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BIOSTAR GAMING Z170X (Intel Z170) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Sep 28, 2015 2:17 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: BIOSTAR

GAMING Z170X Circuit Analysis Continued




This board includes the proper hardware for two HDMI 2.0 ports and uses two MegaChips MCDP2800BB ICs and an ASMedia ASM1445 to switch display output.





The motherboard has two NICs. The first is an Intel i219v and the second is the Killer e2201. Each NIC gets a SUPER LAN SURGE PROTECTION unit that consists of transformers and diodes to prevent LAN surge damage. This feature has made a tiny comeback on some Z170 motherboards and does provide a little extra protection.




An ASMedia ASM1142 provides USB 3.1 Type-C connectivity on the back panel. An IDT6V41542NLG provides an isolated BLCK input to the CPU for proper Skylake BLCK tuning.




The audio is powered by an ALC898 along with a pre-amp and amplifier (I couldn't find the manufacturer). BIOSTAR has also provided audio grade polymer film capacitors, audio grade electrolytic capacitors, gold plated outputs, and a PCB divide to spruce up the audio section.




The front panel bay isn't just for show. There is another amplifier as well as another codec for the audio; the CMedia CM120B, which provides the GAMING COMMANDER with audio features.




I was surprised to find two ASMedia ASM1464 USB re-drivers to strengthen two of the USB 3.0 signals going to the ports on the back panel IO since they are located far from the PCH. The iTE IT8625E provides all major SuperIO features like the PS/2 keyboard, voltage monitoring, and fan control and monitoring.




Six ASMedia ASM1480s switch PCI-E lanes between the three PCI-E 16x slots.

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