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Asus Rog Strix Z270E Gaming Review

Asus Rog Strix Z270E Gaming Review

Asus took the 200-series chipset as a cue to replace its Pro Gaming line of motherboards. It did that by bringing in a new ‘ROG Strix’ line-up, and in that line we find the Rog Strix Z270E Gaming. It’s the most fully featured of the ROG Strix products, and sits just below the ROG Maximus series. That marks its out as a less favourable option for tweaking compared to…say the Maximus IX Hero. Yet as a £190 motherboard it should still have a fair bit about it.


  • Form factor: ATX
  • Chipset:Intel Z270
  • CPU support: LGA1151 (Skylake, Kaby Lake)
  • Memory support:Dual-channel, XMP, max 64GB
  • Audio: Realtek ALC1220 Codec/ROG SupremeFX S1220
  • Networking:Intel I219-V
  • Ports:1 x M.2 PCI-E 3.0 x4 32Gbps/SATA 6Gbps (up to 22110), 1x M.2 PCI-E 3.0 x4 32Gbps (up to 2280). 6 x SATA 6Gbps, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-A, 6 x USB 3.0, 6 x USB 2.0, 1 x LAN, audio out, line in, mic, Optical S/PDIF out, HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort

DesignFront - ROG Strix Z270E Gaming

Looks play a key part in the initial allure of Asus’ Maximus motherboards. Little surprise then that Strix products have a style of their own. Asus is strong here, and the ROG Strix Z270E Gaming has appeal even without bright flashes of colour. The black PCB is set off with grey diagonal detailing, and black components (DIMM, PCI-E slots) and metal constructions (heatsinks) populate a monochrome board – the only hint of colour comes with the gold capacitors situated by the Supreme FX chip in the bottom left.

This board’s angular heatsinks and I/O cover follow the monochrome theme. However, the chipset heatsink appears oddly inconsistent. Although pleasing in its own abstract way, its design doesn’t quite fit with the rest of the board. Featuring its own geometric pattern, its nicely indulgent but a little bit style over substance – especially when the look isn’t repeated elsewhere. We’re nor sue why…still, the metallic ROG logo is a fine flourish.

Any final design considerations must include this motherboard’s support of Asus Aura Sync. When plugged in and powered on, the ROG STrix Z270E Gaming injects some attractive colour into the rear I/O cover and nearby heatsinks. Two additional RGB headers are on hand to liven things even more, so users preferring illumination are in luck.


If we consider the things a £190 motherboard should have, Asus has the boxes are ticked. This is a motherboard built for balance, and the features list hints at an equilibrium of performance, functionality and durability. All of that while cramming in top-end specs where possible. As such several specs are in-line with the latest Maximus models right up to Code level. M.2 support comes to mind. We’re talking dual support, the M2_1 slot for PCI-E 3.0 x4 or SATA 6Gbps, and M2_2 PCI-E 3.0 x4. Six SATA 6gb/s. The ROG Strix Z270E Gaming backs this with Intel Optane support.

This motherboard also prioritises multi-GPU functionality, with Asus Safeslot reinforcement on the first and second PCI-E slots. That’s perfect for the two-way SLI or Crossfire setups many will be tempted to engage. Three-way Crossfire is supported as well. Audio is an element where top Maximus-level specs have again been provided, but the obvious loser at this price is extreme performance. Asus has endowed the ROG Strix Z270E Gaming with its five-way one-click system tuning and cooling. It’s expected, but top tweaking support won’t be found here.  That’s reflected in the theoretical RAM speed, a maximum of 64GB dual-channel memory allowed to ramp to 3,866MHz. The theoretical maxi is 4,133Mhz on the Maximus IX Code, but 3,866MHz is hardly a low target. It’s more an example of the differences between Asus lines.

Other features of note include dual-band wi-fi, on top of Intel I219V LAN connectivity with LANGuard protection – clearly Asus wants users to connect at their leisure and convenience. This motherboard also supports additional styling options, placing 3D printing mounts at the centre, right, and lower-right of the PCB. However, nowhere on the PCB can you find on-board buttons.


The BIOS for the Rog Strix Z270E Gaming is typically Asus. By that we mean it’s pretty well organised and informative, providing good options and information aplenty. We had no issue achieving a moderate overclock of 4.5GHz during testing. We also had no issue using the accessible Q-Fan control.
















Test System:

  • Intel Core i7-7700K
  • Samsung 850 Pro SSD
  • 16GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR4-3000
  • Noctua NH-U12S
  • Corsair AX1500i
  • Windows 10 Professional

We pitted the ROG Strix Z270E Gaming against what might seem like a bit of an odd selection of competition. However, the results do highlight just how closely Kaby Lake motherboards can operate out of the box. Bearing in mind we’ve a mini-ITX, and H270 motherboard competing here – really we’ve just tried to give the Z270E Gaming as strong a field as possible to compete against.

How does the performance play out? The Z270E Gaming put in unremarkable showings in Geekbench and Cinebench, but did lead in the AS-SSD Read test, before maximising some impressive memory bandwidth performance. In 3D Mark Fire Strike the Z270E Gaming edged a slight lead over all others. Unsurprising then, that the 3D Mark score was pretty much reflected in our gaming tests – the ROG Strix Z270E Gaming was strongest.

Asus Rog Strix Z270E Gaming – Conclusion

The performance of this motherboard is good, eeking out a lead and holding its own against tough but cheaper competition. Yet to justify around £70 more than motherboards such as Gigabyte’s Z270 Gaming K3, there needs to be more. Luckily, this board brings it and then some. The Z270E Gaming is a fully featured product, offering strong connectivity, GPU and excellent expansion options with more features besides.

Catering for lovers of illumination, 3D printing and dependable tweaking tools, this board also offers wi-fi, Maximus level dual-M.2 support and the latest ROG audio solution. There isn’t anything we wouldn’t be happy doing with this motherboard as a base, and with cooling options aplenty we’d have no problem overclocking either. Naturally system performance is necessarily limited at the extremes – peak performance is the calling card of the Maximus range – yet this is a product that looks great, offers plenty, and deserves an award.

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Kevin Pocock

Kevin is a tech-lover with over a decade's experience testing, reviewing and writing about all kinds of kit.

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