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Originally Posted by bawjawsOh, this is timely as I'm in the market for an mITX board. That said, it's a bit expensive for my tastes. I'm a bit surprised that Asus don't have an equivalent to their Z170i Pro Gaming, as that was the best Z170 mITX board imo, and I don't want to pay £200 for the equivalent the Maximus VIII impact.
Any chance you guys might be reviewing some of the Z270 mITX alternatives soon? :)
Originally Posted by edziebaIt's a fairly bog-standard ITX board. Of the Z270 ITX boards announced so far, the only two real standouts are the Asus RoG Strix Z270I, which has dual m.2 slots with one on the front with a heatsink and one on the back, and the ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming-ITX/ac, which is the only Z270 ITX board to have Thunderbolt (and unlike the Asus has a useful number of USB3 ports).
Originally Posted by ChaosDefinesOrderSomething worth mentioning/stressing about this board is that it has internal headers for BOTH USB 2.0 and 3.0 vs. Asus Z270i Strix with only USB 3.0 (and a 3.1 header with no cables available on the market - only Lian Li have a header-to-C cable and it's not available to buy yet!)
This is important for AIO Hydro coolers where they use a USB 2.0 header for control (e.g. Corsair H80i Link thingy) so you cannot plug this into the Asus Z270i as well as USB 3.0 front panel without a ridiculous adapter mess, but you can with this MSI board!
Originally Posted by Maki roleThe lack of USB2 headers on so many motherboards nowadays is really quite annoying. They're really handy for connecting up modern "smart" components. Coolers, PSUs, fans etc. all come with USB2 headers now. So it's very frustrating that now we have all the devices, yet the ports are disappearing. Sure you can just live without these features, but some are nice. Setting up custom fan profiles for PSUs, monitoring power usage, RGB-blah-blah you name it, when they all work these things are rather pleasant to have.
Originally Posted by TheMadDutchDudeUSB 2.0 is so last year. :D
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