Best High-end Motherboards of 2017 reviewed and compared.

LAST UPDATED: 07/16/2017

These are the best High-end ATX Motherboards available for 2017, using the Z270 chipset and Socket 1151

 

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  Maximus IX Formula Maximus IX Code TUF Z270 MARK 1 Maximus IX Hero Prime Z270-A Z270X-UD5 Z270X-UD3 Z270 Tomahawk Arctic
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Title
ASUS MAXIMUS IX FORMULA LGA1151 DDR4 DP HDMI M.2 Z270 ATX Motherboard ASUS ROG Maximus IX Code LGA1151 DDR4 DP HDMI M.2 Z270 ATX Motherboard with onboard AC Wifi and USB 3.1 ASUS TUF Z270 Mark 1 LGA1151 DDR4 DP HDMI M.2 USB 3.1 Z270 ATX Motherboard ASUS ROG Maximus IX Hero LGA1151 DDR4 DP HDMI M.2 USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard ASUS PRIME Z270-A LGA1151 DDR4 DP HDMI DVI M.2 USB 3.1 Z270 ATX Motherboard GIGABYTE GA-Z270X-UD5 LGA1151 Intel 2-Way SLI ATX DDR4 Motherboard GIGABYTE GA-Z270X-UD3 LGA1151 Intel Z270 2-Way SLI ATX DDR4 Motherboard MSI Arsenal Gaming Intel Z270 DDR4 HDMI USB 3 CrossFire ATX Motherboard (Z270 TOMAHAWK ARCTIC)
Features
  • Designed for 7th generation Intel Core processors to maximize connectivity and speed with Dual M.2, front panel USB 3.1, Intel Optane Memory compatibility and onboard 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • 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
  • Optimize system cooling with the Cross Chill EK II VRM block
  • AURA Sync RGB lighting features a nearly endless spectrum of colors with the ability to synchronize effects across an ever-expanding ecosystem of AURA Sync enabled products
  • Integrated I/O shield ensures streamlined installation and represents ROG's attention to detail and quality
    • Designed for 7th generation Intel Core processors to maximize connectivity and speed with Dual M.2, front panel USB 3.1, Intel Optane Memory compatibility and onboard 802.11ac Wi-Fi
    • 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
    • Dedicated water cooling headers allow monitoring of water temperature and flow without needing a dedicated standalone controller
    • AURA SYNC RGB lighting features a nearly endless spectrum of colors with the ability to synchronize effects across an ever-expanding ecosystem of AURA SYNC enabled products
    • 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
      • Designed for 7th generation LGA1151 socket Intel Core processors, Dual M.2 with Intel Optane, front panel USB 3.0 and rear USB 3.1 Type-A/Type-C connections
      • AURA Sync RGB lighting features a nearly endless spectrum of colors with the ability to synchronize effects across an ever-expanding ecosystem of AURA Sync enabled products
      • Dual Patent-pending Safe Slots featuring an injection molding process that integrates metal framing for a stronger, firmly anchored PCIe slot built for heavyweight GPUs
      • Thermal Armor protective shielding and TUF Fortifier back plate for ducted cooling and structural rigidity
      • Ultimate Protection with Thermal Radar 2 PLUS for customizable total system cooling and a 5-Year Warranty for guaranteed reliability built on Military Grade engineering
        • Designed for 7th generation Intel Core processors to maximize connectivity and speed with Dual M.2, front panel USB 3.1 and Intel Optane Memory compatibility
        • 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 and a 3D-printing friendly mount
        • 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 S1220 driven by Japanese capacitors. Please refer the User Manual before use.
        • NOTE: Motherboard is compatible with Win10 64bit/ Win8.1 64bit/ Win7 32bit&64bit
          • 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
          • Maximize your connectivity and speed with integrated Dual M.2, Intel Optane Memory compatibility, USB 3.1 Type A/Type C connections, and Intel Thunderbolt 3 support
          • Dual Patent-pending Safe Slots featuring an injection molding process that integrates metal framing for a stronger, firmly anchored PCIe slot built for heavyweight GPUs
          • AURA Sync RGB lighting features a nearly endless spectrum of colors with the ability to synchronize effects across an ever-expanding ecosystem of AURA Sync enabled products
          • On-board 3D-printing mounts for creating unique designs on your customized build
          • Refer user guide below.
            • Supports 7th/6th Generation Intel Core Processors
            • Intel USB3.1 Gen 2 with USB Type-C
            • 3-Way Graphics Support
            • Extreme 40Gb/s Thunderbolt 3
            • Relate ALC1220
              • Supports 7th/6th Generation Intel Core Processors
              • Asmedia USB3.1 Type-C
              • Ultra Durable Metal Shielding Over PCIe Slots
              • Rear I/O Armor
              • Intel Gigabit LAN
                • LGA 1151, supports 7th/6th Generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron Processors
