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Asrock Equips A Dozen New 200-Series Motherboards With Aura RGB LEDs

Intel’s Kaby Lake processors are nearly here, and Asrock announced a dozen new motherboards based on Intel’s 200-series chipsets to support the new CPUs. These boards differ in many aspects, but Asrock has opted to equip all of them with its Aura RGB LED technology.

Not all of these boards will ship with RGB LEDs pre-installed, necessarily. The Aura RGB LED technology just includes a software utility for controlling RGB LED lights and an on-board header for connecting RGB LED light strips. Some boards are likely to launch with RGB LEDs built in, but it isn’t clear at this time which ones will and which ones won’t.

For gamers who want to avoid network lag at all costs, Asrock designed a few of its top-end Z270 motherboards with three NICs, one of which includes a 5Gbps Aquantia NIC. Asrock didn’t indicate specifically which Aquantia NIC it used, but as Aquantia primarily develops enterprise-grade networking solutions, it will likely be more than enough for most gamers. If you feel you need an even faster internet connection, you can take advantage of the two additional Intel NICs on the motherboard.

Most of the boards Asrock announced today also come equipped with Realtek’s new ALC1220 audio codec, which the company boasted is capable of achieving a 120dB SNR. Asrock complements this by utilizing Nichicon gold-series audio capacitors, EMI shielding, and gold-plated audio jacks to further reduce noise.


Asrock's highest-performance motherboard announced today is the Z270 SuperCarrier, which in addition to having all of the features above, also comes with a PLX chip and can support up to four GPUs in SLI.

Overclockers will be excited to hear that Asrock is once again utilizing third-party clock generators on some of its motherboards. These additional clock generators make it easier to BCLK overclock your CPU, and it's also what enabled Asrock and a few other OEMs to support overclocking of non-K CPUs on Skylake’s 100-series chipsets.

Asrock didn’t indicate which of these boards would come with a third-party clock generator, but it is something to keep an eye on if you plan to overclock.

These motherboards should be available on January 5. Pricing information is not available at this time.

Asrock 200-Series Motherboards
Model/SpecForm FactorMemory SupportPower PhasesSLI SupportM.2NetworkingAudioPorts
Z270 SuperCarrierATX4 x DDR4 DIMMs Up To 3866MHz124-Way-3 x Key M-1 x Key E-Aquantia 5Gb/s NIC2 x Intel NICs-802.11acRealtek ALC 1220Purity Sound 4 + DTS-Connect10 x SATA-III2 x Intel Thunderbolt 3 Type-CRGB Header
Z270 Gaming i7ATX4 x DDR4 DIMMs Up To 3866MHz122-Way-3 x Key M-1 x Key E-Aquantia 5Gb/s 2 x Intel NICs-802.11acRealtek ALC 1220Creative SoundBlaster Cinema 310 x SATA-IIIUSB 3.1 Type A+CRGB Header
Z270 TaichiATX4 x DDR4 DIMMs Up To 3866MHz122-Way-3 x Key M-1 x Key E-2 x Intel NICs-802.11acRealtek ALC 1220Purity Sound 4 + DTS-Connect10 x SATA-IIIUSB 3.1 Type A+CRGB Header
Z270 Gaming K6ATX4 x DDR4 DIMMs Up To 3866MHz102-Way-2 x Key M-1 x Key EDual Intel LANRealtek ALC 1220Creative SoundBlaster Cinema 38 x SATA-IIIUSB 3.1 Type A+CRGB Header
Z270 Extreme4ATX4 x DDR4 DIMMs Up To 3866MHz102-Way-2 x Key M-1 x Key EIntel I219V LANRealtek ALC 1220Purity Sound 4 + DTS-ConnectUSB 3.1 8 x SATA-IIIType A+CRGB Header
Z270 Killer SLIATX4 x DDR4 DIMM82-Way-2 x Key M-1 x Key EIntel LANN/AUSB 3.0 Type-C
Z270 Gaming K4ATX4 x DDR4 DIMM8No-2 x Key M-1 x Key EIntel LANCreative SoundBlaster Cinema 3USB 3.0 Type-C
H270 PerformanceATX4 x DDR4 DIMM8No-2 x Key M-1 x Key EIntel LANCreative SoundBlaster 3USB 3.0 Type-C
Z270M Extreme4Micro-ATX4 x DDR4 DIMM62-Way-2 x Key M-1 x Key EIntel LANPurity Sound 4 + DTS-ConnectUSB 3.1 Type-A+C
H270M PerformanceMicro-ATX4 x DDR4 DIMM6No2 x Key MIntel LANCreative SoundBlaster Cinema 3USB 3.0 Type-C
Z270 Gaming-ITX/acMini-ITX2 x DDR4 DIMM8No-Key M-Key E-Intel LAN-2T2R 802.11acCreative Cinema 3Intel Thunderbolt 3 type-C
Z270M-ITX/acMini-ITX2 x DDR4 DIMM6NoKey M-Dual Intel LAN-802.11acN/AN/A
  • redgarl
    Never again... ASROCK... never again... and thanks for that reconditioned mobo you sent me for your day 1 DOA...
    Reply
  • damric
    Independent clock generator not needed:

    http://valid.x86.fr/4wzi9c
    Reply
  • bit_user
    I'd pay more for a mobo without LEDs.
    Reply
  • nutjob2
    We've truly reached the pinnacle of technological progress in 2017. Finally I can get LEDs on my motherboard. Maybe one day I'll be able to overclock them.

    What a great time to be alive.
    Reply
  • Paul NZ
    I'll stick with ASUS and LED fans
    Reply
  • nzalog
    Motherboard seem to just be getting flooded with more and more fluff. I think it all started with the plastic shielding, then the ridiculous but not very effective heatsinks, now LEDs... Who are the idiots buying this garbage?
    Reply
  • ocer9999
    19099656 said:
    Never again... ASROCK... never again... and thanks for that reconditioned mobo you sent me for your day 1 DOA...

    That can happen to all electronic components, DOA is something hard to control when there's plenty of changing hands involved.
    Reply