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Gigabyte launches new X170-Extreme ECC motherboard

by on25 March 2016

Based on C236 chipset and with DDR4 ECC memory support

Gigabyte has launched its new motherboard base on Intel's C236 chipset which comes with support for both Intel's Xeon E3-1200 V5 CPUs as well as DDR4 ECC memory.

Spotted by and based on a standard ATX form-factor, the new Gigabyte X170-Extreme ECC motherboard uses a gaming-oriented military color theme with black PCB white camo graphics and different color slots, despite the fact that it is based on a workstation-class chipset. In addition to the support for Xeon Skylake E3-1200 V5 CPUs and DDR4 ECC memory, the Gigabyte X170-Extreme ECC motherboard also supports all other Skylake Core CPUs. 

The rest of the specifications and features include two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (working at x8/x8), a single PCI-Express 3.0 x16 (working at x4) and three PCI-Express 3.0 x1 slots. It also comes with two 32Gbps M.2 slots and four SATA-Express 16Gbps ports, splitting into eight SATA 6Gbps ports. The two 32Gbps M.2 slots and four SATA-Express 16Gbps ports are complemented with rather modern USB 3.1 connectivity, based on Intel chip, which connects to the PCH via PCI-Express 3.0 x4 interface, offering 10Gbps over both USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C ports. It also features a 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 port with DisplayPort 1.2 pass-through.

Gigabyte managed to include a couple of high-end and gaming features with the X170-Extreme ECC motherboard, including a dual Gigabit Ethernet, based on Intel I219-V controller and Killer E2400 chip, Gigabyte's Creative SoundCore 3D audio with TI Burr Brown OPA2134 OP-AMP, Nichicon Muse electrolytic capacitors and ground-layer isolation and a dual-UEFI BIOS.

Unfortunately, Gigabyte did not reveal any details regarding the price so we'll have to wait for it to hit retail/e-tail. 

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