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GIGABYTE Z170XP-SLI (Intel Z170) Motherboard Review (Page 4)

By: Steven Bassiri from Oct 28, 2015 @ 9:17 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Z170XP-SLI Circuit Analysis Continued

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The audio section is quite interesting because it is in line with more expensive GIGABYTE offerings. For starters, the ALC1150 is utilized along with a Texas Instruments OP1652 and 13x Nippon Chemi-Con audio grade electrolytic capacitors. There are 15x yellow LEDs located on the back of the PCB that illuminate the audio PCB divide. GIGABYTE is also using a Texas Instruments GD75232 drivers and receivers chip for COM port functionality.

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GIGABYTE decided to use the Intel i219v Intel LAN implementation instead of cheaper alternatives. Surprisingly this motherboard has a lot of legacy connectivity like LPT and two PCI slots. The two PCI slots are provided by this PCI-E 1x to 2x PCI bridge, the ASMedia ASM1083.

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The Z170XP-SLI does carry dual 64Mbit/8MB BIOS ROMs, which is interesting since most ROMs are now 128Mbit, but it doesn't seem to have a negative impact on the UEFI. GIGABYTe decided to use the iTE IT8628E as the SuperIO, which provides legacy connectivity, temperature and voltage monitoring, and fan control.

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Four ASMedia ASM1480 quick switches move 8x from the first 16x slot to the second for SLI/CrossFireX. The single ASM1480 all by itself in the image above handles switching bandwidth from the 4x slot to the second 1x slot.

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Two level shifters from NXP provide the different digital video outputs on the IO panel.

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