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GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-SOC FORCE (rev. 1.0)

The GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-SOC FORCE (rev. 1.0) is compatible with Intel processors with the LGA 1151 socket.

It has 64 GB DDR4 maximum RAM and conforms to the E-ATX form factor standard.

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GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-SOC FORCE (rev. 1.0)

help iconCPU SocketLGA 1151help iconSLI Support4 graphics cards
help iconCPU Compatible MakeIntelhelp iconCrossfire Support4 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetIntel Z170help iconOnboard GPUno
help iconForm FactorE-ATXhelp iconPCI Slots
  • 3 x PCIe x1 v3.0
  • 2 x PCIe x8 v3.0
  • 2 x PCIe x16 v3.0
help iconMax RAM64 GB DDR4help iconSATA 1.00
help iconRAM Slots4 x DDR4help iconSATA 2.00
help iconMemory Channels2help iconSATA 3.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR4 2133 MHz
  • DDR4 2400 MHz
  • DDR4 2666 MHz
  • DDR4 2800 MHz
  • DDR4 3000 MHz
  • DDR4 3200 MHz
help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear2help iconInternal I/O
    help iconUSB 3.0 Rear5help iconBack Panel I/O
      help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v3.0

      GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-SOC FORCE (rev. 1.0) compatibility review

      The GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-SOC FORCE (rev. 1.0) uses the Intel LGA 1151 CPU socket. Any compatible Intel CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR4 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 3200 MHz, and 0 DDR4 slots allowing for a maximum total of 64 GB RAM.

      The E-ATX GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-SOC FORCE (rev. 1.0) uses a less common standard than the traditional ATX you most often see. As such, you should be wary of its compatibility with other cases, as well as the compatibility of PSUs with the case you choose.

      The GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-SOC FORCE (rev. 1.0) 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 GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-SOC FORCE (rev. 1.0) 's PCIe v3.0. The GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-SOC FORCE (rev. 1.0) supports up to 4 Nvidia SLI connected graphics cards or up to 4 AMD Crossfire connected graphics cards for improved overall graphical performance at the cost of multiplied graphics-based power consumption as well as the price of the cards themselves.

      The GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-SOC FORCE (rev. 1.0) 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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