ASUS Z270E STRIX Gaming Review
Published by Luca Rocchi on 05.01.17 (10251 reads)
Connectors and I/O
ASUS equipped the Z270E STRIX Gaming with six angled SATA ports. All of them offer 6Gbps bandwidth. There aren't any SATA Express ports but we find two M.2 slots which have been wired using four PCIe Gen 3.0 lanes each. Unfortunately there are no practical onboard power- and reset-buttons and there is also no debug LED on this board. What's standard since quite a few generations is the MemOK button, which has proven useful quite a few times. ASUS decided to place a PCIe x1 slot right below the I/O panel. After that one there is a PCIe x16 Gen 3 slot. This means that it's well possible to remove a graphics card even if a large CPU heatsink has been installed.
There is a total of six fan headers on the Z270E STRIX Gaming which is more than enough, to provide a well equipped high-end or workstation with fresh air. The fan header are located close to the CPU as well as spread over the board. Other than that it's a good thing that all of them feature four pins, which allows for rpm regulation in BIOS as well as under Windows.
Looking at the external connectors directly at the back-panel ASUS equipped the Z270E STRIX Gaming with two USB 3.1 ports, whereas there is one Type-C connector, four USB 3.0 and one PS/2 port, one Intel Gigabit Ethernet port, as well as an optical out and an analogue audio panel. Furthermore there is also an HDMI, a DisplayPort and a DVI connector.