Best Z270 Motherboards

If you aim to buy Intel i7 Kaby Lake for your next upgrade and pick best z270 motherboards in 2017, well it doesn’t bad choice after all. Kaby Lake processor series still has power even for hardcore gaming and overclocking, just like Intel core i7 7700k which is recommended processor by many reviewers that could surpass gaming needs for more than three years later.

The z270 chipset motherboard is the best pair for Kaby Lake processor series right now because some new features added. If you are comparing to another gaming chipset motherboard like the z170 motherboard, the z270 chipset motherboard already supports Intel Optane Technology that claimed can increase overall system performances to 28%, enhance performances hard drive access 14x and task responsiveness by 2x. And It does affect some games that require better hard drive performances.

The z270 also improve stability compared to older motherboards chipset, new Thunderbolt 3 motherboards, and even more extension slot that’s very useful just like additional M.2 slots. So don’t worry if you are looking for the best gaming motherboard for Intel i7 7700k then z270 chipset motherboard is a perfect choice. About compatibility z270 motherboard can also support Intel Sky Lake series like i7 6700k or i5 6600k without any problem and no bios update require although z270 actually optimize for Kaby Lake.

Z270 vs. Z170

It’s not big jump technology, the difference between z270 vs. z170 is only a few additional features but for more optimized and some z170 bug already fixed, I think z270 is the best motherboard for Kaby Lake right now. But If only you already have z170 you should think twice if you are going to upgrade your motherboard. Both motherboards are compatible with Kaby Lake and Skylake processor series because of still same 1151 sockets.

I will update the best z270 motherboards list here,
But why I recommend Kaby Lake if you start to build up new rig in 2017 over cheaper SkyLake one,
Is it worth it? Yes, of course, Kaby Lake processor is the 7th generation of Intel Core I series. It tends to an optimized 6th generation which is called Skylake and add more features.

Like I mentioned before, Intel Optane Technology not only just needs z270 motherboard but also Kaby Lake processor to run this function. Others feature like USB 3.1 gen 2, more PCIe Lanes, and better performances.

 

