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Based around Intel’s Z170 chipset, the Gaming Z170X supports 5th Generation Intel Core 1151 socket processors. There is 3way AMD CrossFire support. Storage is supplied by 6 SATA ports, 1 SATA Express port, and two SATA/PCIe compatible M.2 slots. The Gaming Z170X also supports 10 Gb/s USB 3.1
ASRock not too long ago released a new Mini-ITX motherboard with an integrated CPU. These new integrated CPU motherboard combinations are becoming quite popular. Do to their low power requirements, they are perfect for applications where desktop processors either create too much heat or are simply overkill.
The Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7 is the first Z170 motherboard we have had on the test bench. Gigabyte has decided to make some major cosmetic changes to their Z170 Gaming line, especially on the upper end. New white motherboard armor with red and silver details adorns these new motherboards. A new LED RGB Trace Path lighting system also makes a debut as well. The new cosmetics have a feel that is more reminiscent of a race car that a computer part.
The ASRock Z170 Gaming K6+ is the first Z170 motherboard we have had the privilege to review. Besides the aforementioned changes, a new cosmetic design debuts with ASRock’s Z170 motherboards. The higher end mother boards get heatsinks are mostly black with anodized aluminum inserts in one of three colors, depending on the series and there is also ASRock’s new I/O Armor that covers most of the left side of the board. It all adds up to a radical departure from ASRock’s previous cosmetic designs.
ASRock has recently started updating their current line of motherboards with USB 3.1 connectivity. USB 3.1 offer up to twice the speed of USB 3.0. The X99 Extreme6/3.1 is one of the motherboards that had gotten the makeover.
The GA-X99-SLI supports 4th and 5th Generation Intel Core processors. There is up to 4-way AMD CrossFire and Nvidia SLI support. A precise digital CPU power design helps squeeze out those Mhz from your CPU. A SATA Express offer support for 10 Gb/s data transfers. On the networking side, Intel I218V Gigabit LAN does the duties Realtek ALC1150 115dB SNR HD Audio with Built-in rear audio amplifier supplies your audio needs. Dual M.2 technology provides users PCI-Express connectivity for SSD devices and for WiFi and/or Bluetooth 4.0 cards.
The X99 WS-E Supports Intel Core i7 and Xeon E5-1600/2600 v3 processor families for the LGA 2011-3 Socket, with up to 18 Cores and 160W TDP. ASRock’s Digi Power, 12 Power Phase design ensures ample overclocking potential. Eight DDR4 slots allow for 3200+(OC), UDIMM ECC, RDIMM Memory with maximum capacity up to 128GB. Intel Dual Gigabit LAN handles networking duty. Dual PLX8747 bridge chips to allow for x16/x16/x16/x16 operation in a four-way graphic card arrangements. All that and so much more.