If you’re looking to build a premium gaming computer in the $1000 price range you might want to take a look at the Asus Strix H270F for your build. It is designed for the non-overclockable intel chips and it has most of every feature you could want.
The motherboard is about $140 but despite its price, it’s still a good deal. Why is this a good deal you ask? This is because this is the non-overclockable version of Asus’ Z270E motherboard which costs around $200 or even more. Essentially you save around $60 if you’re not planning to overclock. The thing that is not included is the ability to overclock CPUs such as the K chips because it’s got the H270 chipsets instead of the Z270. It also doesn’t have the built in Wi-Fi adapter. It requires hardwired networking only. Lastly, it also does not support NVDIA’s SLI feature however it does still support AMD’s crossfire technology.
Other than things mentioned earlier, it’s still basically the same thing. Even the aesthetics looks the same, it’s hard to tell which is which when you compare it to Asus’ flagship motherboard the Z270E which costs around $200.
It still has 64GB of system RAM, 2x M.2 Slots (NVMe & SATA), 2x x16 PCI-e slots, USB 3.0 & 3.1 (Both Type A and Type C) and lastly it also has Asus’ Supreme FX 8 channel HD sound system. The soundchip of the H270F is superior to those motherboards that cost less. Of course there are motherboards that cost lesser than $140 that works with an i5 7600 CPU like B250 motherboards that cost for as low as $65 but those motherboards do not provide the premium features of this motherboard.
It also has cool RGB lighting support with the Asus Aura which is one of the premium features that this board offers. It doesn’t just provide RGB lighting but also syncs the lighting with your other peripherals. Also, if you have a Republic of Gamers video card, then the software will sync and combine the lighting of both your graphics card and your motherboard essentially giving the user a nice synchronized RGB setup. There are also other Republic of Gamers features that the low priced motherboards do not have. Those motherboards are budget options so if you’re on a tight budget, go on ahead with those however, if you want premium and other cool features and are willing to spend a few more bucks; you might want to take a look at this.
Asus Strix H270F Review – Whats in the Box?
I really like the packaging of the Strix H270F. The box is colored mainly black. If you look at the front it has the word Strix diagonally placed to the left while the motherboard along with its full name is on the right of the box. The stylized neon colored Strix makes the packaging pop and this behind a black background will give you a really cool effect.
At the back we have the specifications of the motherboard delving into deeper detail on its features.
When you open the box, you’ll see the Strix H270F wrapped inside a dark plastic to protect it. We’ll go through more on the actual motherboard later.
Besides the actual motherboard you’ll get a full printed user manual. Normally I wouldn’t give more information about the user manual but this one is special. The user manual has a lot of pages but normally that’s because it’s written in various languages. However, the user manual of the Asus Strix H270F’s text is written in English. It is completely written in English. Everything is in English and what this means is it explains a lot of things in the manual. That’s the reason it’s still thick, not because it has extra languages but because the manual explains further and delves into detail about specific information on the Strix H270F which is amazing…if you can understand English in which I assume you can since you’re reading this. Every plug, every port, every limitation and exception, the user manual covers it in excellent detail. However, the downside here is if your English isn’t that good or you really can’t understand English at all; you won’t find much help in the user manual.
Of course the user manual also comes with the CD and a quick start guide. The CD is where you can find the driver installers.
You also get a Strix sticker sheet and a smaller sticker sheet with ROG cable labels, if ever you want to label your SATA cables.
You’ll find a few accessories as well and we’ll go through all of them one by one. The Strix H270F like many motherboards, also come with a rear I/O shield. The I/O shield looks very premium too as it’s a black I/O shield compared to the typical steel metal color. It also has a Republic of Gamers logo on its I/O shield along with basic labels for each I/O port. It’s just me being overly critical but I also like the labels they put on each port. Low end motherboards don’t even bother with these details.
You’ll also find four black SATA cables. Yes, they’re not really expensive but it’s nice to have plus other motherboards only provide the user with two so four is really good so you will not need to buy extras. It’s a nice bonus. Two of those have a right angled end. For all you RGB lovers out there, Asus also gave owners the Strix H270F the ability to customize their lighting setup and manage your colors even further. There’s an Aura RGB lighting extension cable that will help hook up more than one RGB lighting strip to your motherboard.
There’s a small clear plastic bag that contains a bag of screws and another set of screws for the dual M.2 sockets.
Asus really provided a lot and didn’t skimp out with this motherboard.
Asus Strix H270F Review – Asus proves they know what it take to make amazing gaming products.
