So I had the chance to check out our first ITX Z270 board with the Gigabyte Z270N Gaming 5 just last week. As soon as I was done testing, I swapped it out and jumped right into the second board that came in, the Asus Strix Z270I Gaming. This board was sent specifically for an upcoming project build, just like the Asus Strix GTX 1080 11Gbps that I also took a look at last week. While I wait for a few of the last components for the build I wanted to take a closer look at the board and make sure it was going to be what we are looking for.

Product Name: Asus Strix Z270I Gaming

Review Sample Provided by: Asus

Written by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes

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Intel® Socket 1151 for 7th/6th Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors

Supports Intel® 14 nm CPU

Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0


Intel® Z270


2 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR4 4266(O.C.) to 2133 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory

Dual Channel Memory Architecture

Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)


Integrated Graphics Processor- Intel® HD Graphics support

Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DisplayPort ports

- Supports HDMI with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz

- Supports DisplayPort with max. resolution 4096 x 2304 @ 60 Hz

Maximum shared memory of 1024 MB

Supports Intel® InTru™ 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider™

Expansion Slots

1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16


Intel® Z270 Chipset : 
1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)*1
1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)*1
4 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s)
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready


Intel® I219V

Anti-surge LANGuard

ROG GameFirst Technology

Dual interconnect between the integrated Media Access Controller (MAC) and physical layer (PHY)

Wireless Data Network

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

Supports dual band frequency 2.4/5 GHz

Supports MU-MIMO


Bluetooth V4.1


ROG SupremeFX 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC S1220A
- Dual Headphone Amplifiers
- Impedance sense for front and rear headphone outputs
- Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
- High quality 120 dB SNR stereo playback output and 113 dB SNR recording input
- SupremeFX Shielding Technology
- Supports up to 32-Bit/192kHz playback *5
Audio Feature :
- SupremeFX Shielding™ Technology
- Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
- Dedicated audio PCB layers: Separate layers for left and right channels to guard the quality of the sensitive audio signals
- Premium Japanese-made audio capacitors: Provide warm, natural and immersive sound with exceptional clarity and fidelity
- Sonic Radar III
- Sonic Studio III

USB Ports

Intel® Z270 Chipset : 
6 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 port(s) (4 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
Intel® Z270 Chipset : 
4 x USB 2.0 port(s) 
ASMedia® USB 3.1 controller : 
1 x USB 3.1 front panel connector port(s)

ROG Exclusive Features


ROG CloneDrive


GameFirst IV

Special Features

OC Design - ASUS PRO Clock Technology

- Full BCLK range for extreme overclocking performance

5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5

- Whole system optimization with a single click! 5-Way Optimization tuning key perfectly consolidates TPU, EPU, DIGI+ Power Control, Fan Xpert 4, and Turbo App together, providing better CPU performance, efficient power saving, precise digital power control, whole system cooling and even tailor your own app usages.


- Auto Tuning, TurboV, GPU Boost

- Fan Xpert 4 featuring Fan Auto Tuning function and multiple thermistors

Gamer's Guardian:

- DRAM Overcurrent Protection

- Stainless Steel Back I/O

- Highly Durable Components


- SafeSlot



ASUS Exclusive Features :

- AI Suite 3

- Ai Charger

- ESD Guards


- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3

- ASUS EZ Flash 3

ASUS Q-Design :

- ASUS Q-Shield

- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)

- ASUS Q-Slot


Gaming Aesthetics :

- AURA-RGB Lighting


Back I/O Ports

1 x DisplayPort

1 x HDMI

1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)

4 x USB 3.0 Type-A + Type-CTM *8

4 x USB 2.0

1 x Optical S/PDIF out

5 x Audio jack(s)

1 x ASUS Wi-Fi GO! module (Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth v4.1)

Internal I/O Ports

1 x RGB Header(s)

1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 port(s)

1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)

1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)

4 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)

1 x CPU Fan connector(s)

1 x Chassis Fan connector(s)

1 x AIO_PUMP connector

1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)

1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)

1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)

1 x System panel(s)

1 x Clear CMOS jumper(s)

1 x 14-1 pin TPM connector

1 x Thermal sensor connector

1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 front panel connector


User's manual

M.2 2242 mounting kit

I/O Shield

4 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)

2 x M.2 Screw Package

1 x CPU installation tool

1 x Supporting DVD

1 x ASUS 2T2R dual band Wi-Fi moving antennas (Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compliant)

1 x ROG Strix stickers

1 x 10-in-1 ROG cable label

1 x Extension Cable for RGB strips (80 cm)

1 x Panel cable

1 x ROG coaster(s)


128 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, SM BIOS 3.0, ACPI 6.0, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 3, CrashFree BIOS 3, F11 EZ Tuning Wizard, F6 Qfan Control, F3 My Favorites, Last Modified log, F12 PrintScreen, and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information.



Operating System

Windows® 10 64-bit

Windows® 8.1 64-bit

Windows® 7 32-bit

Windows® 7 64-bit

Form Factor

Mini ITX Form Factor

6.7 inch x 6.7 inch ( 17 cm x 17 cm )



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