Overview

Features

  • 5-Way Optimization - One-click system-wide tuning that now also senses GPU temperatures to ensure cooler gaming
  • ASUS Aura Sync - World’s 1st synced RGB lighting with easy controls to orchestrate Aura Sync-capable hardware
  • 3D Printing Friendly - 1st motherboard brand to support 3D-printed parts, with dedicated 3D mounts for easy installation
  • Refined Audio - Realtek S1220A codec provides pristine and powerful audio quality
  • 5X Protection III: Multiple hardware safeguards to protect components from damage by power or electrical surges

PRIME

ASUS Prime is the next evolution of the ASUS motherboard, born of a pedigree that stretches back to 1989. Our team of world-class engineers are passionate about empowering everyone to enjoy the benefits of customization and tuning, and the driving force behind the development of Prime is to make advanced enthusiast controls easily accessible maximizing performance, stability and compatibility for the very best DIY PC experiences. Simply stated: it's time for Prime.

Power At Your Fingertips

One-click Overclock and Cooling

Get performance, efficiency, digital power, fan control and even networking and audio tuning tailored for you

One click takes care of all that complex tuning. ASUS 5-Way Optimization makes your PC smart. It dynamically optimizes essential aspects of your system based on real-time usage so you get superb CPU performance, everyday energy savings, ultra-stable digital power, cool and quiet fans, and now networking and audio settings that are tailored to your apps. In short, 5-Way ASUS Optimization ensures that your PC is perfect for gaming, entertainment and productivity!

  • Games run swiftly and smoothly with high performance, prioritized bandwidth and vivid sound.
  • Fans stay whisper-quiet for everyday computing, and ensure extreme cooling efficiency when gaming.
  • Stutter is eliminated for smooth-running apps, even under heavy loading.
  • Energy waste is reduced so you'll save money.

CPU performance boost

TPU

Unleash your PC's full performance with the ASUS AI Suite 3 utility! The TurboV processing unit offers precise voltage control and advanced monitoring for the CPU and graphics card, enabling great freedom to adjust CPU frequencies and ratios for optimized performance while also maximizing the potential of your graphics card*.

*ASUS GT 700 or later graphics card

Energy efficient design

EPU

With the Energy Processing Unit you'll enjoy system-wide power savings with CPU-wattage reductions of up to 12W*! The EPU automatically optimizes power consumption and maximizes savings with Away mode: A setting that creates an extreme energy-saving scenario by shutting down unused I/O controllers and reducing power to the graphics cards while you're away.

*Testing configuration:
Intel LGA1151 i5-7400T, 35W | PRIME Z270-A | DRAM: Samsung 2133MHz 8GB*2 | PSU : Seasonic 400W (SS-400FL, efficiency 90% @ 20% loading) | Fan:VETTE Cooler| HDD : Samsung SSD 840 PRO 256GB| Display Output: HDMI| Windows 10

Flexible cooling controls for air and liquid

Fan Xpert 4

ASUS Prime Z270-AR features the most comprehensive fan controls ever, configurable via Fan Xpert 4 and UEFI BIOS.

  • Multiple temperature sources - Each header monitors and reacts to three thermal sensors that can now also sense temperature on ASUS graphics cards*.
  • All-in-one water-cooling set - Full control of PWM or DC water pumps, perfect for both custom and self-contained cooling setups.
  • 4-pin PWM/DC fan - Every onboard header supports auto-detection of PWM or DC fans.
  • High-amp fan support - A dedicated fan header that can supply up to 3 Amps, for high-speed high-current fans.
  • Smart protection - A dedicated integrated circuit protects each fan header from over-temperature and overcurrent.
  • Fan Extension Header

Precise digital power control

DIGI+ Power Control

Power control is one of the most essential motherboard designs. Intelligent CPU-power-draw detection with ASUS Digi+ Power Control is an innovative, industry-leading technology that fully complies with IntelIMVP8 specifications, increasing overclocking potential, enhancing system stability, and improving power efficiency with superior flexibility and accurate control.

App specific optimization for professionals and gamers

Turbo App

Whether you're a business professional or hardcore gamer, you'll feel the benefit of the ASUS-exclusive Turbo App. Its intuitive tuning panel boosts a range of hardware: Overclocking the CPU, tuning the fans, prioritizing network data and optimizing audio settings all with automated ease!

OC Design ASUS PRO Clock Technology

A dedicated base-clock generator designed for 7th Generation Intelprocessors allows overclocked base clock frequencies up to or beyond 425MHz*. This custom solution works in tandem with the ASUS TurboV processing unit to enhance voltage and base-clock overclocking control providing an exciting new way to boost performance to extreme heights.

