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ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Pro Gaming Motherboard Review (Page 4)

By Steven Bassiri from May 8, 2017 @ 8:08 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: ASRock

Fatal1ty X370 Professional Gaming Circuit Analysis Continued

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ASRock made sure to use Realtek's ALC1220 with integrated headphone amplifier and added a secondary Texas Instruments NE5532 amplifier to drive the front panel connector's headphone output. Nichicon Gold Series audio capacitors and a physical PCB divide help to improve audio quality.

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An Aquantia AQC108 is a 5Gbit/2.5G/1G/100M NBase-T NIC, and it is the first of its kind. The Intel i211AT is used as a secondary NIC.

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An Intel 3168NGW Wireless AC chip provides 433Mbps wireless-AC. An ICS 9VRS4883BKLF clock generator to provide BCLK adjustment ability.

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Two Pericom PI3EQX re-drive the USB 3.1 signals from the chipset for the rear IO ports, and an ASMedia ASM1543 type-C switch and controller chip help improve USB 3.1 capabilities of the motherboard.

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An ASMedia ASM1184e PCI-E hub expands upon the basic PCI-E 2.0 (1 to 3) from the chipset so that all the extra controllers (SATA and WIFI) have enough bandwidth. Multiple NXP quick switches move around PCI-E bandwidth. Two ASMedia ASM1061 provide four extra SATA6Gb/s ports.

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The motherboard's main SuperIO is the nuvoton NCT6779D which provides the PS/2 port on the rear IO, helps control the fans, and ultimately monitors the system. A nuvoton N76E885AT20 provides RGB LED support.

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