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ASUS Prime Z270-A Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: ASUS

CPU Cooler Fit and Included Accessories

CPU Cooler Fit

To test the amount of space surrounding the CPU socket, we mounted the Noctua NH-D15 cooler to the CPU socket. This behemoth CPU air cooler sports a dual fan construction and two huge vertical cooling towers.

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When oriented in its default configuration with air blown towards the rear panel of the case, the Noctua cooler fits into the CPU socket area of the Prime Z270-A motherboard without issues. Further, the spacing between the CPU socket area and the primary PCIe x16 slot are sufficient to seat a video card with the cooler mounted. Note that you may have spacing issues between a large cooler and a card mounted in the primary PCIe x1 slot however.

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The closeup views of the cooler seating and mounting further display just how well the Noctua cooler fits to the board.

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The Noctua hold down mechanism is large enough to quickly determine exactly how much space is available around the CPU socket. The Noctua mounts fits the socket with no tight areas or contact points evident between it and the on board capacitors, chokes, or heat sinks.

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The cooler's backplate rests on the socket backplate, minimizing the risk of direct board contact. Further, there is no circuitry in close proximity to the socket to pose risks.

Included Accessories

The Prime Z270-A motherboard is packaged with all the necessary components to get the board up and running.

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The manual included with the Prime Z270-A motherboard does not disappoint, written in the clear and detailed language we've come to expect from ASUS motherboard manuals. Also included is a driver DVD with all necessary hardware drivers and Window's utilities.

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The board's rear panel shield consists of a shiny aluminum surface with the port identifying text and icons stamped into its surface. The text and icons on the rear panel shield are hard to see even with sufficient lighting.

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ASUS bundled in three black 6Gb/s rated SATA cables for use with the integrated port. The cables have integrated port locks and a mix of straight and 90 degree connectors.

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For multi-GPU use, ASUS included a single two-way NVIDIA SLI HB adapter.

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For use with the on-board front panel header, ASUS included their Q-Connector header plugs. You simply plug the front panel case leads into the Q-Connector, then plug the Q-Connector into the appropriate board header. It makes the installation of the front panel plugs much easier.

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ASUS included a CPU installation tool with the motherboard to ensure easy and proper CPU installation into the board's socket. You simply snap the plastic guide over top of the CPU and place the CPU in the socket with the "This Side Up" arrow placed near the socket hinge. The plastic guide remains in place when you lock the CPU into the socket.

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May 9, 2017 | 04:12 PM - Posted by MRFS

Morry: good job!
What happens when 2 x M.2 SSDs are stacked
on top of each other? Overheating maybe?

May 9, 2017 | 11:25 PM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

It depends.  If you have airflow over them, should be ok.  But you'd probably want to put thermal tape or some other type of non-conductive medium between the two drives to keep any electrical contact from occuring between the two.

However, this board doesn't have stacked M.2 slots.  It's slots are separated by a good bit of space.  The only design I've heard with stacked slots was in the Intel NUC...

June 26, 2017 | 07:54 AM - Posted by Joel Raj (not verified)

How conjucted will it be if one tries to install an Asus Gtx 1070 8g? Will it be possible? And the board is going to be. ASUS PRIME Z270-K and cooler is Scythe Mugen 5. Waiting for your reply, Thank you!

January 21, 2018 | 06:37 AM - Posted by Nick (not verified)

I have this board and the H20 radiator also fits with a pair of Gentle Typhoon 120's which keeps an I5 3.8 overclocked to 5.0 at 60 degrees while gaming. The thing about these boards is to run the load the 5ghz tuning profile, then back the core voltage down to 1.3 and you're set, even with air cooling. Also pass on the LED RAM if at all possible for better clearance, and make sure your case has a lot of top clearance, since this board goes all the way out to the edge with things, even my Corsair mid tower can't fit their own water cooling with this board in it.

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