Advantages of Pro Clock

  • Reduced boot time
  • Lower jitter under extreme conditions for overclocks
  • Increased stability under heavy overclocking

*BCLK overclocking range will vary according to CPU capabilities, cooling, motherboard support and tuning options. Ranges up to 650MHz are possible under select conditions.

 

DDR4 Overclocking Strength in Numbers

Third-generation ASUS T-Topology allows memory frequencies that are higher than ever to 3866MHz and beyond. Refined manufacturing ensures ultra-consistent quality and minimal crosstalk between custom trace paths, so you'll enjoy the thrill of overclocking DDR4 with time-aligned signaling for superior stability and compatibility.

Hardware Upgrade Zone | SLI HB bridge (2-WAY-M)

The new ASUS SLI HB bridge doubles the available transfer bandwidth to provide silky-smooth surround gaming. Compatible with NVIDIA Titan X, GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 graphics cards, SLI HB bridge is your fast track to gaming greatness.

Native M.2/NVMe PCIe RAID Support for Lightning Fast Storage Speed

Not satisfied with single-storage device read/write speeds? Then join the fast lane and build a RAID 0 array using two PCIe storage drives to enjoy data transfers at lightning speeds!

 M.2+M.2

 M.2+PCIe

 PCIe + U.2 via Hyper Kit*

Connect with Unparalleled Speeds

Intel Optane Memory Ready

Intel Optane Memory* is a revolutionary (non-volatile memory) technology supported by Prime 200-series motherboards. Intel Optane Memory modules accelerate attached storage to reduce boot and load times, so everything feels faster and more responsive.

*Supports 7th Generation Intelprocessors. Requires driver and BIOS update.

Speed Up with Onboard M.2 Up to 32Gb/s

With x4 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 bandwidth, M.2 supports up to 32Gb/s data-transfer speeds. It is the perfect choice for an operating system or application drive, making your whole PC or professional apps work as fast as possible.

10Gb/s USB 3.1 Onboard

With backward-compatible USB 3.1 Type-A and reversible USB 3.1 Type-C ports, you'll experience ultimate connection flexibility and blazing data-transfer speeds of up to 10Gb/s (twice as fast as standard USB 3.0).

ThunderboltEX 3 for Blistering Speeds and USB-C Connectivity

Prime Z270-AR supports the ThunderboltEX 3 card for breathtaking bi-directional Thunderbolt 3 transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps, 4x USB speeds, 2x video bandwidth; and for reversible USB 3.1 Type-C compatibility as well as high-powered 36W charging!

Media-acclaimed UEFI BIOS

The smoothest, slickest mouse-controlled graphical BIOS has been improved to make it even more appealing. Whether you're a PC novice or a seasoned overclocker, EZ and Advanced modes help you find your way, quickly and easily.

EZ Flash 3 - Update the BIOS via the internet, without leaving the BIOS interface.

S.M.A.R.T - Check your storage device Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology logs to gauge reliability and possibly to determine potential failures.

EZ Tuning Wizard - Streamline your RAID configuration for faster data retrieval and backups.

My Favorite - Quickly find tuning options and add preferred tools to the list.

EZ mode

  • Intuitive graphical fan control - Fine-tune individual fans simply by dragging a curve with the mouse.
  • EZ XMP - Improve DRAM performance with a click.
  • SATA information - Easily display SATA port details for device identification.
  • Fast clock adjustment - Use mouse controls to quickly change time and date settings.

Advanced mode

  • Last modified log - Track last change and save preferred profiles onto a USB drive.
  • SATA port renaming - Rename SATA ports for easy identification.

Aura Sync and Audio Enhancement

Outshine The Competition | ASUS Aura Sync technology for distinctive lighting effects

Aura Sync takes RGB lighting beyond the checkbox, combining and controlling the LEDs of your Aura-enabled products from a single application so you can achieve perfect, synchronized lighting harmony. Aura lets you sync light effects across your graphics card, Prime Z270-AR motherboard, and an ever-growing portfolio of Aura-enabled products.

Note: Synchronization between ASUS motherboard, graphics card and peripherals is enabled and controlled by ASUS Aura-ready motherboards. Visit the support page for your Aura-enabled motherboard and download Aura software by clicking Driver &ols > Utilities.

Brighten Up Your Build | ASUS Aura lighting control

A well-tuned system deserves a matching aesthetic. ASUS Aura offers full RGB lighting control with a variety of functional presets for built-in RGB LEDs as well as LED strips connected to the onboard 4-pin RGB headers all of which can be synced with an ever-growing portfolio of Aura Sync-capable ASUS hardware

  • Static
  • Breathing
  • Strobing
  • Rainbow
  • Color Cycle
  • Comet
  • Flash&sh
  • Wave
  • Glowing Yoyo
  • Starry Night
  • Music Effect
  • CPU Temperature

Exclusive Audio Features

Realtek codec and unique design features for pristine, powerful audio

ASUS Prime Z270-AR utilizes a unique audio codec designed in close collaboration with Realtek the Realtek S1220A. It also features an unprecedented 120dB signal-to-noise ratio for the stereo line-out and a 113dB SNR for the line-in, providing pristine audio quality. Additionally, a new impedance-sensing circuit automatically adjusts gain to ensure the optimal volume range for your headphones.

