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GIGABYTE X170-Extreme ECC (Intel C236) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Jun 10, 2016 4:11 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Steven's Motherboard Test System Specifications





The X170-Extreme ECC looks very sleek, and the RGBs are yellow by default and it creates a very nice gold effect.



The new test bench is designed to test every aspect of the motherboard and IO. I have designed it so that the motherboard sits in a case and is cooled by fans always-on at a constant rate to keep the conditions similar during all tests. I have cut out part of the case behind the motherboard so I can get thermal images of the back of the PCB where the VRM heat spreads. System and CPU power measurements are now digitally logged.


I am also using a Netgear Nighthawk X4 AC2350 for our network (including wireless AC) tests. The latest M.2, SSD, and USB technologies are also being utilized to test the maximum potential of the motherboards that are tested.



ECC Memory




I decided to use ECC memory modules with the X170-Extreme ECC, and in this case, Kingston provided 32GB made up of four KVR21E15D8/8HA modules.




ECC memory is designed to help the system avoid errors in memory. These errors are almost unpreventable; background ration causes random bit flips within memory. At the extreme side of things, there can be five single bit errors in 8GB of RAM per hour. ECC memory uses extra memory to provide extra bits for an error-correcting mode that is executed by the chipset. For ECC memory to work you must use a processor compatible with ECC, in this case, we are using an Intel Xeon E3-1275 v3.

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