Here are key points about the ASRock Z270 Gaming-ITX/ac.
Double The Pleasure, Double The Fun!: What isn't there to like about double Intel NICs, double M.2 slots, double BIOS ROMs, and double USB 3.0 internal headers? The motherboard is equipped with a hefty serving of features at a reasonable price. You even get two extra SATA6Gb/s ports in case you don't want to mess with the SATA/M.2 port switching that affects the native ports.
Aesthetic Appeal: A lot of people have been complaining about RGB LEDs, so ASRock has taken a much different approach than some other vendors. While they have included RGB LEDs, they have also made sure that they are discrete and aren't in your face. The strip under the shields and the PCH heat sinks might even entice an anti-RGB crusader because of their low-key nature. The red and black color combination on the heat sinks and shields is nice too.
You Can Upgrade to WIFI: ASRock includes the small M.2 slot for a WIFI/BT controller and the antenna brackets, making it very easy to add WIFI/BT to the motherboard down the road.
Good Audio: At under $200, most people don't expect very good audio, but ASRock has done a nice job with their ALC1220 implementation. I would assume that this implementation would beat out most low-end sound cards, and you probably wouldn't notice the difference between onboard audio and a sub-$100 audio card.
Overclocking Features: ASRock included the standard power and reset buttons, along with a POST code display and dual BIOS. They have also included an XMP switch, so you do not need to enter the UEFI to enable XMP. Finding these overclocking features on a sub-$200 motherboard isn't all that easy, and the Z270 Gaming K6 has them.
Low On IO Panel USB: There is a total of only five USB type-A ports on the rear panel. With many gaming keyboards requiring two ports, another for the mouse, and that leaves you only two left over for other devices. The issue is partially remedied through the use of the front panel headers, and you can add more USB through brackets.
The Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K6 is a solid motherboard with a healthy feature to price ratio. In fact, it might have one of the best ratios for features to price. While it does not have the best VRM, it does not overclock crazy fast memory kits with ease, and it could have used a few more rear USB ports, it makes up for it in other areas. It has a good number of M.2 slots, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 internal headers, SATA6Gb/s ports, and overclocking features just to name a few.
The motherboard's aesthetics are also at the level of a motherboard closer to the $200 mark, and it includes an AURA RGB LED header and onboard LEDs in case you want some lighting. I was also surprised by ASRock's performance enhancements that resulted from updating the UEFI, the performance of the motherboard is top notch. The Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K6 is an excellent value for the price, with a hefty serving of quality features and solid performance matched with a reasonable price tag.
If you are in the market for a motherboard in the sub-$200 price zone and want a lot of value, ASRock's Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K6 is worth a look.
|Performance (including Overclocking)||90%|
|Quality including Design and Build||89%|
|Bundle and Packaging||89%|
|Value for Money||95%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||91%|
The Bottom Line: ASRock's Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K6 motherboard is loaded with premium features, great performance, and fun aesthetics - importantly, all at a very reasonable price.
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