Best z270 Motherboards

MotherboardsGIGABYTE AORUS GA-Z270X-Gaming 9MotherboardsGIGABYTE AORUS GA-Z270X-Gaming 8MotherboardsAsus ROG Maximus IX FormulaMotherboardsAsus ROG Maximus IX CodeMotherboardsMSI Z270 XPOWER GAMING Titanium
CPU SupportSupport for 7th and 6th generation IntelCPU SupportSupport for 7th and 6th generation IntelCPU SupportSupport for 7th and 6th generation IntelCPU SupportSupport for 7th and 6th generation IntelCPU SupportSupport for 7th and 6th generation Intel
ChipsetIntel® Z270ChipsetIntel® Z270ChipsetIntel® Z270ChipsetIntel® Z270ChipsetIntel® Z270
SocketSocket 1151SocketSocket 1151SocketSocket 1151SocketSocket 1151SocketSocket 1151
Form FactorExt-ATXForm FactorATXForm FactorATXForm FactorATXForm FactorATX
PCIe Ports4 PCIe 3.0 x16, 2 PCIe 2.0 x1PCIe Ports2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 2 PCIe 2.0 x16, 2 PCIe 2.0 x1PCIe Ports2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 3 PCIe 2.0 x1PCIe Ports2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 3 PCIe 2.0 x1PCIe Ports4 PCIe 3.0 x16, 2 PCIe 2.0 x1
Multi GPU supportNVIDIA Quad-GPU and 4-Way SLI, AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX and 4-Way CrossFireXMulti GPU supportNVIDIA Quad-GPU and 2-Way SLI, AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX and 3-Way CrossFireXMulti GPU supportNVIDIA 2-Way SLI and AMD 3-Way CrossFireXMulti GPU supportNVIDIA 2-Way SLI and AMD 3-Way CrossFireXMulti GPU supportNVIDIA 2-Way SLI and AMD 4-Way CrossFireX
SATA/SATA Express6/3SATA/SATA Express8/2SATA/SATA Express6/0SATA/SATA Express6/0SATA/SATA Express8/0
M.2/U.2 port2/2M.2/U.2 port2/2M.2/U.2 port2/0M.2/U.2 port2/0M.2/U.2 port3/1
USB 3.1/3.0/2.011/0/4USB 3.1/3.0/2.011/0/4USB 3.1/3.0/2.09/0/6USB 3.1/3.0/2.09/0/6USB 3.1/3.0/2.010/0/7
Memory Slots4 x DDR4 (64GB Max)Memory Slots4 x DDR4 (64GB Max)Memory Slots4 x DDR4 (64GB Max)Memory Slots4 x DDR4 (64GB Max)Memory Slots4 x DDR4 (64GB Max)
Support 4133+ (O.C.)Support 4133+ (O.C.)Support 4133+ (O.C.)Support 4133+ (O.C.)Support 4133+ (O.C.)
AudioCreative® Sound Core 3D chip, 2 x JRC NJM2114 and 1 x TI Burr Brown® OPA2134 operational amplifiersAudioCreative® Sound Core 3D chip, 2 x JRC NJM2114 and 1 x TI Burr Brown® OPA2134 operational amplifiersAudioROG SupremeFX 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC S1220AudioROG SupremeFX 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC S1220AudioRealtek® ALC1220 Codec
Audio FeatureSound Blaster ZxRiAudio FeatureSound Blaster ZxRiAudio FeatureSonic Studio III and Sonic Radar IIIAudio FeatureSonic Studio III and Sonic Radar IIIAudio FeatureNahimic 2 with Audio Boost 4 with amplifier
Power Phases22 Phase digital power designPower Phases12 Phase digital power designPower Phases10+2 Phase digital power designPower Phases8+2 Phase digital power designPower Phases10+6 Phase power design
Networking2 x Killer™ E2500 LANNetworkingKiller™ E2500 LAN, 1x Intel GbE LAN Networkingintel I219VNetworkingintel I219VNetworking 1 Intel I219-V Gigabit, Intel I211AT Gigabit LAN
WirelessWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth 4.1WirelessWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth 4.1WirelessWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth 4.1WirelessWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth 4.1Wireless-
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1. GIGABYTE AORUS GA-Z270X-Gaming 9

"Best z270 premium features motherboard and best sound quality" (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Release in 2017, Form Factor ATX, support Kaby Lake/Skylake (LGA 1151)
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The first thing in my mind when I know this motherboard is this is the ultimate z270 motherboard, AORUS’s was never failed to impress reviewers. This motherboard is fully loaded with premium features, components, and technology. The result is you get the best performances, gaming experiences and also others satisfied reliable and aesthetic looking gaming board. Gigabyte also is known for good after sales, so don’t worry about that.

Creative Certified ZxRi 120dB+ (with 127dB BurrBrown DAC and audio grade component) onboard audio can produce best sound quality motherboard, and it is enough for gaming or entertainment purposes, or it can compete with the decent additional sound card out there which you have to spend more money. Upgradeable triple Op-Amps is actually given you advantages to getting what sound characteristic match with your preferences.

For online gaming Killer DoubleShot-X3™ Pro is the real solution for networking experience, get rid lagging while gaming from multitasking because It could set for most significant traffic first.
Implemented U.2 port onboard just made every SATA 3 motherboards looks old. Support NVMe PCIe gen 3 x4 with up to 32 Gb/s make system booting faster, load your favorite games faster and move your huge files faster. For overclocking this motherboard has 22 digital phase voltage regulator that made overclocking so much easy and stable. Integrated Liquid Cooling Block is exclusive only for this motherboard from EK, to make sure get stability and performances. Also with Smart Fan 5 ensure long lifespan even for gaming 24 hours.

