- Socket: LGA1151
- Chipset: Z370
- RAM Slots: 4
- RAM: DDR4 4333+(OC) / 4266(OC) / 4133(OC) / 4000(OC) / 3866(OC) / 3800(OC) / 3733(OC) / 3600(OC) / 3200(OC) / 2933(OC) / 2800(OC) / 2666 / 2400 / 2133 non-ECC, un-buffered memory
- Ports: 2x Wi-Fi antenna, 1x PS/2, 1x VGA, 1x DVI-D, 1x HDMI, 1x SPDIF, 1x USB3.1 Gen Type-A, 1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C, 4x USB 3.1 Gen1, 2x LAN, 6x audio jack
- Size: ATX
- PCI-e Steel Slots
- VGA port
The all new Fatal1ty Z370 Gaming K6 gives you the platform needed to run the latest eight generation Intel Core processors. Although sharing the same socket as Kabylake and Skylake processors, you are unable to use older processors together with the Z370 chipset, so if you’re upgrading you have to get a new processor as well.
Jumping straight into the motherboard, the K6 has four RAM DIMMs that support RAM speed of up to 4333MHz when overclocked. The next thing we noticed were the PCI-e Steel Slots, which protect PCI-e slots from signal interference as well as providing support for heavy graphic cards. Moving on, there’s dual Ultra M.2 slots that can hold SATA3 6Gb/s M.2 modules for high speed storage. Additionally, there are six SATA3 6Gb/s ports that support RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 15, and Intel Rapid Storage Technology.
On the back are all the USB ports and connectivity you’ll need, and what makes the K6 stand out a little bit is that it has a VGA port – something that is quite rare nowadays. The addition of a VGA port will be a good sight for those who own older or cheaper monitors. You will also find that the audio is by Creative Specifically, the K6 has the Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 3 sound chipset built into it. It provides a great listening experience that is free from background noise or hiss, while making watching videos and movies enjoyable when connected straight to the audio ports.
Aesthetically, the K6 doesn’t really stand out, but the RGB LED’s on the K6 do catch our interest. On the K6 you will find RGB LED headers so you can further add some rainbow shine to your build, but you need to download the ASRock RGB LED utility to customise the LEDs. While speaking of headers, a Water Pump Header is also provided and supports the most popular water pumps. You are also able to adjust the voltage to further customise your cooling system and performance.
CHIP CONCLUDE: A solid motherboard to use when building your next project.
(previously published in issue February 2018)