Product information: GA-Z270-Gaming K3 Intel Z270 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX MotherboardWell-Equipped Z270 Motherboard (ATX), with 3× PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16/x4/x4), 2× USB 3.1 (1x Type A & 1x Type C), 1× M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4) & 6x SATA 6G, 8× USB 3.0 + 6× USB 2.0, Red LED Lighting The GIGABYTE GA-Z270-Gaming K3 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 GA- Z270-Gaming K3 enables overclocking of K-series CPUs, which offer completely unlocked multipliers.
The Features of the GIGABYTE GA-Z270-Gaming K3 - An Overview:
- 3× PCIe (3.0) x16 (16/4/4) & 3× PCIe (3.0) x1
- 2× USB 3.1 (Type A & Type C) / 8× USB 3.0
- 1× M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4) / 6× SATA 6G
- Supports up to 64 GB DDR4-RAM at 2.400 MHz
- Red LED Lighting
- CPU Overclocking via Multiplier & Baseclock
The GIGABYTE GA-Z270-Gaming K3 in DetailThe GIGABYTE GA-Z270-Gaming K3 is a very well-equipped ATX-Mainboard with Intels Z270 chipset for Intel's processors of the 6000- and 7000 series. This black-themed board comes with three PCIe-x16 slots, of which one is connected with a full 16 lanes to the chipset, while the others are connected electrically with four lanes respectively i.e eight total. For I/O options and expansion cards the board comes with three further PCIe x1 slots and supports AMD's CrossFireX 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 GA-Z270-Gaming K3 is the red LED lighting.
In order to connect the very fastest data storage devices, the board comes with an M.2 slot 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 motherboard also provides 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 four USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 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 DVI 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
2× PCIe 3.0 x16 (electrical x4)
Compatible multi-VGA configurations: 3-Way CrossFireX (Quad-GPU)
3× PCIe 3.0 x1
- Internal Connectors:
6× SATA 6G (of which x4 support SATA Express)
2× SATA Express (occupies 4x SATA 6G)
1× M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4)
4× USB 3.0 (two headers)
4× USB 2.0 (two headers)
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)
3× USB 3.0
2× USB 2.0
1× Gigabit LAN (Killer E2500)
1× HDMI 1.4b
6× Audio (7.1 Realtek ALC1220)
- Power Supply:
1× 24-Pin EATX
1× 8-Pin ATX 12V