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Supermicro C7Z170-SQ (Intel Z170) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Oct 23, 2015 6:10 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Supermicro

C7Z170-SQ Circuit Analysis Continued




Supermicro uses the ASMedia ASM1142 for the single USB 3.1 Type-C connector on the backpanel IO. The C7Z170-SQ has a single Gbit NIC powered by Intel's WGI219V, which is the PHY for the integrated Gbit MAC in the PCH.





The Realtek ALC1150 is being used for the audio and is separated from the rest of the PCH through an isolated PCB. There is no amplifier that I can see, but audio should be high quality regardless. The back-side LEDs are directed towards the edge of the motherboard, and they are quite bright which some modders and enthusiasts might appreciate.




A 128Mbit (16MB) Winbond BIOS ROM sits in a socket so that you can pop it out and replace the BIOS if something happens to it. An ASM1442K is a level shifter used for the HDMI output on the backpanel IO.




Six ASMedia ASM1480s are PCI-E 3.0 quick switches which move 8x of PCI-E between three PCI-E slots for multi-slot operation. This is Intel's standard CPU PCI-E allotment. A nuvoTon NCT6792D is the main SuperIO on the motherboard. It helps with fan control, voltage monitoring, and other system features.

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