It’s no secret that the motherboard manufacturers stepped up long before the sale of processors Intel Kaby Lake. And when they took the announcement, almost all large companies have introduced new models.
But when choosing a basis for a new configuration of the PC is always a question of additional features and advantages of one over the other solutions. Users who upgrade puzzled question, pick a model to fit your needs, analyzed and compared.
The model range of ASUS motherboards there is a separate branch of development – of The Ultimate Force (TUF). One is quite interesting, as they are expected to meet mediocre overclocking, which, however, only prejudices, others are looking at it because of the unique chips.
For the most ASUS TUF range allows full coverage of the market, the benefit of these models is equipped according to the latest criteria of survival in the case. This means that they are equipped with external protection and excellent cooling, able to work 24 hours a day and to please the owners eyes. On the other hand, many of these can boast and versions of other manufacturers, at least according to their marketing. But what is the difference between the original version?
Compared to other previously reviewed models based on the Intel Z270 grade ASUS TUF Z270 Mark 1 does not stand. Nevertheless, there is everything you need to get started, and no extra accessories have a positive impact on the price of the motherboard.
User will receive:
ASUS Z270 TUF Mark 1 is made in the classic canons – virtually no fashion lighting, or POST-indicator, no reset button. But such a solution will appeal to fans of common motherboards with no frills. Instead, ASUS engineers have dissolved two outputs for USB 3.1 for connection to the body.
Established two Intel network adapter. Alas, to combine them into a single network with an array of theoretical speed for 2 Gbit / s in Windows 10 can not. But the company has not forgotten about the legacy OS. To do this, the site is lined with a small utility that allows you to make a bootable USB flash drive with Windows 7 and 8.1.
M.2 pair of slots is located closer to the bottom of the PCB. Vertical supports only PCI-e connections, horizontal – as the SATA, and PCI-e mode, but shares bandwidth with a SATA connector. Audio codec Realtek 1220 presented model.
The power supply system is divided into two sections with separate radiators. Managed brand, or rather re-mark the PWM controller. Served on a single voltage connector 8 pin.
The total PCB diluted ten phases. The power subsystem did not find a place in the modern Dr.MOS assembly, but in such a good motherboard overclocks the CPU to the usual quantities.
Without POST to live, of course, possible, but extremely uncomfortable, especially in the early stages of the launch of the new system. Therefore, developers have installed five LED indicators that show: the presence of voltage on duty, passing initialization processor, memory, graphics card and start the download.
Unfortunately, the place chosen unsuccessfully. If a video card installed LED lights barely visible. It is more logical to increase their intensity to even the color can be distinguished, the error occurred at any stage.
To cool the power supply subsystem can doustanovit 40 mm fan is not supplied. But in its absence, under load VRM zone heated moderately. It’s easy to keep track of the two sensors.
The face of the entire series The Ultimate Force – an exclusive cover for the front and rear of the system board.
Beneath it hides almost all the printed circuit board. To dismantle it, will have to look for the two countersunk screws.
Aura LED lighting:
In this case, ASUS did not add any connector for RGB light strips, or a large number of LEDs illuminated only limiting the central part.
Controlled lighting AURA special application with an array of options. Among the most useful may be noted CPU Temp, displays the CPU temperature and the effect of the cyclic change of colors.
PCI-e expansion slots Reinforced:
Two PCI-e connector received an additional mechanical protection. It is designed to resist bending and not let playful handles break slots.
Protection of network connections:
Both network adapters are also equipped with protection against breakdown.
Concealed connector M.2:
M.2 horizontal connector socket is hidden from prying eyes. It includes any device of any size M.2. In closing the casing leaving an opening for natural heat dissipation. But I suspect that can not be avoided with the productive models M.2 SSD overheating.
Before us is perhaps the only motherboard based on the Intel Z270, which was really working radiator on the power system. They have clearly seen the fins.
