Socket / CPU
Black / Silver
SATA 3Gb/s Ports
SATA 6Gb/s Ports
SATA Express Ports
PCI-E x16 Slots
PCI-E x8 Slots
PCI-E x4 Slots
PCI-E x1 Slots
Depends on CPU
Onboard USB3.0 Headers
SATA 6 Gb/s
- 36 points
- 3 months ago
from completed build Wastelander - Mini ITX Powerhouse
Solid motherboard. Having a 'clear cmos' button was super handy for overclocking. No fancy plastic shrouds and subtle LED at the bottom.
I'm not familiar with power phases but I haven't noticed anything detrimental to performance based on expectations
- 14 points
- 4 months ago
from completed build White Dwarf
Great 300-series board for an ITX build.
- Thunderbolt 3 port on an ITX board is great to have for I/O expansion (since it only has one PCIe slot)
- Was easy enough for a first time builder/overclocker to get a stable 5.0GHz w/ an i3-8350k
- Took Corsair LPX Vengeance 3200 XMP profile just fine
- Builtin WiFi works great on Windows, the included antenna seems decent for 5GHz WiFi
- No RAM clearance issues with metioned RAM and Noctua NH-D15
- Only three fan headers, only one of which van variably drive 3-pin fans (but thankfully can). All can drive 4-pin PWM fans well though.
- Bit pricey compared to other Z300-series boards at the time ($290!)
Minus a star for the fan header statement, which IMO is important in a "gaming" board meant for overclocking and thus needing to handle some additional cooling. Perhaps that's harsh, it's really my only complaint other than the price.