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ASRock Z170M OC Formula (Intel Z170) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Jun 14, 2016 6:15 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: ASRock

Z170M OC Formula Circuit Analysis Continued

 

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ASRock is using the ALC1150 with two NE5532 amplifiers for the rear and front panel headphone outputs. ASRock is also using a physical PCB divide for the audio domain and nine Nichicon Gold series electrolytic capacitors to improve audio performance.

 

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An ASMedia ASM1142 is used for the backpanel USB 3.1 type-A and type-C. An EtronTech EJ179V is used as the USB 3.1 type-C switch and power delivery controller.

 

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ASRock is using the Intel i219v Gbit PHY to compliment the Gbit MAC integrated into the PCH. The extra two SATA6Gb/s ports are from the ASMedia ASM1061.

 

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ASRock is using the IDT 6v41542NLG for the clock buffer for better BCLK overclocking. The main SuperIO on the motherboard is a nuvoTon NCT6791D, which is quite common and should be compatible with many software applications.

 

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Four NXP L04083B PCI-E 3.0 quick switches move 8x of CPU PCI-E 3.0 bandwidth between the first two slots. There is one other switch located near the PCH region for switching SATA bandwidth. There are eight yellow LEDs on the backside of the PCB that illuminate the ASRock logo on the edge of the motherboard.

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