X399 AORUS Gaming 7 Circuit Analysis Continued
We find a dandy Realtek ALC1220 codec with an integrated amplifier on this motherboard. PCB looks clean in this area, and it would seem GIGABYTE added from Gold Series Nichicon electrolytic audio capacitors and some WIMA film capacitors to improve audio.
The Gaming 7 is the first X399 motherboard I have encountered with a Killer e2500 NIC, which is the latest and greatest from Killer, a subsidiary of Rivet Networks. In a surprising twist of events we don't find a Killer wireless card, but instead a nice little Intel Wireless AC 8265NGW 2x2 card.
An ASMedia ASM1143 is used to provide USB 3.1 capabilities for the internal type-C header. We find two USB 3.1 re-drivers near the two USB 3.1 ports on the rear IO, the Pericom PI3EQX help to re-drive the USB 3.1 signal from the X399 chipset. One of those re-driven signals then goes to a Texas Instruments MUX (HD3220), and then to the type-C port.
An ITE8295FN is used as the microcontroller in charge of the digital RGB header on the motherboard, and perhaps the rest of the RGB features as well. The ITE8951 acts as the embedded controller in charge of the QFlash+ feature, which allows you to recover a bad BIOS from a USB stick, and no CPU is needed.
An ITE IT8686E acts as the SuperIO, provides monitoring, some fan control, and the PS/2 port on the rear IO. The ITE IT8795E acts as an embedded controller (like the "EC" temperature headers) and provides extra fan control and functionality. Two BIOS ROMs are found near the CPU socket, and these 128Mbit/16MB ROMs provide extra protection through firmware redundancy (but I don't think you can switch between them).
Another IT8795E can be found under one of the PCI-E lanes; I believe it's either used for more fan control or RGB control.
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- Page 9 [System IO Benchmarks]
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