For overclocking this motherboard has 22 digital phase voltage regulator that made overclocking so much easy and stable. Integrated Liquid Cooling Block is exclusive only for this motherboard from EK, to make sure get stability and performances. Also with Smart Fan 5 ensure long lifespan even for gaming 24 hours.

And more features like RGB fusion is made GIGABYTE AORUS GA-Z270X-Gaming 9 the best customizability LED motherboard right now, on an advanced level you can set LED color match with your Graphic card LED, even you can synchronize your RGB color with music and CPU temperature.
This motherboard uses most advanced RGB technology right now.

Updating bios can be easy even without processor, just like a dream come true, yes but on the other hand, there is a price you should pay. It is one of expensive motherboard out there but hey, life in just once. If you have money just grab it the problem is this product will be rare and hard to get.

Pros.

  • The most advanced features and technology implemented.
  • Best onboard audio quality ZxRi 120dB+ (with 127dB BurrBrown DAC and audio grade component)
  • EK water block.
  • 3 and 4 way SLI/Crossfire support.
  • Thunderbolt 3 ports.
  • Great motherboard performances.
  • Beautiful motherboard layout and RGB LEDs.
  • Wifi.

Cons.

  • Price.
  • Power consumption may be higher than competitor flagship due to additional features and component.

 

2. GIGABYTE AORUS GA-Z270X-Gaming 8

"Alternative choice for Gaming 9 at cheaper price"
Release in 2017, Form Factor ATX, support Kaby Lake/Skylake (LGA 1151)
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It’s a Gaming 9 without expensive features like PLX PCIe switches which mean there no 4 way SLI support in this motherboard and without using EK custom water block but Bitpowers custom water block which is also already one of the best company in liquid cooling part.

If you want to buy the best z270 motherboard for Kaby Lake with premium features than this motherboard is for you. But again if you are looking for the best of the best gaming motherboard just grab Gaming 9 before it’s too late.

Pros.

  • Best onboard audio quality ZxRi 120dB+ (with 127dB BurrBrown DAC and audio grade component)
  • Bitpower water block.
  • Thunderbolt 3 ports.
  • Great performances in overclocking and gaming.
  • Beautiful motherboard layout and RGB LEDs.
  • Better value for money than gaming 9.
  • Wifi.

Cons.

  • No 3 /4 way SLI support.

 

3. Asus ROG Maximus IX Formula

"The most aesthetic motherboard and numerous customize option"
Release in 2017, Form Factor ATX, support Kaby Lake/Skylake (LGA 1151)
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Asus Gaming Republic flagship motherboard, it is always worth it to wait for enthusiast gamer or extreme overclocker. If it compared to older generation like Asus ROG Maximus XIII Formula, although it has similar looks this motherboard add some new features that make this motherboard look more solid.  Like a shield for rear I/O and backplate, more M.2 slots, 3D printing support, custom EK water block and better onboard audio quality.Black and grey color scheme, in my opinion, made this board the best appealing design in z270 top-tier categories, even better if RGB LEDs are already customized. I think it most aesthetic motherboard in top-tier motherboards comparison.

Black and grey color scheme, in my opinion, made this board the best appealing design in z270 top-tier categories, even better if RGB LEDs are already customized. I think it most aesthetic motherboard in top-tier motherboards comparison.

Also, you can use USB 3.1 in front panel its really good pros; I really need that one. A lot of button and switch in the motherboard and ¾ pin header fan control. SupremeFX ALC S1220 codec is really good to for onboard audio quality. For Networking itself this motherboard has no problem with Intel Ethernet (I219-V), ESD Guards also good to protect motherboard from a lightning strike.

Asus always made ROG series for other customize board, the UEFI and software have numerous choice and control. It’s perfect for modder and overclocker who love to tunes and experiment to find the best setting, can be another experience if you have this motherboard not only for gaming performance.

ASUS DIGI+ digital VRM made this motherboard so powerful for overclocking and stability. If you are overclocker mind or just want to learn to overclock this motherboard is my recommendation based on features, software, and build quality.

