The ASRock Fatal1ty H270 Performance is a mid range socket LGA1151 motherboard based on the Intel H270 chipset, supporting the sixth (“Skylake”) and seventh (“Kaby Lake”) generation Core i processors. It brings two PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, six SATA-600 ports, and eight USB 3.0 ports, one of them Type C. Let’s take a good look at it!

The recently launched Intel H270 chipset is the mid range model of the new 200-series. The main differences between the H270 and the high-end chipset, the Z270, is the support to 20 PCI Express 3.0 lanes (the Z270 supports 24 PCI Express 3.0 lanes), eight USB 3.0 ports (the Z270 supports ten,) the impossibility to slit the CPU PCI Express 3.0 16 lanes in two slots working at x8/x8 (or even three slots in x8/x4/x4,) besides the H270 having no support for overclocking like the Z270.

Like the high-end model, the H270 supports the future Intel Optane technology, which is a new standard for high-end SSDs, Smart Response (installing an SSD as a cache for the main hard drive), Smart Connect (allowing the computer to receive emails and refresh webpages while in sleep mode), and Rapid Start (faster boot times) technologies.

You can see the ASRock Fatal1ty H270 Performance motherboard in Figure 1. It uses the ATX form factor, measuring 12” x 9.6” (305 x 244 mm).

ASRock Fatal1ty H270 Performance

Figure 1: ASRock Fatal1ty H270 Performance motherboard