 3.0 and 3.1 ports, a variety of video ports, an RJ-45 GigE port, and both digital and analogue audio ports.


January 9, 2017 | 05:42 PM - Posted by CNote

Hey no SATA express... Said no one ever.

February 3, 2017 | 06:04 AM - Posted by Pavel Škoda (not verified)

Great review!
I would like to know if there is enough room for large CPU Air coolers like Be Quiet! Dark Rock PRO 3?
see https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/beQuiet/Dark_Rock_Pro3/5.html

Thanks for answer
Pavsko

April 9, 2017 | 08:50 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Does Prime A has the same power phase as Prime AR?

September 8, 2017 | 10:49 AM - Posted by Mikel (not verified)

For the Cons - "Cmos battery replacement"!!!. does it mean we cant change the cmos battery once it dies???. Which ram I need to get - 1.35v or 1.2 v? Thanks in advance.

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