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GIGABYTE X570 Aorus Xtreme (AMD X570) Motherboard Review (Page 4)

By Steven Bassiri from Aug 16, 2019 @ 22:42 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: AORUSModel: X570 AORUS Xtreme

X570 Aorus Xtreme Circuit Analysis Continued

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Audio hardware includes a Realtek ALC1220 with enhanced front panel dB support. GIGABYTE added an ESS SABRE ES9218 DAC, with up to 130dB SNR (5 more than the X570 Master). GIGABYTE also added gold series audio capacitor and some WIMA film capacitors.

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Normal Gbit LAN comes from an i211AT Intel NIC, while an Aquantia AQC107 offers 10G NBase-T LAN.

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There are four Pericom PI3EQX USB 3.1 (10Gbps), on the rear of the motherboard with another two topside for the rear USB 3.1 (10Gbps). There is also a Realtek type-C controller, the RTS5441.

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An RTS5423 is a USB 3.1 (10Gbps) hub, but it seems to be providing four USB 3.0 ports for the two internal headers. On the rear IO, we have four USB 2.0 ports, and these come from a GL850S hub.

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There are two 128Mbit BIOS ROMs on the motherboard, these are there for redundancy, and a BIOS USB recovery chip is implemented to allow BIOS flashing without CPU support. The SIO is the IT8688E, which is supplemented.

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Two IT8795E embedded controllers expand fan control and monitoring of the system. An ITE IT8297 is a microcontroller responsible for offering RGB LED support for addressable headers.

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Multiple Pericom PI3EQX16 re-drivers enhance PCI-E 4.0 signaling, while four PI3DBS switch PCI-E 4.0 between the first and second slot. There is also an IDT PCI-E 4.0 clock generator used to manage PCI-E 4.0 bus speed.

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