ASUS Z270E STRIX Gaming Review

Published by Luca Rocchi on 05.01.17
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General   + -
A closer look at the motherboard lineup from ASUS reveals that the Z270E STRIX Gaming is a mid range model, regarding their gaming branded products. Of course it comes with some really neat features, like for example ASUS's SupremeFX audio solution, Aura RGB Lightning and two M.2 slots. Nevertheless at a price of 252 Euro, this board is quite costly for what you get. Sure the Z270E STRIX Gaming is a good motherboard but in this price range a little more could be expected, especially since other vendors sell equally equipped boards a lower price points. We're pretty curious to see what's going to happen to the price a few months after the launch.   - Design
- Layout
- Price
Layout   + -
The layout of the ASUS Z270E STRIX Gaming has been well thought - as expected. Once more practical are the angled SATA connectors but there are no power- and reset-buttons and also a debug LED is missing in order to keep the cost down. Apart from that we like the placement of the PCI-Express x16 slots. There is a total of three full sized PCI Express slots and four PCIe x1 slots. Two of the three full-size PCIe slots receive metal reinforcements and these slots are two slots apart. This means that there is plenty of space for graphics card in multi GPU setups to breathe.   - Angled SATA connectors
- Space around the CPU socket - Placement of PCIe slots
- No power/reset button and no debug LED
Performance   + -
Calculating the average of all 3D benchmarks results we ran, we see that this board scores 3rd. When taking the average of all 2D results, this board comes in 4th out of 22 boards tested. On another note, we had at energy efficiency where this board scores 17th.  


- Power Consumption
Overclocking / BIOS   + -
The UEFI BIOS gets a black background and there are a few additional red and white design elements. Meanwhile it's almost normal that a BIOS is complete, offering countless features. If you're looking for overclocking options you'll find a great many of them and they are equally practical for novices and extreme overclockers. We always love the pre-defined profiles, which make overclocking quite a bit more efficient. Boosting our CPU to 5.0 GHz was absolutely no problem at all.   - Sheer amount of options
- Design
Recommendation   + -
The Z270E STRIX Gaming is a well equipped Z270 motherboard. This board is also quick accourding to our 2D and 3D benchmarks we're running. At the moment this is the first Intel Z270 motherboard that we have in our charts and comparing to models based on the Intel's Z170 chipset it's definitely quick. We chose to use an Intel Core i7-6700K processor to be able to compare the performance with other models we've reviewed previously reviewed. This motherboard offers a good reasonable feature set yet the price of 252 Euro excluding shipping costs is pretty steep.     - Price
System von MIFCOM      
Should you be looking for an individually configurable system, which can be equipped with this motherboard, then we recommend you the Gaming Mini-PC Core i7-7700K from MIFCOM.
We give the ASUS Z270E STRIX Gaming excellent 4 out of 5 stars.

Page 1 - Introduction Page 14 - SiSoft Sandra 2
Page 2 - Specs and Delivery Page 15 - UC Bench
Page 3 - Features Page 16 - Super Pi 1M / 32M
Page 4 - Layout Page 17 - wPrime 1024M Multi Core
Page 5 - Connectors and I/O Page 18 - Cinebench
Page 6 - BIOS Page 19 - Tomb Raider
Page 7 - Test setup Page 20 - Metro Last Light
Page 8 - Preview / Gallery Page 21 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 9 - 3D Mark Page 22 - Power Consumption
Page 10 - 3D Mark 11 Page 23 - Performance Rating
Page 11 - 3D Mark Vantage  Page 24 - Price Comparison
Page 12 - PC Mark 8 Page 25 - Conclusion
Page 13 - SiSoft Sandra 1  

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