With there being so much variety in the Z270 motherboard market it is particularly important for consumers to try and identify which motherboard best suits their needs. Performance is largely indistinguishable between all motherboards in the same price brackets since motherboard manufacturers will often use an identical set of controllers and connectivity to remain within cost constraints.
Horses for courses, the idea that different things are better suited to different jobs than others, is important to keep in mind for the motherboard selection process. ASRock’s Z270 Extreme4 is a solid motherboard for consumers looking for a flexible high-performance system with excellent storage potential.
What the Z270 Extreme4 isn’t, is a motherboard targeting keen overclockers or multi-GPU fiends. Not to say the Z270 Extreme4 cannot overclock or run multi-GPU configurations, it can, but it is better suited for other purposes. ASRock isn’t particularly going after gamers either, though the idea that a motherboard is specifically better for gaming than another is still slippery. ASRock would direct avid gamers towards its Fatal1ty series which has a wider complement of gaming-specific features and gamer-inspired styling cues.
The Z270 Extreme4 is a polished and well-balanced motherboard that should satisfy any consumer who has grown sceptical of the gaming motherboard. ASRock ticks nearly all the boxes expected for a mid-range motherboard and at a competitive price. The Z270 Extreme4 has a lot in common with the highly-regarded ASRock X99 Taichi and is one of the best motherboards in its price segment.
The ASRock Z270 Extreme4 is available at Overclockers UK for £159.95.
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- Excellent connectivity options for storage and peripherals
- Clean and unique styling
- Extensive UEFI options
- Easy to use RGB LED lighting system
- Improved audio system
- No integrated WiFi
- Lacking onboard buttons and debug code reader or LED
- Display outputs could be improved
- BIOS OC Profiles are rudimentary
KitGuru says: A smart blend of connectivity and functionality, the ASRock Z270 Extreme4 is an excellent performer in its class.