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.
|CPU Socket||LGA 1151||SLI Support||4 graphics cards|
|CPU Compatible Make||Intel||Crossfire Support||4 graphics cards|
|CPU Chipset||Intel Z170||Onboard GPU||no|
|Form Factor||E-ATX||PCI Slots|
|Max RAM||64 GB DDR4||SATA 1.0||0|
|RAM Slots||4 x DDR4||SATA 2.0||0|
|Memory Channels||2||SATA 3.0||0|
|Compatible RAM Speeds||RAID Support||yes|
|USB 2.0 Rear||2||Internal I/O|
|USB 3.0 Rear||5||Back Panel I/O|
|Graphics Card Interface||PCIe v3.0|
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.