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GIGABYTE Z170X-Designare Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Aug 18, 2016 4:49 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Z170X-Designare Circuit Analysis Continued

 

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The Z170X-Designare uses a Realtek ALC1150 audio codec and an OPA1652 audio amplifier to improve audio quality. GIGABYTE also physically isolated the motherboard and added in 11x Nichicon Gold Plated Capacitors.

 

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GIGABYTE is using the Intel Alpine Ridge USB 3.1/ThunderBolt 3 to provide two USB 3.1 Type-C ports that don't have Thunderbolt 3 certification yet, but GIGABYTE expects to get the certification since they provide the controller with x4 PCI-E 3.0 and have a mini-DisplayPort input on the rear IO. Two Texas Instruments TPS65982 are used for Type-C port switching and USB Power Delivery 2.0 control. One big feature of this motherboard is the 100W USB power support that comes from a boost converter capable of 20V at 5A for 100W.

 

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The Z170X-Designare has many RGB LEDs that will illuminate the PCB divides on either side of the motherboard.

 

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The Z170X-Designare has two Intel NICs. The first is from the integrated MAC and uses the i219v PHY. The second is an Intel i211AT that is a standalone network controller - you can team the ports. The iTE IT8628E is the main Super IO in charge of temperature and voltage monitoring, fan control, and the PS/2 port on the rear IO panel. There are two 128Mbit 16MB BIOS ROMs that provide enough space for GIGABYTE's new UEFI.

 

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An iTE IT8792E acts as an embedded controller providing extra features such as better fan control and RGB strip control. A level shifter from NXP, the PTN3360DBS, provides the HDMI port on the rear IO from the digital video output from the integrated graphics in the CPU.

 

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Many ASMedia ASM1480s switch around PCI-E 3.0 from the CPU and the PCH.

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