The Strix H270F looks widely like the Strix Z270E motherboard. If you compare it side by side, it looks very much alike. Not that it’s a bad thing though; the general aesthetic of the motherboard itself is really amazing. From the top, it looks like a city in the near future. The color is also neutral so you can highly customize it and make it your own without conflicting colors being a nuisance to the color aesthetic you want to achieve. The metallic color is also perfect if you want to achieve a grayish metallic theme for your build and this board has that exact look.
A look at the motherboard
There are two heatsinks which are fairly obvious. It’s quite big too making it the most noticeable on the motherboard, one beside the CPU on its left and one above it. The one on the left has the Strix logo printed on it. The heatsinks have distinct markings on it giving it a futuristic look. The last heatsink is for the chipset which has darker color and also has the Republic of Gamers logo.
Towards the top left corner of the motherboard, you’ll find the rear I/O panels. Then you’ll find a small 8-pin CPU power near the two heatsinks at the top left. The two 4-pin PWM fan headers are just below the left heatsink. Towards the right corner of the motherboard, you’ll easily notice the 4 all black DDR4 DIMMS since they’re all big which pretty much covers most of the right side of the motherboard. You’ll also notice that unlike other motherboards, there are only clips at the top while there are no clips at the bottom side. This is to make the installation of your RAMs easier. Beside the DDR4 DIMMS, is the next biggest thing at the right side of the motherboard, which is the 24-pin CPU power. At the bottom there’s a row of headers. There’s also a USB 3.0 header just below it. Still in the right side but towards the bottom, you’ll find SATA ports. There are a total of six SATA ports which is most likely enough for the average person. A full-length M.2 slot is just below the chipset heatsink. There’s USB 2.0 header and another USB 3.0 header. There’s also a 4-pin fan header near these. An ROG extension is also found here along with a TPM. The bright white plug is for the Aura RGB lighting header where you can sync the case lighting into the motherboard. Asus included an 8-channel High Definition Audio Codec S1220A with dual headphone amps.
The rear I/O Panel
There’s a ton of features on the rear I/O panel. If you look at the right, there’s a standard 5+ optical audio layout. Most people who would buy this kind of motherboard would most likely have graphics card however, if you don’t then not to worry because the Strix H270F still has you covered. It has three onboard display options including DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort connections. There are four USB 2.0 ports and a legacy PS2 port as well which is for keyboards. Now if you look at the left, there’s a red USB port. This is a USB 3.1 same as the Type-C below this. The two blue ports are USB 3.0. There’s also a red Gig Ethernet port. The LAN guard protection is also included and is behind the I/O for the network port.
3D Printing Support
There is one thing that I love about the Asus Strix H270F and that is the fact that is supports 3D printed accessories.
Asus is the first to provide support for the user to 3D print parts and accessories to modify the H270F. The motherboard comes equipped with dedicated 3D mounts that allows you to easily add printed accessories such as nameplates, cable covers, IO covers and fan adaptors to the motherboard. These printed accessories are able to be attached using the same screws as is used for M.2 drives and the standard motherboard holes.
CPU: Intel® Socket 1151 for 7th/6th Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™
Chipset: Intel® H270
Memory support: Dual-channel, 4 slots, max 64GB
- Integrated Graphics Processor- Intel® HD Graphics support
- Multi-VGA output support: HDMI/DVI-D/DisplayPort 1.2 ports
Storage: Intel® H270 Chipset
LAN: Intel® I219V
Audio: ROG SupremeFX 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC S1220A
- Intel® H270 Chipset
- ASMedia® USB 3.1 controller
- 1 DisplayPort
- 1 HDMI
- 1 LAN port
- 2 USB 3.1 Type-A + Type-C
- 2 USB 3.0 (blue)
- 4 USB 2.0
- 1 Optical S/PDIF out
- 5 Audio jacks
- 1 DVI-D
- 1 PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port
- 1 AAFP connector
- 1 RGB Header
- 1 M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (both SATA & x2 PCIE mode)
- 1 M.2 Socket 3 with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)
- 6 SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
- 1 24-pin EATX Power connector
- 1 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
- 1 System panel
- 1 Clear CMOS jumper
- 1 14-1 pin TPM connector
- 1 COM port header
- 1 T_Sensor Connector
- 3 3D Mount screw ports
- 1 AIO_PUMP connector
- 1 5-pin Extension Fan connector
- 1 ROG extension header
- 2 USB 3.0 connectors supports additional 4 USB 3.0 ports
- 2 USB 2.0 connectors supports additional 4 USB 2.0 ports
- 1 CPU OPT Fan connector
- 2 Chassis Fan connectors
- 1 CPU Fan connector
- Windows® 10 64-bit
- Windows® 8.1 64-bit
- Windows® 7 32-bit
- Windows® 7 64-bit
Form Factor: ATX Form Factor
Using the Product
The first thing you need to do is make sure you have everything you need, including the added accessories for the Asus Strix H270F. The exact number of accessories can be found on the “What’s in the box?” part of this review.
