ASRock Z270 Extreme4 Motherboard Review: Page 8 of 8

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Posted by Damon Bailey on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 12:30pm

Final Thoughts & Conclusion

For a mid-range targeted motherboard, the ASRock Z270 Extreme4 packs some serious heat. Intel’s new Z270 chipset provides some serious storage performance and options including twin 32Gbps M.2 Slots. The included ASMedia 2142 controller provides the best USB 3.1 Gen 2 performance on the market when using multiple high end devices simultaneously. The latest RGB craze isn’t missed by ASRock, three independent RGB zones including one header for connecting your own colorful devices provide limitless customization. We do miss independent control of each color channel, but the color wheel selection provides more colors than you will know what to do with, and all 3 zones can be different colors, or even different effects.

Solid overclocking potential can bring some of that gaming oriented performance down to a more affordable level. Some less obvious flexibility really rounds out the feature list. Flexible PCIe X1 slots allow any expansion card to be installed, and a 3rd M.2 Slot under the Rear I/O cover as well as a bracket for dual antennas gives the end user a 5 minute upgrade to a WiFi capable system if the cables are a little out of reach. Dual BIOS’s can be a real life saver, but while we had zero issues, we do miss the 2 digit error readout found on may other ASRock boards. Overall we’re quite impressed with the Extreme4 and the new Intel Z270 chipset under the hood lends it great performance and a few extra I/O lanes that are put to good use, that's why we are giving it the ProClockers Highly Recommended award. If you are in the market for LGA-1151 motherboard for your Skylake or new Kaby Lake CPU and don’t want to spend a fortune, the ASRock Z270 Extreme4 should be at the top of your list. Look for it from your favorite ASRock retailers soon.

Pros:

  • Three RGB zones
  • Dual turbo M.2 slots
  • Awesome SATA RAID performance
  • Dual BIOS

Cons:

  • Missing 2-digit error code readout.
  • RGB Control is only a color wheel.

 Highly Recommended

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