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GIGABYTE Z170X-UD5 TH (Intel Z170) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Nov 13, 2015 11:15 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Z170X-UD5 TH Circuit Analysis Continued

 

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The main chip that provides the dual Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1, and DP 1.2 support is the Intel "Alpine Ridge" controller labeled DSL6540. To fully support USB power delivery 2.0 specifications, GIGABYTE uses two Texas Instruments TPS65982 USB PD 2.0 controllers (Intel's preferred controller).

 

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The "AMP-UP" and "Intel Inside" shields cover up a Realtek ALC1150 and an Intel i219v for audio and Gbit LAN. The audio section has a Texas Instruments OP1652 audio amplifier and 11 Nichicon Gold series audio capacitors. The audio section is clearly separated from the rest of the PCB, and the separation is illuminated by 14 yellow LEDs on the backside of the PCB.

 

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HDMI 2.0 is not part of the standard Z170 platform, so GIGABYTE implemented a Mega Chips MCDP2800BB to provide HDMI 2.0 functionality. Under the "Turbo B-Clock" cover is an ICS clock generator for higher BLCK overclocking margins.

 

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The main SuperIO on the motherboard is an IT8628E, which provides PS/2 support and fan, voltage, and temperature monitoring and support. Dual 128Mbit (16MB) BIOS ROMs provide "DualBIOS" functionality.

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