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ECS Z170-LIGHTSABER (Intel LGA1151) Review

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Introduction



Although a smaller company, we all know who ECS is. They've had some pretty unforgettable board names in the more recent past and keep introducing others. ECS sent me their ECS Z170-LIGHTSABER motherboard to take a look at. That name MUST create certain expectations for the majority of us, right?

I like ECS, although that opinion might not be a popular one. Hardware-wise, their motherboards are pretty solid, but BIOS and software don't always have the same features than some of the bigger brands. That's not that big a deal for base-level CPU overclocking on modern Intel platforms as long as you can play with multipliers and the CPU's voltage, and that functionality is part of the CPUs themselves and, as such, almost guaranteed. High-speed memory support, on the other hand, well, you can only expect so much. With so many users saying that memory performance matters little that should be no big deal, right? It is not like ECS claims to offer a feature without providing it; they do pretty good on their delivery. You're not going to get what you do from other brands all the time, though.

The ECS LIGHTSABER seems to be a departure from the products ECS has offered in the past; there's buttons all over, a dual BIOS, headphone OP-AMP in a socket, and a 14-phase VRM. Overclocking Skylake isn't hard, so you don't need a lot of software or a ton of BIOS features, either. Just the basics are required.



Specifications

Specifications
CPU SUPPORT:6th Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors, and Intel Pentium and Celeron processors for Socket LGA1151
POWER DESIGN:CPU Power: 14 phase
Memory Power: 2 phase
CHIPSET:Intel Z170 Chipset
INTEGRATED GRAPHICS:Dependent on installed CPU
MEMORY:4 x DIMM, Max. 64 GB; Support 3200 MHz+(OC)
BIOS:2 x 128Mb AMI UEFI BIOS
SLOTS:3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
3 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slot
1 x M.2 slot
HDD CONNECTIVITY:4 x SATA 6 Gb/s port
1 x M.2 (Support up to PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA 6 Gb/s)
4 x SATA 6 Gb/s port (ASMedia)
NETWORKING:1 x Killer E2400 Gigabit LAN
REAR PORTS:1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
4 x USB 2.0 ports
6 x USB 3.0 ports
2 x USB 3.1 ports
1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI port
1 x LAN (RJ45) port
1 x Optical S/PDIF Out connector
6 x Audio port
AUDIO:Realtek ALC1150 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
FAN HEADERS:5 x 4-pin
FORM FACTOR:ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm
EXCLUSIVE FEATURES:
  • Windows 10 Workable support
  • 14 Phase Power Design
  • Supports Intel K Series unlock CPU
  • Applied 100% Solid capacitor design to maximize component reliability
  • ECS Durathon Technology ensure the stability, reliability and performance of system.
  • ESD Protection prevents computers from electrostatic discharge damage to enhance its durability and lifespan
  • ECS EZ charger provides a fast way to charge your smart devices, even if the PC is off
  • Supports GUI UEFI for tweaking BIOS in Graphical interface within a multi language environment
  • ECS MIB X - A friendly interface for overclocking, especially for gamer
  • Intel 14nm 6th generation Multi-Core CPU support
  • Supports DirectX 12 to enhance graphical performance
  • Supports AMD CrossFire to expand your system's graphics capabilities.
  • Supports Intel HD Graphics
  • Supports Display Port 1.2 Technology
  • ECS Intelligent EZ Utility : eBLU, eDLU, eSF
  • Free Bundle: CyberLink Media Suite
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