ASR ock Z270 Pro 4­ £120

PC GAMER (UK) - - Hardware -

This is the cheap­est board on test, and in many ways it shows: a shiny fin­ish, lack of cover for the IO, plain sil­ver CPU mount and a lack of light­ing. It all adds up to a board that im­me­di­ately looks less pre­mium than the oth­ers.

3That’s not to say it looks bad. The black and white de­sign has its charm and most of the com­po­nents are colour co­or­di­nated. More im­por­tantly, this board pro­vides solid per­for­mance and over­clock­ing, plus low power con­sump­tion.

You also get all the fea­tures you should need. Two M.2 SSD slots, an M.2 W-Fi card slot, plenty of con­nec­tiv­ity and some ba­sic on­board sound.

The only real stum­bling block is the IO panel, which has too many legacy con­nec­tions and too few USB ports, plus there are no USB 3.1 ports de­spite the pres­ence of one Type-C con­nec­tor.

If you’re happy with the ba­sic fea­ture set, then the Z270 Pro4 de­liv­ers. It de­manded the low­est power draw on test while hav­ing no prob­lem run­ning my fast RAM.

Its UEFI is also a dod­dle to nav­i­gate, though try as I might I couldn’t get the 7700K up to 5GHz. I stuck with 4.8GHz in­stead, which still de­liv­ered per­for­mance within 2% of that of the fastest on test.

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