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Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K4D3

The Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K4D3 is compatible with Intel processors with the LGA 1151 socket.

It has 64 GB DDR3 maximum RAM and conforms to the ATX form factor standard.

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Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K4D3

help iconCPU SocketLGA 1151help iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU Compatible MakeIntelhelp iconCrossfire Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU Chipsetintel Z170help iconOnboard GPUno
help iconForm FactorATXhelp iconPCI Slots
  • 3 x PCIe x1 v3.0
  • 2 x PCIe x16 v3.0
help iconMax RAM64 GB DDR3help iconSATA 1.00
help iconRAM Slots4 x DDR3help iconSATA 2.00
help iconMemory Channels2help iconSATA 3.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR3 800 MHz
  • DDR3 1066 MHz
  • DDR3 1333 MHz
  • DDR3 1600 MHz
  • DDR3 1866 MHz
  • DDR3 2133 MHz
help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear2help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x 24 pin power connector
  • 1 x 8 pin power connector
  • 1 x 4 pin power connector
  • 1 x 4 pin fan connector
help iconUSB 3.0 Rear5help iconBack Panel I/O
  • DVI connector"
  • Line Out Connector
  • Mic In connector
  • 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Audio Input Output
  • PS/2 keyboard connector
  • PS/2 mouse connector
help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v3.0

Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K4D3 compatibility review

The Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K4D3 uses the Intel LGA 1151 CPU socket. Any compatible Intel CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR3 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 2133 MHz, and 4 DDR3 slots allowing for a maximum total of 64 GB RAM.

Conforming to the ATX standard, the Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K4D3 should fit into the majority of cases. ATX is the most common form factor, and as such has a high degree of compatibility with other components while providing a decent number of slots to widen your expansion options.

The Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K4D3 has 1 SATA 3.0 hard drive slots. These allow for theoretical data transfer speeds of up to 6GB/s, as opposed to the 3GB/s of SATA 2.0. Generally speaking, only high performance hard drives, specifically solid-state drives, will be able to take advantage of the bandwidth potential of SATA 3.0 ports, though it is backwards compatible, so you do not have to take advantage.

The Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K4D3 does not support onboard graphics. Any system build that uses this motherboard therefore requires a separate graphics card, or a processor that has a GPU on the same die, such as AMD APU processors. There are 2 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means it is perfectly capable of accommodating the latest graphics cards, although it is important to try and use a graphics card with the same graphics card interface of PCIe v3.0, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K4D3's PCIe v3.0. The Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K4D3 does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.

The Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K4D3 has 2 USB 2.0 slots and 5 USB 3.0 slots. USB 3.0 slots are theoretically capable of data transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbit/s, which is over 10 times faster than the USB 2.0 top speed of 480 Mbit/s. Although USB 2.0 slots alone currently serve as well as ever, an upgrade would better future-proof your system as more USB 3.0 compatible peripherals emerge. USB 3.0 is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0, which means you do not even have to use the newer slot functionality if you do not wish to.

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