Now you will understand why the power circuit on the motherboard is not overheated, even in a confined space under the hood. Of course, it would be necessary to connect the radiators in a single unit, since the heating of the compact is heated a few degrees higher and faster.
What can be said about the radiator chipset. By modern standards it is huge! Inside there is no cut-outs or grooves, all as it should be for a good cooling of the PCH.
Because of the weighty and large-scale housing under the main heatsink for the processor there are not too many places. The main limitation relates to the lateral sag, they can actually interfere with the installation of some cooling systems.
Despite the fact that I rarely have tested mainboards, I am well aware of the tricks manufacturers. What do you think, what surprises they prepared just before the announcement of the new processors?
Remember the story of the podtasovyvaniem test results due to the slightly excessive frequency cards that are sent out the press and in retail stores received models with normal frequencies? Do you think the same trick will bypass motherboards? Certainly not. What can be done with the processor – we now know, and at the same time to find out why it is not necessary to test the CPU on the motherboard with a tricky pre-release versions of the BIOS and to compare their performance with each other.
If things simple, then each has a CPU Intel VID table voltages and frequencies. The last according to the load change with voltage. Having data VID, you can play around a bit frequencies within acceptable ranges. The most correct option – to set the default settings. Then, the processor has to work according to the specifications: go into a deep C State without load, in single-threaded tasks to put the maximum frequency and reduce the appearance of its multi-threaded load. All manufacturers are aware of this and are added into the BIOS setup optimization factors under load.
Roughly speaking, i5-7600K should work in the frequency range of 3800-4200 MHz, but after activation function motherboard parallel, raises the voltage. As a result, the processor speed increases, and at first glance it is a good idea, if not a few “buts”!
Firstly, it is not the normal mode and the results will be inflated. Secondly, seriously increases the load on the power system, the de facto acceleration. Third, the recent Intel processors greatly reduced in size because of which distribute heat with the lid has become more difficult. Therefore, to take a very i7-7700K, once again, a very good cooling system. Fourth, comparing the results of tests of motherboards can not be due to the clever optimizations manufacturers.
For example, no matter how I tried, I could not do that to turn them off and cause the processor to operate strictly according to the specifications. That is why it is more expedient to carry out each test in certain settings. Let’s say you’ve found the optimum frequency and voltage, then it is better to set them manually on each card, and compare the results. But there is another problem – in such regimes, regardless of the results of the model are similar as two drops of water. It remains only to test network speed, M.2 slot, USB, and other things, we are going to do.
In the meantime, take a look, what modes expose ASUS TUF Z270 Mark 1 by default with the Core i5-7600K processor, the Intel.
Under load factors are not reduced, and the CPU continues to operate at a frequency of 4.2 GHz with a voltage of 1.32 V. In such circumstances, even advanced CBO (Laing DDC pump is 3700 rev / min, waterblock EK Supreme High-Flow, radiator Phobya G-Changer 240 V. 2 hoses 13/19 mm) is losing ground. Gradually, the CPU temperature rose to 91 ° C.
The only salvation was the adaptive fan mode when upon reaching 80 ° C, they unwound up to 1600 rev / min. Note that the power supply system has withstood these tests very well without forced ventilation. Under protective casing temperature reached 50 ° C, chokes and power circuits – not higher than 77 ° C.
The standard test for overclocking motherboard is successful, but only partially. Poster CPU easily overclocked to 4.6-4.7 GHz with testing in Prime95. The LinX quickly overheat in this app were stable frequency 4.5 GHz with a relatively moderate maximum temperature of 95 ° C.
Many will wonder, as the 95 ° C temperature can be considered acceptable? The answer lies on the surface, as LinX provides an abnormally high load. In standard applications, even selectively discriminating temperature is held at 10-20 ° C below.
