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MSI X299 Gaming M7 ACK Motherboard Review (Page 4)

By Steven Bassiri from Aug 2, 2017 @ 11:55 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: MSI

X299 Gaming M7 ACK Circuit Analysis Continued

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MSI is using a novel method of using two Realtek Codecs instead of one and a second amplifier. The method used here ensures that both the rear and front outputs offer 120dB with the integrated headphone amplifier in the ALC1220. Nichicon Gold Series audio capacitors and a fancy PCB divide offer enhancements to the motherboard's audio hardware.

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We find a Killer e2500 Gbit NIC for the wired LAN and a Killer Wireless AC 1535 controller for WIFI/BT.

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The rear IO panel uses an ASMedia ASM3142 controller and ASM1543 USB 3.1 type-C switch chip. The USB 3.1 internal header also uses an identical ASM3142 and ASM1543 to control the internal type-C header.

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ASMedia's ASM1074 takes one USB 3.0 port from the PCH and produces three USB 3.0 ports. One of the USB 3.0 ports uses an ASM1464 USB 3.0 re-driver to ensure USB 3.0 signal strength is strong at the rear of the motherboard.

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An ICS6V41742B is used to improve BCLK overclocking margins. The Renesas R5F104 microcontroller provides RGB LED control of the header and built in RGB LEDs on the motherboard.

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We get two 128Mbit/16MB BIOS ROMs for the BIOS, and a nuvoTon NCT5605Y GPIO extender enhances fan control. A nuvoTon NCT6795D provides SuperIO functions and offers the PS/2 on the rear IO.

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All of those ASMedia ASM1480s switch around PCI-E bandwidth. The LPC812 is an ARM microcontroller, it might be used for the BIOS flash recovery functionality.

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