ASUS Z270I Strix ITX Motherboard Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

ASUS Z270I Strix ITX Review

Introduction

Through our first set of Z270 reviews we discovered that the ASUS Strix - in F and E guises - was a surprisingly good motherboard. With the Strix brand suitably established it makes a lot of sense for ASUS to use this identity to offer the public an alternative to their long-established ROG brands of the Maximus and Rampage.

The ASUS Strix fits this space perfectly, being aimed squarely at the gaming audience but with enough features to pique the interest of anyone who wants to have the latest Intel Chipset underpinning their system.

We know that not everyone wants a full size ATX motherboard in their system, either because they have their heart set on a case that's only an ITX option, or just for reasons of space. That's where the Z270I Strix ITX 'board comes in, promising all the features we saw from their F and E options but in the more compact form factor.

Does it live up to the promise of its big brothers?

Technical Specifications

It might only be a single PCI Express, dual-channel RAM motherboard because of the real estate limitations from the ITX form factor, but it is only there that there is an obvious reduction in featureset over the bigger motherboards. The Z270I still has Intel LAN, dual-band WiFi, plenty of USB connections, support for up to 4266MHz DDR4... wherever you look there is a feature to entice you. But let's not discuss them all here and leave nothing for the next page. Time to take a closer look.

ASUS Z270I Strix ITX Review  

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Most Recent Comments

07-02-2017, 07:00:11

Chrazey
Really nice article and I'm more happy with my purchase of this motherboard, that I got yesterday, after reading this

I went away from ITX previously, due to the limiting 16GB RAM. Although, this can have 32GB, wich is a win for me

Just a quick, probably silly question, but when you went to those 4000+ memory speeds, did you just go into the BIOS and then set it to 4000, saved and restarted? Or did you do anything else to make it run stable at that speed?.Quote

07-02-2017, 07:01:26

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by Chrazey View Post
Really nice article and I'm more happy with my purchase of this motherboard, that I got yesterday, after reading this

I went away from ITX previously, due to the limiting 16GB RAM. Although, this can have 32GB, wich is a win for me

Just a quick, probably silly question, but when you went to those 4000+ memory speeds, did you just go into the BIOS and then sit it to 4000, saved and restarted? Or did you do anything else to make it run stable at that speed?.
It will work with just XMP but Id advise you working the VCCIO and System Agent volts down as low as you can one at a timeQuote

07-02-2017, 07:03:04

Chrazey
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
It will work with just XMP but Id advise you working the VCCIO and System Agent volts down as low as you can one at a time
Ahh okay, cheers. My memory is only 3000MHz though, but will check it out and do Quote

07-02-2017, 07:07:22

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by Chrazey View Post
Ahh okay, cheers. My memory is only 3000MHz though, but will check it out and do
You wont be able to just expect that to hit 4K. I have seperate 3866, 4000, 4133 and 4266 kits I just use for XMP testing....Quote

07-02-2017, 07:09:17

Chrazey
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
You wont be able to just expect that to hit 4K. I have seperate 3866, 4000, 4133 and 4266 kits I just use for XMP testing....
Nahh dude, as long as I can manage to get it to actually run at their advertised 3000MHz speed stable, I'm all good Quote
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