Achilles’ heel for the system board became memory overclocking process. She did not submit to either 3 GHz or the more “standard” 3.6 GHz (even if sub-timings changes). Therefore, the final result was only 2933 MHz. Perhaps due to the absence of adapted automatic settings and advanced secondary delays, and we have to wait for updating the BIOS.
Ai Overclock Tuner – basic installation type acceleration: cars (nominal settings without overclocking), manual (manual mode) and XMP (acceleration only memory using XMP profile). In manual and XMP mode, you can change the settings in the BIOS. In automatic motherboard itself selects the settings closer to the optimum.
XMP – choice of one of the XMP profiles, if there is more than one, you will be offered several options.
BCLK Frequency – the frequency of BCLK bus is only used with processors series K.
ASUS Multicore Enhancement – Enable or disable automatic increase CPU multipliers. Board tries to improve the factors of CPU cores to the maximum in the automatic mode. In the off mode – must be loaded according to the recommended settings Intel specifications.
AVX Instruction Core Ratio Negative Offset – the installation of negative factors for AVX instructions. Such problems are much load the kernel, so sometimes it is suitable for other operations leave high CPU frequency, but for tasks AVX processor will operate at a lower frequency, losing performance. It does not appear the error and continue overclocking. From 0 to -31.
CPU Core Ratio – the type of control factors cores (all in sync, or set poyaderno).
BCLK Frequency: Dram Frequency Ratio – selection factor for memory (1: 1 or 1: 1.33).
Dram Odd Ratio Mode – adding memory frequencies.
When choosing BCLK Frequency: Dram Frequency Ratio 1: 1, use the following frequencies: 800-3200 MHz in 100 MHz.
When choosing BCLK Frequency: Dram Frequency Ratio 1: 1.33, use the following frequencies: 800-4266 MHz in steps of 133 MHz.
When choosing BCLK Frequency: Dram Frequency Ratio – Auto and Dram Odd Ratio Mode – Auto will be available the whole range of memory frequencies of 800 to 4266 MHz in steps of 100 MHz and 133 MHz.
TPU – automatic overclocking motherboard forces. Are utilized memory settings incorporated in the BIOS, processor speed, the activation of its limits and so on. Acceleration typically occurs before the maximum Turbo multiplier rather than to frequencies above 5 GHz.
Load CPU 5G OC Profile – ASUS download the prepared profile to disperse K-processors up to 5 GHz.
CPU SVID Support – Enable or disable the processor to communicate with the storage system and manage it. It is better to turn off in overclocking.
Dram Timing Control – setting memory timings.
External Digi + Power Control – advanced settings of the voltage regulator of the processor, the memory, the PCH and others.
Internal CPU Power Management – manage processor power saving features and energy consumption limits.
Tweaker’s Paradise – auxiliary settings for overclocking.
CPU Core / Cache Current Limit Max – limit energy consumption of processor cores and cache memory.
Min CPU Cache Ratio – minimum factor of the cache memory.
Max CPU Cache Ratio – maximum multiplier of the cache memory.
BCLK Aware Adaptive Voltage – auxiliary setting to help improve stability when accelerating on BCLK bus.
CPU Core / Cache Voltage – Voltage setting for the type of job processing (automatic, manual, and an additional mode in the plus dress yourself exposes base voltage, and you either add regarding his or reduced.).
CPU overclocking temperature control – submenu with the fine-tuning of the processor on the temperature readings.
Dram Voltage – memory voltage from 1.0032 V to 2.0064 in steps of 0.0066 V.
CPU VCCIO Voltage – VCCIO voltage from 0.9 V to 1.8 V with a step of 0.0125 V. This voltage must be 0.2 V above the voltage VDDQ.
CPU System Agent Voltage – voltage ring bus and ring bus controller, from 0.7 V to 1.8 V with a step of 0.0125 V.
PCH Core Voltage – Voltage Southbridge (PCH), from 0.7 V to 1.8 V in increments of 0.01 V.
