Wednesday, July 22nd 2015

GIGABYTE Z170-SOC Force Motherboard Pictured

Here are some of the first pictures of GIGABYTE's flagship socket LGA1151 motherboard targeted at professional overclockers, the Z170-SOC Force. Built in the standard ATX form-factor, this board offers strong CPU and memory VRM, and yet offers a connectivity loadout that's in league with "gaming" class motherboards. To begin with, the board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX, 8-pin EPS, 4-pin ATX, and 6-pin PCIe power connectors. A 24-phase VRM powers the CPU, its heatsink features preparation for liquid cooling. The CPU socket is wired to four DDR4 DIMM slots (supporting up to 64 GB of dual-channel DDR4-3200 memory).

Expansion slots include four PCI-Express 3.0 x16 (electrical x16/NC/NC/x4 or x8/NC/x8/x4 or x8/x4/x4/x4); and three PCI-Express 3.0 x1. Storage connectivity includes three M.2 slots (32 Gb/s), three SATA-Express 16 Gb/s ports, and a total of eight SATA 6 Gb/s ports. USB connectivity includes two USB 3.1 ports (two type-A, from which one converts to type-C if it's populated), eight USB 3.0 ports (four on the rear panel, four by header), and a number of USB 2.0/1.1 ports, including two type-A ports near the SATA ports (could help serve as "front-panel" ports in bench-type case setups). Display outputs include one each of DVI, HDMI and mini-DisplayPort (which likely also means availability of Thunderbolt 20 Gb/s). Gigabit Ethernet and GIGABYTE's latest generation Amp-Up audio solution make for the rest of it. A plethora of onboard OC control options are available. Find more pictures at the source.
Source: ITfree4u
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32 Comments on GIGABYTE Z170-SOC Force Motherboard Pictured

#26
emissary42
Petey Plane, post: 3318663, member: 150824"
I like the 2 m.2 sockets...
Then how about three m.2 sockets?
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#27
peche
Thermaltake fanboy
EarthDog, post: 3318688, member: 79836"
Anyone getting the SOC FORCE and not taking it subambient are simply buying a Ferrari but limiting it to driving in a school zone. Save your money boys until you are ready to benchmark with the big boys is my advice. :)
the board really attracts me… but that’s it … I rather to keep my system and add just a unlucked i7 for future proof a little more my rig,

if I were about to build a new system I will wait to Cannonlake, for making the right decision and knowing a little more about the new processor and how it will perform based on older results from skylake for that time,

I'm still pretty happy with the current setup,

:toast:
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#28
Petey Plane
emissary42, post: 3318720, member: 133557"
Then how about three m.2 sockets?
Thx, meant 3
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#29
cadaveca
My name is Dave
EarthDog, post: 3318688, member: 79836"
Anyone getting the SOC FORCE and not taking it subambient are simply buying a Ferrari but limiting it to driving in a school zone. Save your money boys until you are ready to benchmark with the big boys is my advice. :)
IF you have to save money to OC at that level, you're doing it wrong. :P

But I dunno, since they had LN2 X99 board, maybe they will eb obvious, and this might be a great board to OC memory @ ambient.
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#30
hero1
AsRock, post: 3318504, member: 40310"
I still think it's kinda meh :p, then again not liked many at all for looks even more so this one. Although this one replacing the red with black would be much better. i would be taking as much of that plastic crap off as possible still lol.

http://www.maximumpc.com/gigabyte-teases-upcoming-z170-chipset-motherboards/

Then again i would still pick what ever one had best options \ price for me how ever it looked.

I like the ASRock boards more once again looks wise although i wish they would do more gold\black micro boards

I can't wait for this board. I will be stepping up from my current G1 WIFI Black.
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#31
BBQ9
m-ATX is the size of the MB that I'm waiting for.
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#32
EarthDog
BBQ9, post: 3320038, member: 158871"
m-ATX is the size of the MB that I'm waiting for.
Cool story...
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