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ASUS Strix Z270E Gaming Launch Preview

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: ASUS

Introduction

Introduction

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The Strix Z270E Gaming motherboard is among the Z270-based offerings in ASUS ROG Strix product line. 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. With an MSRP of $199, the Strix Z270E Gaming board comes at a premium, more than justified by its feature set.

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The new Strix board does not disappoint with its sleek black appearance and 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; 2x2 802.11ac WiFI adapter; three PCI-Express x16 slots; four PCI-Express x1 slots; two RGB 12V headers; Supreme FX 8-channel 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 Strix Z270E Gaming motherboard!

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ASUS enhanced several design aspects with the Strix Z270E Gaming including integrated RGB support into the PCB separator line and rear panel cage, 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 Strix Z270E Gaming's rear panel has an integrated plastic cover panel and all the ports you've come to expect in an ASUS Strix board, including USB 3.0 and 3.1 ports, a variety of video ports, an RJ-45 GigE port, 2x2 802.11 Wi-Fi ports, and both digital and analogue audio ports.


January 3, 2017 | 08:12 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

HDMI 2.0(a? b?) and/or HDCP2.2?

January 3, 2017 | 09:57 PM - Posted by JesperA (not verified)

Does the 2 M.2 ports support raid 0 or 1?

January 3, 2017 | 11:09 PM - Posted by CB (not verified)

It should. Intel RST supports RAID for M.2.

There is still the DMI 3.0 bottleneck of 3.93 GB/s theoretical though. Sequentials won't see true scaling for RAID 0 for something like 960 Pros and Evos, but you can see up to around 3.5 GB/s reads with two of them.

January 5, 2017 | 01:10 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Great review. When you start your full reviews of all the new boards with RGB could I ask if you would comment on the control of the illumination offered. Knowing number of seperate zones and brigtness control of the LEDs would be wonderful information for me as an aesthetic builder.

Again, great review.

Thanks.

January 24, 2017 | 10:45 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Does this mobo support nvme and can it boot Windows from an nvme m.2 drive, or two in raid 0?

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