Review: ASRock Z270 Extreme 4

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    ASRock released the Z270 EXTREME 4. A Kaby lake ready motherboard with proper looks and an AURA RGB LED system that can be controlled from the EUFI BIOS. Other then that you are looking at your normal...

    Review: ASRock Z270 Extreme 4
     
  2. schmidtbag

    schmidtbag Ancient Guru

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    Nice board. I'm a bit weirded out by the lack of electrical components. Not complaining, it's actually impressive. Are they all located on the back?
     
  3. coth

    coth Master Guru

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    No U.2 or SATA Express? It's about a time to start ditching ancient SATA.
     
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    Great looking motherboard, just want to see reviews from the Z270 Fatal1ty and compare with this one to decide my pick..
     

  5. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    I have that one ALMOST ready. Perhaps Friday.
     
  6. Evildead666

    Evildead666 Maha Guru

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    Thats what the M.2 PCIe slots are for (and the U.2 connectors). :)

    I see the point of U.2, just that its not really for everyone.
    A couple of M.2 slots on a motherboard are fine for Booting, and maybe a games drive/scratch drive in the 2nd slot.
    I can live with the rest being on standard SATA drives.

    SATA Express needed to die very quickly. Its a lot worse than M.2 or U.2, in speed and complexity, and longevity.
    It was bascially stillborn anyway. A knee-jerk reaction from the SATA Group when SSD's hit the SATA3 wall so quick.

    (scratch drive = very fast temp drive. ie media encoding, etc...)
     
  7. sammarbella

    sammarbella Ancient Guru

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    Asrock provides value for the money, i like the "clean" look of this motherboard.

    M.2 raid that could be FAST!

    When is X99 successor coming?These new Zx70 chips cut the PCI lanes so no more x16,x16 for SLI/CFX.
     
  8. ChicagoDave

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    M.2 Question

    Hi Hilbert,

    Thank you for the review. One question that I think needs to be addressed here, and on all other z270 mobo reviews:

    What features do you give up by using both M.2 slots in NVME/PCI-E configuration? Do we lose SATA drives, USB headers, PCI-E slots, etc? This is really important going forward as I think most enthusiasts plan to use at least one, and probably two or more NVME drives down the road.

    Thank you!
     
  9. chinobino

    chinobino Maha Guru

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    +1

    I'm stalking you Dave - but I do agree, this is a very relevant consideration for anyone planning to buy a new motherboard and use NVMe drives.
     

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