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ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming-ITX/ac Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Jan 23, 2017 2:08 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: ASRock

Here are key points about the ASRock Z270 Gaming-ITX/ac.

 

What's Hot

 

Tons of Features: Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1, Ultra M.2, and Wireless AC? Check, check, check, and check. The Z270 Gaming-ITX/ac is loaded to the brim with features, and it's quite impressive.

 

 

Undercover Overclocker: The Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac had some of the best memory overclocking around, partially due to its use of only two DIMMs, and the Z270 Gaming-ITX/ac also offers this same capability. However, one of the more impressive overclocking aspects is the VRM, which is built better than many I have seen on mid-ranged Z270 ATX motherboards.

 

Healthy Serving of USB: Many mini-ITX motherboards lack a lot of rear USB 3.0 and internal USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 headers, but not the Z270 Gaming-ITX/ac. In fact, it has more rear USB 3.0 than many full-sized ATX motherboards.

 

HDMI 2.0: ASRock actually had to add an extra chip to support HDMI 2.0. HDMI 2.0 is the only way you can playback 4K Netflix content because of its HDCP 2.2 support, plus it supports 4K at 60Hz.

 

Audio System: I was surprised to find that ASRock complimented the internal amplifier in the ALC1220 with a second one for the front panel output. The internal one would have been enough, but ASRock went the extra mile. Plus, ASRock supplies six audio output jacks, most mini-ITX boards only supply three.

 

What's Not

 

No POST-Code Display: The Z270 Gaming-ITX/ac would be perfect for extreme overclocking if it has a POST code display.

 

No RGB Header: I was surprised to find that this motherboard doesn't have an RGB LED header since all of its other features are very high-end.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

The Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming-ITX/ac is one of the most loaded Z270 mini-ITX motherboards on the market. It has Thunderbolt 3, something I didn't expect to find. ASRock's board has more features than some ATX motherboards and better VRMs than most mid-range motherboards. It's an excellent overclocker and very easy to use and setup. The only thing that remains a mystery is the price.

 

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I am unsure if ASRock will price the Z270 Gaming-ITX/ac competitively, or take advantage because it is the only board of its type on the market. ASRock typically doesn't do that, so I expect this motherboard to be affordable. Overall, this motherboard impressed me at almost every turn and felt like a mature, finished product.

 

I would easily recommend this motherboard to anyone who wants an outstanding mini-ITX Z270 motherboard, and so I have awarded it the second highest award we offer.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance (including Overclocking)94%
Quality including Design and Build95%
General Features96%
Bundle and Packaging85%
Value for MoneyN/A
Overall TweakTown Rating93%

The Bottom Line: Loaded to the brim with the latest features and some very impressive overclocking abilities, ASRock's Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming-ITX/ac is one of the best Z270 mini-ITX motherboards on the market.

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