On Board Peripherals
The Intel H270 chipset is a single-chip solution, which is also known as a PCH (Platform Controller Hub). This chip has six SATA-600 ports, supporting RAID (0, 1, 10, and 5). Two of these ports are shared with the M.2 slots.
The motherboard comes with the six ports, all of them installed on the motherboard edge and rotated 90°, so the installation of video cards will not block them.
Figure 6: the eight SATA-600 ports
The Intel H270 chipset supports 14 USB 2.0 ports and eight USB 3.0 ports. The ASRock Fatal1ty H270 Performance offers seven USB 2.0 ports, two on the rear panel and five available through three headers located on the motherboard. There are eight USB 3.0 ports, four on the rear panel (one type C and three type A) and four available through two headers.
The ASRock Fatal1ty H270 Performance does not support USB 3.1, FireWire, or Thunderbolt ports.
This motherboard comes with a high-end audio circuit. It uses a Realtek ALC1220 codec, which offers 7.1 audio with a 120 dBA signal-to-noise ratio at the analog outputs. Unfortunately, no more specs of this codec are available.
All the audio section is physically separated from the other circuitry by a line that reduces the interference and helps the audio section to achieve its nominal signal-to-noise ratios. All the capacitors on this circuit are audio models from the Japanese manufacturer Nichicon. The analog audio outputs are independent and the motherboard also comes with an on-board optical SPDIF output. There is also a TI NE5532 op-amp for earphones.
The portrayed motherboard has one Gigabit Ethernet port controlled by an Intel I219V chip.
In Figure 7, you can see the motherboard rear panel with two USB 2.0 ports (black,) a shared PS/2 keyboard/mouse connector, VGA output, DVI-D output, HDMI output, one Gigabit Ethernet port, one USB 3.0 Type C port, three USB 3.0 Type A ports (blue,) optical SPDIF output, and the analog audio jacks.
Figure 7: motherboard rear panel
The Fatal1ty H270 Performance has RGB LEDs around the chipset heatsink and at the white plastic shield. The color of the lights and even a flashing pattern can be set using an application that comes with the product.
In Figure 8, you can see the accessories that come with the ASRock Fatal1ty H270 Performance.
Figure 8: accessories