ASRock Z270 Killer SLI/AC Review

So, ASRock added Wi-Fi connectivity to the popular Z270 Killer SLI/AC motherboard. We have to wonder, though, if adding Wi-Fi is reason enough to invest in a new board.

ASRock Z270 Killer SLIAC Review

With this review, we attempt to determine whether the ASRock Z270 Killer SLI/AC improves over the ASRock Z270 Extreme4.

ASRock Z270 Killer SLI/AC LGA 1151 Intel Z270 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0...
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1151)
  • DDR4 3733+(OC) / 3600(OC) / 3200(OC) / 2933(OC) / 2800(OC) / 2400 / 2133

ASRock Z270 Killer SLI/AC Motherboard (Our Review) 

Overall Assessment 

The Z270 chipset isn’t new. It runs off Intel’s robust LGA 1151 socket, but users are still limited to a couple of processors and a handful of valuable features.

It’s certainly not as good as the ASRock X370 Killer SLI/AC. So, what exactly do we get with this motherboard?

The ASRock Z270 Killer SLI/AC offers multi-graphics card support along with 2x M.2 ports in an average package. Its best feature is its price, making it attractive to first-time PC builders.

Supported Processors

The ASRock Z270 Killer SLI/AC motherboard manages well on any 6th or 7th generation Intel processor. This board can handle almost anything you throw at it, from a humble Core i3 to a beefy i7. 

You have to overclock if you want the best performance from this board. The overclocking on this motherboard is just as good as what we saw in our ASRock Z270 Extreme4 review. 

Peripherals

The Z270 chipset has always been praised for its great peripheral support.

ASRock included 6x SATA ports and 2x M.2 connectors. You also get 2x M.2 connectors to guarantee lightning-fast data speeds when connected to solid-state drives. 

They removed some of the USB ports, meaning we only get 5x USB 3.0 ports on the back panel and 3x USB 2.0 headers. This should still be enough to connect most external devices with.

ASRock Z270 Killer SLI/AC LGA 1151 Intel Z270 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0...
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1151)
  • DDR4 3733+(OC) / 3600(OC) / 3200(OC) / 2933(OC) / 2800(OC) / 2400 / 2133

Graphics

The ASRock Z270 Killer SLI/AC comes with 2x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots giving us access to NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFire. Users can connect multiple graphics cards for some of the best graphics and fastest frames per second. 

You’re given access to one HDMI port and a single DVI-D port for using Intel’s integrated onboard graphics. This seems a little unnecessary. Why bother when this motherboard was created for exceptional external graphics?

Sadly, it lacks the power that we saw in our ASRock H110 PRO BTC+ review, so it can’t be used as a crypto mining machine. 

Aesthetics

The ASRock Z270 Killer SLI/AC isn’t the prettiest motherboard on the market. It looks rudimentary and minimalistic, especially when compared to the ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer

The colors shouldn’t be difficult to hide with some RGB lights, and we get support with one Aura RGB header.

Conclusion

The ASRock Z270 Killer SLI/AC isn’t a better motherboard than its siblings. We get Wi-Fi compatibility, and it has an attractive price point, with average features. But it lacks some of the future-proofing found in similarly priced boards.

Pros

  • Onboard Wi-Fi
  • Fantastic price
  • Useful bundled software utilities
  • BIOS updates smoothly
ASRock Z270 Killer SLI/AC LGA 1151 Intel Z270 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0...
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1151)
  • DDR4 3733+(OC) / 3600(OC) / 3200(OC) / 2933(OC) / 2800(OC) / 2400 / 2133

Cons

  • Limited to 6th and 7th generation Intel CPUs
  • Bland design

Common questions about ASRock Z270 Killer SLI/AC motherboard

How many fan headers does the ASRock Z270 Killer SLI/AC motherboard have?

The ASRock Z270 Killer, SLI/AC motherboard, comes with 4 fan headers, making connecting coolers and fans simple.

Will the ASRock Z270 Killer SLI/AC support my i5 8400 CPU?

The ASRock Z270 Killer SLI/AC motherboard only supports 6th and 7th generation Intel processors, so it won’t support an i5 8400.

Does the ASRock Z270 Killer SLI/AC come with a Wi-Fi antenna?

The ASRock Z270 Killer SLI/AC motherboard comes with a Wi-Fi antenna to provide a stable connection.

Customer Reviews

“The ASRock Z270 Killer SLI/AC is a pretty solid motherboard that runs well with no issues at all.”

Ryan Bertelli

5/5 Stars

“This motherboard is good and installs easily, but I only realized later that the RGB pin is a 4-pin 12-volt connector that doesn’t work with my 3-pin 5 volt RGB lights.”

Spencer Monroe

3/5 Stars

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