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ASUS Z270-WS Motherboard Review (Page 1)

ASUS Z270-WS Motherboard Review

We spend some time fully examining the ASUS Z270-WS, a workstation motherboard that has plenty to like about it.

Steven Bassiri | Jun 17, 2017 at 02:38 pm CDT - 1 min, 17 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 92%Manufacturer: ASUS

Introduction

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While it feels like Intel launched the Z270 chipset a long time ago, it has actually been just six months since the platform hit the market, and today I will look at a "refreshed" Z270 motherboard. We usually see two or three waves of each Intel chipset from most vendors. The initial wave usually consists of a large lineup from the low-end to the high-end, and the second wave is usually significantly smaller and focuses on each brand's core strengths.

For ASUS, this includes their top of the line ROG and workstation motherboards, and today I will look at the Z270-WS. The Z270-WS features the capability to run four GPUs in SLI or CrossFireX, a hefty serving of USB 3.1, and the latest in storage technologies. You might be wondering what the point of 4-way SLI support is now that NVIDIA has limited their top GPUs to 2-way SLI, the answer; mining is back. Recently we have seen lesser known cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum, which recently rallied 2700% and is ASIC resistant, meaning you are going to be using GPUs to make your money.

Let's take a look at what could be considered a really stable motherboard with workstation and mining use cases.

Specifications

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The Z270-WS offers two Intel Gbit NICs, 4-way SLI/CrossFireX, two U.2 ports, two M.2 slots, USB 3.1 at the rear and through an internal header, and even overclocking features.

Pricing

The Z270-WS costs $379.99, but depending on stock, that could go up.

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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 tech 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.

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