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GIGABYTE Z170X-Designare Motherboard Review

GIGABYTE Z170X-Designare Motherboard Review
GIGABYTE's Z170X-Designare motherboard based on Intel's Z170 chipset comes loaded basically to the max with features. Let's take a close look.
By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Aug 18, 2016 4:49 pm
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TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Introduction

 

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Intel's Z170 chipset launched almost a year ago, but that has not stopped manufacturers from producing refreshed models with new features or newer aesthetics (RGB LEDs). At Computex, GIGABYTE launched the X99-Designare EX and Z170X-Designare, providing their Ultra Durable line of motherboards a rebirth. Both motherboards carry features aimed at enthusiasts who want a mainstream motherboard with the latest in consumer technologies. The Designare name would hint that the product is for those who want to design their own systems. The Z170X-Designare offers RGB LEDs in multiple sections of the motherboard, hence facilitating more colorful case mods and accessories.

 

 

Apart from the purely aesthetic RGB LEDs, the Z170X-Designare is quite formidable in regards to features. It is one of few Z170 motherboards to carry a U.2 port and an M.2 slot, it has dual Intel NICs, and it has dual USB Type-C ports with a whopping 100W power output support. USB Power Delivery 2.0 specification mentions a 100W Type-C power mode, which would require 20v output at 5A. The highest DC voltage outputted by the main PSU is only 12V, so a boost converter is required to produce 20V output, and GIGABYTE's Z170X-Designare has one to facilitate the ports. At first glance, the Z170X-Designare doesn't look like much, but let's take a look and see if we encounter any surprises.

 

 

Specifications

 

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The GIGABYTE Z170X-Designare has a lot of high-end features including Intel USB 3.1, U.2, M.2, SATA Express, support for 3-way Intel 750 RAID, and even dual Intel Gbit NICs.

 

 

Pricing

 

The Z170X-Designare is available from many large retailers for roughly $250.

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