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Aorus GA-Z270X-Gaming 8 Intel Z270 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard
Z270 Motherboard (ATX) for Gamers, with 4× PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16/x8/x4/x4), 2× USB 3.1 (1x Type A & 1x Type C), 2× M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4) & 2× U.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4), 9× USB 3.0 + 8x SATA 6G, 1× RGB-LED Header & Gigabyte's FUSION RGB-LEDs, pre-installed MOSFET water cooler The GIGABYTE AORUS GA-Z270X-Gaming 8 is an ATX motherboard utilising Intel's Z270 chipset for Intel processors from the 6th ("Skylake") and 7th ("Kaby Lake") generations on socket LGA 1151. The chipsets from the 200 series, known as "Union Point", come with up to 24 PCIe Express 3.0 lanes and bring more overall HSIO lanes (High Speed I/O) as well, thereby enabling more internal connections (such as SATA or PCIe slots) to be used simultaneously. As a Z270 motherboard, the GIGABYTE AORUS GA-Z270X-Gaming 8 enables overclocking of K-series CPUs, which offer completely unlocked multipliers.
The Features of the GIGABYTE AORUS GA-Z270X-Gaming 8 - An Overview:
- 4× PCIe (3.0) x16 (16/8/4/4) & 2× PCIe (3.0) x1
- 2× USB 3.1 (Type A & Type C) / 9× USB 3.0
- 2× M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4) / 2× U.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4) / 8× SATA 6G
- Supports up to 64 GB DDR4-RAM at 2.400 MHz
- Pre-Installed Water Cooler from EK WB on the Power Supply
- FUSION RGB-LED Lighting
- Expandable via RGB-LED Header (4-Pin)
- CPU Overclocking via Multiplier & Baseclock
The GIGABYTE AORUS GA-Z270X-Gaming 8 in Detail
The GIGABYTE AORUS GA-Z270X-Gaming 8 is a very well-featured ATX motherboard with Intel's Z270 chipset offering compatibility with Intel's processors from the 6000 and 7000 series. This black- themed board comes with four PCIe x16 slots, of which one is connected by 16 full lanes to the chipset, while the other PCIe x16 slots are connected electrically with four i.e eight data links. For I/O and expansion cards the board comes with a further two PCIe x1 slots and supports NVIDIA's SLI as well as AMD's CrossFire X technology.
The motherboard provides DDR4 RAM compatibility over 4 DIMM slots in ultra-fast dual-channel mode. The memory banks take up to 64 GB RAM and, depending on the processor installed, supports memory clocks of either 2.133 MHz (with Skylake CPUs) or 2.400 MHz (with Kaby Lake CPUs). One of the unique features of the GIGABYTE AORUS GA-Z270X-Gaming 8 is the Fusion RGB-LED lighting and a header for RGB-LED strips.
In order to connect the very fastest data storage devices, the board comes with two M.2 slots for extreme NVMe M.2 SSDs, as well as six SATA 6G ports for 3,5" or 2,5" hard drives and SSDs (including RAID support). The M.2 ports are connected via four PCIe lanes on the 3.0 standard to the chipset and, in combination with the NVMe protocol, enable a data transfer rate of almost 4 GB/s. This allows M.2 PCIe SSDs to function up to eight times faster than SATA 6G SSDs!
The motherboard's I/O panel offers a new kind of USB port, USB Type C, which is particularly thin and is finally able to be plugged in both ways. Besides the Type C port, the motherboards also provide a backwards compatible USB 3.1 Type A port. USB 3.1 ports, with their maximum throughput at 10 GBit/s, twice as fast as previous USB 3.0 ports! As far as input devices and other gaming peripherals are concerned, the I/O panel also offers five USB 3.0 ports.
If no graphics card is present, the integrated GPU on the Skylake or Kaby Lake CPU allows for monitors to be connected directly to the rear of the motherboard - HDMI and DisplayPort are available. Internally the motherboard offers - among other functions - two USB 3.0- and USB 2.0 headers, a TMP header, four 4-pin headers for PWM fans as well as XMP support and an array of overclocking features.
- Format: ATX
- Chipset: Intel Z270 ("Union Point")
Socket: 1151 for 6th and 7th generation Intel CPUs ("Skylake"/"Kaby Lake")
- RAM: 4× DDR4 (Skylake: DDR4-2.133, Kaby Lake: DDR4-2.400)
- Slots (physical):
1× PCIe 3.0 x16
1× PCIe 3.0 x16 (electrical x8)
2× PCIe 3.0 x16 (electrical x4)
Compatible multi-VGA configurations: 2-Way SLI (Quad-GPU), 3-Way CrossFireX (Quad-GPU)
2× PCIe 3.0 x1
- Internal Connectors:
8× SATA 6G (4 function as SATA Express)
2× SATA Express (occupy 4x SATA 6G)
2× U.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4)
2× M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4)
4× USB 3.0 (two headers)
4× USB 2.0 (two headers)
1× RGB LED Strip Header
4× Fans (4-Pin PWM)
1× TPM Header
- External Connectors:
1× PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse
2× USB 3.1 (1× Type A and 1× Type C)
5× USB 3.0
1× Gigabit-LAN (Intel I219-V)
1× Gigabit-LAN (Killer E2500)
1× HDMI 2.0
1× DisplayPort 1.2
1× S/PDIF (optical)
5× Audio (7.1 Creative Sound Core 3D)
- Power Supply:
1× 24-Pin EATX
1× 8-Pin ATX 12V
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