ASUS ROG Strix Z270E Review

The ASUS ROG Strix Z270E has popped up on our radar because it’s one of the few boards that hold a Z270 chipset but doesn’t support the latest Intel Core processors right out of the box. 

ASUS ROG Strix Z270E Review

Given the high-end chipset and price, we thought it would be useful to give the board a gander and see whether it provides value for money. 

ASUS ROG STRIX Z270E GAMING LGA1151 DDR4 DP HDMI DVI M.2 ATX...
  • 5-Way Optimization with Auto-Tuning and FanXpert 4 automatically tailors overclocking profiles to your unique build for maximum OC performance and dynamic system cooling
  • Unmatched personalization with ASUS exclusive AURA Sync RGB lighting, two additional RGB headers and a 3D-printing friendly mount
  • Maximize your connectivity and speed with Dual M.2, front panel USB 3.1, onboard 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Intel Optane Memory compatibility
  • Two Patent-pending Safe Slots feature an injection molding process that integrates metal framing for a stronger, firmly anchored PCIe slot built for heavyweight GPUs
  • Industry-leading 8-channel HD audio with the ROG exclusive SupremeFX S1220A

ASUS ROG Strix Z270E (Our Review)

Overall Assessment

The Strix Z270E is a mid-market board in the ASUS ROG gaming motherboard series. As the name suggests, this board sports the Z270E chipset which was designed to seamlessly integrate support for the Intel LGA1151 Kaby Lake processor line. This includes the 6th and 7th Gen Intel Core processors. 

If you’ve got a newer 8th or 9th generation processor, consider upgrading to the ASUS TUF z370-plus gaming.

The chipset also supports the Dual Channel DDR4 memory. 

This combination, in addition to the ASUS 5-Way Optimisation and Auto-Tuning, allows for great CPU overclocking which is a bonus for any PC enthusiast. 

While this is impressive, it pails in comparison to the memory capabilities we saw in the ASUS x99-a ii review.

Right out of the box, the ASUS ROG Strix Z270E comes with the standard documentation, applications, and drivers. 

It has four SATA cables, two sticker kits, and a CPU holder which is great for added protection and to prevent damages. The board also comes with an RGB LED extension, a magnetic dual Wi-Fi antenna, M.2 drive screws that have mini standoffs, and handy mounting hardware for 3D printed accessories. 

In our opinion, the only major downside to this board is the lack of UEFI RGB LED configuration, which limits the customization options. 

ASUS ROG STRIX Z270E GAMING LGA1151 DDR4 DP HDMI DVI M.2 ATX...
  • 5-Way Optimization with Auto-Tuning and FanXpert 4 automatically tailors overclocking profiles to your unique build for maximum OC performance and dynamic system cooling
  • Unmatched personalization with ASUS exclusive AURA Sync RGB lighting, two additional RGB headers and a 3D-printing friendly mount
  • Maximize your connectivity and speed with Dual M.2, front panel USB 3.1, onboard 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Intel Optane Memory compatibility
  • Two Patent-pending Safe Slots feature an injection molding process that integrates metal framing for a stronger, firmly anchored PCIe slot built for heavyweight GPUs
  • Industry-leading 8-channel HD audio with the ROG exclusive SupremeFX S1220A

Key Features 

The ASUS ROG Strix Z270E shares a ton of features with the ASUS TUF Z270 Mark 1

The board has an unusual arrangement of  I/O panel ports. The I/O panel comes with four USB 3.0 ports (USB 3.1 Gen 1), two Gen 2 and Gen 3.1 ports, and three graphics outputs. 

Additionally, there’s an ASMedia ASM2142 PCIe 3.0 x 2 based USB 3.1 controller if you want to connect a Type-C or Type-A port. 

There’s even a front-panel USB 3.1 cable connector which should please PC builders since it adds an extra, easy-to-reach, connection point.  

In terms of connectivity, the board has two Wi-Fi antenna ports at the back. The antenna works alongside a high-end 802.11ac Wi-Fi component which ensures a strong and fast internet connection. 

Bear in mind, however, that the speed of your internet depends more on your service provider. 

The board also has two RGB case fan headers, which stand out because of their stark white design. The front panel also includes an HD Audio header which can be adjusted if you want to add more audio capacitors. 