Flawless Audio That Makes You Part of The Game Crystal Sound 3

Clean Power

  • Power pre-regulator - Reduces power-input noise to ensure consistent performance.

Noise isolation

  • Audio shielding - Ensures precision analog/digital separation and greatly reduced multi-lateral interference.
  • Separate layer for left and right tracks - Ensures both channels deliver consistent, equal quality.

Audio Enjoyment

  • Audio amplifier - Internal audio amplifier produces robust, high-quality sound for headphones and speakers.
  • De-pop circuit - Reduces start-up popping noise to all audio outputs.
  • Audio capacitors made in Japan - Premium parts provide warm and immersive sound with exceptional clarity and fidelity.

Intel Ethernet | More throughput, less CPU usage and great gaming experiences

Prime Z270-AR features the very latest Intel Ethernet for faster, smoother gaming. Intel's LAN has the serious double advantage of reducing CPU overhead and offering exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput. This significantly reduces the processor's workload, so there's more power for your game!

Turbo LAN | Network-optimization software for customizable packet prioritization

Turbo LAN with cFosSpeed traffic-shaping technology adds even more lag-reducing support and an intuitive user interface. It allows you to lower lag with no expert knowledge by up to 1.45x! If you're a tweaker, use Advanced mode for hardcore controls.

Specifications

CPU

Intel Socket 1151 for 7th/6th Generation Core i7/Core i5/Core i3/
Pentium/Celeron Processors 

Supports Intel 14 nm CPU

Supports Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 

* The Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 support depends on the CPU types.

* Refer to www.asus.com for CPU support list

Chipset

Intel Z270

Memory

4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR4 3866(O.C.)/3733(O.C.)/3600(O.C.)/3466(O.C.)/
3400(O.C.)/3333(O.C.)/3300(O.C.)/3200(O.C.)/3000(O.C.)/2800(O.C.)/2666(O.C.)/
2400(O.C.)/2133 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory 

Dual Channel Memory Architecture 

Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

* Refer to www.asus.com for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).

* The maximum memory frequency supported varies by processor.

Graphic

Integrated Graphics Processor- Intel HD Graphics support 

- Supports HDMI 1.4b with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz

Maximum shared memory of 1024 MB

Multi-GPU Support

Supports NVIDIA 2-Way SLI Technology 

Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX Technology

Expansion Slots

2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8) 

1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (max at x4 mode) 

4 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x1

Storage

1 x M.2 Socket 3, , with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support 
(SATA mode & PCIE mode)*1

1 x M.2 Socket 3, , with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support 
(PCIE mode only)*2

6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray

Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10

Intel Rapid Storage Technology 15 support

Supports Intel Smart Response Technology*3

Intel Optane Memory Ready *4

LAN

Intel I219V, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)

ASUS Turbo LAN Utility

ASUS LAN Guard

Audio

Realtek ALC S1220A 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC featuring 
Crystal Sound 3

- Impedance sense for front and rear headphone outputs

- Internal audio Amplifier to enhance the highest quality sound for headphone and speakers

- Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel MIC Jack-retasking

- High quality 120 dB SNR stereo playback output and 113 dB SNR recording input (Line-in)

- Front panel audio connector (AAFP)

- Supports up to 32-Bit/192kHz playback *5

Audio Feature

- DTS Connect

- DTS Headphone:X 

- Audio Shielding: Ensures precision analog/digital separation and greatly reduced 
multi-lateral interference

- Dedicated audio PCB layers: Separate layers for left and right channels to guard the 
quality of the sensitive audio signals

- Premium Japanese-made audio capacitors: Provide warm, natural and immersive sound 
with exceptional clarity and fidelity

- Unique de-pop circuit: Reduces start-up popping noise to audio outputs

- EMI protection cover to prevent electrical noise to affect the amplifier quality

- Power pre-regulator: Reduces power input noise to ensure consistent performance

Separate layer for left and right track, ensuring both sound deliver equal quality

USB Ports

ASMedia USB 3.1 controller

1 x USB 3.1 port(s) (1 at back panel, teal blue, Type-A, Support 3A power output)

ASMedia USB 3.1 controller

1 x USB 3.1 port(s) (1 at back panel, , Type-C, Support 3A power output)

Intel Z270 Chipset

6 x USB 3.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, , 2 at mid-board)

Intel Z270 Chipset

6 x USB 2.0 port(s) (6 at mid-board)

Special Features

OC Design - ASUS PRO 
Clock Technology

- Full BCLK range for extreme overclocking performance

5-Way Optimization by Dual 
Intelligent Processors 5

- Whole system optimization with a single click! 5-Way Optimization tuning key 
perfectly consolidates TPU, EPU, DIGI+ Power Control, Fan Xpert 4, and Turbo 
App together, 
providing better CPU performance, efficient power saving, precise digital power control, 
whole system cooling and even tailor your own app usages.

