Gigabyte Z270X-Designare Motherboard Review: Page 4 of 10

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Posted by Heath Coop on Friday, May 19, 2017 - 8:00am

A Closer Look

The Z270X-Designare is quite a bit different than previous Gigabyte motherboards. It uses the same heatsink design as their other Ultra Durable motherboards, but the silver color sets it apart.

There are quite a few angular shapes, yet smooth.

There are total of four USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports, plus a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port and a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port. The RJ-45 port is driven by the Intel GbE controller. Four audio out jacks, with a microphone in jack and optical port provide audio connections. A PS/2 port and two USB 2.0/101 ports provides legacy peripheral connectivity. HDMI and DVI-D ports provide video connectivity.

Three PCI-E 16x and three PCI-E 1x slots feature a multitude of connection options depending on the processor used. The front panel audio header, onboard audio controls, case LED headers, and TPM header reside on the bottom rear on the Z270X-Designare.

The lower front section of the motherboard contains two USB 2.0 front panel headers, a water pump/fan header, front panel connections, and two SATA ports.

The area around the CPU socket is a bit snug, but the angle of the heatsinks makes access still easy.

The 24-pin ATX power connector resides towards the top. Just below it are USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 front panel connectors.  The four memory slots support dual channel DDR4 at speeds up to 4133 MHz.

A single 8-pin connector supplies ppower to the CPU. A pair of CPU fan headers are capable of driving most CPU cooling fans.

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