CPU Standby Voltage – auxiliary voltage processor, it is important to disperse the Kaby Lake and skylake. From 0.8 V to 1.6 V in increments of 0.01 V.
Dram REF Voltage Control – Auxiliary voltage for the memory. In the case of two different memory sets these settings help or finally all upset or find stability .
Motherboard TUF series motherboards are different from other first and foremost a crazy set of features cooling, monitoring and tuning fans.
Ten connectors for fan proof. Everyone can work in two modes: DC and PWM, that is supported by the connection pin 3 and pin 4. These added auxiliary temperature sensors.
One is located next to the power connector board, the other two – closer to the bottom. Unfortunately, the supplied sensors are not attached, and this, in my view, a great omission. Give opportunity to forget about such trifles … In addition to the ASUS sensors left the option of expanding the number of fans. EXT_FAN – this connector daughter board, a three-fan.
In sum, the review character has thirteen slots (with a daughter card) and three external temperature sensors. But that’s not all!
Nine embedded temperature sensors dispersed throughout the PCB surface. Add to this the three external sensors and the ability to connect via three sensor daughter board. Total on the motherboard can be placed up to fifteen temperature sensors.
Features – it’s good, but not least the convenience of setting, and for that the ASUS has a double solution. The first option – simple settings in the BIOS, you either themselves or automatically adjusts the operation of the fans. Let’s look at it.
This table will help you understand where the settings in the BIOS menu.
On the title tab, you will see the main parameters of the system: CPU temperature, external sensors, CPU fan speed, five case fans and stuff. Below are concentrated CPU voltage, 3.3 V , 5 V, 12 V is followed by a tab from the main menu.
The Thermal Radar Temperature concentrated parameters with twelve sensors of other components, including three external sensor.
The Q-Fan Configuration tabs more, and you can use the mode of Q-Fan Tuning for automatic configuration. The board itself will test the ability to connect fans and create profiles with optimal settings. In manual or semi-manual mode should go through the tabs Chassis Fan (s) Configuration, Asst. Fan (s) Configuration and Ext. Fan (s) Configuration.
Adjustable in several ways:
CPU Q-Fan Control – control and setting off, are included in the automatic mode, DC mode (3pin), PWM mode;
CPU Q-Fan Source – source *;
CPU Step Up – delay in seconds before the fan speed will be increased (0, 2.1, 2.8, 3.6, 4.2, 5.0, 6.3, 8.5, 12, 25 seconds);
CPU Step Down – delay in seconds before it will decrease the fan speed (0, 2.1, 2.8, 3.6, 4.2, 5.0, 6.3, 8.5, 12, 25 seconds);
CPU Speed Low Limit – minimum speed (ignored, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600 rev / min);
CPU Profile – standard, quiet, vysokooborotisty and manual mode *.
Hand profile gives you access to the following settings:
CPU Upper Temperature – the maximum temperature at which the fan speed will be set as a percentage of the maximum speed;
CPU Max. Duty Cycle% – the fan speed in percentage of the maximum speed;
CPU Middle Temperature – intermediate temperature at which the fan speed will be set as a percentage of the maximum speed;
CPU Middle Duty Cycle% – the fan speed in percentage of the maximum speed;
CPU Lower Temperature – minimum temperature at which the fan speed will be set as a percentage of the maximum speed;
CPU Lower Duty Cycle% – the fan speed in percentage of maximum speed.
Based on the recommendations given in the instructions, the maximum current to the CPU fan should not exceed 1 A.
Chassis Fan (s) Configuration
The section contains the settings for the six fans, including the latter can be activated to connect CBO pump.
Chassis Fan 1, 2 Chassis Fan, Chassis Fan 3:
These three fans are configured like the CPU , but with a few changes. The time interval to increase or decrease the speed increased to 204 seconds, including a step up stage.
