I look forward to your review if you are planning on doing one.
I was curious on what you thought about the location of the M.2 slot layout.
You know, I actually just pulled up the pics and specs from the Asus website
. This board isn't available yet, but it looks like Asus has quit making its ROG ITX board a study of how many oversized components could be attached to a single ITX board, and is instead focused on making the it the best ITX board on the market. The M.2 slot placement is perfect, and will allow ITX builders to actually use high-end M.2 drives, which they could not before due to overheating. It even has an included heatsink. Note that it also has a rear-mounted M.2 slot, meaning you have two M.2 slots on a single ITX board, which is incredible, but that rear slot still generally shouldn't be used except in ITX cases with airflow behind the motherboard.
The only other Z270 ITX board with this placement comes from AsRock with its mid-range Z270M-ITX/ac
, but it doesn't have a heatsink. Oddly, AsRock uses a conventional (bad) M.2 layout for its high-end Z270 Fatality board
My big question on the Asus ROG Strix Z270i is where the chipset heatsink went. This is what would usually go where the M.2 slot is, and where it still is on just about every other ITX board. Maybe it's so efficient it doesn't need a heatsink!
As for reviewing this new board, I'm still thinking about what sample build guides I'm going to publish for 2017. Considering a high-end system with a tempered glass case and a 7700K, as well as a new STX (ultra-small form factor) system using a dual-core chip. Not sure I'll be doing an ITX system unless a new case really strikes my fancy. Nothing caught my eye at CES last week, but more could be coming mid-year.