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The Coolest Things at CES 2017 from GIGABYTE & AORUS

By: Steven Bassiri | Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Jan 11, 2017 8:34 pm

The Z270X-Gaming SOC

 

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GIGABYTE's new overclocking motherboard is not under the AORUS name, but instead under GIGABYTE's gaming lineup. The Z270X-Gaming SOC was the motherboard used during HWBot's World Tour in GIGABYTE's ballroom at CES 2017. The motherboard features a plethora of overclocking features, a unique PCI-E layout, and minimal footprint.

 

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At the bottom of the motherboard, you get the typical POST code display and onboard switches, along with a Turbo button, and +/- buttons of multiplier overclocking. However, for the first time, GIGABYTE has added in their OC panel.

 

The OC panel offers six fan headers (I would assume full speed headers), BCLK and Multiplier +/- buttons, CPU Mode Switch, iGPU disable switch, Trigger Switch, and Clear Battery button to name a few of the most unique features. There are also many more voltage read points than on any GIGABYTE motherboard. The only thing missing is a POST Code display.

 

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Alongside two typical dual-lane ASMedia quick switches are four NXP single-lane quick switches. The NXP switches are a surprise, and I am not sure exactly what they do, but perhaps they switch bandwidth between the x4 slots. The VRM uses eight true phases for the CPU VCore and four phases for the iGPU. The VCCIO and VCCSA each get their own phases. The CPU VCore and iGPU phases are powered by IR PowIRstages.

 

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The motherboard also features a U.2 port, two right angled USB 3.0 type-A ports, and eight SATA ports.

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