Chassis Fan 4, Chassis Fan 5:
Setting up the fourth and fifth fan has some peculiarities. Removed the possibility to set time intervals of revolutions changes, but added option Allow Fan Stop, you can disable them completely when the temperature falls below the set Chassis Fan Lower Temperature.
For HAMP connector there are some restrictions. This connection can be used for consumer 1A above, but provided the compound 4 engaging pin. If you connect a device of three- core cable and consumption will be more than 1 A, it is necessary to disable the function Q-Fan. The rest of the configuration parameters are copied completely Chassis Fan 1, 2 Chassis Fan, Chassis Fan 3.
Asst. Fan (s) Configuration.
Setting ASST Fan Fan has some peculiarities. Removed the possibility to set time intervals of revolutions changes, but added option Allow Fan Stop, you can disable them completely when the temperature falls below the set Chassis Fan Lower Temperature.
Ext. Fan (s) Configuration.
Setting Extension Fan 1, Extension Fan 2, Extension Fan 3 Fan has some peculiarities. Removed the possibility to set time intervals of revolutions changes, but added option Allow Fan Stop, you can disable them completely when the temperature falls below the set Chassis Fan Lower Temperature.
W_PUMP + Control.
Configuring the connector to SVO pump. Unfortunately, managing to tie to something different other than the CPU temperature is not possible. Therefore, the pump will take all the time to analyze its temperature. But it is possible to set three reference points.
W_PUMP + Control – control and setting off, are included in the automatic mode, DC mode (3pin), PWM mode;
W_PUMP + Upper Temperature – the maximum temperature at which the pump speed will be set as a percentage of the maximum speed;
W_PUMP + Max. Duty Cycle% – pump speed as a percentage of the maximum speed;
W_PUMP + Middle Temperature – intermediate temperature at which the pump speed will be set as a percentage of the maximum speed;
W_PUMP + Middle Duty Cycle% – pump speed as a percentage of the maximum speed;
W_PUMP + Lower Temperature – minimum temperature at which the pump speed will be set as a percentage of the maximum speed;
W_PUMP + Lower Duty Cycle% – pump speed as a percentage of the maximum speed.
This connector is complete without a setting. Apparently, the engineers decided to forget about it and do not add the item in the BIOS, although the monitoring reports regularly about the connection of fans and provides its characteristics. Perhaps it will be submitted to the Ai Suite 3, but there is none. At the last moment it was decided to look it up on the F6 key in the BIOS, alas, there could contemplate only twelve options for fans.
Thermal Radar 2+ in action
On board there are two for the setup menu. The first – the text in the Monitor section. The second is activated by pressing F6 in the BIOS and provides a simple graphical interface.
CPU Fan, Chassis Fan 1, 2, 3, the HAMP
Moderate settings, you can not turn off the fan, can be set the time intervals increase or decrease the speed.
In PWM Mode exhibited only minimal fan speed at which it continues to rotate and start with the launch of the motherboard.
In DC Mode is impossible to put such speed that the fan is switched off completely. If you try to output Invalid Range error .
Similarly text settings in the BIOS.
Settings are not available, the possibility of bad.
Completely devoid of any settings except for speed monitoring.
Ample opportunities for setting up to off to DC and PWM modes, and subsequent cooling after turning off the system.
In PWM Mode elementary set low values of Duty Cycle and the fan is switched off when a low load on the CPU tethered sensor, VGA and others.
In DC Mode added Allow Fan Stop mode, but without it at a low temperature Fan Lower Temperature switched off.
Similarly text settings. Before making changes to recommend puzzled minimum fan speed and starting frequency. With this data, the motherboard will work and will not allow to put the graph below a certain percentage. Thus the process of detuning from the temperature dependence of fan speed should start with checking by pressing Q-Fan Tuning.
Another option is the ability to select a cooling time interval of BIOS. After switching off the PC ASST Fan will continue to rotate 1, 3, 5 or 10 minutes.
Average management settings, no temporary speed change intervals, settings are not the same in two different menus.
