Wednesday, November 30th 2016

ASUS TUF Z270 MARK 1 Motherboard Detailed - Armored and Tough

Moving on from the Strix series, ASUS' TUF Z270 Mark 1 has also been detailed. Designed around so-called military standards purported to ensure longer stability and extreme durability, the new TUF Z270 motherboards incorporates features such as Tough Inside, Thermal Armor, TUF Networking, TUF Audio, Ultimate Cooling, 24/7 Durability and high speed transfer. This motherboard is one of ASUS' most premium and feature-packed products, so you should expect to pay a pretty, pretty penny for it, if history - and pricing history in particular - is anything to go by (and it usually is).

The LGA 1151 socket supports the latest 6th and 7th generation Intel Core processors, with the MARK 1 sporting an aggressive heatsink design that features ASUS' AURA RGB technology and a full cover TUF Thermal Armor and Fortifier shield. The chassis of the board houses a 40mm fan that offers significant cooling performance to the VRMs.
The board comes with an 8+2+2 Phase Digital power design that features 10K black metallic capacitors, MicroFine Alloy Chokes, NexFET PW (Power) block MOSFET and DIGI+ Power Control Utility for real-time adjustment. All of these components are part of the new ASUS Extreme Engine Digi+ technology that improves CPU stability and overclocking. Power is fed through a single 8-Pin connector.
The motherboard features four DDR4 DIMM slots that can support up to 64 GB of memory with speeds of up to 3866 MHZ (O.C+). Expansion slots on the motherboard include three PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16/x8/x4 electrical), three PCIe 3.0 x1 and dual M.2 slots that deliver up to 32 GB/s transfer speeds. The board comes with armored expansion slots which means that they are shielded by a metallic cover that fortifies the slot with extra strength and durability.

Storage options include six SATA III 6 GB/s ports. There's also USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 front headers. For audio, the motherboard comes with the latest SupremeFX S1220A CODEC that comes with a new ALC S1220 CODEC, De-pop Circuit, Premium Nichicon audiophile grade capacitors and a stainless steel cover.

On the I/O front, we are looking at 2 USB 3.1 (Type-A, Type-C) ports, 2 USB 3.0, 4 USB 2.0, Dual Intel I219-V Gigabit LAN, HDMI 1.4, DP 1.2, BIOS Flashback Switch, TUF detective 2 port, and a 7.1 Channel Audio Jack.
Source: WCCFTech
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10 Comments on ASUS TUF Z270 MARK 1 Motherboard Detailed - Armored and Tough

PS/2 port?
Umm, not in that picture
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Caring1 said:
PS/2 port?
Umm, not in that picture
Thanks for caring =) Formatting leftovers, much obliged.
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Not a fan of those fleshy brown coloured connectors... nothing goes with them. Had this problem with the previous Sabertooth, and in a well lit case they stick out a bit too much for my liking. They should just make them black or grey.
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Now Asus has corrupted their TUF line up with nauseating RGB Crap.

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Thermaltake fanboy
thats the unique product i like from asus so far.. TUF sabertooth boards...
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Chaitanya said:
Now Asus has corrupted their TUF line up with nauseating RGB Crap.
I don't understand why people give a rip about the look of a board. Most of it will be covered up by a CPU cooler, memory sticks, graphics card, and on top of all that it is in a case. Even if you look in the case window or open and gaze, how long can that amazement last?

"Hey, dude.. look at my motherboard, dude."
"Wow dude, that looks great. Uhhhhh..."
"Yeah, ok, well, uh, ok, so, what do we do now?"

Features and build quality people. I hope these mfg aren't looking for massive sales this time around - the pricing of Kaby hasn't been generating much buzz, the performance leaks have been met with snoring sounds, and Zen, whether it proves worthy or not, is looming.
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I am sooooo happy that my Sabertooth X99 is one of the last TUF board that are not polluted by RGB LEDs. I agree with other poster. Keep RGB LED off the TUF series.

On the other hand I am a lot more interested in what ASUS is working on for ZEN.
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Nicely, the new TUF - Z270. They think on front space in today's PC casings design and accordingly placed fen connections.(very good liquid cooling and cable arrangement). Excellent gaming PC today forms SLI and RAID M.2 with four core i7 processor is the speed of the rocket, which also looks good .
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There seems to be two points of contention on some of these reviews. The first is the actual amount of RAM this system can use 32GB or 64GB. The serial numbers listed in the ASUS trusted memory don't show any 64GB packages listed. Nor do the numbers for the Corsair 32GB packages match. So, what 3866 memory works with this board at 64GB (4x16)?
The other question I have is on the usage of the M2 drives. Can the available lanes on this system support both true 2 card SLI and dual M2s?
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As far as i know it doesnt have built in bluetooth or wifi, for pairing this kinds of headphones and for wifi, what should i do? what to buy?
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