Hot off the leak of multiple ASUS Z270 motherboards we have another one! This one comes from ASUS’s TUF (The Ultimate Force) series and is the TUF Z270 MARK 1. ASUS’s TUF series motherboards are built around military standards and feature like Tough Inside, Thermal Armor, TUF Networking, TUF Audio, Ultimate Cooling, 24/7 Durability and high speed transfer.
As far as looks the TUF Z270 Mark 1 has full thermal armor, which the TUF series is known for. The board also has the TUF Fortifier shield on the back of the board, which strengthens the board and helps with cooling. It looks like there will be LEDs at the center of the board and on the PCH heatsink. In the thermal armor is a 40 mm cooling fan which will help cool the VRM.
The board makes use of a 8+2+2 Phase Digital power design that features TUF capacitors, TUF Alloy Chokes, TUF MOSFETs and DIGI+ Power Control Utility for real-time adjustment. All of these components are part of the new ASUS Extreme Engine Digi+ technology that improves CPU stability and overclocking. The TUF ICe allows you to go into the BIOS and change settings with no CPU installed!
There are four DDR4 DIMM slots that support up to 64 GB of DDR4-3866 (O.C.+) memory. For expansion slots you have three PCI-e 3.0 x16 (x16/x8/x4 electrical), three PCI-e 3.0 x1 and dual M.2 slots that deliver up to 32 GB/s transfer speeds. When it comes to storage you have six SATA 6GB/s ports and there is also headers for front panel USB 3.0 and USB 2.0. Audio is provided by the new SupremeFX S1220A CODEC that comes with a new ALC S1220 CODEC, De-pop Circuit, Premium Nichicon audiophile grade capacitors and a stainless steel cover.
Moving on to the rear I/O you have 2 USB 3.1 (Type-A, Type-C) ports, 2 USB 3.0, 4 USB 2.0, Dual Intel I219-V Gigabit LAN, HDMI 1.4, DP 1.2, BIOS Flashback Switch, TUF detective 2 port, and 7.1 Channel Audio.