Overview of the ASRock Fatality Z270 Gaming K6 Motherboard

Recently, there has been released the announcement of the updated platform Intel LGA 1151 – to replace the processors Skylake, the model Kaby Lake has been offered to the user, and it marked the arrival of the next-generation of Intel products. Of course, this event coincided with the release of new chipsets, and then almost all manufacturers have presented motherboards on the new chipset. So, let’s have a quick glance at one of them – ASRock Fatality Z270 Gaming K6 motherboard.



Packaging and Equipment


The box is large, and therefore it is provided with a plastic handle for easy carrying on the top. At its bottom, there is a group of icons representing the support of various technological solutions. It is a special fun to see here the logos of the Intel “friends”, such as AMD and Nvidia. Three of these logos put together may cause cognitive dissonance with anyone even remotely familiar with the PC world.



Let us now look at the back side of the packaging. …

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Layout and Connectivity


In physical terms, Type-C is a bit larger than USB 2.0 Micro-B but a bit tinier than binary USB 3.0 Micro-B, featuring 8.34x2.56 mm. Such dimensions enable its connection to the devices of any type, including the thinnest smartphones/tablets. The oval-shaped socket houses 24 contact outputs (to compare: USB 3.0 sockets feature only 9 outputs).


The most outstanding physical peculiarity of Type-C is a symmetric connector that …

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Arctic Freezer i11/A11 consists of an aluminum heatspreader with forty-five plates, three U-shape copper heatpipes, and one 92 mm fan. The heatpipes are thought to support direct contact technology that dramatically improves heat transfer process.


The implemented fan is developed on a fluid dynamic bearing and is equipped with a PWM controller. The latter assures that the blades could change their rotational speed within the ranges from 500 RPM to 2000 RPM. Herein, the maximal airflow …
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