Pros.

  • Great overclocking and gaming performances.
  • Best customize option motherboard.
  • EK water block.
  • SupremeFX ALC S1220 codec.
  • USB 3.1 front panel support.
  • In my opinion is the best motherboard looks in z270 flagship competitor.
  • Wifi.

Cons.

  • No 3 and 4 way SLI/Crossfire support.
  • No Thunderbolt 3.
  • Additional storage option.

 

4. Asus ROG Maximus IX Code

"Alternative choice for Maximus IX Formula model and good price/performance"
Release in 2017, Form Factor ATX, support Kaby Lake/Skylake (LGA 1151)
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It’s my other advice from ROG series, It is very similar to Maximus IX Formula but without exclusive custom water block from EK, pre-mounted I/O Shield, extra LEDs, and backplate armor. You can get IX Formula quality and performances with a lower price. All enthusiast and gamer needs still can be found on this motherboard, and it’s really worth it.

Pros.

  • Great overclocking and gaming performances.
  • Value motherboard.
  • Almost same with IX Formula.

Cons.

  • No 3 and 4 way SLI/Crossfire support.
  • No thunderbolt 3.
  • Additional storage option.

 

5. MSI Z270 XPOWER GAMING Titanium

"Best overclocking performance and value for money" (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Release in 2017, Form Factor ATX, support Kaby Lake/Skylake (LGA 1151)
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MSI z270 flagship motherboard but the price is so much lower than Asus or Gigabyte, that’s made MSI Z270 XPOWER GAMING Titanium is the best z270 high-end motherboard in price per performance ratio compared to competitor. It has excellent features and aesthetic design without too much implemented RBG LEDs.

MSI always focus in overclocking areas which mean this motherboard should be more stable, easier, and safe using dual bios. There is a button for manual overclocking and GAME BOOST knob for easier OC, just turn off your PC and then rotate the button from 0-11 then all will be automatically adjusted your preferences, including processor frequency and voltage. UEFI bios are really user-friendly, and it looks good and more flexible using nice interface and choosing bios menu with the only mouse.

10 phases power dedicated for CPU only with total 16 phases power and additional 4 pins for CPU, that is why this is motherboard is for enthusiast and overclocker. Realtek® ALC1220 Codec using Audio Boost 4 with Nahimic 2 is not bad at all for the gaming experience.

Just like I said before it entirely for extreme overclocker and made overclocking seems easy and also fun.

Pros.

  • Best value gaming z270 motherboard in flagship categories.
  • Best overclocking performances and attractive interface option in the z270 flagship.
  • GAME BOOST and OC Dashboard panel.
  • Friendly UEFI bios.
  • 2 way SLI and 4 way Crossfire support.

Cons.

  • No Wifi and Bluetooth.
  • Without festive LEDs.

 

 

Here is to conclude,

If you are looking for the best of the best z270 motherboards without worry about it price then GIGABYTE AORUS GA-Z270X-Gaming 9 is for you, all new features and last technology implemented in this monster motherboard.

Asus ROG Maximus IX Formula for the best customize z270 motherboard because it has numerous option for RGB LEDs and performance. Asus ROG Maximus IX Formula may be still expensive for you, Asus ROG Maximus IX Code is more worth it choice despite losing custom water block from EK, and other accessories like I mention above.

But in my opinion MSI Z270 XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM is the best z270 motherboard for gaming because it has really good performances, I love it bios interface, best high-end value for money and best at overclocking result.

 

My recommendation setup,

Best motherboard for I7 7700k;

  • GIGABYTE AORUS GA-Z270X-Gaming 9 – The best z270 motherboard with modern features and best sound quality.
  • Asus ROG Maximus IX Formula – The most aesthetic motherboard and numerous customize option.
  • MSI Z270 XPOWER GAMING Titanium – The best z270 overclocking motherboard and best z270 motherboard for the money in flagship categories.

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