ASROCK Z270 FATAL1TY GAMING K6 – User Review Introduction Kaby Lake has arrived!!!!! What better way to get started than with Asrock’s new gaming focused board, the Z270 Fatal1ty Gaming K6. The Fatal1ty line-up is aimed at the gaming community, and now includes an upgrade to the integrated sound, an extra M.2 socket, reinforced PCIe slots, LED board lighting, AURA RGB lighting control and connections, dual LAN connections and Asrocks’ Super Allow power components. The new 7th generation board has minor incremental updates over the previous 100 series of boards. By incremental, I mean, not a lot has changed. We still have the same RAID support, same USB count, same PCIe lane setup, well, it 80% the same……but, what we do get is support for Intel’s Optane Technology, an update to the Rapid Storage Technology and 4 extra PCIe lanes which will generally be used by an available M.2 port. The rest is in the manufacturers using what they learnt from the older 100 series boards and improving on that basis. Oh, and we can still use the older Skylake CPU’s on the new boards too! So weird saying older for something that’s only a year old. Let’s get to cracking this one open. Specifications • Gaming Armor Power - Hi-Density Power Connectors (24 pin and 8 pin) Memory - 15μ Gold Contact in DIMM Slots VGA Card - 15μ Gold Contact in VGA PCIe Slot (PCIE2) Internet - Intel® LAN Cooling - XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink - Heat Pipe Design Audio - Creative Sound Blaster™ Cinema 3 • Unique Feature ASRock USB 3.1 - ASRock USB 3.1 Type-A Port (10 Gb/s) - ASRock USB 3.1 Type-C Port (10 Gb/s) ASRock Super Alloy - XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink - Premium 45A Power Choke - Premium Memory Alloy Choke (Reduces 70% core loss compared to iron powder choke) - Combo Caps (Nichicon 12K Black Caps) - Nichicon 12K Black Caps (100% Japan made high quality conductive polymer capacitors) - I/O Armor - Matte Black PCB - High Density Glass Fabric PCB ASRock Intel® 4-Layer Memory POOL (Planes on Outer Layers) Technology ASRock Steel Slots ASRock Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3) ASRock Ultra USB Power ASRock Full Spike Protection ASRock Live Update & APP Shop • CPU - Supports 7th and 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors (Socket 1151) - Digi Power design - 10 Power Phase design - Supports Intel® Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology - Supports Intel® K-Series unlocked CPUs - Supports ASRock BCLK Full-range Overclocking - Supports ASRock Hyper BCLK Engine II • Chipset - Intel® Z270 • Memory - Dual Channel DDR4 Memory Technology - 4 x DDR4 DIMM Slots - Supports DDR4 3866+(OC)*/3733(OC)/3600(OC)/3200(OC)/2933(OC)/2800(OC)/2400**/2133 non-ECC, un-buffered memory* - Supports ECC UDIMM memory modules (operate in non-ECC mode) - Max. capacity of system memory: 64GB** - Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) 2.0 - 15μ Gold Contact in DIMM Slots *7th Gen Intel® CPU supports DDR4 up to 2400; 6th Gen Intel® CPU supports DDR4 up to 2133. Please refer to Memory Support List on ASRock's website for more information. **Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size may be less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows® 32-bit OS. For Windows® 64-bit OS with 64-bit CPU, there is no such limitation. • BIOS - 2 x 128Mb AMI UEFI Legal BIOS with multilingual GUI support (1 x Main BIOS and 1 x Backup BIOS) - Supports Secure Backup UEFI Technology - ACPI 6.0 Compliant wake up events - SMBIOS 2.7 Support - CPU, GT_CPU, DRAM, VPPM, PCH 1.0V, VCCIO, VCCST, VCCSA, VCCPLL Voltage Multi-adjustment • Graphics - Supports Intel® HD Graphics Built-in Visuals : Intel® Quick Sync Video with AVC, MVC (S3D) and MPEG-2 Full HW Encode1, Intel® InTru™ 3D, Intel® Clear Video HD Technology, Intel® Insider™, Intel® HD Graphics - Gen9 