ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K6 Motherboard Review

Author: MAC
Date: January 3, 2017
Product Name: Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K6
Part Number: Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K6
Warranty: 3 Years
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Packaging & Accessories

Now that we have gone over the Z270 Gaming K6's features and specifications, it is time to examine the packaging and then crack open the box to take a look at the bundled accessories. Let's check it out:

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For this new generation, ASRock have unveiled completely redesigned packaging for their Gaming series models. What was once largely black with just a hint of red has been replaced by bold bright red design that is actually way cooler looking. The front of the packaging is still adorned with the usual array of badges and logos, the most prominent of which is obviously the Fatal1ty Gaming Gear designation - 'Fatal1ty' being the gamertag of former professional eSports player extraordinaire Johnathan Wendel - which has been exclusively licensed to ASRock for a number of years now, at least when it comes to motherboards.

The back of the box is packed with all the features that make this particular model unique in some way, and as you can see ASRock certainly believes that there are a number of such features. There is also a nice specifications list, as well as a handy diagram highlighting the connectivity on the rear I/O panel.

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Once you remove the outside packaging, you are greeted with an inner box - with a handle - that contains two separate sections, the top half contains the accessories, software and documentation, while the bottom half holds the motherboard in an anti-static bag.

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Usually, we have nothing more to say about how the motherboard is packaged, but ASRock have upped the game by protecting it in a nice foam cradle and also securing it with zip ties. We have never seen a motherboard this well protected from the bumps and bruises of shipping.

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The Z270 Gaming K6 has a fairly rudimentary accessories bundle in most respects, but there is one nifty bonus. There is the usual installation guide, software setup guide, driver & software DVD, as well as an ASRock sticker. There are also four SATA 6Gb/s cables, a nice colour-coded rear I/O shield, three screws for the three M.2 slots, and a SLI HB Bridge.

Although we mentioned it in the intro, we don't want to gloss over the fact that the SLI HB Bridge usually retails for $30 USD - and it's the most affordable of the high bandwidth SLI bridges currently available - so it is a very nice addition to this bundle for those who plan on running two GeForce GTX 1070's or GTX 1080's.

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