The board has two standard PCIe x16-length connectors found in most ASUS boards like the ASUS TUF B450M-Plus Gaming or the ASUS TUF Z390-Plus

The SLI-capable slots have also been reinforced with four heavy-duty pins and two additional side shields per slot. This reduces the risk of damaging the board when installing graphics cards. 

Overall, the ASUS ROG Strix Z270E can hold its own when lined up among the rest of the ROG line. This is a great addition to any PC build or upgrade. 

Pros 

  • Solid CPU overclocking abilities
  • Great Wi-Fi controller
  • Front-panel USB 3.1 Gen 2 connector
ASUS ROG STRIX Z270E GAMING LGA1151 DDR4 DP HDMI DVI M.2 ATX...
  • 5-Way Optimization with Auto-Tuning and FanXpert 4 automatically tailors overclocking profiles to your unique build for maximum OC performance and dynamic system cooling
  • Unmatched personalization with ASUS exclusive AURA Sync RGB lighting, two additional RGB headers and a 3D-printing friendly mount
  • Maximize your connectivity and speed with Dual M.2, front panel USB 3.1, onboard 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Intel Optane Memory compatibility
  • Two Patent-pending Safe Slots feature an injection molding process that integrates metal framing for a stronger, firmly anchored PCIe slot built for heavyweight GPUs
  • Industry-leading 8-channel HD audio with the ROG exclusive SupremeFX S1220A

Cons 

  • Lacks diagnostics code display
  • No UEFI RGB LED configuration 

Common Questions about ASUS ROG Strix Z270E

Does the ASUS ROG Strix Z270E support 9th GEN processors?

The ASUS ROG Strix Z270E doesn’t support 9th Gen processors right out of the box. The Strix Z270E supports the 6th and 7th Gen Intel Core processors. 

However, if you’d like to add a 9th Gen Intel Core processor you’ll need to upgrade the BIOS. This isn’t too complicated a process so it shouldn’t take you a long time. 

What RAM cards are compatible with the ASUS ROG Strix Z270E? 

The ASUS ROG Strix Z270E supports up to 32GB of DDR4 SO DIMM memory cards up to a speed of 2133 MHz. So, you’re able to add two 16GB RAM cards. 

However, the slots are stacked on top of one another so we would suggest you add the bottom card first. 

Customer Reviews

“I’m going to be completely fair here. I’ve got the ASUS ROG Strix Z270E motherboard. I have had everything hooked up properly and even managed to check with a tech friend at a local computer shop, and I was getting no post on starting up. 

After searching on the web for a possible solution I found everything from the possibility of bent CPU pins to dead RAM slots or a poor power supply. And so I began testing. 

When I tested it, my MoBo would light up, the fans could come on but that was it. There were no visuals from the HDMI or the display port or VGA. I tried both integrated graphics and the 1080’s options. 

I also found a bunch of articles saying to try and unplug everything except the MoBo power supply, the CPU power supply, and the CPU fan. And that didn’t work. 

Afterward, I hooked the board up to my wife’s desktop power supply and still got the same results. After tons of research, I was able to confirm that the issue was dead RAM slots. 

However, I was able to get a new motherboard without much trouble and this one fired up without any issue. I guess the one before was just defective. 

Once I had a board that worked I found that the RGB on the shroud was nice and not too bright. All the components I plugged in worked perfectly including the top fan control. Installation and setup took no time at all. I am very impressed with this board so far.”

Avalir

5/5 stars

“I bought the ASUS ROG Strix Z270E as an upgrade from the previous ASUS Z170I. I chose this board because it has a dual M.2 SSD port as well as an optional heat sink to use. The boards are also very similar in features and specs but am liking the added enhancements like the USB C, USB 3.1 expansion port, and the RGB lighting. 

The BIOS was pretty much the same as the Z170I but it’s good. It recognizes my RAM XMP profile instantly and runs at 3200mhz. It also offers great support for water cooling. 

I like this board but I do have one complaint with the front M.2 SSD port. The optional heatsink doesn’t reduce the heat of the drive, I found that it increases it. I also found that other users experienced the same thing when watching reviews on YouTube. 

I think this is mostly due to the location of the front M.2 slot. Other than that the board works fine. ASUS should think more carefully about their layouts.”

David Carron

3/5 Stars 

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