LP, DX11.3, DX12 - HWAEncode/Decode: VP8, HEVC 8b, VP9, HEVC 10b (For 7th Gen Intel® CPU) - HWA Encode/Decode: VP8, HEVC 8b; GPU/SWEncode/Decode: VP9, HEVC 10b (For 6th Gen Intel® CPU) - Max. shared memory 1024MB** - Three graphics output options: D-Sub, DVI-D and HDMI - Supports Triple Monitor - Supports HDMI with max. resolution up to 4K x 2K (4096x2160) @ 24Hz / (3840x2160) @ 30Hz - Supports DVI-D with max. resolution up to 1920x1200 @ 60Hz - Supports D-Sub with max. resolution up to 1920x1200 @ 60Hz - Supports Auto Lip Sync, Deep Color (12bpc), xvYCC and HBR (High Bit Rate Audio) with HDMI Port (Compliant HDMI monitor is required) - Supports HDCP with DVI-D and HDMI Ports - Supports Full HD 1080p Blu-ray (BD) playback with DVI-D and HDMI Ports *Intel® HD Graphics Built-in Visuals and the VGA outputs can be supported only with processors which are GPU integrated. **The size of maximum shared memory may vary from different operating systems. ***Due to chipset limitation, the Blu-ray playback of Intel® HD Graphics is only supported under Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit. ****Intel® InTru™ 3D is only supported under Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit. • Audio - 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec) - Premium Blu-ray Audio support - Supports Surge Protection (ASRock Full Spike Protection) - Nichicon Fine Gold Series Audio Caps - 120dB SNR DAC with Differential Amplifier - TI® NE5532 Premium Headset Amplifier for Front Panel Audio Connector (Supports up to 600 Ohm headsets) - Pure Power-In - Direct Drive Technology - PCB Isolate Shielding - Impedance Sensing on Front Out port - Individual PCB Layers for R/L Audio Channel - AURA RGB LED - Gold Audio Jacks - 15μ Gold Audio Connector - Supports Creative Sound Blaster™ Cinema 3 • LAN - Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s - 1 x Giga PHY Intel® I219V, 1 x GigaLAN Intel® I211AT - Supports Wake-On-LAN - Supports Lightning/ESD Protection (ASRock Full Spike Protection) - Supports Dual LAN with Teaming** Teaming is not supported on Win 10. - Supports Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az - Supports PXE • Slots - 3 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slots (PCIE2/PCIE4/PCIE6: single at x16 (PCIE2); dual at x8 (PCIE2) / x8 (PCIE4); triple at x8 (PCIE2) / x8 (PCIE4) / x4 (PCIE6))* - 3 x PCI Express 3.0 x1 Slots (Flexible PCIe) - Supports AMD Quad CrossFireX™, 3-Way CrossFireX™ and CrossFireX™ - Supports NVIDIA® Quad SLI™ and SLI™ - 1 x M.2 Socket (Key E), supports type 2230 WiFi/BT module - 15μ Gold Contact in VGA PCIe Slot (PCIE2) *Supports NVMe SSD as boot disks • Storage - 6 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s Connectors, support RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, Intel® Rapid Storage Technology 15 and Intel® Smart Response Technology), NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug* - 2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s Connectors by ASMedia ASM1061, support NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug - 1 x Ultra M.2 Socket (M2_1), supports type 2230/2242/2260/2280 M.2 SATA3 6.0 Gb/s module and M.2 PCI Express module up to Gen3 x4 (32 Gb/s)** - 1 x Ultra M.2 Socket (M2_2), supports type 2230/2242/2260/2280/22110 M.2 SATA3 6.0 Gb/s module and M.2 PCI Express module up to Gen3 x4 (32 Gb/s)** *M2_1, SATA3_0 and SATA3_1 share lanes. If either one of them is in use, the others will be disabled. M2_2, SATA3_4 and SATA3_5 share lanes. If either one of them is in use, the others will be disabled. **Supports Intel® Optane™ Technology Supports NVMe SSD as boot disks Supports ASRock U.2 Kit • Connector - 1 x COM Port Header - 1 x TPM Header - 1 x Power LED and Speaker Header - 1 x AURA RGB LED Header - 1 x CPU Fan Connector (4-pin)* - 1 x CPU Optional/Water Pump Fan Connector (4-pin)** - 2 