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ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac (Intel Z170) Motherboard Review (Page 1)

ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac (Intel Z170) Motherboard Review

ASRock's Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac Intel Z170-based motherboard is under the spotlight. Mini-ITX typically means fewer features, but not so much here.

By Steven Bassiri | Dec 22, 2015 11:49 am CST
Rating: 94%Manufacturer: ASRock

Introduction

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The Mini-ITX motherboard market is one of the most interesting when it comes to enthusiast products. Producing a high-performance Mini-ITX motherboard isn't cheap or easy. PCB space is significantly limited compared to the ATX form factor, so board makers have to come up with novel ways of packing in ATX-sized features. Common Mini-ITX designs include moving features and chips to the back of the motherboard, implemented high-density controllers, adding daughter boards, and working in interesting layout considerations to maintain high-performance features.

ASRock maintains three general product lines; the Extreme series, the Overclocking series, and the Fatal1ty series. The Fatal1ty series is usually packed with high-end gaming features, but usually maintains a solid amount of overclocking features. ASRock is quite active in the Mini-ITX market, especially for a company of its size. Some of you might remember the ASRock X99E-ITX/AC, the only enthusiast X99 motherboard. ASRock has brought that same passion for Mini-ITX to the Intel Z170 Skylake platform, where they do face competition from all of the major motherboard manufacturers. Let's take a look at how the Fatal1ty Z170-GamingITX/ac compares.

Specifications

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The ASRock Fatal1ty Z170-Gaming ITX/ac is loaded with features. The board carries a Wireless AC/BT4 controller, an Intel NIC, 6x SATA6G (2 part of an SATA Express port), USB 3.1 type-A and type-C, 6x USB 3.0 on the backpanel, and even an M.2 slot on the back of the motherboard.

Pricing

The Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/AC is priced at $174 on Newegg, which is closer to the high-end of Z170 Mini-ITX offerings.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Steven Bassiri

Steven went from a fledgling forum reader in 2003 to one of the internet's brightest stars by 2010. Armed with an information systems degree, a deep understanding of circuitry, and a passion for tech, Steven (handle Sin0822) enjoys sharing his deep knowledge with others. Steven details products down to the component level to highlight seldom explained, and often misunderstood architectures. Steven is also a highly decorated overclocker with several world records under his belt. He brings that knowledge and experience to TweakTown.

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