ASUS 5X Protection III

- ASUS SafeSlot Core: Fortified PCIe Slot prevents damage

- ASUS LANGuard: Protects against LAN surges, lightning strikes and 
static-electricity discharges!

- ASUS Overvoltage Protection: World-class circuit-protecting power design

- ASUS Stainless-Steel Back I/O: 3X corrosion-resistance for greater durability!

- ASUS DIGI+ VRM: 8 Phase digital power design

ASUS TPU

- Auto Tuning

- GPU Boost 

ASUS EPU

- EPU 

AURA

- Aura Lighting Control

- Aura RGB Strip Headers

- Aura Lighting Effects Synchronization with compatible ASUS ROG devices

ASUS Exclusive Features

- MemOK!

- AI Suite 3

- Ai Charger 

- Turbo LAN

- Crystal Sound 3

- EZ XMP ASUS Exclusive Features

- PC Cleaner

File Transfer

- Cloud GO!

- File Transfer

ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution :

- Stylish Fanless Design Heat-sink solution

- ASUS Fan Xpert 4

ASUS EZ DIY

- Precision Tweaker 2

- ASUS O.C. Tuner

- ASUS O.C. Profile

- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 

- ASUS EZ Flash 3 

- ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode

- Multi-language BIOS

CPU Installation Tool

- Three-step simplicity and safety

ASUS Q-Design

- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)

- ASUS Q-Slot

- ASUS Q-DIMM 

- ASUS Q-Connector

Special Memory O.C. Design

Overclocking Protection

- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

Turbo APP

Back I/O Ports

1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)

1 x HDMI

1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)

1 x USB 3.1 Type-A

1 x USB 3.1 Type-C

4 x USB 3.0 

1 x Optical S/PDIF out

5 x Audio jack(s)

Internal I/O Ports

1 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 port(s) (19-pin)

3 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 6 USB 2.0 port(s)

1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support 
(SATA mode & PCIE mode)

1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support 
(PCIE mode only)

6 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)

1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin)

1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin)

2 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (2 x 4 -pin)

1 x Thunderbolt header(s)

1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)

1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)

1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)

1 x System panel(s) (Q-Connector) (Chassis intrusion header is inbuilt)

1 x 5-pin EXT_FAN(Extension Fan) connector

1 x MemOK! button(s)

1 x CPU OV

1 x Power-on button(s)

1 x Clear CMOS jumper(s)

1 x 14-1 pin TPM connector

1 x COM port header

1 x High AMP Fan header (4-pin)

1 x T_Sensor Connector

1 x AIO PUMP Header

2 x 3D Mount screw port(s)

Accessories

User's manual

I/O Shield

3 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)

1 x M.2 Screw Package

1 x CPU installation tool

1 x Supporting DVD

1 x SLI HB BRIDGE(2-WAY-M)

1 x Q-connector(s) (1 in 1)

BIOS

128 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 3.0, ACPI 6.0, 
Multi-language BIOS, 

ASUS EZ Flash 3, CrashFree BIOS 3, F11 EZ Tuning Wizard, F6 Qfan Control, 
F3 My Favorites, Last Modified log, 

F12 PrintScreen, and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information.

Manageability

WfM 2.0, DMI 3.0, WOL by PME, PXE

Operating System

Windows 10 64-bit

Windows 8.1 64-bit *6

Windows 7 32-bit *6

Windows 7 64-bit *6

Form Factor

ATX Form Factor 

12.0 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )

Note

*1. The M.2_1 socket shares SATA_1 port when use M.2 SATA mode device. 
Adjust BIOS settings to use a SATA device.

*2. The M.2_2 socket shares SATA_56 ports when use M.2 PCIE mode device in X4 mode. 
Adjust BIOS settings to use M.2 PCIE devices in X4 mode.

*3. These functions will work depending on the CPU installed.

*4.Intel Optane Technology is only supported when using 7th Generation Intel processors. 
Before using Intel Optane memory modules, ensure that you have updated your 
motherboard drivers and BIOS to the latest version from ASUS support website.

*5. Due to limitations in HDA bandwidth, 32-Bit/192kHz is not supported for 
8-Channel audio. 
32-Bit/192kHz is only available under Windows 10.

*6. Windows 8.1 64-bit and Windows 7 32/64-bit are only supported when using 
6th Generation Intel Processors

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