x Chassis Fan Connectors (4-pin) (Smart Fan Speed Control) - 1 x Chassis Optional/Water Pump Fan Connector (4-pin)*** - 1 x 24 pin ATX Power Connector (Hi-Density Power Connector) - 1 x 8 pin 12V Power Connector (Hi-Density Power Connector) - 1 x Front Panel Audio Connector (15μ Gold Audio Connector) - 1 x Thunderbolt™ AIC Connector (5-pin) - 1 x Thunderbolt™ AIC Connector (10-pin)**** - 3 x USB 2.0 Headers (Support 6 USB 2.0 ports) (Intel® Z270) (Supports ESD Protection (ASRock Full Spike Protection)) - 1 x USB 3.0 Header (Supports 2 USB 3.0 ports) (Intel® Z270) (Supports ESD Protection (ASRock Full Spike Protection)) - 1 x USB 3.0 Header (Supports 2 USB 3.0 ports) (ASMedia ASM1074 hub) (Supports ESD Protection (ASRock Full Spike Protection)) - 1 x Dr. Debug with LED - 1 x Power Switch with LED - 1 x Reset Switch with LED - 1 x XMP Switch *The CPU Fan Connector supports the CPU fan of maximum 1A (12W) fan power. **The CPU Optional/Water Pump Fan supports the water cooler fan of maximum 1.5A (18W) fan power. ***The Chassis Optional/Water Pump Fan supports the water cooler fan of maximum 1.5A (18W) fan power. CHA_FAN1 and CHA_FAN2 can auto detect if 3-pin or 4-pin fan is in use. ****Only one Thunderbolt™ AIC Card is supported. • Rear Panel I/O - 2 x Antenna Ports - 1 x PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard Port - 1 x D-Sub Port - 1 x DVI-D Port - 1 x HDMI Port - 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port - 1 x USB 3.1 Type-A Port (10 Gb/s) (ASMedia ASM2142) (Supports ESD Protection (ASRock Full Spike Protection)) - 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C Port (10 Gb/s) (ASMedia ASM2142) (Supports ESD Protection (ASRock Full Spike Protection)) - 3 x USB 3.0 Ports (Intel® Z270) (Supports ESD Protection (ASRock Full Spike Protection))* Ultra USB Power is supported on USB3_34 ports.* ACPI wake-up function is not supported on USB3_34 ports. - 1 x Fatal1ty Mouse Port (USB 3.0) (Intel® Z270) (Supports ESD Protection (ASRock Full Spike Protection)) - 2 x RJ-45 LAN Ports with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED) - HD Audio Jacks: Rear Speaker / Central / Bass / Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone (Gold Audio Jacks) • Software and UEFI Software - ASRock F-Stream - ASRock AURA RGB LED - ASRock Key Master - ASRock APP Charger - ASRock XFast LAN* UEFI - ASRock EZ Mode - ASRock Full HD UEFI - ASRock My Favorites in UEFI - ASRock Instant Flash - ASRock Internet Flash - ASRock Crashless BIOS - ASRock UEFI System Browser - ASRock UEFI Tech Service - ASRock Easy RAID Installer *These utilities can be downloaded from ASRock Live Update & APP Shop. • Support CD - Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version), Google Chrome Browser and Toolbar • Accessories - Quick Installation Guide, Support CD, I/O Shield - 4 x SATA Data Cables - 1 x ASRock SLI_HB_Bridge_2S Card - 3 x Screws for M.2 Sockets • Hardware Monitor - Temperature Sensing: CPU, CPU Optional/Water Pump, Chassis, Chassis Optional/Water Pump Fans - Fan Tachometer: CPU, CPU Optional/Water Pump, Chassis, Chassis Optional/Water Pump Fans - Quiet Fan (Auto adjust chassis fan speed by CPU temperature): CPU, CPU Optional/Water Pump, Chassis, Chassis Optional/Water Pump Fans - Fan Multi-Speed Control: CPU, CPU Optional/Water Pump, Chassis, Chassis Optional/Water Pump Fans - Voltage monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, CPU Vcore, DRAM, VPPM, PCH 1.0V, VCCSA, VCCST • Form Factor - ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm • OS - Microsoft® Windows® 10 64-bit (For 7th Gen Intel® CPU) - Microsoft® Windows® 10 64-bit / 8.1 64-bit / 7 32-bit / 7 64-bit (For 6th Gen Intel® CPU)* *To install Windows® 7 OS, a modified installation disk with xHCI drivers packed into the ISO file is required. Please check our User Manual for more detailed instructions.