The release of Intel’s 7th Gen Core “Kaby Lake” desktop processors recently also sees introduction of the new Z270 chipset to support the new architecture. The new CPUs are still using the existing LGA1150 socket and fully compatible with last-gen Z170 chipset with a simple BIOS update. Good thing is that the new Z270 chipset is also supporting the 6th Gen Core “Skylake” CPUs out of the box.
Intel Z270 Chipset
Intel Z170 Chipset
From a chipset perspective, there is not much difference in terms of features offered between the Z270 and the Z170 chipsets. The new Z270 chipset supports Intel’s Optane (3D XPoint) Technology and comes with a total of 24 PCIe 3.0 lanes versus 20 lanes on the Z170. So there a four extra PCIe lanes on the Z270 chipset that opens the door for more PCIe-based device supports such as ultra-fast M.2 NVMe SSDs and so on. Similarity wise, both 100- and 200-series support a total of 10 USB 3.0 ports and 14 USB 2.0 ports.
This year ahead of the official launch date, we are glad to be given the opportunity to do some preliminary testing on two Z270 boards from SuperMicro – C7Z270-CG and C7Z270-PG. For starters, SuperMicro is not a new name when it comes to server-grade products such as the SuperBlade servers, SuperRack server cabinet, workstation motherboards, storage solutions, networking solutions, and power supplies. SuperO is SuperMicro’s gaming series of motherboards with at least five models launched for the latest Intel 200-Series chipset alone.
Speaking of the C7Z270-CG, it is specially designed for high-performance personal computing while the flagship C7Z270-PG, which we are going to take a look today, is the most feature-rich model that provides a premium gaming experience. Is the Pro Gaming series the motherboard that you have been looking for? Let’s find out now…
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Being the flagship Z270 motherboard in SuperO’s lineup, the C7Z270-PG is loaded with a huge amount of features. Based on the LGA1151 socket, it supports not only Intel’s 7th Gen “Kaby Lake” desktop CPUs but also the 6th Gen Core “Skylake” processors. The board sports four DIMM slots support up 64Gb of unbuffered, non-ECC, 3,733 MHz DDR4 memory with overclocking. It also supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) to ensure problem-free when it comes to memory issues.
Connectivity are plentiful, the motherboard comes equipped with an Avago PEX8747 bridge chip to expand the PCIe lanes so that you can have multiple devices connected simultaneously. You get total of six SATA 6Gb/s ports, four 10Gb/s USB 3.1 connectors (three Type-A plus one Type-C), four USB 3.0 ports, six USB 2.0 ports, a pair of M.2 and next-gen U.2 connectors running off PCIe 3.0 x4 lane for a blazing-fast 32Gb/s data transferring speed. At the rear I/O panel, you will find three types of internal graphics output which are HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2 and DVI-D ports.
In terms of PCIe expansion slots, you get four full-length PCIe 3.0 x16 slots and one single PCIe 3.0 x4 slot. You can run x16 lanes for single card solution, x16/x16 for 2-way, x16/x8/x8 for 3-way, or x8/x8/x8/x8 for 4-way in multi-GPU configurations. SuperMicro’s representative has confirmed that the board will support both NVIDIA’s 4-way SLI and AMD’s 4-way CrossFireX technologies.
To achieve the best gaming experience, SuperMicro provides RealTek’s ALC 1150 audio solution that delivers a crystal-clear and immersive sound quality. As far as the networking solution is concerned, SuperMicro gives you not just one, but two high-end Intel’s Gigabit LAN Ethernet ports which is useful in the workplace where you can use these to connect a PC to a private network then the other one for a VPN connection to allow a third party service engineer to perform a remote control and repair the machine in the event of system failure.
Conforming to ATX form factor, the C7Z270-PG measures 30.5 cm in length and 24.4 cm in width. It will definitely fit well in most standard ATX chassis in the market.
SUPERO’s Pro Gaming series redefines the high-performance motherboard ecosystem through the use of server quality engineering and components specially adapted for gaming. The Professional Gaming series is the best SUPERO has to offer, and as the flagship of the SUPERO fleet, contains the latest in features and performance enhancing technologies to surpass your expectations.