The next thing you have to make sure you have are the parts to build for your PC which includes, RAM, CPU, graphics card, cables, power supple and others. I would assume you have everything you need to build your rig. Make sure you have everything and double check it, especially the screws.
After making sure you have everything, proceed to check the user manual for an extensive and detailed explanation of each part of this motherboard and what it does. We tried to provide a general overview for the motherboard but this isn’t enough information to build your specific PC so make sure you follow the instructions and remember the limitations of this motherboard. Also take advantage of the added extra features of this motherboard. A lot of them are very cool especially the Asus Aura for your RBG lighting setup. This will also be written in full detail on the user manual.
When building the PC, make sure to place the screws and small objects in a place where it won’t be lost but still an easy reach for you. I assume you know how to build a pc but if you’re lost just refer to the user manual or search in Google for your queries.
Once you’ve installed all your parts and your PC is up and running, it’s now time to install the drivers. You can use the included CD or you can also download the drivers from Asus’ website. If you download from the website, it is a lot more updated compared to the CD however, it still auto updates if you install using the CD.
One last thing to note with the drivers, I’m sure most of you already know this but to some who are new, do not just let Windows download the drivers for you. The drivers that Windows automatically downloads will most likely work but these drivers won’t be able to fully utilize the device and you won’t make the most out of it so make sure you download Asus’ actual drivers. Especially the Supreme FX sound chips which are premium and need these specific Asus drivers.
We tested the Asus Strix H270F with our gaming rig which consists of the following:
- CPU: Intel i7 7700K
- Memory: 16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4 RAM
- Storage: 250GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD
- Graphic Card: EVGA GTX1080 8GB
- Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
The Asus Strix H270F performed exceptionally well with the following results:
- Overall Score: 11102
- Graphic Score: 13082
- Physics Score: 14173
Network Speed (Average)
As technology keeps improving, the bundled software with the new motherboards also improve, not just its graphical user interface but also the amount of customization it has. The ease of customization also has vastly been improved as BIOS nowadays left the text based UI. So if you’re not as knowledgeable, as long as you can read, you would still find it easier to customize and tinker your motherboard.
The BIOS has the red and black futuristic theme. The main page contains basic information about your BIOS revision, CPU and memory capacity.
At the top of every page, there’s a button that leads you to the Q-Fan control page where you can set fan profiles for your motherboard to further customize your cooling as well as noise performance.
The second page is the AI Tweaker. Most overclocking tools can be found here. The page is limited however there are other settings for timings and RAM clock speeds.
The third page is the advanced page and it contains a bunch of options that opens up additional pages. These are your CPU options as well as your platforms.
The monitoring page is where you can monitor things on your motherboard including temperatures, fan speeds, and even voltages across the motherboard.
The boot page is where you can choose the boot options for your computer and change the boot order.
The tool page provides access to various important tools such as EZ Flash tool which you can use to reflash your BIOS and the secure erase tool that clears your drives without any additional software.
The Strix H270F is a fantastic option for people who do not plan to overclock their motherboard to save money but still be able to get an awesome set features. There are quite a number of SATA ports that should be enough for the average user as well as a good number of various USB ports as well including a USB 3.1 and a USB 3.1 Type-C. There’s also customization for lighting with the RGB header for case lighting.
After testing, the performance of the Asus Strix H270F is excellent, especially considering its price point of $199AUD. Playing AAA games on this board is also good. Asus still provides us with a quality Intel NIC.
The software is also highly customizable and easy to navigate. Compliment this with the badass theme, it isn’t a nuisance to tweak the motherboard with the software. There’s also RGB lighting support for people who want to tweak their colors as well.
Overall, the H270F looks fantastic. You get a solid motherboard that looks great once you pull it out of the box. It also has one of the best RGB lighting customization. The Asus Aura RGB allows the user to synchronize the motherboard’s colors with your other peripherals like your mouse and keyboard.
Yes, there are motherboards cheaper than this but you lose a lot of premium features when you drop down. If you have the budget and not planning to overclock this is your go-to motherboard. The Asus Strix H270F should be part of your gaming rig.
Where to Buy
If you are looking to build a killer gaming rig you can pickup the Asus Strix H270F for around $199AUD from your local retailer. Head on over to the Asus website for more info.