Product information: GA-Z270XP-SLI Intel Z270 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX MotherboardZ270 Motherboard (ATX) for Gamers, with 3× PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16/x8/x4), 2× USB 3.1 (1x Type A & 1x Type C), 1× M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4) & 6x SATA 6G, 10× USB 3.0 + 6× USB 2.0, Gigabyte's FUSION LEDs The Gigabyte Z270XP-SLI 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 Z270XP-SLI enables overclocking of K-series CPUs, which offer completely unlocked multipliers.
The Features of the Gigabyte Z270XP-SLI - An Overview:
- 3× PCIe (3.0) x16 (16/8/4) & 3× PCIe (3.0) x1
- 2× USB 3.1 (Type A & Type C) / 10× USB 3.0
- 1× M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4) / 6× SATA 6G
- Supports up to 64 GB DDR4-RAM at 2.400 MHz
- FUSION-LED Lighting
- CPU Overclocking via Multiplier & Baseclock
The Gigabyte Z270XP-SLI in DetailThe Gigabyte Z270XP-SLI is an extremely well-equipped E-ATX motherboard with a pre-installed watercooler from EK Waterblocks on the voltage regulators (compatible with up to 10 mm ID tubing) and Intel's Z270 chipset offers compatibility with Intel's processors from the 6000 and 7000 series. The board provides three PCIe x16 slots, of which one is connected with a full 16 lanes to the chipset, while the others PCIe x16 slots are connected electrically by four i.e eight data links. For I/O and expansion cards the board offers three PCIe x1 slots and additionally supports NVIDIA's SLI- as well as 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 Z270XP-SLI is the Fusion LED lighting that lights up the board.
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 two U.2-Ports and eight SATA 6G connectors for 3,5" or 2,5" hard drives and SSDs (incl. RAID support). The M.2 ports are connected to the chipset via four PCIe lanes in the 3.0 standard and allow, when combined with the NVMe protocol, 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 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 six 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 - an HDMI port is available for this purpose. Internally the motherboard offers - among other functions - two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 headers, LPT-, S/PDIF- and TMP headers, 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)
1× PCIe 3.0 x16 (electrical x4)
Compatible multi-VGA configurations: 2-Way SLI (Quad-GPU), 3-Way CrossFireX (Quad-GPU)
3× PCIe 3.0 x1
- Internal Connectors:
6× SATA 6G (2 interchangeable with SATA Express)
1× SATA Express (occupies x2 SATA 6G)
1× 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
1× S/PDIF Header
1× LPT Header
1× Serial Port (COM Header)
- External Connectors:
1× PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse
2× USB 3.1 (1× Type A and 1× Type C)
6× USB 3.0
1× Gigabit LAN (Intel I219-V)
1× HDMI 1.4b
6× Audio (7.1 Realtek ALC1220)
- Power Supply:
1× 24-Pin EATX
1× 8-Pin ATX 12V