C7Z270-PG ONBOARD KEY FEATURES
- 15µ Gold Plated Single CPU socket H4 (LGA 1151) supports Intel 7th/6th Gen. Core i7/i5/i3 series, Intel Celeron and Intel Pentium Processor
- PS/2 Port; 8x USB 2.0 ports (2 rear, 6 via header)
- HDMI 2.0; DisplayPort 1.2; DVI-D
Triple Display Output Support
4K/Ultra HD Display Support
- Intel Gbit Ethernet LAN Port; 4 x USB 3.0 (2 rear, 2 via header)
- Intel Gbit Ethernet LAN Port; 2 x USB 3.1 (2 rear Type C)
- USB 3.1 Type A and Type C
- 7.1 HD Audio Ports
- 4 x PCI-E 3.0 x16 slot (run at 16/NA/16/NA, 8/8/8/8, Auto Switch)
1x PCIe3.0 x4 (Rear Open) for Thunderbolt AIC support
- RealTek ALC 1150 HD Audio
Isolated Audio PCB
TI OPA1612 SoundPlus Audio Amplifier
Professional Japanese ELNA Audio Capacitor
- Avago PEX8747 chip
- Reset Button
- Power Button
- 2x M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 (M-key)(2x support 22110)(RAID 0,1 support)
- 2x U.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 (RAID 0,1 support)6 x SATA3 (6Gbps) Ports
- Status LED for troubleshooting
LIMITLESS GAMING FOR THE ENTHUSIAST
SUPERO’s Pro Gaming Series blows gamer’s expectations out of the water, with high-performance and a range of features that aren’t just there for show, but to help you to game at a higher standard than ever before. The C7Z270-PG is one of our most feature-rich boards, and provides a premium gaming experience. Scroll down to see more features.
Infused with server DNA, SUPERO motherboards offer unmatched reliability and durability paired with premium gaming features. Top shelf components optimize efficiency and improve thermal performance, enabling SUPERO motherboards to survive in treacherous environments where others have perished. As the backbone of your system, SUPERO motherboards offer the latest and greatest hardware implemented through world-class engineering, providing the quality you deserve with the features you desire.
INTEL 7TH GENERATION-READY
SUPERO ensures its boards to contain the latest technology and enable gamers to keep up with the latest CPU technology advancements. The C7Z270-PG comes equipped to handle the latest 7th generation Intel processors, meaning the fastest CPU performance is something you can achieve right out of the box.
HIGH PERFORMANCE M.2
Have you been eyeing up the latest technology in SSDs? SUPERO C7Z270-PG boards come equipped to handle two M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4 – 32GB/s) supporting Dual RAID 0,1 and bootable drives, allowing you to blast through reading and writing files, an essential feature when it comes to loading graphic-rich game titles.
UNLEASH THE POWER OF PCIe
Why settle for just one graphics card? The C7Z270-PG allows you to combine the power of up to 3 graphics cards on just one board, with 4 PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (16/NA/16/NA, 8/8/8/8 ). Or how about throwing in some high-performance storage such as an SSD or a network card for incredible server performance? The possibilities are endless – the power of 4 PCIe 3.0 slots are in your hands. DirectX 12 multi-branded GPU support is also included.
The C7Z270-PG comes equipped with Dual LAN ports (i219v and i210AT), perfect for achieving 2GB bandwidth speeds, or if you need to be connected to two networks at once. This means even stronger internet speeds, perfect for those high-intensity gaming sessions, and reliability that won’t leave you disconnected when the stakes are high. Create that home network you’ve been dreaming of, using the C7Z270-PG, and make dreams a reality.
PUSH THE LIMITS OF YOUR MEMORY
Combine the power of 7th Generation processors with DDR4 memory, supporting up to 64GB and overclocks of up to 3733Mhz, and enjoy blazingly fast responsiveness from your system.Looking to push your RAM to its limits? The C7Z270-PG comes with DDR4 overclocking support and a great interface to do so, allowing you to easily squeeze every drop of performance out of your PC.
ULTRA FAST USB 3.1 TYPE C
USB 3.1a and 3.1c support give you speeds of 10Gb/s. USB type C is the future, and SUPERO is leading the way. Offering speeds up to twice as fast as 3.0, the 3.1c connector is the latest standard for USB connections, a must-have for high performance USB connections to your latest peripherals, and the fastest data transfer speeds for your USB storage devices available.
NEXT-GEN C7Z270-PG CHIPSET
The new SUPERO boards come with the latest 7th Generation chipset support. The Z chipset is the most highly-equipped chipset produced to date, targeting the high-end enthusiast and gamer markets with features such as an extensive PCIe 3.0 configuration.
U.2, NVMe & INTEL OPTANETM TECHNOLOGY
The C7Z270-PG comes packed with ultimate performance features and enhancements. The dual U.2 ports support the latest in NVMe drives even enabling RAID 0, 1 and boot where needed. The new Intel Optane technology takes that performance to the next level by combining DRAM memory to boost storage up to 1000x faster than current NAND storage, and up to 100,000x faster than standard HDDs. Enjoy smooth overall computing, transferring movies, games and other media up to 5x faster than traditional SSDs.
SOUND EXPERIENCE FOR YOUR EARS
Enjoy the best in audio quality with 7.1 HD Audio support.Our boards also come with Ultralow Noise and Ultralow Distortion shielding that protects your audio from interference and distortions. Free your sound for pure unadulterated quality.
The PG uses professional and high-quality audio parts such as a Japanese ELNA Audio Capacitor that ensure maximum sound quality, and the TI OPA1612 SoundPlus Audio OP Amp that fuels hi-fi class audio, ideal for the ultimate gaming audio experiences.