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ASRock Z370 Taichi Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Oct 24, 2017 4:35 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: ASRock

Z370 Taichi Circuit Analysis Continued

 

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ASRock uses the Realtek ALC1220, as it has a single headphone amplifier on the 120dB output, ASRock added a second amplifier, the NE5532, for the internal HD audio header's output. The PCB is also physically isolated from the audio section, and Gold series Nichicon Audio capacitors are used to improve audio quality.

 

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The Intel i219 PHY and i211AT NIC are used to provide two Intel Gbit LAN outputs.

 

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The Intel Wireless AC 3168NGW is used to provide 433Mbps 1x1 wireless AC. The internal USB 3.1 header uses the ASMedia ASM3142 controller and the ASM1543 type-C switch.

 

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The ASMedia ASM3142 is used for the rear USB 3.1 ports and is located on the rear of the PCB, and its ASM1543 type-C switch and CC logic chip is located on the top of the PCB.

 

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An ASMedia ASM1184e is a PCI-E hub that takes one PCI-E 3.0 port and outputs multiple PCI-E 2.0 ports for devices such as the Wireless AC controller and the ASMedia SATA controller. The ASMedia ASM1074 USB 3.0 hub, takes one USB 3.0 port and outputs four for the internal USB 3.0 headers.

 

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The IDT 6V41642B clock generator is used to enhance BCLK overclocking. The ASMedia ASM1061 provides two extra SATA6Gb/s ports.

 

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The nuvoTon NCT6791D SuperIO provides the PS/2 port as well as voltage and temperature monitoring. The nuvoTon N76E885AT20 provides the RGB LED capabilities, including control over the RGB LED headers. We also find multiple ASMedia ASM1480 PCI-E 3.0 quick switches around the motherboard.

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