ASR ock Z270 Ex treme4

www.as­rock.com £160

PC GAMER (UK) - - Hardware -

This is one of the cheaper boards in this test but packs plenty of fea­tures and per­for­mance. Styling isn’t its strong suit, but it’s a step up from the Pro4 thanks to a matt fin­ish to its PCB, more ex­ten­sive plas­tic shroud­ing and RGB light­ing.

2Some­thing I’m less keen on is the back­plate IO, which has just four USB 3.0 ports, no USB type-C and too many legacy video con­nec­tions – who needs DVI, HDMI and VGA on a board like this?

Oth­er­wise the Ex­treme4 has a good all round se­lec­tion of fea­tures with a lay­out that’s easy to work with. The two M.2 slots are easy to reach while all the fan head­ers and other con­nec­tions are con­ve­niently ar­ranged around the edges. Some of the on-PCB la­belling of those fea­tures is a bit hard to read but you can get by.

What’s more, the UEFI of this moth­er­board is great. It’s noth­ing too fancy but it’s log­i­cally laid out and easy to get over­clock­ing.

Not that I quite reached my tar­get of 5GHz for over­clock­ing. The CPU wouldn’t go be­yond 4.9GHz through ba­sic mul­ti­plier and Vcore ad­just­ment. It was also quite power hun­gry once over­clocked.

Over­all, though, this board of­fers plenty and is well worth con­sid­er­ing, if rear IO isn’t your big­gest pri­or­ity.

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