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ASRock Z270 Taichi Motherboard Review (Page 4)

Steven Bassiri | Sep 8, 2017 at 12:45 pm CDT - 1 min, 25 secs time to read this page
Rating: 93%Manufacturer: ASRock

Z270 Taichi Circuit Analysis Continued

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We get a Realtek ALC1220 audio codec, which features an integrated headphone amplifier and 120dB SNR. A Texas Instruments NE5532 is used to amplify the front panel audio output, and then the PCB is physically isolated and gold series audio capacitors are put into use to help improve audio quality.

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The Intel i219v is used as the PHY to complement the MAC integrated into the PCH. The Intel i211AT is used as the second standalone NIC.

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The Intel WIFI controller is the Wireless AC 3168NGW rated for 1x1 433Mbps. An IDT 6V41642B acts as a clock buffer and improves BCLK overclocking margins.

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The ASMedia ASM2142 provides USB 3.1 capabilities, and the ASMedia ASM1543 acts as the type-C switch and CC logic chip.

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Two ASMedia ASM1061 provide four extra SATA6Gb/s ports.

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An ASMedia ASM1074 acts as a USB 3.0 hub to expand one port into four for the internal USB 3.0 headers. The ASmedia ASm1184e expands a single PCI-E port into four and outputs to the two ASMedia SATA controllers, the WIFI card, and the x1 PCI-E slot as they don't really use much bandwidth.

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The nuvoTon NXT6791D is used as the SuperIO, and the nuvoTon N76E885A is used as the RGB LED controller.

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Two 128Mbit/16MB BIOS ROMs provide redundancy in case of BIOS corruption. There are also multiple NXP L04083B quick switches to move around PCI-E bandwidth for the GPU slots and between M.2 slots and the SATA ports.

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Steven went from a fledgling forum reader in 2003 to one of the internet's brightest tech stars by 2010. Armed with an information systems degree, a deep understanding of circuitry, and a passion for tech, Steven (handle Sin0822) enjoys sharing his deep knowledge with others. Steven details products down to the component level to highlight seldom explained, and often misunderstood architectures. Steven is also a highly decorated overclocker with several world records.

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