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BIOSTAR X370GT7 Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket AM4 in Motherboards | Posted: Apr 14, 2017 12:47 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: BIOSTAR

X370GT7 Circuit Analysis Continued

 

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BIOSTAR is using the ALC1220 and two sense amplifiers for the rear and front headphone outputs. Five Nichicon Gold series audio capacitors and physical PCB division help to improve overall audio quality.

 

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BIOSTAR is using a Realtek RT8118AS instead of the RT8111 series; it offers a few more features than the common Realtek Gbit NIC. A surge protection IC labeled "Super LAN" is located near the RJ-45 port.

 

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An SATA based 240GB M.2 drive is provided in the package. It is a single sided module, so the M.2 heat sink is more effective. An ELAN eKTF5832 touch controller is used to control the touch panel.

 

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A Texas Instruments SN75DP159 DisplayPort to HDMI retime is used to produce the HDMI 2.0 port on the rear IO panel. Two IC's labeled "209N" seem to be USB 3.0 redrivers for the Lightening Charger USB 3.0 internal header. Two Axelite AX3116 5A step-down converters work to improve current capabilities for the Lightening Charger USB 3.0 internal header.

 

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An ASMedia ASM1543 USB 3.1 type-C switch and controller is used for the rear USB 3.1 type-C port. To improve the signal quality of the USB 3.1 from the chipset, two Pericom PI3EQZ100 re-drivers are used.

 

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An ITE IT8625E SuperIO is in charge of system monitoring and fan control. It also provides the PS/2 port on the rear IO. Four ASMedia ASM1480 are used to switch x8 PCI-E 3.0 between the first and second x16 slots.

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