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ASUS Z270-WS Motherboard Review

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.
By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Jun 17, 2017 7:38 pm
TweakTown 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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