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ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6 (Intel Z170) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Aug 7, 2015 1:38 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: ASRock

Circuit Analysis Continued

 

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ASRock has upgraded the basic Realtek ALC1150 codec with two Texas Instruments NE5532 which support up to 600ohm impedance, and has added nine Nichicon Gold Series electrolytic audio capacitors. ASRock also has divided the audio signals from the rest of the motherboard to reduce noise interference with a physical PCB divide, but there are no back-side LEDs like I have seen on some other boards.

 

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ASRock is using Qualcomm's Killer series e2400 1Gbit gaming NIC which was recently released. For USB 3.1 support on the IO panel ASRock is using an ASMedia ASM1142 for the actual PCI-E to USB 3.1 conversion and an EtronTech EJ179v which supports external power source logic control and up to 15W (5v@3A) of output power to USB 3.1 type-C devices.

 

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An IDT6V41542NLG is used as a secondary clock generator to provide much higher BLCK margins than the clock generator Intel provides. An ASMedia ASM1061 is used to provide two SATA6Gb/s ports.

 

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The nuvoTon NCT6791D provides SuperIO functionality such as temperature, voltage, and fan monitoring and control as well as the PS/2 port on the backpanel. To support each fan header and provide all of them with PWM support, ASRock is using a single nuvoTon NCT3942S for each header.

 

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ASRock provides two 128Mbit (16MB) BIOS ROMs in DIP sockets and a jumper to choose which BIOS is in play. To get DVI/HDMI out of the Skylake iGP, ASRock uses an ASmedia ASM1442K digital video to HDMI/DVI level shifter.

 

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A single NXP L04083B (PCI-E 3.0 quick switch) switches bandwidth between the M.2 slot and the two SATA ports (single SATA Express) discussed earlier. Four NXP L04083Bs switch 8x of bandwidth between the first and second PCI-E 16x slots for SLI/CrossFireX.

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