In PWM Mode the maximum temperature can not exceed 75 degrees Celsius. In this mode, you can set any speed, up to a complete stop.
In DC Mode can not completely turn off the unit, setting the minimum work – 20%.
Similarly text settings in the BIOS.
Chassis Fan 4, 5, the Ext 1, 2, 3
Average management settings, no temporary speed change intervals.
In PWM Mode the maximum temperature can not exceed 75 C. The ° with In the this the mode, the speed CAN not less See the set the BE than 20%, and also activate the fan off below a certain temperature tethered device.
In DC Mode can not completely disconnect the device, although the minimum working setting – 0%, and the fan continues to rotate.
Similarly text settings in the BIOS.
Preliminary results of the study of BIOS
Let’s start with the identified deficiencies. No visual understanding of what is now editing a connector. The ideal solution would be to add the image to the right in the BIOS during select a fan settings. And it would be nice to see the current status of the fan, especially of its momentum.
The average value of all hand-profiles can not be lowered below 60% of the maximum fan speed, which creates some inconvenience, and forces users to pre-select fans with silent operation at 60%. Or too high to exhibit an intermediate temperature , which leads to a linear type of work Q-Fan. There is no precise description (either online or in the instructions), the maximum current for the pump connector CBO.
Some connectors permissible limits in DC and PWM modes are completely different. In one case it was possible to get the motherboard to switch off the fans, connectors on the other – no.
To configure ASUS has created a special software . Theoretically, it is possible to do all of the above settings in the GUI, and very quickly, without understanding the subtleties of the process, what we try to do.
there are personalized to each fan, alas, often limited to a range of advance. For example, ASST Fan driven into a quadrilateral between 60% and 0 ° C 100% 75 ° C. There intervals increase and decrease speed and the fan stops.
In addition to the standard settings of turns can change the percentage bind to the three sensors. And this is perhaps the main feature of the configuration through the firmware. Do you want – only tie to the CPU temperature, and can be in equal shares to the processor and power supply system. The idea is original, and still no one has met. Moreover, unlike in the BIOS interface is easy to understand at what stage is the fan at this time.
Fans checked by the program? both separately and together. Sequentially select them, you give your own name and pick the type of location. Then begins the test.
At the end of the finished profile is issued with the minimum and maximum operating speed, the start point and the other.
And now the profile is applied to the fifth fan. Trying to get him to stop yet, had no effect on the job – he continues to spin. Only five minutes later, I saw a real change, he stopped. You can translate the fan connector 4 pin to a DC voltage, tick Fixed PRM Mode.
Of course, these types of visualization and setting more pleasant and friendly. Still, the best approach – is at an early stage to check the characteristics of the fans through the program, and then try to set the desired operating modes. Otherwise, the old profile will prevent select the least noisy band.
After all the manipulations do not forget to save the profile to the upgrade of its re-download the software.
In the final step tests the overall performance of the cooling system, are given recommendations and conclusions of the results averaged. We are all fine, all areas of the motherboard cool.
So, ASUS TUF Z270 Mark 1 is a unique option for a specific user layer. If you want a motherboard that is protected on all sides by the housing, without Pestryaev lights and made in an inconspicuous color, but equipped with two pairs of external ports USB 3.0, ample opportunities for setting up and connecting the fans, and offering an adequate overclocking Intel Kaby Lake least up to 4.5 GHz , it was found.
Of course, stay on it, will have to make compromises in the form of lack of POST-display (replaced by light-emitting diodes), one-touch buttons on and reset, the USB 3.1 connector for connection to the body, and yet the average compatible with high-frequency memory (steady acceleration only to 2933 MHz) . But, in my opinion, this is the case when Worth It.
After ASUS Z270 TUF Mark 1 can rightly give the award “unique design” for the appearance of thirteen fan connectors and pumps, a bunch of sensors and easy to use software to configure all this stuff.