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ASUS TUF Z270 Mark 1 Launch Preview

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: ASUS



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With the latest revision of the TUF line, ASUS made the decision to drop the well-known "Sabertooth" moniker from the board name, naming the board's with the TUF branding only. The TUF Z270 Mark 1 motherboard is the flagship board in ASUS' TUF (The Ultimate Force) product line designed with the Intel Z270 chipset. The board offers support for the latest Intel Kaby Lake processor line as well as Dual Channel DDR 4 memory because of its integrated Intel Z270 chipset. While the MSRP for the board may be a bit higher than expected, its $239 price is more than justified by the board's build quality and "armored" offerings.

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The TUF Z270 Mark 1 motherboard is built with the same quality and attention to detail that you've come to expect from TUF-branded motherboards. Its appearance follows the standard tan plastic armor overlay on the top with a 10-phase digital power system. The board contains the following integrated features: six SATA 3 ports; two M.2 PCIe x4 capable ports; dual GigE controllers - an Intel I219-V Gigabit NIC and an Intel I211 Gigabit NIC; three PCI-Express x16 slots; three PCI-Express x1 slots; an 8-channel audio subsystem; MEM OK! and USB BIOS Flashback buttons; integrated DisplayPort and HDMI; and USB 2.0, 3.0, and 3.1 Type-A and Type-C port support.

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ASUS also chose to include the armored backplate with the TUF Z270 Mark 1 motherboard, dubbed the "TUF Fortifier".

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ASUS took an award-winning design and enhanced it with the TUF Z270 Mark 1 motherboard with integrates of an RGB LED into the TUF logo (in the board's center), as well as metal reinforced PCIe x16 slots for the primary and secondary slots.

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The TUF Z270 Mark 1 has everything integrated into it's rear panel that's expected from a TUF board, including USB 2.0, 3.0, and 3.1 ports, a variety of video ports, dual RJ-45 GigE ports, a USB BIOS Flashback button, and both digital and analogue audio ports.

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January 18, 2017 | 05:09 PM - Posted by Moyeni (not verified)

Why the hell use ASMEDIA controllers for a premium board ? Where are the Asus Z270 MBs with Alpine Ridge ?

January 19, 2017 | 01:32 AM - Posted by janef (not verified)

Hmm i think the TUF line is implementing different path than ROG or the others. It seems that TUF mobos are avoiding new stuff, but not necessarily being crippled by them. Like, there is never an M.2 slot in a TUF.

Anyway, love this TUF! I so want this, but it means upgrading everything... bah. :(

January 19, 2017 | 02:36 PM - Posted by Moyeni (not verified)

I don't get it, there are two M2 slots on this board ? And including an Asmedia controller is surely riskier than an Intel one ?

April 22, 2017 | 10:04 AM - Posted by the_moshpit

There are 2 M2 slots on this board.

April 22, 2017 | 10:05 AM - Posted by the_moshpit

Edit - Mistaken double post

January 20, 2017 | 11:21 PM - Posted by hoak (not verified)

Does this thing boot/post as slowly as the ASUS Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 also tested here?

January 23, 2017 | 01:42 PM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

I didn't notice that the post on the board was any longer than on the other ASUS Z270 boards tested....

January 24, 2017 | 10:12 PM - Posted by hoak (not verified)

Every review indicates the ASUS Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 is a very slow to boot/post board -- are you saying the ASUS Z270 is just as slow?

April 7, 2017 | 06:29 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

As far as i know it doesnt have built in bluetooth or wifi, for pairing this kinds of headphones and for wifi, what should i do? what to buy?

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