• Socket: LGA-1151
  • Chipset: H270
  • RAM Slots: 4
  • RAM: 2133/2400 MHz DDR4
  • Connectivity: Gigabit LAN
  • Ports: 1x PS/2, 2x Antenna ports, 1x D-Sub, 1x DVI-D, 1x HDMI, 1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A, 1x USB 3.0 Type-C, 3x USB 3.0 Type-A, 1x USB 2.0, 1x Fata1ty mouse port, 5x Audio port, 1x Optical (SPDIF)
  • Others: 2x PCIe x16, 4x PCIe x1, 6x SATA 6Gb/s, 1x AURA RGB LED header
  • Size: ATX
  • Pros:
  • Supports older hardware
  • Good performance
  • Cons:
  • Very little USB ports
  • Benchmark Results
  • PCMark 8 Home: 4329 points
  • PCMark 8 Creative: 5079 points
  • PCMark 8 Work: 3752 points

Rock Solid Performance

Kaby Lake had some time to settle in and many can’t wait to upgrade. Of course, most can’t afford fancier motherboards, or need features like overclocking. So for them, an option like ASRock’s Fata1ty H270 Performance is appropriate.

Although the box lacked goodies, likely to keep the cost down, ASRock went all out with the design. The Fata1ty H270 Performance has a black with red accent design that looks awesome. It even has a black shroud over the back I/O and the Creative SoundBlaster audio chipset, to reduce the amount of electro-magnetic interference from other components.

The Fata1ty H270 Performance is an ATX motherboard with a layout that feels compact. There are four DDR RAM slots available, two PCIe and four PCI slots. In addition, it even supports NVMe SSDs and M.2 WiFi modules with its two Ultra M.2 slots. Lastly, the first PCIe slot is reinforced to prevent it from bending due to heavier GPUs.

There are enough fan headers on this motherboard to keep things cool. Besides the CPU fan header, there’s also three fan headers for chassis fans. The third chassis fan can also support a water pump, which can be used with a custom water loop.

ASRock has designed the back I/O set for users with more modest equipment. With three different video inputs for VGA, DVI and HDMI, the Fata1ty H270 Performance can be directly hooked to any monitor you have. It’s a little lacking in total USB ports, but there are extra connectors on the motherboard for that. For compatibility with newer hardware or devices, a USB Type-C port is also included, but Thunderbolt support is not available.

Another nice addition is the AURA RGB LED header on the board. Connecting a RGB LED strip to this header allows you to control the strip’s colour and lighting effect via a desktop or mobile app, so you can switch your choice of bling on the fly.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Plenty of features for compatibility with a wide range of hardware, including older ones.

(previously published in issue March 2017)

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