The ASUS PRIME Z270-A motherboard is an ideal middle ground between quality, aesthetics, functionality, and price. Featuring the new Z270 chipset, this motherboard can take full advantage of the new Intel® Kaby Lake 7th generation processor straight out of the box. The Asus PRIME Z270-A is a competitively priced board perfectly suited for high-performance systems and overclocking, without all the bells and whistles that you might find on comparable products.
Likely the most notable feature about this motherboard is ASUS’ 5-Way Optimization that automatically manages your system to ensure the most efficient CPU usage and dynamically adapts to your specific build. It boasts that it takes just one click to automatically configure your PC to optimal settings and eliminates complex manual tuning. The ASUS PRIME Z270-A comes with a comprehensive fan control system, Fan Xpert 4. It features numerous temperature sensors, all-in-one water cooling, fan auto-detection, high-amp support, smart protection, and practical noise management.
Aesthetics are not necessarily the most important factor when designing a motherboard, especially if it denotes an increase in price, or lack in quality. The ASUS PRIME Z270-A is designed with functionality and efficiency in mind, providing the user with a powerful system that is not overflowing with expensive cosmetic features. On the other hand, the board itself is still fairly appealing to the eye; black metal components are paired with white accents, as well as the occasional piece of glistening steel. If you happen to prefer motherboards that don’t light up to excess, the ASUS PRIME Z270-A only features one RGB LED path lighting for the audio section. If your preferences lean towards LED packed boards, fear not, it is very easy to add your own RGB LED strips to the motherboard and control them with the ASUS Aura controller and supporting software.
The onboard AURA lighting control software creates an alluring visual experience that can be tailored to fit anyone’s preferences. The RBG LED strip and any aftermarket LEDs work in perfect synchronization, with a wide variety of modes. For example, the LEDs can breathe, strobe, cycle, pulse to music, convey CPU temperature and even integrate with other compatible hardware. The ASUS Aura Sync technology creates a central hub to control all your LED enabled devices in unison.
The ASUS PRIME Z270-A utilizes the Realtek S1220A audio codec to create a solid sonic experience for users. This addresses a variety of frustrating sound issues that many have experienced on older, outdated motherboards. It features a power pre-regulator to eliminate power-input noise, which can be extremely frustrating when trying to work with sound. It has other protective components to ensure a high-quality sound output; audio shielding, separate left and right tracks, dynamic amplifier, and a de-pop circuit.
Furthermore, it features DDR4 memory, one-click overclocking, multi-GPU support, triple display functionality, all-in-one cooling, a graphical mouse-controlled BIOS, USB 3.1, USB-C connectors, Intel® Ethernet connection, SafeSlot GPU protection, 3D printing templates, and much more. This motherboard doesn’t feature onboard Wi-Fi capabilities, but it comes packaged with Turbo LAN network-optimization software to assist anyone in lowering their lag when online. It allows for customizable packet prioritization and even offers advanced settings for individuals with the skill-set to utilize them.
If you want to know absolutely everything this board offers, you can have a look at the ASUS PRIME Z270-A specifications list. What it lacks in flashiness it makes up for in power, efficiency, and value.