                • Chipset: Intel Z270
                • Slots: 3x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 Slots (support x16/x4/x1 mode), 3x PCI-Express 3.0 x1 Slots
                • SATA: 6x SATA3 Ports, Support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
                • Audio: Realtek ALC892 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
                  Model Number
                  MAXIMUS IX FORMULA ROG MAXIMUS IX CODE TUF Z270 MARK 1 ROG MAXIMUS IX HERO PRIME Z270-A GA-Z270X-UD5 GA-Z270X-UD3 Z270 TOMAHAWK ARCTIC
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                  Form factor
                  ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX
                  CPU socket
                  Socket 1151 Socket 1151 Socket 1151 Socket 1151 Socket 1151 Socket 1151 Socket 1151 Socket 1151
                  Chipset
                  Intel Z270 Intel Z270 Intel Z270 Intel Z270 Intel Z270 Intel Z270 Intel Z270 Intel Z270
                  Memory type
                  DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 DDR4
                  Memory slots
                  4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
                  Maximum internal memory
                  64 GB 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB
                  D-Sub (VGA) output
                  No No No No No
                  DVI connector
                  No No No No Yes Yes
                  HDMI output
                  Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
                  DisplayPort output
                  Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
                  PCI Express x16 slots
                  3 3 3 2 3 3 3 3
                  PCI-Express x8 slots
                  0 0 0 0
                  PCI Express x4 slots
                  0 0 0 0 1
                  PCI Express x1 slots
                  3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
                  Available lanes for all PCI-Express x16 slots
                  20 20 20 20
                  Nvidia SLI compatible
                  Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
                  ATI Crossfire compatible
                  Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
                  USB 2.0 - Total
                  6 6 8 6
                  USB 3.0 - Total
                  6 6 6 6
                  USB 3.1 - Total
                  4 4 2 2
                  USB 3.1 (USB 3.1 Gen 2) - Type-C connectors
                  1 1 1 1 1 1 1
                  Bluetooth
                  Yes Yes No Yes No No No No
                  Serial ATA connectors (total)
                  6 6 6 6 6 6
                  Serial ATA III connectors
                  6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
                  eSATA connectors
                  0 0 0 0
                  mSATA connectors
                  0 0 0 0
                  M.2 connectors
                  2 2 2 2 2 1 1 2
                  M.2 slot type
                  PCIe 3.0 x4 (4 GB/s) PCIe 3.0 x4 (4 GB/s) PCIe 3.0 x4 (4 GB/s) PCIe 3.0 x4 (4 GB/s)
                  RAID 0 support
                  Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
                  RAID 1 support
                  Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
                  RAID 5 support
                  Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
                  RAID 10 support
                  Yes Yes Yes Yes
                  On-board audio - Channels
                  7.1 7.1 7.1 7.1 7.1 7.1 7.1 7.1
                  On-board audio - Codec chip
                  Realtek ALC1220 Realtek ALC1220 Realtek ALC1220 SupremeFX Realtek ALC1220 Realtek ALC1220 Realtek ALC1200 Realtek ALC892
                  S/PDIF out
                  Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
                  Number of network connections
                  1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1
                  LAN - Chip
                  Intel WG-I219V Intel WG-I219V Intel WG-I219V Intel WG-I219V Intel WG-I219V Intel WG-I211AT Intel WG-I219V Intel WG-I219V
                  LAN - Speed
                  1,000 Mbit/s 1,000 Mbit/s 1,000 Mbit/s 1,000 Mbit/s 1,000 Mbit/s 1,000 Mbit/s 1,000 Mbit/s 1,000 Mbit/s
                  Fan connectors (total)
                  9 9 10 Yes 6 5 5 5
                  Temperature controlled fan speed
                  Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
                  100% Solid Capacitors
                  Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
                  BIOS type
                  EFI EFI EFI 6.20 m (at ISO 100) EFI EFI EFI EFI
                  Dual BIOS
                  No No No Yes (via hot shoe) No Yes Yes Yes
                  
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