A Closer Look
The ROG Strix Z270G Gaming is part of Asus’s Republic of Gamers line of motherboards, which is broken down into the Formula series and the Strix series. The Strix is the more affordable of the two series and features amore toned-down cosmetic design.
Brushed grey metal is the name of the game with the ROG Strix Z270G Gaming. There’s just a slight purple/violet hue to the grey color.
There are two USB 1.1 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, one USB Type-A port, and one USB Type-C port. The RJ-45 port is driven the I219-V Intel chipset. Four audio out jacks, with a microphone in jack and optical port provide audio connections. The two antenna jacks prove connection for Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with Mu-MIMO support and also includes Bluetooth v4.1/4.0LE,3.0+HS. There are also HDMI and DVI video connections.
Both PCI-E 16x slots feature Asus’ SafeSlot metal reinforcement. There is an AIO Pump header is located just below the VRM heatsink. The front panel audio header, TPM header, and RGB header reside towards the rear of the motherboard. Towards the center are two USB 2.0 headers and a USB 3.0 Header. The M.2 socket supports both SATA and PCI-E 3.0 x4 M-key 2242/2260/2280 drives.
The lower front section of the motherboard also contains a thermal sensor header, a fan header, and the front panel header.
The area around the CPU socket feels quite roomy.
There are a total of six SATA 6.0 connectors.
The 24-pin ATX power connector resides towards the top. Just below it is a front panel USB 3.1 connector. The four memory slots support DDR4 at speeds up to 4266 MHz. The another fan header and a second RGB header are located at the very top forward corner.
Dual CPU fan headers and a 8-pin CPU power connector reside on the very top of the motherboard.
The rear of the ROG Strix Z270G Gaming contains a bit of a surprise, a second M.2 socket. The M.2 socket supports PCI-E 3.0 x4 M-key 2242/2260/2280 drives.