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ASUS ROG STRIX Z270G GAMING Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Jan 24, 2017 2:24 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: ASUS

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

 

What's Hot

 

Aesthetics and Modding Potential: People have asked for solid black motherboards for a while, and the STRIX line up is ASUS's offering. The heat sinks are subtle enough to blend in or stick out depending on what you want, the motherboard's PCB is matte with an interesting silkscreen which can also be shown off or hidden.

 

There are two AURA RGB LED headers at the top and bottom of the motherboard along with well-diffused PCH RGB LEDs. To top it all off, ASUS is pushing their 3D printed accessory feature, and the motherboard even comes with mounting hardware for the parts!

 

 

Plenty of USB 3.1: Rear USB 3.1 type-A and type-C isn't all that rare these days, but add in an internal USB 3.1 20-pin header, and the pool of capable motherboards shrinks rapidly. The new USB 3.1 header is only found on a few motherboards, and ASUS is one of the first to bring it to market.

 

ALC1220 Implementation: ASUS's new SupremeFX audio based on the Realtek ALC1220 is quite good, and RMAA results compared against other similarly designed ALC1220 systems show ASUS's is a bit better than most.

 

Dual M.2: I was very surprised to find a second x4 PCI-E 3.0 M.2 slot on the rear of the motherboard, I was very happy because this is a micro-ATX motherboard.

 

Optimal 2-Way SLI/CrossFireX Layout: The first x16 PCI-E 3.0 slot is spaced just low enough below the CPU socket to facilitate larger air coolers, and the CMOS battery is located above the first slot for easy removal. To kick things up a notch, the second x16 PCI-E 3.0 slot is optimally placed so that if you install two cards, you will not lose access to the bottom row of headers.

 

What's Not

 

POST Code: An ROG product that costs close to $200 and doesn't have a POST Code display? That was possibly a decision made for aesthetic purposes.

 

USB 3.0 Header Placement: I was hoping the USB 3.0 header would be either near where the USB 3.1 header is located or at least more towards the right side of the motherboard, but it might not be an issue since the motherboard is shorter than an ATX motherboard.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

The ROG STRIX Z270G GAMING is an interesting motherboard. When I first dove into this product, I thought it was a replacement for the Gene since it is branded ROG. Then the STRIX brand's impact became apparent upon closer inspection and use. STRIX is geared much more towards gamers and modders than overclockers, and this motherboard is not the Gene replacement (perhaps the Apex is). Once I took that into consideration, it became apparent the hardcore VRM hardware, and OC features had been traded for aesthetic improvements, 3D printing technology, and consumer features.

 

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I welcome these trade-offs with open arms, as I believe each brand only needs a few hardcore overclocking products, as most consumers won't use those features. With wide stretched arms, I readily welcome a micro-ATX ROG product truly aimed at gamers and builders, and the ROG STRIX Z270G GAMING is that product. Its performance was great, features plentiful, and uniqueness evident.

 

If you are looking for a micro-ATX motherboard with a premium feel and great feature set, the ASUS ROG STRIX Z270G GAMING might be right up your alley.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance (including Overclocking)91%
Quality including Design and Build90%
General Features95%
Bundle and Packaging92%
Value for Money93%
Overall TweakTown Rating92%

The Bottom Line: For a micro-ATX motherboard, the ASUS ROG STRIX Z270G GAMING is loaded with the latest features such as internal USB 3.1, dual M.2 slots, Wireless AC, two RGB headers, and even 3D printed accessory mounts.

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